11:00 – 11:50 am: Sustainable Ecotourism in the Peruvian Amazon
Aguajals are swamps that are important to the Amazonian eco-system but under duress due to development and a lack of oversight. Rainforest Expeditions is a hotel and eco-tourism company based deep in the heart of the Peruvian Amazon. Their dedication to maintaining the aguajals stems partially from the organization’s unique ownership structure shared between the Ese’Eja, an Amazonian first nations tribe, and Rainforest Expeditions’ management. Come learn about the Peruvian Amazon and how culture, profit, and the environment can be combined for the betterment of tourists, the host community, conservation, and ecological modernization in general!
Location: Building 7
12:15 – 1:20 pm: Fast Fashion Folly
Monica J. Stenzel teaches in the Social Sciences Department for Highline College. She has advanced degrees in history and musicology, and researches historic models of sustainability, as well as European witchcraft. She will be talking about the madness that is fast fashion, what it is doing to our culture and our environment.
Location: Room 101, Building 2
1:30 – 3:20 pm: The Price is (not) Right. The History of E-Waste Recycling
What happens to your old cell phone when you get a new one? Every year, people all over the world throw away over 50 million tons of cell phones, computers, small appliances and other electronic waste. Since 1970s and 1980s, there have been rules governing e-waste disposal. Yet only about 17% of e-waste is currently recycled. Come hear how the history of recycling metal and e-waste shows us that we can do better in the future.
Location: Room 102, Building 3