Marlboro College

News Nicaraguan biodiversity specialist to speak on trade policy and the environment, October 13

MARLBORO, VT – (October 10, 2011) – Witness for Peace New England brings Julio Sanchez, regional coordinator for the Central American Alliance for the Protection of Biodiversity, to the Marlboro College campus, Dalrymple Hall 38, October 13 at 4 PM. Sanchez, an internationally recognized expert in the field of biodiversity, will address the connection between the environment and human rights in Central America. The event is sponsored by Marlboro College World Studies Program.

Central America is a biologically diverse “hot spot,” accounting for 7 percent of the world’s species. The region is also faced with tremendous threats from human activity, including the indirect effects of trade agreements. Sanchez conducts research on these effects for the Humboldt Center in Managua, Nicaragua. His research includes measuring biodiversity, documenting food security and the incursion of genetically modified foods into the food system and understanding the effects of free trade agreements on the environment. He will explore the connections between U.S. policy, the environment and immigration, and the measures that are necessary to protect natural resources.

Witness for Peace (WFP) is a nationwide grassroots organization committed to nonviolence. Its roots reach back to 1983, when a group of people, growing into the thousands, banded together in response to the US-funded Contra war in Nicaragua. WFP’s mission is to support peace, justice and sustainable economies in the Americas by changing U.S. policies and corporate practices which contribute to poverty and oppression in Latin America and the Caribbean. For more information, go to: www.witnessforpeace.org/newengland.

Marlboro College has offered undergraduate education in the liberal arts for 60 years, with 300 undergraduate students enjoying an 8:1 student-faculty ratio, a voice in governing the community and individualized courses of study on a 300-acre campus in the hills of southern Vermont. Marlboro College Graduate School offers master's degree programs for working adults in the areas of education, internet technologies, health care administration, non-profit administration and an MBA in Managing for Sustainability, with courses designed around small classes at the downtown Brattleboro campus complemented by online work and collaboration.

Contact: Susan Letendre, Witness for Peace New England, 401-268-9810

wfpne@witnessforpeace.org

www.witnessforpeace.org

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