National Climate Seminar and the 350 Teach-In

National Climate Seminar

This fall, join the launch of The National Climate Seminar, and engage your class or community in the critical debates unfolding in Washington and Copenhagen.

On September 9th Dr. Dallas Burtraw, Senior Fellow at Resources for the Future, will initiate a bi-weekly phone conversation featuring top climate scientists, political leaders, and policy analysts.

Speaking on “US Policy: Eyes on the Prize”, Burtraw will provide an overview of, and key insights on, the House and Senate carbon cap-and-trade legislation. Targets, offsets, allocations — will the architecture be sound enough to get the job done?

In later weeks, look to hear from Dr. Steve Schneider, Bill McKibben, the Honorable Edward Markey, Hunter Lovins, Andy Revkin and others.

Hosted by the Bard Center for Environmental Policy, and made possible with support from the Clif Bar Family Foundation, the half-an-hour seminars will be available live to educators, students and citizens. Questions for the presenters can be submitted on-line prior to the seminar, and all conversations will be available in podcast.

The 350 Teach-In

On October 22, colleges, universities & K-12 schools around the world will be part of The 350 Teach-In. Why 350? The Teach-In is supporting the International Day of Action organized by Bill McKibben’s group . Many scientists believe that we must get below a long run target of 350 ppm CO2 concentrations if we are to stabilize the climate at a point avoiding catastrophe.

The current issue of Scientific American has a feature on the open-ended teach-in’s, involving 2500 schools and other institutions over the last two years. Through the 350 Teach-In, we are again providing a voice to young people in Washington, and in Copenhagen.

For 350 we are recommending a single, campus-wide Interdisciplinary Plenary: one half hour of roundtable presentation followed by an hour of discussion, and action. We recommend a five minute introduction, followed by eight faculty, staff and students talking for 3 minutes each about “350” as an over-arching goal for global human society: from the perspectives of chemistry, economics, law, politics, ethics, psychology, geophysics, public health, communication, engineering, art and religion. After the speakers, reserve an hour for discussion and action.

The Teach-In will provide background documents to help presenters lead this discussion, including a report being prepared on The Economics of 350 by the E3 Network.

This model allows organizers to reach out beyond the usual suspects, and engage the whole campus. Look for more detail on The National Teach-In web site over the coming weeks.