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Event highlights global warming solutions


February 04, 2009

ASU will participate in the National Teach-In on Global Warming Solutions Feb. 5, a solutions-driven dialogue about global warming.

The National Teach-In will engage more than a million Americans in a solutions-driven dialogue about global warming during the first 100 days of the Obama administration. Learn morea at www.nationalteachin.org.

At ASU, the event is being sponsored by ASU School of Sustainability. The ASU community can participate by incorporating global-warming discussions into classes on or during the week of Feb. 5.

The school is hoping to track activity during the week and are asking participants to e-mail schoolofsustainability@asu.edu to report class or campus activites.

Specific events for Feb. 5 include:

National Webcast: The First 100 Days
8:30-11 a.m., School of Sustainability, room 102
The Global Institute of Sustainability and its School of Sustainability will offer  a continental breakfast and a viewing of “The First 100 Days,” a discussion of what needs to happen early in the Obama administration (featuring David Orr, Hunter Lovins, Ray Anderson). The film also features an interview with youth climate leaders Billy Parish, Wahleah Johns, and their baby Tohanna, discussing the importance of student activism in the first 100 days; the economic challenges faced when shifting to green jobs; and the challenges facing today’s students.

A Student Action
8:30-11 a.m., Outside the Global Institute of Sustainability
Students from SANS (Students of Arizona Network for Sustainability) will be petitioning the Arizona Corporation Commission to increase the renewable energy standard for Arizona’s utilities, an important step towards energy independence

Student Activism Event
11a.m.-2 p.m., Student Services Lawn
Students Act Now for Sustainability, a coalition of environmental and political groups on campus, will provide free food, action opportunities and an intereactive displays.

Sizzle: A Global Warming Comedy by filmmaker Randy Olson
5 p.m.: Reception by Wholefoods; Coffee/Tea by Engrained
5:30-8 p.m.: Film and Panel Discussion
Murdock Hall 201, ASU’s Tempe Campus
Sizzle, a novel blend of three genres—mockumentary, documentary, and reality: Scientist-turned-filmmaker Dr. Randy Olson, is a fan of Al Gore's global-warming movie, but asks, "Where are all the scientists?" Join Dr. Olson for a reception before the film showing, and he and a panel of ASU experts for discussion following the movie, moderated by John D'Anna of The Arizona Republic. Panelists include Susanne Neuer (associate professor, School of Life Sciences) and Daniel Bernardi (director, Film and Media Studies).

Darwin Days
Feb. 4-13
ASU’s Darwinfest celebrates Darwin’s 200th birthday with a wide range of activities, lectures, tours, panel discussions, films, teacher workshops, and performances, including a birthday tea party and Darwin look-alike contest! All events are free and open to the public. http://darwinfest.asu.edu.