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Moravian College Group to Attend UN Climate Change Conference in Warsaw

UNFCCCBethlehem, Pa., November 7, 2013?A group from Moravian College will be headed off to Warsaw, Poland this weekend to attend the annual United Nations Framework Climate Change Conference (UNFCCC) Conference. This year, Professors Diane Husic and Hilde Binford will be joined by Moravian College alumna Sarabeth Brockley '10. The three were part of a group that attended the first COP meeting held in Copenhagen in 2009 when Brockley was a student. The College has sent a delegation of faculty, students, and alumni each year since the annual global conference began in 2009, when Moravian was one of only six private liberal arts institutions to be selected to serve as a "civil society observer" from the United States..

Last year, Professors Husic and Binford, and Marla Bianca '13, (dual chemistry and environmental science major), attended the U.N. climate change negotiations meeting (COP18) in Doha, Qatar They maintained a blog about the issues that arise in the negotiations and educational side events. Diane Husic was interviewed by Paul Brown for NPR for news segments that were aired during All Things Considered and Morning Edition on November 28th (listen to audio clip) and 29th (listen to audio clip). Bianca was one of a handful of students nationally to officially represent the American Chemical Society contributing to a blog for ACS as a way of informing undergraduates and the larger chemistry community about the events at the negotiations. The Huffington Post published two stories, UN Climate Change Youth Involvement: A Call to Action and UN Climate Conference: Feeling the Frustration of Youth that included quotes from Bianca discussing issues related to the UN climate change conference.

The conference in will take place from November 11-22 and will feature discussions about the environment and climate changes that are occurring globally. It is also thought that the November 1st Presidential Executive Order "Preparing the United States for the Impacts of Climate Change" may be addressed. Husic plans to keep her blog updated and encourages the Moravian Community to follow along through this exciting process. Her blog is located at http://moraviancollegeatunfccc.blogspot.com. Moravian tweeters can follow Dr. Husic at @HusicDiane, where she will tweet about important updates and issues at hand regarding the conference.

This year, the Moravian group will once again team up with the student observers representing the American Chemical Society led by two faculty, Keith Peterman and Greg Foy, from York College. Keith and Greg are regular contributors to the Huffington Post blog series while the students themselves have begun blogging about the event at http://www.studentsonclimatechange.com/. Overall, this is an exciting time for a select few of individuals who have received the opportunity to gain knowledge in the area of global environmental issues.

Participation in UNFCCC is restricted to parties of the conference, observer states, admitted observer organizations, and accredited press/media. The sessions are not open to the public. The meeting is the nineteenth U.N. Conference of the Parties (COP 19) on climate change.

Moravian College is a private, coeducational, selective liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tracing its founding to 1742, it is recognized as America?s sixth-oldest college. Moravian partners with students to build a strong foundation for their future. Visit the College?s website at www.moravian.edu.