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Environmental classes offered in Kannapolis

KANNAPOLIS ó The Kannapolis Environmental Stewardship Commission (ESC) is holding a series of free environmental classes during the month of August.
The classes are designed to educate the public on environmental issues, how they affect the world around us and what we can do to help improve our environment.
“Being educated on a matter is the first step in understanding a problem,” said Kannapolis Community Outreach Coordinator Renee Goodnight. “This is a great opportunity for people in the community to come out and learn more about the world around them and the issues our environment faces.”
Classes will be held each Thursday during August beginning at 7 p.m. in the Old Cabarrus Bank Building in Cannon Village, 201 West Ave., Kannapolis. To register, please contact Elizabeth Cox at ecox@cityofkannapolis.com or 704-920-4314.
Schedule of classes
– Thursday ó What is All the Buzz About Bees?
Beekeeper Bob Blackwelder will discuss the recent drastic reduction in the U.S. honeybee population and how it could affect our food supply.
– Thursday, Aug. 13 ó A Nation of Farmers
Aaron Newton, an author and land designer, will speak about industrial agriculture including soil loss, water degradation and climate change. He will also discuss how producing locally grown foods can address these issues.
– Thursday, Aug. 20 ó Your Yard is More Than Just Grass
Colleen McDaniel, owner of a landscaping design and contracting company, will educate audiences on environmentally friendly landscaping techniques.
– Thursday, Aug. 27 óEnvironmental Forces Shaping Our Future
Dr. Francis Koster received his doctorate from the University of Massachusetts program for the Study of the Future and will review the known trends and facts which clearly point to environmental and energy problems in our future and various strategies state and local leaders can take to help mitigate them.

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