This December could be a make-or-break month in terms of, well, saving the world. “Decisions that we will make – or not make – [during the UN Climate Change Conference in December] will have profound impacts [on] the next five thousand generations. Will we, this year, establish the architecture that can rewire the entire planet with clean energy… help lift billions of people out of poverty, and stabilize the global climate?” Good points, posed by the National Climate Seminar on its website. The Seminar will attempt to improve public awareness – a crucial component of the Conference’s success – by hosting a bi-weekly phone series on climate change. The Seminar is expected to engage educators, scientists, politicians, and everyday Americans in the issues.
The half-hour discussions, hosted by the Bard Center for Environmental Policy (CEP), will take place on the first and third Wednesday of each month (at 3:00 p.m. Eastern Noon Pacific time [Etc/GMT]) from September 9 to December 16. They will feature top climate scientists, leaders, and policy analysts and will allow people to participate free of charge (when calling from within the U.S.).
A number of the seminars are geared specifically towards sustainable business issues: Meaning of Business as Usual; Climate Citizens; Business on Board; Copenhagen Prospects; China, India, and the U.S.; and Educators, Citizens, Copenhagen, and Beyond. These seminars (and the others) are scheduled for the following dates:
September 23 – Meaning of Business as Usual (Stephen Schneider, Stanford University)
October 7 – Climate Citizens (Bill McKibben, 350.org)
October 21 – Business on Board (Hunter Lovins, Natural Capitalism)
November 4 – Copenhagen Prospects (Andrew Revkin, New York Times)
November 18 – China, India, and the U.S. (Mohan Monasinghe, IPCC Vice Chair)
December 2 – Educators, Citizens, Copenhagen, and Beyond (David Orr, Oberlin College)
To participate in a seminar, just call the dial-in number (1-712-432-3100) at (or up to 10 minutes before) 3 p.m. Etc/GMT on the day of the seminar. (Here is an online time zone converter.) When prompted, enter 253385 (the six-digit conference code).
To learn more about the battle over climate change legislation in the U.S., check out the Triple Pundit’s articles on the topic.