Award-winning environmental journalist is highlight of Women's History Month at TTU

March is Women’s History Month, and this year’s theme is “Women Taking the Lead to Save Our Planet.”

One such woman will be the featured speaker at a Tennessee Tech University event commemorating the month. Award-winning environmental journalist Simran Sethi will present “Green For All: Environmental Equity” at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 24, in Derryberry Hall Auditorium.

Her presentation will focus on working together across class and cultural barriers “to advance sustainable, equitable access to and participation in our natural world.” A Center Stage event hosted by the TTU Women’s Center, it will be free and open to the public.

Sethi said she believes environmentalism is fundamentally a human and civil rights issue because “we all have the right to clean air, to clean water and to safe food.”

She said, “I think not everyone would agree with that, but for me, the fundamental things that we share, the humanity that we share — those are the areas that need the most attention.”

Sethi has appeared on Oprah, NPR and NBC News, and she is the creator of the Sundance Channel’s environmental justice series “The Good Fight.” She currently teaches environmental media courses at the University of Kansas and is writing a book about eco-elitism.

Sethi says, “My new eco-mantra is reduce, reuse, recycle and relate.”

Among the grassroots organizations whose environmental justice efforts she says she’s most heartened by are Communities for a Better Environment, Green Workers Cooperative, the Green Belt Movement, Peoples Grocery and Greensburg Greentown.

“They remind us how interconnected and interdependent we all are,” she said.

Diana Lalani of TTU’s Women’s Center said, “In her podcasts, Sethi encourages us to take responsibility as environmentally aware citizens and to use the technology at our disposal to inspire others to action.”

In addition to Sethi’s presentation, the TTU Women’s Center — located in Room 203 of Pennebaker Hall — will also be hosting open house displays from 11 a.m. to noon on Tuesday and Thursday, March 24 and 26.

The open houses will include a collection of Women’s History displays, as well as a Green Movement leaders display. Homemade cookies will be served.

“I’ve been interested in the preservation of the beauty of our planet since I was in junior high and learned about the population explosion,” Lalani said. “I’m an avid gardener and a partner in an organic fruit tree nursery, so naturally, this theme speaks to my personal interests and knowledge. I’m excited to be able to help with these presentations.”

The TTU Women’s Center was established in 1993 with a mission to empower women in the student body, on the faculty and on the staff of the university community through education, the dissemination of information and consultation.

For more information about Sethi, go to her web site at www.simransethi.com. For more information about TTU’s Women’s Center, go to its web site at www.tntech.edu/women or call 931/372-3850.

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