Earth Week Panel to Debate Climate Change Issues

Posted: April 22, 2010 at 1:02 am, Last Updated: April 21, 2010 at 4:21 pm

As part of Mason’s Earth Week observance led by the Office of Sustainability, the Graduate and Professional Student Association (GAPSA) will host a panel discussion on Tuesday, April 27, at 6 p.m. in the Mason Hall Edwin Meese III Conference Room.

The discussion, “The Climate Crisis: A Time to Fight or a Time to Adapt?” is free and open to all. It will be followed by a moderated question-and-answer session.

Mason professors and others experts will discuss whether talks about meeting carbon reduction levels, such as the 2009 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, are still worth the effort since it appears many businesses and investors are already preparing for what they believe is the inevitable.

Chris Parsons, Mason associate professor of environmental science and policy, will moderate the discussion.

Panel members are

  • Tommaso Boggia, climate advocacy associate at the Center for American Progress
  • Susan Crate, Mason assistant professor of human ecology
  • Kari Fulton, environmental justice activist/consultant and national campus campaign coordinator at the Environmental Justice and Climate Change Initiative
  • Andrew Light, director of Mason’s Center for Global Ethics and senior fellow at the Center for American Progress

The Center for American Progress, a public policy think tank headquartered in Washington, D.C., is a cosponsor of this panel. Campus Progress, a sister organization of the Center for American Progress, is a campus outreach group that supports student events and publications and helped organize the panel.

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