GMC Hosts Focus the Nation Event
On Thursday, January 31, Green Mountain College joins colleges and universities across the country for a day dedicated to raising awareness about global climate change.
The event, called “Focus the Nation,” has been organized to “link students and citizens with political leaders, and create a serious, sustained discussion about clean energy solutions.” Thousands of colleges and universities are staging similar events.
At GMC, the day includes dozens of faculty speakers as well as a roundtable discussion and a performance from the Bread and Puppet Theater. Topics of Thursday’s faculty talks include the “Moral Politics of Climate Change,” “Cow Power: Is This Crap an Energy Solution,” “Making Change with Media: A Five Minute Guide to Eco-Publishing,” and more.
On Thursday afternoon, the College welcomes a panel of climate change scholars, elected officials and members of the media for a roundtable discussion in Ackley Auditorium. Participants include: George Crombie, secretary of the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources; Ernie Pomerleau, chairman of the Vermont Governor’s Commission on Climate Change; David Moats, editorial page editor of the Rutland Herald; Erik Hoffner, coordinator of the Orion Grassroots Network; Alan Betts, a Pittsford-based atmospheric scientist; Betsy Hardy, administrator of Vermont Interfaith Power and Light; Paul Markowitz, cool communities coordinator for the Vermont chapter of the Sierra Club; Ethan Ready, staff assistant to U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders; and Katie Manaras, assistant to Vermont Senate President Pro Tem Peter Shumlin.
A live webcast called The Two Percent Solution is scheduled for 8 p.m. on Jan. 30. This is an interactive discussion about global warming solutions with Stanford University climate scientist Stephen Schneider, sustainability expert Hunter Lovins, green jobs pioneer Van Jones and youth climate leaders.
This effort, organized by the DEEP Scholars, has placed Green Mountain's team among the top 50 event organizers of the some 1,600 institutions across the country holding Focus the Nation activities.
Click here to view the schedule and learn more about GMC’s “Focus the Nation” event