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Bard College Joins Largest Teach-In in United States History
Over One Thousand Campuses Help Focus Nation on Solutions to Global Warming
ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y.—On Friday, February 1, Bard College will participate in Focus the Nation, an unprecedented teach-in on global warming solutions. “Today’s college students are truly the greatest generation,” says Lewis and Clark professor of economics Eban Goodstein, author and project director for Focus the Nation. “No other generation has ever had to face this kind of civilizational challenge. And we as educators would be failing if we did not prepare them to meet this challenge.”
The daylong series of events, “Stabilizing the Climate in the 21st Century—Global Warming Solutions for America,” hosted by Bard College on February 1 includes panel discussions by 20 faculty members and community experts; an all-local harvest lunch; alternate vehicle demonstration; exhibition; film screenings; theater presentation; and a “green democracy” roundtable with civic leaders and students, moderated by Bard College’s President Leon Botstein, who recently signed the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment that calls for the College to create a plan for climate neutrality.
The nationwide teach-in is to include members of Congress. In the event that members of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives cannot return to their districts for these discussions, Focus the Nation has partnered with a company called SightSpeed to provide live, video-conferencing technology between campuses and Congress.
“There has been a truly interdisciplinary response from the Bard community in preparing for this conference,” says Laurie Husted, Bard’s environmental auditor. “Not only are all four of our divisions represented, but there are more than two dozen artists who have contributed to a climate change art show, as well as a theater workshop during the evening. There is a general understanding that we cannot solve the problem using science alone.”
The national teach-in kicks off at on Wednesday, January 30, with a screening of Bard professor Joel Kovel's documentary, A Really Inconvenient Truth, followed by The 2% Solution, a webcast coproduced by the National Wildlife Federation and aired by the Earth Day Network. Panelists include Stanford climate scientist Stephen Schneider; L. Hunter Lovins, CEO of Natural Capitalism and environmental justice leader; and Van Jones, executive director of the Ella Baker Center in Oakland, California. The webcast will be aired in Bard’s newly constructed Gabrielle H. Reem and Herbert J. Kayden Center for Science and Computation.
The final piece of Focus the Nation’s teach-in model will be the “Choose Your Future” vote. All student, faculty, and community participants are encouraged to vote on what they think are the top five solutions to global warming from a list of 10 to 15 available starting Monday, January 21, at www.focusthenation.org. Results will be presented nationally in mid February. All students who vote on the “Choose Your Future” ballot will be eligible to win a $10,000 leadership scholarship for a project to be completed by August 31, 2008.
For more information on Bard College and participation in Focus the Nation, visit www.focusthenation.org, inside.bard.edu/berd, or contact Laurie Husted at 845-758-7180 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The program is supported by the Bard Environmental Resources Department (BERD), Bard Center for Environmental Policy (BCEP), Chartwells, and Office of the Dean of the College/Academic Affairs at Bard, as well as Berkshire Taconic Foundation and Neighborhood Earth Watch.
Focus the Nation is an unprecedented educational initiative on global warming solutions for America occurring at more than 1,000 universities and colleges and in all 50 states on January 31, 2008 and at Bard on February 1, 2008. As the largest teach-in in U.S. history, Focus the Nation is preparing millions of students to become leaders in the largest civilizational challenge any generation has faced. For more information, visit www.focusthenation.org.
“Critical decisions need to be made on global warming, which means today’s leaders and the youth who will inherit the crisis need serious education on the issue,” said James “Gus” Speth, dean, Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. “Focus the Nation is our country’s foremost model to create that level of education and interaction with lawmakers.”
Focus the Nation at Bard College: Schedule of Events
Monday, January 21, through Friday, February 1
Focus the Nation: Choose Your Future
Wednesday, January 30
Focus the Nation: Film Screening
A Really Inconvenient Truth documentary by Bard Professor Joel Kovel.
Kovel explores the issue of what is “really inconvenient” - “the truth that global warming is directly related to the uncontrolled growth of the dominant world capitalist system” Room 101, Gabrielle H. Reem and Herbert J. Kayden Center for Science and Computation.
Focus the Nation: Webcast
The 2% Solution
Location: Gabrielle H. Reem and Herbert J. Kayden Center for Science and Computation
Friday, February 1, through Thursday, February 7
Friday, February 1
Focus the Nation: Teach-In
“Stabilizing the Climate in the 21st Century—Global Warming Solutions for America”
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