CSU, Chico News

National Event Engages Students and Faculty in Climate Change Discussion

Date: 01-25-2008

Joe Wills
Public Affairs

Students and faculty from California State University, Chico and Butte College will be participating in a national effort to discuss solutions for global warming Thursday, Jan. 31, in CSU, Chico’s BMU Auditorium.

Focus the Nation will involve more than 1,000 college campuses as well as K-12 schools, faith-based organizations, and businesses and civic organizations across the country. At each location, teams of participants will take part in interdisciplinary discussions on the topic “Global Warming Solutions for America.”

The purpose of Focus the Nation is to draw attention to the issue of global climate change and create a serious, sustained and national discussion linking students and citizens directly with political leaders.

“I am very excited that Chico State and Butte College are partnering on what will be the largest teach-in in U.S. history,” said Jillian Buckholz, CSU, Chico sustainability coordinator. “I am looking forward to engaging our communities and our campuses to learn and share information about global climate change, a very pressing issue that affects our entire planet.”

During the day on Jan. 31, a series of 75-minute sessions on various topics of global climate change will be held from 9 am to 5 pm in the BMU Auditorium. The list of panel discussions is below.

In the evening, a Green Democracy Town Hall will be hosted by CSU, Chico and Butte College in the BMU Auditorium from 6-9 pm. The town hall’s purpose is to create a non-biased, non-partisan dialogue among students, community members and civic leaders on the topic of global climate change. Local elected officials have been invited to this event.

All events are free and open to the public. For more information, call (530) 898-4335.

Focus the Nation discussions Jan. 31 in the BMU Auditorium:

9:30-10:45 Business and Global Climate Change
Prof. Angela Casler, Management; Prof. Anita Chaudhry, Economics; Prof. Charles Liao, Economics; and Prof. Dan Toy, Finance and Marketing

11:00-12:15 Science and Global Climate Change
Prof. James Houpis, Dean, College of Natural Sciences; and Prof. James Pushnik, Rawlins Professor of Environmental Literacy

12:30-1:45 Politics and Global Climate Change
Prof. Mahalley Allen, Political Science; Richard Crabtree, Crabtree Law Offices; Hal Thomas, Special Deputy District Attorney of Environmental Crimes; Ann Schwab, Vice Mayor, City of Chico; and Mary Stegall, Mayor of Redding

2:00-3:15 Solutions and Global Climate Change
Greenhouse Gas Inventories, Halli Bovia, Graduate Student, Interdisciplinary Studies; Daniel Salazar, Greenhouse Gas Specialist; and Prof. Mark Stemen, Geography and Planning

3:30-4:45 Ethical and Psychological Aspects of Global Climate Change
Prof. Bruce Grelle, Religious Studies; and Prof. Linda Kline, Psychology