CSU, Chico News

Environmentalist and Emmy Award Winner David Chameides Will Speak on ‘Chasing Sustainability’

Date: 02-06-2008

Kathleen McPartland
Public Affairs
Andrew Flescher

The Institute for Sustainable Development and the Center for Applied and Professional Ethics, California State University, Chico are co-hosting David Chameides, an award-winning director and cameraman, as well as a freelance journalist who writes about alternative fuels. He will speak on Wednesday, Feb. 27, in Performing Arts Center 134 at 7:30 p.m.

Chameides will address questions such as What is the rate of fossil fuel consumption in the United States compared with the rest of the world? How much longer can we continue to use energy at the rate at which we are accustomed? If not much longer, what are our prospects for developing alternative, nonpolluting sources? How do regular people in Chico, California, go about doing this?

“David Chameides presents an argument in favor of practicing conservation in the broader ambition of living a more sustainable lifestyle,” said Professor Andrew Flescher, who is helping coordinate Chameides’ visit. “His talk begins with a now-famous Caltech study from 1999 in which scientists determined how much energy the inhabitants of the Earth used compared to how much we will eventually need, paying particular attention to how petroleum is consumed. Chameides makes the case that we are now at ‘peak oil’ and sets up a discussion of conservation and alternative energy.”

Chameides will talk about the conversion of his car to run on used vegetable oil as a concrete instance of what can be done to change the way we consume resources. He also will look at the science in Al Gore’s “An Inconvenient Truth.”

Chameides will assess “Big Oil” and introduce some steps toward living more sustainable lifestyles. Chameides has been described as nonjudgmental and often lighthearted, said Flescher. “Chameides relies on the facts and a no-nonsense pragmatism to persuade, confident that once people are given the right information, they will choose to do what is best,” said Flescher.

For the last 20 years, David Chameides has worked in Hollywood as a director and cameraman and has won two Emmys, one for his work on the television show “E.R.” He is now using his connections in the film industry to get the word out about conservation and living a more sustainable lifestyle.