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GMC to Host Climate Change Event

POULTNEY, VT – 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 days of action.

At GMC, the day includes dozens of faculty speakers as well as a roundtable discussion featuring scholars, government leaders and members of the media. 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. The College also hosts a performance from the Bread and Puppet Theater and a potluck meal at the end of the day.

On Thursday afternoon, a panel of climate change scholars, elected officials and members of the media gather in Ackley Auditorium for a roundtable discussion. 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; Tom Stokes, coordinator of the Climate Crisis Coalition; 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; Whitney Leighton, staff assistant to U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders; and Katie Manaras, assistant to Vermont Senate President Pro Tem Peter Shumlin.

Focus the Nation headquarters has chosen GMC from among the thousands of participating venues as one of the top 50 institutions presenting programs January 31. As a result, several events will be videotaped and uploaded to the Focus the Nation website.

To view the day’s schedule and learn more about GMC’s “Focus the Nation” event, visit or call 802-287-8311.

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