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‘Teach-in’ to focus on global warming

February 2nd, 2009

National Teach-In on Global Warming
Feb. 5, 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
Rauch Planetarium and Ekstrom Library, Belknap Campus
Admission is free and open to the public.

Before people can decide what to do about climate change, they must first learn the facts about the issue.

That’s the logic behind a global warming “teach-in” at the University of Louisville. UofL’s Sustainability Council organized the event in collaboration with student groups and faculty.

Attendees can hear talks by environmental experts, engage in several hands-on learning activities, watch a webcast about global warming and even tour UofL’s steam and chilled water plant, said Elizabeth Haywood, a UofL graduate student who helped organize the event.

“Climate change is an issue that has as many opponents as it does supporters,” Haywood said. “It’s vital for people to become educated before they form an opinion.”

UofL’s teach-in is one of many scheduled around the country Feb. 5 through a national effort to engage citizens, teachers and students in “solutions-driven dialogue” about climate change, Haywood said. Organizers hope the effort prods federal officials to take quick action on the problem in the first 100 days of Barack Obama’s presidency.

UofL President James Ramsey will kick off the UofL event at 10:10 a.m. in Rauch Planetarium with remarks about the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment. Higher education leaders in all 50 U.S. states have pledged through the commitment to exercise leadership in dealing with climate change.

Ramsey signed the agreement in August.

“We’re lucky to have a president who has made fighting global warming a priority,” said Barbara Burns, chair of UofL’s Sustainability Council. “Not only is he working to reduce our carbon footprint on campus, but he’s making sure that UofL takes the lead in renewable energy research.”

After Ramsey speaks, organizers will show a national webcast about global warming titled “The First 100 Days,” from 10:20 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Rauch Planetarium. The event also will include four concurrent panel discussions on various aspects of climate change, a lunch made with locally grown food and several concurrent hands-on learning activities.

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Complete Teach-In schedule

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