BOWLING GREEN STATE UNIVERSITY


BGSU students, faculty join community leaders in climate change ‘teach-in’

On Thursday (Jan. 31), BGSU students and faculty will be among those at more than 1,550 institutions across the country participating in Focus The Nation—a teach-in on solutions to global warming. Joining them will be local leaders and University officials for a panel discussion.

From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., nearly 35 faculty members will lead discussion groups in the Bowen-Thompson Student Union on various aspects of climate change, from polar bears to journalistic responsibility related to climate change to eco-fragile countries in the Horn of Africa. See below for schedule.
 
From 5-7 p.m. in 308 Union, a panel discussion on climate change will feature BGSU students and CFO Sheri Stoll, Bowling Green Mayor John Quinn and Public Utilities Director Kevin Maynard, County Commissioner James Carter. Kim Peters, an environmental studies major, will moderate. The discussion is free and open to the public.

“We want everyone attending to understand how global warming affects all the aspects of our life and what they can do to help combat it,” said Jazmine Bennett, president of BGSU’s Environmental Action Group and co-organizer of the campus portion of the event.

“The current generation of BGSU students will be affected enormously by global climate change. This ‘teach-in’ will empower our students to be active participants in the critical dialogue about finding solutions,” said Dr. Gary Silverman, director of BGSU’s Environmental Programs. “We are looking for everyone to come not only to listen but to actively discuss these issues throughout the day. It’s a wonderful opportunity.”

A free concert by local musicians will be held from 7-11 p.m. in the Union Falcon's Nest.

The event will begin with a live Web cast at 8 p.m. on Wednesday (Jan. 30). The “2 Percent Solution” will feature climate scientist Dr. Stephen Schneider of Stanford University and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Natural Capitalism president Hunter Lovins and environmental justice leader Van Jones.

The last component of the event is the online ballot. Participants will vote on top solutions, and the top five will be announced in the beginning of February. Students who vote will be eligible to win a $10,000 leadership scholarship for a project to be completed by the end of August.

Across the nation that day, education and civic engagement will be used to provide a platform for students in elementary and high schools to universities and colleges to engage in the critical societal debate about climate change solutions. Live and videoconference round-table discussions will take place between Congress and campuses.

“Today’s youth are truly the greatest generation,” said Dr. Eban Goodstein, creator of Focus The Nation. “No other generation has had to face this kind of challenge. We would be failing as educators if we did not prepare them with the tools necessary to meet this challenge.”


For more information, visit http://www.focusthenation.org/. Or contact Bennett at jazminb@bgsu.edu or Whitney Kraner at wkraner@bgsu.edu.

Schedule of Events (by room):

201A UNION
Arthur Samel10:30-11 a.m.Greenhouse Gases 101
Shannon Orr11-11:30 a.m.International Treaties and Equity
Timothy Pogacar11:30 a.m. -noonThe Russian Consumer and Climate Change
Bill Thompsonnoon-1 p.m.Spirituality Connecting Humanity and the Planet
Amilcar Challu1:30-2 p.m.Coping with Climatic Change: Lessons from History
Richard Mbatu2- 2:30 p.m.Globalization of Environmental Reforms
Karen Craigo2:30-3 p.m.Words Are Powerful
Fr. Michael Dandurand3-3:30 p.m.Christianity and the Environment
Jodi Haney3:30-4 p.m.Made to Stick: Principles for Effective Communication of Environmental Issues

201B Union
Geoffrey Howes10:30-11a.m.Germany and the EU on Climate Change
Enrique Gomezdelcampo11:30 a.m.-noonLocal Impacts
Gary Silverman2:30 –3 p.m.Human Health Effects of Climate Change
Holly Myers3:30-4 p.m.Moving Off Campus in a Green Way

207 Union
Peter Vanderhart10-11 a.m.Policy Options for Controlling Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Molly Laflin11-11:30 a.m.Sex Education as a Tool for Population Control
Bob Vincent11:30 a.m.-noonProjected Sea Level Rise
Neocles Leontis12-12:30 p.m.Ethanol
Nancy Brendlinger 12:30–1 p.m.Media Coverage of Climate Change - Journalistic Ideology
Catherine Cassara-Jemai1-1:30 p.m.Challenges of International Environmental Education
Sherri Wells-Jensen1:30-2:30 p.m.Will 90% of Languages Die in the Next 100 Years?
Peg Yacobucci2:30-3 p.m.Longer Term Climate Change
Jeannie Ludlow3-3:30 p.m.Gender Issues of Climate Change
Todd Albert3:30-4:30 p.m.Melting Glaciers and Beachfront Property

208 Union
Christine Onasch10-10:30 a.m.Polar Bears
Laura Sanchez10:30-11 a.m. Ready, Set, Green! Being the Change You Want to See in the World!
Karen Sirum11- 11:30 a.m.How Do You Decide What to Eat? Evidence, Evolution, Food, and the Environment.
Karen Root11:30 a.m.-noonHuman Ramifications of the Impact of Climate Change to Plants and Animals
Chris Keilnoon-1 p.m. Eco-fragile Countries:  Potential Humanitarian Impacts of Climate Change on the Horn of Africa
Neocles Leontis1:30- 2 p.m.Hydrogen Economy
William O'Brien2-2:30 p.m.Cognitive-Behavioral Approaches to Changing Climate-Relevant Behavior
Jeff Snyder3-3:30 p.m.Paleo Climate Record and Climate Change
Hailu Kassa4-4:30 p.m.Emergence and Re-emergence of Infectious Diseases in the 21st Century

308 Union
Lubomir Popov10:30-11 a.m.Sustainability, Building Design, and Missed Opportunities
Lubomir Popov11-11:30 a.m.Lifestyle, Built Environment, and the Use of Resources
Erin Labbie11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m.The Good Life

308 Union
Panel Discussion5- 7 p.m.- John Quinn, BG mayor
- Kevin Maynard, BG Public Utilities Director
- James Carter, Wood County Commissioner
- Sheri Stoll, CFO, BGSU
- Kim Peters, BGSU Environmental Studies student (moderator)



Schedule of Events (by time):

Peter Vanderhart10-11 a.m.Policy Options for Controlling Greenhouse Gas Emissions207 Union 
Arthur Samel10:30-11 a.m.Greenhouse Gases 101201A Union 
Lubomir Popov10:30-11 a.m.Sustainability, Building Design, and Missed Opportunities308 Union
Laura Sanchez10:30-11 a.m. Ready, Set, Green! Being the Change You Want to See in the World!208 Union 
Geoffrey Howes10:30-11a.m.Germany and the EU on Climate Change201B Union 
Christine Onasch10-10:30 a.m.Polar Bears208 Union 
Shannon Orr11-11:30 a.m.International Treaties and Equity201A Union 
Karen Sirum11- 11:30 a.m.How Do You Decide What to Eat? Evidence, Evolution, Food, and the Environment.208 Union 
Molly Laflin11-11:30 a.m.Sex Education as a Tool for Population Control207 Union 
Lubomir Popov11-11:30 a.m.Lifestyle, Built Environment, and the Use of Resources308 Union 
Erin Labbie11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m.The Good Life308 Union 
Enrique Gomezdelcampo11:30 a.m.-noonLocal Impacts201B Union 
Bob Vincent11:30 a.m.-noonProjected Sea Level Rise207 Union 
Karen Root11:30 a.m.-noonHuman Ramifications of the Impact of Climate Change to Plants and Animals208 Union 
Timothy Pogacar11:30 a.m. -noonThe Russian Consumer and Climate Change201A Union 
Chris Keilnoon-1 p.m. Eco-fragile Countries:  Potential Humanitarian Impacts of Climate Change on the Horn of Africa208 Union 
Neocles Leontis12-12:30 p.m.Ethanol207 Union 
Bill Thompsonnoon-1 p.m.Spirituality Connecting Humanity and the Planet201A Union 
Nancy Brendlinger 12:30–1 p.m.Media Coverage of Climate Change - Journalistic Ideology207 Union 
Catherine Cassara-Jemai1-1:30 p.m.Challenges of International Environmental Education207 Union 
Neocles Leontis1:30- 2 p.m.Hydrogen Economy208 Union 
Amilcar Challu1:30-2 p.m.Coping with Climatic Change: Lessons from History201A Union 
Sherri Wells-Jensen1:30-2:30 p.m.Will 90% of Languages Die in the Next 100 Years?207 Union 
Richard Mbatu2- 2:30 p.m.Globalization of Environmental Reforms201A Union 
William O'Brien2-2:30 p.m.Cognitive-Behavioral Approaches to Changing Climate-Relevant Behavior208 Union 
Gary Silverman2:30 –3 p.m.Human Health Effects of Climate Change201B Union
Karen Craigo2:30-3 p.m.Words Are Powerful201A Union 
Peg Yacobucci2:30-3 p.m.Longer Term Climate Change207 Union 
Jeannie Ludlow3-3:30 p.m.Gender Issues of Climate Change207 Union 
Jeff Snyder3-3:30 p.m.Paleo Climate Record and Climate Change208 Union 
Fr. Michael Dandurand3-3:30 p.m.Christianity and the Environment201A Union 
Jodi Haney3:30-4 p.m.Made to Stick: Principles for Effective Communication of Environmental Issues201A Union 
Holly Myers3:30-4 p.m.Moving Off Campus in a Green Way201B Union 
Todd Albert3:30-4:30 p.m.Melting Glaciers and Beachfront Property207 Union 
Hailu Kassa4-4:30 p.m.Emergence and Re-emergence of Infectious Diseases in the 21st Century208 Union 
Panel Discussion5- 7 p.m.- John Quinn, BG mayor
- Kevin Maynard, BG Public Utilities Director
- James Carter, Wood County Commissioner- Sheri Stoll, CFO, BGSU
- Kim Peters, BGSU Environmental Studies student (moderator)
308 Union
January 28, 2008