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TEDx Talks Hosted by FGCU Now Available Online

FORT MYERS, FL - The Center for Environmental and Sustainability Education at Florida Gulf Coast University hosted TEDxFGCU on April 1, an independently organized event that captured the inspiring words of sustainability scholars Akpezi Ogbuigwe, Heila Lotz-Sisitka, and Mary Evelyn Tucker on video.

The speakers shared their unique perspective about Africa and provided the audience with alternative stories of action and hope within the continent. Ogbuigwe, from Nigeria, is head of Environmental Education and Training for the United Nations Environment Programme. She spoke about the real Africa, a continent of unparalleled beauty, wealth and promise.

Lotz-Sisitka of Rhodes University in South Africa told her own story as a teacher in segregated schools during apartheid in South Africa. She articulated her vision of an "education for the future," and described the work of women who are Africa's "silent heroes."

Tucker of Yale University introduced Journey of the Universe, a new multi-media collaboration inspired by Thomas Berry's "The New Story." Journey of the Universe weaves together scientific discoveries and humanistic insights to create a new narrative of the evolution of the universe.

To access the TEDxFGCU video, visit and search for TEDxFGCU. The links to each video are also available on the Center website at To learn more about the Center, call (239) 590-7492 or visit

For further information, contact Michael Verdi, editorial assistant for Center for Environmental and Sustainability Education at (856) 404-4160 or

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