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College to Participate in National Climate Change Teach-In

January 15, 2008
By: WSU News

Worcester State College will participate in, “Focus The Nation,” an unprecedented national teach-in on global warming solutions, Thursday, January 31.  The day-long teach-in event will be preceded by the Stanford University webcast, “The 2% Solution,” produced by the National Wildlife Federation and aired by the Earth Day Network.  Panelists will include actor Edward Norton, Stanford climate scientist Steve Schneider, Hunter Lovins, CEO of Natural Capitalism and environmental justice leader, Van Jones, executive director of the Ella Baker Center in Oakland, Calif.

“We are proud to have faculty who are so engaged on this crucial topic,” said Worcester State College President Dr. Janelle Ashley.  “Because of their commitment to this issue, our students will be hearing about the local impact of climate change right on our campus from the faculty they know so well.”

The teach-in event will feature remarks from Worcester State College Assistant Professor of Geography Dr. Allison Dunn.  She will outline how global climate change will impact New England.  In addition, Worcester State College Environmental Safety Officer Bob Daniels will explain how Worcester State College is reducing its environmental footprint.

Teach-in sessions will take place at 8:30 a.m., 10:00 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. all in the Blue Lounge in the Student Center.  The day will also feature a film series in the Ghosh Science Center:

2:30                      Light refreshments
2:45-4:15              Everything’s Cool; 
4:15-4:45              Discussion and Intermission
4:45-5:45              Kilowatt Ours (2007)
5:45-6:00              Discussion
6:00-6:30              Pizza
6:30-8:00              An Inconvenient Truth (2006)
8:00-8:30              Discussion

Focus The Nation has created a teach-in model centered on the three most essential pillars for today’s youth to embrace solutions to global warming: education, civic engagement and leadership.

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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 Jan. 31, 2008. As the largest teach-in in U.S. history, Focus The Nation is preparing millions of students to become leaders in the largest civilization challenge any generation has faced. For more information, please visit

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