CSU, Chico News

Global Warming Law Subject of Second ‘Great Debate’

Date: 10-18-2010

Joe Wills
Public Affairs

California State University, Chico students are preparing for a second Chico Great Debate event on Thursday, Oct. 28, concerning the Nov. 2 state ballot proposition to suspend implementation of a state global warming bill.

The Great Debate topic, “AB 32: To Suspend or Not to Suspend?” will feature speeches, presentations and debates during the day by CSU, Chico students and an opportunity for residents to make their views known and dialogue with others. In the evening, members of the CSU, Chico Debate Team and community experts who are for and against Proposition 23 will take part in main debates.

Discussions and presentations will begin at 9:30 a.m. The interactive “Civic Expo” will be held 2-5:30 p.m., and the main debates will start at 6:30 p.m. All activities will take place in the Chico City Council chambers.

Proposition 23 would suspend provisions of AB 32, also known as the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006, until certain state employment indicators improve.

The first Chico Great Debate was held April 29, 2010, on the pro and con aspects of legalizing marijuana.

The goal of the Oct. 28 Chico Great Debate is to provide voters, legislators and other interested individuals with information and multiple perspectives on the issues prior to the Nov. 2 election.

The Great Debate events, sponsored by CSU, Chico and the City of Chico, are dedicated to restoring civility, reason and rhetorical argument into public forums, as well as reinvigorating such forums as a site of democratic practice.

CSU, Chico’s First-Year Experience Program (FYE), which also sponsors community town hall meetings led by students since 2006, helps organize the Great Debate events. The First-Year Experience Program is designed to assist first-year students succeed in their transition to university life and become active community participants.

English Professor Thia Wolf, director of the First-Year Experience Program, said several hundred first-year students in speech classes will be participating in the presentations and debates, and students in two small group communication classes will be organizing the civic expo.