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==Action at Williams==
 
==Action at Williams==
===The Williams event will take place on Wednesday, February 5th, 2008===
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===The Williams event will take place on Tuesday, February 5th, 2008===
 
* The one day symposium will involve class discussions, talks and debates, a keynote speaker and community based engagement. In 2008 the nation will begin the process of voting for a new president, and we feel this is an excellent opportunity to establish global warming as a major national political issue.
 
* The one day symposium will involve class discussions, talks and debates, a keynote speaker and community based engagement. In 2008 the nation will begin the process of voting for a new president, and we feel this is an excellent opportunity to establish global warming as a major national political issue.
 
* At Williams we are asking professors to dedicate time to leading a discussion on global warming, either as it relates to their field or how simply as they see it as a person.  
 
* At Williams we are asking professors to dedicate time to leading a discussion on global warming, either as it relates to their field or how simply as they see it as a person.  
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==Schedule of the Day==
 
==Schedule of the Day==
(subject to slight revision)
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FOCUS THE NATION
Throughout the day:
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TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 5TH 2008
    Paresky Action Center, featuring tables with information on voter
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          registration, carbon offsets, state and federal legislation,
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          candidate positions, and other aspects of sustainability
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'''For the full schedule, click [http://docs.google.com/Doc?id=ddnzgd9_7gbg4pkdr here]'''
11:20-12:35- Workshops:
 
    Local initiatives- Williamstown COOL (Carbon diOxide Lowering) Committee,             
 
          Craig Robertson, Hank Art, Center for Ecological Technology (CET)
 
    BMW and green automobile technology
 
1:10-2:25- Workshops:
 
    Insurance and Advertising- Travelers insurance and Dwell Advertising
 
    Eco-Discrimination- West Virginia Mountaintop Removal and Sustainable South   
 
          Bronx
 
2:35-3:50- Workshops:
 
    Green Buildings- a conversation with North and South Academic building
 
          architects
 
    Politics and Grassroots- Will Bates: Bali Youth Delegate, Morgan Goodwin:
 
          Massachusetts Youth Climate Action (MYCA)
 
4:00-5:30- Town Hall Forum moderated by Sarah Gardner and Amy Johns
 
    President Schapiro, Steve Klass (V.P. of operations), Bill Lenhart
 
    (Provost), Karen Merrill (Dean), Irene Addison (Facilities), Stephanie Boyd
 
    (Sustainability Office)
 
7:30-9:00- Keynote Speaker
 
    Christopher Flavin, President of the Worldwatch Institute
 
  
 
==Goals==
 
==Goals==
* Deal with Global Warming in an intelligent way.  This is not a simple or black and white issue, it deserves enlightened discussion.
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* '''Deal with Global Warming in an intelligent way.''' This is not a simple or black and white issue, it deserves enlightened discussion.
* Involve Lots of People.  This concerns all of humanity and Focus the Nation will provide an environment for large scale discussions by lots and lots of people.  This issue is not an environmental issue but a societal and environmental issue which means the discussions of how to deal with it should happen between people from all different backgrounds and beliefs.  
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* '''Involve Lots of People.''' This concerns all of humanity and Focus the Nation will provide an environment for large scale discussions by lots and lots of people.  This issue is not an environmental issue but a societal and environmental issue which means the discussions of how to deal with it should happen between people from all different backgrounds and beliefs.  
* Make the Issue More Political.  The event will occur early in the political primary season, it provides an opportunity to engage political candidates from across the country and at all levels of government in campus-based, non-partisan discussions of climate solutions.
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* '''Make the Issue More Political.''' The event will occur early in the political primary season, it provides an opportunity to engage political candidates from across the country and at all levels of government in campus-based, non-partisan discussions of climate solutions.
  
 
==Professor Support==
 
==Professor Support==
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# [[Adrian Mintzmyer]] '09
 
# [[Adrian Mintzmyer]] '09
 
# [[Ruby Dale-Brown]] '09
 
# [[Ruby Dale-Brown]] '09
# [[John Kliener]], English
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# [[John Kleiner]], English
# [[Sara Gardner]], [[Environmental Studies]]
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# [[Sarah Gardner]], [[Environmental Studies]]
 
# [[Stephanie Boyd]], [[Facilities]]
 
# [[Stephanie Boyd]], [[Facilities]]
 
# [[Chris Warren]], [[OIT]]
 
# [[Chris Warren]], [[OIT]]

Latest revision as of 23:50, January 17, 2008

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Contents

National Event

On January 31, 2008 over one thousand colleges, universities and high schools, businesses, faith and civic organizations, political leaders will participate in a nation-wide, non-partisan discussion on critical policy choices for the next decade. It will be a catalyzing event to Focus the nation on solutions to global warming.

Please visit the national website for more information and to see Williams College on the map.

Action at Williams

The Williams event will take place on Tuesday, February 5th, 2008

  • The one day symposium will involve class discussions, talks and debates, a keynote speaker and community based engagement. In 2008 the nation will begin the process of voting for a new president, and we feel this is an excellent opportunity to establish global warming as a major national political issue.
  • At Williams we are asking professors to dedicate time to leading a discussion on global warming, either as it relates to their field or how simply as they see it as a person.
  • Class time may range from a whole class period to a 10 minute discussion.
  • Outside of class there will be ongoing lectures, debates, movies, letter writing sessions and other activities.

Schedule of the Day

FOCUS THE NATION TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 5TH 2008


For the full schedule, click here

Goals

  • Deal with Global Warming in an intelligent way. This is not a simple or black and white issue, it deserves enlightened discussion.
  • Involve Lots of People. This concerns all of humanity and Focus the Nation will provide an environment for large scale discussions by lots and lots of people. This issue is not an environmental issue but a societal and environmental issue which means the discussions of how to deal with it should happen between people from all different backgrounds and beliefs.
  • Make the Issue More Political. The event will occur early in the political primary season, it provides an opportunity to engage political candidates from across the country and at all levels of government in campus-based, non-partisan discussions of climate solutions.

Professor Support

Students have approached professors with a pledge to commit to Focus the Nation, with an eventual goal of reaching 80% involvement. Professors have pledged to spend anywhere from 5 minutes to the entirety of class talking about global warming.

Organizing Committee

The Focus the Nation steering committee is made up of 4 students, two faculty and two staff. They are as follows:

  1. Justin Bates, '07
  2. Morgan Goodwin '08
  3. Adrian Mintzmyer '09
  4. Ruby Dale-Brown '09
  5. John Kleiner, English
  6. Sarah Gardner, Environmental Studies
  7. Stephanie Boyd, Facilities
  8. Chris Warren, OIT