Beczak will kick off its Fall 2011 RiverTalks on September 10 with John Cronin, hero of the environmental movement!
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SEPTEMBER 10: Hudson River Presentation by John Cronin
Former Hudson Riverkeeper and current Director of the Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries, offers thoughts on the future of the Hudson River and updates on the world’s water. Keynote presentation of Yonkers RiverFest.
“If the 20th century was the era of environmental brawn, the 21st century has to be the era of environmental brains,” Cronin tells his audiences. “One billion people are without safe water. We have the know-how and compassion to correct that tragedy, and harmonize forever the human and natural worlds. This is the greatest challenge of the 21st century.”
John Cronin, who devotes his time to preserving the waters, is best known for serving as Riverkeeper for the Hudson River for 17 years. He is currently the Executive Director of the Beacon Institution for Rivers and Estuaries and Senior Fellow in Environmental Affairs at the Pace Academy for Applied Environmental Studies at Pace University. Time magazine named him a “Hero for the Planet” and the Wall Street Journal called him “a unique presence on America’s major waterways.”
Cronin was the lead environmental negotiator for the New York City Watershed Agreement, and was the author and lead lobbyist of three state environmental laws. The Knight-Ridder newspapers praised John Cronin as a “hero in one of the great success stories of the modern environmental movement.” He is a native of Yonkers, NY.