A retired biology and geology professor at Kennesaw State University, Bostick will share his research concerning personal stewardship of the Earth, dwindling fossil fuel reserves, climate change and what individuals can do to reverse current trends.
“Your carbon footprint is basically the amount of carbon dioxide you produce, either directly or indirectly,” Bostick said. “We all produce it because we’re alive — it’s part of our respiration — but mainly it’s concerned with our use of fuels. We either do that directly, for example when I turn on my gas burner I’m producing carbon dioxide; on the other hand, when I turn on my electric heater I’m also producing carbon dioxide because Georgia Power is burning the fuel.
“So we’ll talk about both the direct carbon dioxide production as well as the indirect and how we can cut down on those.”
Your Carbon Footprint is presented by Friends of the Library and Keep Bartow Beautiful. KBB Director Sheri Henshaw looks forward to the presentation, which seeks to bring into focus the personal impact of a global issue.
“We really are happy to see Ed doing this,” Henshaw said. “We all just need to be more aware of how we’re affecting everything.
“Ed’s great at coming from a scientific viewpoint and trying to break it down to an individual level. So I’m sure he will be interesting and engaging and help people relate to it.”
The original April 11 presentation date was scheduled to take place near Earth Day celebrations, but events transpired to ensure the July 11 event remains timely and relevant. Tuesday, President Barack Obama announced plans for a series of executive actions to address climate change and reduce greenhouse emissions. Among statistics touted by the White House was research from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration finding that 2012 was the second most extreme year on record.
“We can choose to believe that Superstorm Sandy, and the most severe drought in decades, and the worst wildfires some states have ever seen were all just a freak coincidence. Or we can choose to believe in the overwhelming judgement of science — and act before it’s too late,” Obama said Tuesday in a speech at Georgetown University.
In addition to what individuals can do to help, Bostick’s presentation will cover fossil fuel use and global warming — areas which he admits still ignite controversy.
“This is always a timely topic, because it’s affecting our climate and fuel availability,” Bostick said. “I’m interested in the role of carbon in our daily lives, it’s what we’re made out of. We produce it and we use it — we take it in our food and we produce it in our breath. It’s a necessary thing. Almost everything we come into contact with, including ourselves, is made out of carbon chemistry.”
Your Carbon Footprint will take place in the Cartersville library’s Nathan Dean Room Thursday, July 11, with refreshments served at 6:30 p.m. and the presentation beginning at 7 p.m.
For more information, visit www.bartowlibraryonline.org/cartersville or call 770-382-4203.