HOW TO FIX GLOBAL WARMING
It's clearer than ever that global warming is a serious problem. So what do we do about it? Find out later this month as Moravian College participates in Focus The Nation, a national effort to foster a dialog on solutions to global climate change. The two-day event will kick off with a live webcast, "The 2% Solution," shown at Dana Lecture Hall on January 30 (8:30 p.m.). Viewers will be able to weigh in on the discussion by using their cell phones to vote on various topics. On January 31, faculty at Moravian and over 1,000 other schools across the nation will host a national teach-in, discussing global warming topics in their individual classes. At the end of the day (4:00 p.m., Prosser Auditorium), Moravian will host a panel discussion featuring local experts and politicians discussing conservation efforts in the Lehigh Valley. Panelists will include Bethlehem Mayor Callahan and representatives of Clean Water Action and the Sierra Club.
The teach-in is an opportunity for all academic disciplines to address global climate change, not just science-related classes, says Hilde Binford, assistant professor of music, who along with professor of biology Diane Husic is coordinating efforts by Moravian's faculty, Environmental Coalition and Sustainability Task Force for the event. "I'll be teaching about the Gaian Variations, which is an oratorio based on scientific theory," she says. "We'll be comparing it to oratorios written by Bach, and discussing what makes an oratorio." Other examples:
Planning to incorporate climate change themes into your classes on the 31st? Please send details to professor Binford.
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Rick Chillot, editor