Environmental advocate to discuss potential dangers of denying climate change

AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Choctawhatchee Riverkeeper Mike Mullen will present a free, public lecture titled “Climate Change is Real, Dangerous, and Deadly: If the Deniers Win, We All Lose!” in Langdon Hall at Auburn University at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 23.

Mullen has more than 30 years of professional experience in environmental fields related to water quality, aquatic ecology and watershed management. He also has participated in environmental consulting, research and education.

Before retiring from Troy University in 2006, Mullen was involved in water quality monitoring and research for 10 years. He taught both undergraduate- and graduate-level classes in erosion and sediment control and stormwater management.

“Climate change may well be the defining issue of our time,” said Mike Kensler, director of the Office of Sustainability at Auburn. “We are thrilled to have Mike Mullen on campus to present the latest scientific findings and explain how citizens can make a difference in tackling this challenge.”

The Choctawhatchee Riverkeeper is part of the national Waterkeeper Alliance and, led by Mullen, is an organization with the mission to protect and restore the ecological health of the Choctawhatchee River and surrounding systems that constitute the watershed.

The Choctawhatchee originates as two separate forks in Barbour County, Ala. The east fork flows through Henry County and joins the west fork in eastern Dale County, about four miles above Newton, Ala. The unified river then flows southwest through Dale and Geneva counties into Florida, collecting tributaries along the way. It terminates at Choctawhatchee Bay, which empties into the Gulf of Mexico at East Pass near Destin, Fla.

The event is part of the Office of Sustainability’s celebration of Earth Week and Campus Conversations program.

Contact: Jennifer Morse, Office of Sustainability, (334) 844-7777 (sustain@auburn.edu),
Mike Clardy, Office of Communications and Marketing, (334) 844-9999 (clardch@auburn.edu)