CONTACT: MELVIN O. SHAW
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0010; fax (319) 384-0024
Release: Sept. 16, 1999
Former Sierra Club president Adam Werbach speaks about
environment Sept. 23
IOWA CITY, Iowa--Former Sierra Club president Adam
Werbach, leader of the U.S.'s largest environmental group, will appear at
the University of Iowa Thursday, Sept. 23 where he will give a free and public
lecture at 7:30 p.m. in Macbride Auditorium.
In 1997 Werbach became the 105-year-old club's youngest
president when he was elected at age 23. After serving a two-year term, he
is now a board member of the Sierra Society. As president he represented the
California-based group's more than 600,000 members on such political issues
as clean water, wetlands and national forest protection.
Vice President Al Gore hailed Werbach as a person
who is proving young people do care about the environment. Werbach, a self-proclaimed
avid hiker, guitarist and singer, seemingly has always been an environmental
activist. When he was 8 years old he circulated a petition to oust then Secretary
of the Interior James Watt and now actively recruits youth to become involved
in supporting environmental issues. His 1998 book, "Act Now, Apologize Later,"
"fueled a grassroots environmental movement among Gen-Xers that most people
would have thought impossible," according to the book's publisher.
Werbach appears at the UI as one of the 1999-00 UI
Lecture Committee's guests.
Nick Klenske, UI student and the committee's marketing
chair, says Werbach was invited because he will likely be able to connect
with the student population because his work demonstrates the benefits hard
work can bring.
Werbach is a graduate of Brown University and leads
the organization credited with helping enact the 1972 Clean Air Act, which
lead to the cleanup of rivers, lakes and streams across the U.S. after a toxic
spill in Ohio's Cuyahoga River in 1969.
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