Chris Manganiello of the Georgia Rivers Network talks about the pioneers of Georgia environmentalism. Eugene Odum, Jane Yarn and many others led a popular movement to pressure lawmakers in the late 1960’s to pass the Coastal Marshlands Protection Act, the most important piece of environmental legislation in Georgia.
Excerpts from interviews and presentations recorded at the “Prepare, Respond and Adapt – Is Georgia Climate Ready” conference on Jekyll Island. Subjects include tropical storms, droughts, fisheries, vulnerability assessments, living shorelines, energy, climate change skepticism and what we can do to fight global warming.
University of Colorado law professor William Boyd talks about groundwater on Georgia’s coast. He examines this precious resource through natural, historic, legal and political lenses. He focuses his talk on the water-intensive pulp and paper industry on the Savannah River.
Writer and environmental activist Janisse Ray talks about the Georgia coast as experienced through the brilliant language of our great authors. She explains how writers shape our sense of place and how lost vocabulary makes us speechless before nature.
Coastal historian Buddy Sullivan talks about the northern industrialists who shaped the current state of Georgia’s coast, especially its protected barrier islands, in the century that followed the Civil War. His presentation was delivered at the “Coastal Nature, Coastal Culture” symposium organized by the Ossabaw Island Foundation.
Environmental historian Albert Way of Kennesaw State University talks about the history of Georgia’s longleaf pine forests. He argues that longleaf pine is a foundational material of American industry. He presented this talk at the “Coastal Nature, Coastal Culture” symposium organized by the Ossabaw Island Foundation.
University of Michigan history professor Tiya Miles talks about “ghost tourism” and “flying African” stories in the South. Both turn historical fragments into supernatural tales. This lecture was recorded at the Coastal Nature, Coastal Culture symposium organized by the Ossabaw Island Foundation.
Historian Drew Swanson talks about post Civil War “disaster tourism” and how it relates to the South’s conservation movement. A professor at Wright State University, Swanson argues that postwar emphasis on wildness, recreation and isolation fueled later generations. He spoke at the Coastal Nature, Coastal Culture symposium organized by the Ossabaw Island Foundation.
Historic cartography expert Max Edelson of the University of Virginia talks about British maps of Georgia. He explains how maps reflected the hopes and fears of Colonial settlers. They drew Georgia into being and documented its changing vision.
Art dealer Chris Murray talks about the photography exhibit “Elvis at 21.” On display at the Jepson Center for the Arts, the images capture Elvis Pressley in 1956, while the musician was still on the cusp on stardom. The photos were taken by Alfred Wertheimer.