Global Cause, National Teach-In on Global Warming
February 5th, 2009, at the beginning of the first 100 days of the new administration, the National Teach-In on Global Warming will engage over a million Americans in solutions-driven dialogue. As educators, students and citizens, we owe our nation a focused conversation about the critical decisions that will determine if our descendants will inherit a prosperous or an impoverished planet.
National Teach-In For Global Solutions – watch video
“Continued growth of greenhouse gas emissions, for just another decade, practically eliminates the possibility of near-term return of atmospheric composition beneath the tipping level for catastrophic effects.” — Hansen et al. 2008
“The First 100 Days.” — Join David Orr, Hunter Lovins, Betsy Taylor, Ray Anderson, Billy Parish and Wahleah Johns as they discuss global warming solutions for the first 100 days.
Engage the Nation around concrete policy recommendations.
- Cut carbon 40% below today’s levels by 2020.
- Create millions of green jobs: Weatherize, solarize and rewire the nation.
- Revitalize America’s economy: Lead the world in renewable technology.
- Promote carbon neutral power.
The heart of your teach-in should be a round-table dialogue between students and key decision-makers: US Senators and congresspeople, governors, city councilors, mayors and state representatives. This kind of intergenerational dialogue has the power to break through the partisan framing of global warming, and resultant political gridlock, because for young people, this is not about left and right. It is your future at stake, and only you have the moral authority to speak for that future.
100 DAYS OF ACTION
Learn what you can do today… and tomorrow… and tomorrow… and tomorrow. Give the new President the support needed to put the planet on the path to a stable climate.
HOW can you organize a teach-in that will draw more than the 100 or so usual suspects to engage with global warming solutions? The simple model below shows you how to do this quickly and easily, with a total initial time commitment of just a few hours. The key is faculty involvement. Faculty don’t need to be global warming experts. Instead, ask them to talk for just ten minutes about issues surrounding global warming, bringing in their own disciplinary perspective. Many faculty care deeply about global warming, and will be glad to say yes.
This is an impressive undertaking that deserves everyone’s attention and support. As Americans, our responsibility lies in who we elect to guide us through climate changes. Our votes will determine the fate of our children. The first steps taken by the Obama Administration will need everyone’s support. There is so much on the world’s plate, that focusing support on climate appears to be too far down the list.
Of course, being economically damaged, many of us have zeroed in on our jobs, homes and next meal for our families. Many actions we must take don’t really interfere with personal survival priorities. They may actually help. Being environmentally conscious can even help you save money by reducing waste, recycling and becoming more energy efficient. It does not cost more to use less. It does not cost more to conserve your resources. It costs much more to be ignorant.