Originally published in Compass, June 12, 2014
MERI announces lecture series
The Marine Environmental Research Institute announced its 2014 environmental lecture series: “The Healing Edge in a Changing World,” a program that will explore the critical environmental issues impacting each of us, as well as potential solutions for healing our environment and ourselves.
The series will open with Toxic Hot Seat, an award-winning documentary about a 40-year campaign of deception that has left a toxic legacy of flame retardants in our homes and bodies, according to MERI’s news release. From changes in our weather patterns and in the bay around us to the truth about chemical exposure and cancer, the series is an exploration of some critical health issues of our times.
Lectures are open to the public and will begin June 27 and conclude September 24. With the exception of the final talk, all lectures are held at the Center For Marine Studies at 55 Main Street in Blue Hill and start at 6 p.m., preceded by a speaker’s reception at 5:30 p.m. There is no charge for admission, but seating is limited to 100 people.
After the June 27 screening of Toxic Hot Seat, Dr. Susan Shaw, director/founder of the Marine Environmental Research Institute, will moderate an expert panel discussion with Mike Belliveau, executive director, Environmental Health Strategy Center and Ronnie Green, Portland firefighter