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Teach-In to Highlight Regional Impact of Global Warming

Philadelphia, PA, February 4, 2009

What: Drexel University will join schools across the country for a teach-in on solutions to global warming. The day-long event will include presentations on sustainable design and a live presentation of turtle species that are threatened by regional environmental changes. Diamondback Terrapin turtles live in the salty marshes of the New Jersey shore but rising sea levels caused by global warming are threatening the Diamondback’s habitat. Regional environmental changes have taken a heavy toll on the Spotted Turtle and the Eastern Mud Turtle. Both species are locally extinct largely because of habitat destruction and collection as pets. As if the region’s turtle population did not already have enough to worry about, the animals also face a threat from non-native Red-eared Slider turtles. Global warming is forcing the Slider turtles to migrate to the Philadelphia-region from Mississippi. The migration will likely harm the local ecosystem as native and foreign species fight over a limited food supply. The turtles will be on hand as part of Drexel’s participation in a nationwide teach-in to help find solutions to global warming. At the day-long event students and faculty will hear presentations, view exhibitions and engage in small group discussions on ways to combat global warming. The teach-in is sponsored by Drexel Green, the University’s sustainability initiative. More information can be found at http://drexel.edu/sustainability/ Visuals: · Four species of turtles in aquariums · Students on hand to explain impact of global warming on species · Groups of students sharing ideas and speaking out on global warming · Student exhibitions of research on local climate change When: Thursday, Feb. 5, 11 – 3 p.m. (Turtles available at 12:30 p.m.) Where: Mitchell Auditorium, Edmund D. Bossone Enterprise Research Center (Market Street between 31st and 32nd Streets) ### News Media Contact: Noah Cohen, University Relations 215-895-2705, 267-228-5599 (cell) or noah.cohen@drexel.edu