Mason Delegation to Attend Copenhagen Climate Summit

Posted: December 4, 2009 at 1:03 am, Last Updated: December 4, 2009 at 9:29 am

By Robin Herron

A delegation formed under the auspices of Mason’s Center for Climate and Society will attend the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP15) to be held in Copenhagen Dec. 7-18.

According to Paul Schopf, associate dean for research and computing in the College of Science and director of the Center for Climate and Society, who will head the delegation, the following people from Mason will attend the climate summit as credentialed nongovernmental observers:

  • Susan Crate, assistant professor, Department of Environmental Science and Policy
  • Jonathan Halperin, executive director of the Environmental Education Media Project and assistant research professor, Center for Climate and Society
  • Andrew Light, professor and director of the Center for Global Ethics
  • John D. Liu, director of the Environmental Educational Media Project and assistant research professor, Center for Climate and Society
  • Iliriana Mushkolaj, PhD student, Center for Climate and Society
  • John Qu, associate professor and director of the Environmental Science and Technology Center

During COP15, the group will screen the film “Hope in a Changing Climate.” Filmed on location in China, Ethiopia and Rwanda, the documentary tells the story of how large-scale ecosystem restoration can stabilize our changing climate, reduce poverty and make sustainable agriculture a reality.

Developed by Liu, the film was directed by the BBC’s Jeremy Bristow, producer of the acclaimed “The Truth About Climate Change” series with David Attenborough.

The film will be shown in Copenhagen at the Natural History Museum on Dec. 17. Pre-screenings are also scheduled at the Danish Film Institute on Dec. 16, The Copenhagen International School on Dec. 7, and the University of Copenhagen’s Agriculture and Rural Development Day on Dec. 12.

The film was broadcast by BBC World for the first time on Nov. 27,  and five more global transmissions are planned for Jan. 1, 2010.

In addition, 45 organizations in 19 nations are hosting facilitated discussions and screenings of the film, which were organized by the Environmental Education Media Project and the Center for Climate and Society.

For more information, visit www.eemp.org and www.hopeinachangingclimate.org.

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