Interdisciplinary Environmental Association
The Interdisciplinary Environmental Association and the Urban Environmental Studies Program at Birmingham-Southern College will host the 27th International Interdisciplinary Conference on the Environmental (IICE) Living in the Anthropocene, from Thursday, October 6 – Friday, October 7, 2022, online. A series of virtual presentations dedicated to climate change, environmental education, stewardship, sustainability, habitat loss and degradation, environmental justice, and the role indigenous communities have in understanding today's prevalent environmental challenges will be available to all online attendees.
The 27th IICE is honored to have a keynote speech from American Environmentalist Lois Gibbs, who as a result of her work at Love Canal, a 20,000-ton, toxic-chemical dump in Niagara Falls, New York, in December 1980 President Carter signed new federal legislation called the Superfund to address the thousands of other toxic sites across the nation. Lois is often referred to as the mother of Superfund and has been recognized extensively for her critical role in the grassroots environmental health and justice movement.
During the IICE a GIS Workshop and special guest talks from both the environmental industry and nonprofit sector will be available to all attendees as well as various networking opportunities to meet scholars, students, and motivated stakeholders that make up the expansive field of environmental science and interdisciplinary studies. To showcase local as well as American South environmental issues, UES partners every year with the Alabama Rivers Alliance (ARA) for the screening of Southern Exposures, a short documentary film series focusing on environmental and social justice issues in Alabama. The 2022 film will be screened at this year's conference.