Climate Change and its Effect on Water- Panel Discussion
Join us on World Water Day for an evening of art and dialogue, where the guests in our panel will discuss climate change and its effects on water, as represented in our current exhibition In the Wake.
Along with our moderator, HCP's Director of Exhibition and Programs - Caroline Docwra, the panelist include Caleb Cain Marcus, Exhibiting Artist; David Crossley, Houston Tomorrow; Jim Blackburn, Environmental Lawyer/Rice University; Bob Randall, Urban Harvest; Shawn McFarland, Transition Houston.
Caleb Cain Marcus is a New York City–based photographer born at the base of a fourteen thousand foot peak in Colorado. Cain Marcus’ work defines and describes the physicality of space among living things by using color and contrast to construct space that can be felt, experienced and observed. The resulting images establish a sense of wonder and re-enchantment.
David Crossley is Senior Fellow, former President, and founder of Houston Tomorrow, an independent nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for all the people of the Houston region through research, education, and discussion. Crossley has led the Livable Houston/Smart Growth Initiative in the Houston Gulf Coast region since the organization’s founding as the Gulf Coast Institute in 1998. Crossley has given hundreds of presentations on Smart Growth and Livable Communities in the Houston region and around the nation. Crossley was a co-founder and the second president of the Houston Center for Photography where he also founded Spot (HCP magazine) and served on the board for many years. He began his career in photography in 1961 as a journalist at the University of Texas. During the 1980s his photographs were shown at HCP and in several other galleries and venues in Houston. He was a commercial studio photographer from 1980-1995 and during that period he was the first photographer in Houston to use the software called Photoshop and to provide digital manipulation of images to clients. Today he is scanning and reprinting his oldest work and also developing a portfolio of landscapes largely shot at Sky Farm, his three-generation family farm in Austin County.
Jim Blackburn has been a practicing environmental lawyer and planner since 1973. He is a Professor in the Practice of Environmental Law in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at Rice University, where he teaches courses in sustainable design and environmental law and is the Director of the Undergraduate Minor in Energy and Water Sustainability. Blackburn is the Co-Director of the Severe Storm Prediction, Education and Evacuation from Disasters (SSPEED) Center at Rice. He is also a Rice Faculty Scholar at the Baker Institute and is the owner of a planning firm called Sustainable Planning and Design. Blackburn authored The Book of Texas Bays published in 2004 by Texas A&M Press and is writing a new book on the Texas coast scheduled for publication by Texas A&M Press in 2016. He has also authored numerous legal papers and has received several local, state and national awards for environmental advocacy.
Bob Randall was raised in Princeton, NJ; did his West Coast anthropological doctoral work on Philippine food system ecology and has lived and worked on the Gulf Coast now for 34 years. He was one of the eight founders of Urban Harvest in 1994 and was Executive Director from its beginning until he retired after 21 years of leadership (including Urban Harvest’s predecessor at the Interfaith Hunger Coalition) in early 2008. As such, Bob has played a major local and national role in the development of area community gardens, school gardens, farmers’ markets, organic gardening classes, organic landscaping. And he has been an advocate for local food of the highest quality for several decades. He has taught at 6 universities. Most recently, he taught part time as community agriculture lecturer in the ecology department at Rice. He is the author of a chapter in a forthcoming anthropology text on sustainable communities.
Shawn McFarland is a green architect and Permaculture designer. She has practiced architecture in Houston for more than 30 years. A long time Houston native, she teaches Permaculture Design through the local non-profit Urban Harvest.She is an Advisory Board member of Urban Harvest and of Citizens’ Environmental Coalition, where she is Past Board President. She is co-founder and Core Team member of Transition Houston, part of a world-wide organization dedicated to living a more local, sustainable lifestyle and a board member of Houston Peace and Justice Center and of YMCA Camp Cullen. She is dedicated to local environmental activism and to a low carbon footprint design and lifestyle.