By Melanie Roberts
The Starr Center for Peace and Justice presented a Lunch and Learn on National World Peace Day Friday, September 21 in the Keleher Learning Commons. This event was held for University of Saint Mary students to hear the talk, Threats to Peace and Security in the World from a Changing Climate. Students from USM, including FYE (First Year Experience), Doctor Zacharias’ human geography and cartographers quest classes all gathered to munch on delicious tacos catered by the USM cafeteria while listening to Dr. Wendell Chris King share his concerns about environmental security and climate change.
Wendell Chris King, PhD, PE Brigadier General, retired Dean Emeritus, US Army Command and General Staff College spoke passionately about his research and reasons students today should be educated on a critical issue that is important to all Americans.
The main points Dr. King expressed raise awareness about the threats to US national security posted by climate change have both internal and external components. The internal effects impact water resources, energy supply and use, transportation, agriculture, ecosystems, and human health. The external climate change creates a more dangerous and uncertain world with the potential for pandemics, mass refugee movements and massive humanitarian crises.
“My generation never raised noise about National Security. You ladies and gentlemen are the ones who must make the change. Decisions made now are going to impact your entire life, and your children’s lives,” he said.
Students took rapid notes about new information that is detrimental to our world. Kai-Terra Anderson shared her experience at the lunch and learn, “It was eye opening to see a different perspective on climate change. It was nice to have someone who works in the military to acknowledge the fact that climate change is real, and to see that although the government is doing things to improve It, money is still the driving factor behind everything they do.”
Lunch and Learns will continue during the school year with various public speakers scheduled to discuss pertinent current events.
To learn more about Lunch and Learn as well as other events going on at USM visit the university’s website at https://www.stmary.edu.
Melanie Roberts is a sophomore at the University of Saint Mary and majoring in digital communications.