Thursday, June 28, 2012

UAB professor reps the nation, launches blog

Thousands of government officials, world leaders, members of the private sector have been gathering in Brazil at the Rio +20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development to “shape how we can reduce poverty, advance social equity and ensure environmental protection on an ever more crowded planet to get to the future we want,” according to the conference website.

Among them is Brian Geiger, Ed.D., professor of human studies in the UAB School of Education. Geiger was chosen to represent the American Association for Health Education as a delegate at the conference.

He says he is honored to serve and plans to take what he learns and bring it back to his students to make them aware of global health issues.

While there, he launched a blog called sustaintheearth to document his journey, in the "spirit of adventure" and to remedy "the exorbitant cost of international calls to US from Brazil"”

In the blog Geiger muses about how he took four flights to three countries and “the fun of passing through Mexican and Brazilian Immigration and Customs, and being interviewed by a federal police officer, while skipping around terminals with no English signage.”

In addition, he posted important videos about sustainability, draft language from the conference’s consensus statement regarding education, posed thought-provoking questions about how we can make the earth a better place and more.

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