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Greenpeace-Activist-Gone-Nuclear Patrick Moore to Lecture

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March 23, 2009 | by Wendy Leopold
EVANSTON, Ill. --- Patrick Moore -- a leader and co-founder of Greenpeace International in the early 1970s and an activist today in favor of nuclear power -- will discuss his environmental conversion Monday, April 6, when he lectures at Northwestern University.

Patrick's remarks, which will be followed by a question-and-answer session, will take place at 6 p.m. in McCormick Tribune Forum, 1870 Campus Drive, Evanston. As part of the Medill School of Journalism's Crain Lecture Series, the event is free and open to the public.

After leading Greenpeace International for 15 years and participating in the inaugural mission in 1971 that protested nuclear tests in the Aleutian Islands, Moore severed his ties with the environmental group and became an outspoken advocate of nuclear energy. This month he was awarded the National Award for Nuclear Science from the Einstein Society in Albuquerque, N.M.

With, Christine Todd Whitman, former U.S. Secretary of the Environment during the George W. Bush administration, Moore co-chaired the Clean and Safe Energy (CASEnergy) Coalition, a self-described "grassroots coalition that unites unlikely allies across the business, environmental, academic and labor community to support nuclear energy."

In his lectured titled "From Greenpeace to CASEnergy: Why I Took Another Look at Nuclear Power," Moore will explain the reasons behind his break with Greenpeace and his advocacy today of nuclear energy.

Moore is chair and chief scientist of Greenspirit Strategies, a Vancouver consulting group that focuses on environmental policy and communications in forestry, agriculture, fisheries and aquaculture, biodiversity, energy and climate change.

The admission-free Crain Lecture Series is named in honor of magazine publishers Gertrude and G.D. Crain Jr. For further information about the April 6 event, call (847) 491-5401 or visit the Medill Web site at http://www.medill.northwestern.edu.