On Thursday, Jan. 31 from 7-8 p.m. at Anderson Auditorium the BVU Aces program will be free and opoen to the public.
The "Oil Versus Wilderness by Jon Waterman" program has been updated for 2007 to show the findings from an expedition Jon led, with the world famous conservationist, Dr. George Schaller, to study climate change in northern Alaska. As the recipient of a National Geographic grant, the author traveled with three grad students and Dr. Schaller, visiting with other scientists, Native Americans, and traveling throughout the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) to document the startling effects of global warming-to be released by the National Geographic in fall 2007 on TV and in various magazine articles.
The lecture was also derived from Jon's teaching an accredited course for the University of Alaska on this subject, to determine the aesthetic values behind wilderness preservation versus northern industry. Since ANWR was first created in 1960, oil companies have repeatedly lobbied Congress to open this most pristine sanctuary to drilling. As a veteran of a half dozen trips into the remote, 19-million-acre ANWR-bearing witness to the incredible caribou migration and a cornucopia of wildlife found nowhere else on the continent -Jon shares both slides and film, telling an insightful story.