NCP Founder and Environmentalist to Speak April 22
David R. Radcliff, founder and director of the faith-based New Community Project (NCP), will speak at Bridgewater College's Earth Day convocation at 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 22, in Cole Hall. The event is free and open to the public.
Radcliff, a noted environmentalist and 1975 alumnus of Bridgewater, will speak on a variety of environmental and sustainability related issues.
During the week of April 22, Radcliff also will speak to a number of Bridgewater classes on topics that include women's and girls' roles and challenges in poor-world cultures as well as environmental challenges facing key global ecosystems and native cultures in the Arctic and Amazon. He also will address globalization, worldwide water issues and how to use the arts to promote causes.
"Earth – and those of us who call it home – is at a turning point," Radcliff said. "Key environmental systems, such as climate, rainforests, aquifers, oceanic food chains and others, are increasingly stressed and at tipping points of viability. Human attitudes and actions have gotten us in this predicament; they can get us out – if we move quickly and substantially."
NCP is a nonprofit organization focusing on environmental awareness, global education and experiential learning. The organization works through its partners in six countries to support girls' education, women's development and reforestation and forest preservation.
Originally from Blue Ridge, Va., Radcliff earned his M.Div. and D.Min. (peace studies) degrees from Bethany Theological Seminary. In 2008, he received the West-Whitelow Award for Humanitarian Service from Bridgewater College.