Students forum will link up with global warming teach-in


How much do you know about global warming?

On Jan. 30 and 31, the free national “teach in” known as Focus The Nation is coming to town. Prepare to be educated, inspired, and empowered.

The teach-in is scheduled to take place in schools across the country. Designed to get students and faculty actively involved in the discussion about global warming, this event features several key speakers and an open discussion forum.

The first event, taking place at 7 p.m. on Jan. 30, is the Focus The Nation Live Webcast. The webcast is filmed at Focus The Nation headquarters in Oregon and can be viewed at the Bell Museum.

Stanford scientist Stephen Schneider, sustainability expert Hunter Lovins, and green jobs pioneer Van Jones will all be in web-attendance, as well as politicians, climate experts, journalists and authors.

Afterwards, a panel discussion on local climate change solutions will be moderated by faculty and staff at the Bell Museum.

The next day’s event, Focus Minnesota, takes place at First Avenue in downtown Minneapolis at 6 p.m. Explorer Will Steger will give a presentation on how he observes global warming from his trips to the Arctic and Antarctic.

Also attending are local bands and entertainers, climate movement activists and state and local politicians. Dozens of student-based, environmental and non-profit organizations will be on hand with information on global warming solutions and citizen action.

The event is organized and sponsored by the University of Minnesota Bell Museum of Natural History and co-sponsored by the University of Minnesota Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs’ Center for Science, Technology and Public Policy, Focus the Nation, Focus the U, and Metro Transit.