Greenpeace co-founder to speak Jan. 31

Simulation: Statue of Liberty battling air pollutionDr. Patrick Moore, a co-founder of Greenpeace and now a sustainability advocate, has joined the lineup of speakers at SUNY Oswego for Focus the Nation, a national global warming teach-in and symposium on Jan. 31.

Focus the Nation aims to create dialogue and connect students and communities directly with local, state and federal decision-makers in discussion about climate change.

Moore help found Greenpeace in 1971, served as director of Greenpeace International for seven years and helped build it into the world’s largest environmental activist organization. Holding a doctorate from the University of British Columbia’s Institute of Resource Ecology, he has more recently turned his attention to promoting sustainability and building consensus on climate change.

Speaking at 2:30 p.m. on “Nuclear’s Role in a Sustainable Energy Future” in Room 120 of the Campus Center, Moore is currently chair and chief scientist of Greenspirit Strategies Ltd., a consultancy focused on environmental policy in forestry, agriculture, fisheries, biodiversity, energy, climate change and related issues.

Other SUNY Oswego Focus the Nation events are scheduled to include:

- A faculty panel on climate change and the science behind it at 9:30 a.m. in Room 120 of the Campus Center

- “SUNY Oswego Green Programs and Projects” at 10:30 a.m. in Room 120 of the Campus Center with staff and faculty discussing the college’s many sustainability initiatives

- Lunch options highlighting environmentally friendly items from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. at various campus eateries

- A public policy town hall meeting on climate change at 12:45 p.m. in Room 120 of the Campus Center, with participants to include former state Sen. James Wright, Assemblymen Will Barclay and Robert Oakes, Oswego County Administrator Philip Church, Oswego City Common Council Vice President Connie Cosemento and Professor Steve Rosow

- An environmental address from President Deborah F. Stanley at 3:45 p.m. in Room 118, the Campus Center auditorium

- A keynote address by Distinguished Teaching Professor Emeritus Peter Black of the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry on “Natural Resources’ Universal Pattern and Sustainability” at 4 p.m. in the Campus Center auditorium

In addition, a poster display and other information explaining the challenge of climate change will be on view throughout the day.

Local activities of Focus the Nation are sponsored by SUNY Oswego and its Civic Engagement Coalition. All events are free and open to the campus and community. For the most updated schedule, visit www.oswego.edu/academics/opportunities/civic_engagement/focusthenation.html.

For more information, contact Thad Mantaro, SUNY Oswego’s civic engagement coordinator, at 312-5648 or tmantaro@oswego.edu.

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CONTACT: Thad Mantaro, 312-5648 or tmantaro@oswego.edu

(Posted: Jan 24, 2008)

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