During nearly twenty years in Lafayette I phoned 482-6340 at ULL to hear “Hi, This is Dr. Griff Blakewood in the Department of Renewable Resources. Please leave a message.” My calls were returned faithfully.

After a lengthy struggle with cancer countless friends and supporters no longer hear the energizing voice of Griff in his Hamilton Hall office. Nor do students visit him for counseling or career advice. Griff is still summoning all of us to a limitless future in renewable resources from his place in the cosmos. Is there anyone occupying Griff’s position at ULL to prepare students for our common future in a carbon-neutral world?

Norway and several industrialized European nations joined Costa Rica, New Zealand, plus a growing number of threatened island nations. They were supported by tiny Vatican City under Pope Benedict XVI in declaring carbon neutrality. President Nasheed of the Maldives perceives his island nation and many countries are besieged by a rising ocean. Pleading for his own vanishing country, Nasheed invites all other nations to strive for carbon neutrality: “Politicians rarely act unless their electorates push them to do so. In that regard, I would invite everyone living in a country that has not signed on to carbon neutrality to ask their elected representatives why they are dragging their feet on the most important issue in human history.” (Oceans by Jon Bowermaster, p.66)

Dr. Blakewood is a visionary who perceived the urgency of proceeding in the global arena of renewable resources.

With sincere gratitude to Linda Broussard of the Lafayette Public Library and her computer skills, a search was made for “renewable resources” in all states. There are 6,600 colleges in the US. Miss Linda narrowed her computer search to Environmental Engineering Technology/Environmental Technology that resulted in 72 institutions.

Will the university officials honor Griff’s pioneering environmental spadework by continuing the academic efforts of Dr. Blakewood that prepare students for a world inexorably drawn toward carbon neutrality by 2020?