President Trump has made no secret of his hostility to environmental protection. He has hired a man who sued the EPA multiple times to run the agency, proposed cutting its budget by 30 percent, called climate change a Chinese hoax, and has promised to bring back the coal industry.

Environmental groups are now looking for ways to influence, moderate, or oppose the new administration.

The D&R Greenway and Green Hour Radio will host a discussion among three experts on the implications of the Trump administration for the environment. The talk, “Framing the Future: Seeking Solutions to Environmental Challenges, with “What the New Administration Means for the Environment” will take place Wednesday, April 12, at 6:30 p.m. at the D&R Greenway’s Johnson Education Center, One Preservation Place, Princeton.

Panelists include Rob Goldston, former director of the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory; Nicky Sheats, director of the Center for the Urban Environment at the John S. Watson Institute for Public Policy at Thomas Edison State University; and Smita Brunnermeier, environmental economist at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. Tickets are free. For more information, call 609-924-4646 or visit www.drgreenway.org.

Linda Mead, president & CEO of D&R Greenway Land Trust, says D&R Greenway is committed to long-term actions that protect our environment. “We are in it for the long run. Land preservation is forever, but there are tipping points beyond which we cannot go without serious impact,” she says.

The discussion will focus on key priorities, including pipelines and land preservation, the effective functioning of the EPA, environmental justice and climate change. Checks and balances, and local and regional actions that might influence the administration’s agenda, will be examined.

“A lot of us are worried about what will happen with a president who denies human-induced climate change and who has appointed somebody to lead the EPA who seems intent on destroying it,” says the Green Hour’s Gery Juleff, who will moderate the discussion.“With this discussion, we hope to learn what active steps we can take to help preserve our planet for the future.”

Rob Goldston is former director of Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory and is a professor of astrophysical sciences at Princeton. Goldston was recently named one of the “Leading Global Thinkers” by Foreign Policy magazine and is an active member of the Princeton Ridge Coalition, dedicated to protecting the Princeton Ridge and the residents of Princeton from the Transco pipeline.

Nicky Sheats is director of the Center for the Urban Environment at the John S. Watson Institute for Public Policy at Thomas Edison State University. Sheats has defined the primary mission of the Center for the Urban Environment as providing support for New Jersey’s environmental justice community.

As an environmental economist at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Smita Brunnermeier analyzes the policy causes and consequences of interactions between human or corporate behavior and environmental services. She is keenly interested in issues at the intersection of economic development and environmental protection.

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