Published April 16, 2018

Earth Week

Guest speaker to give April 24 talk about ‘contemplative photography’
MONMOUTH, Ill. – Earth Week activities at Monmouth College will be highlighted by a guest speaker on April 24.

Steve Hager, a professor of biology at Augustana College in Rock Island, Ill., will explain how he uses photography as “one way to deal with our changing planet” at 7 p.m. in the Pattee Auditorium, located on the lower level of the College’s Center for Science and Business.

There will also be a tree-planting session beginning at 10 a.m. April 28 at the College’s LeSuer Nature Preserve on North 11th Street, just south of Peacock Memorial Athletic Park.

Both events are free and open to the public.

Hager said “it is clear” the planet is changing due to greenhouse gas emissions resulting from the industrial activities of humans.

“They have warmed the Earth’s atmosphere and ocean, melted ice and snow, and increased sea levels,” said Hager. “The cascading effects of these outcomes include reduced quality and quantity of water resources, and altered migration patterns, seasonal activities and geographic ranges of terrestrial and aquatic organisms. Indeed, climate change is affecting the Earth’s natural systems, and will continue to do so in future decades.”

For Hager, one way to deal with the changing planet is through contemplative photography, which he calls “an approach to making photographs with mindfulness, meaning and metaphor, among others.”

The goals of Hager’s presentation are to discuss the fundamentals of the current understanding of climate change and explain how he uses contemplative photography to better appreciate climate change and express his feelings and attitudes towards it. He will also suggest that contemplative photography may be useful to other individuals, too, in light of the changing natural world.
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