CFACT’s executive director Craig Rucker addressed students this week at the University of Florida, Gainesville and Florida State University, Tallahassee. Although typically rivals, students at both campuses seemed more than eager to put partisanship aside and work together to get CFACT’s Collegians off the ground and running this year in the Sunshine State.
In his talks, Rucker not only shared CFACT’s vision of positive environmental stewardship through sound science and free markets, but also showcased examples of how the Committee is working through various programs to educate the public.
“Whether it’s reaching millions through our Climate Depot news and information service and Just the Facts radio broadcast, or Collegians outreach and Adopt-a-Village development program, CFACT is committed to trying to move the environmental debate in a more positive direction,” he stated.
“It is clear that after the fall of communism, many academics who sympathized with the far-Left found a home in environmental causes. Like watermelons, they became green on the outside, but remained red on the inside,” he joked.
From the applause after the talks, the students appeared to be very receptive to the CFACT message. They engaged Rucker on numerous topics in the Q & A sessions on such diverse subjects as fracking, genetically-modified foods, wildlife conservation, and global warming, among others.
For his part, Rucker enjoyed every bit of speaking to and interacting with students on both campuses.
“It’s great to get a chance to speak to and interact with young people who have a passion to learn and want to change their world,” quipped Rucker. “What’s not to love!”