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"Focus the Nation," National Environmental Teach-In, on Campus Jan. 30 and Jan. 31


Phyllis Cohen Stevens
Deputy Director, News Services
(718) 997-559

Maria Matteo
News Assistant
(718) 997-5593


--Queens College is one of over a thousand colleges, universities, high schools, middle schools,
faith groups, civic organizations and businesses to take part in this unique historical event--

Wednesday, January 30

8 pm Interactive Environmental Webcast with Audience Cell-phone Voting
Campbell Dome, Queens College, Flushing NY. For directions and a campus map:;

The 2% Solution, hosted by Alexandria Bowman, Queens College Geology Club.
Focus the Nation will stream a free, live, interactive webcast called “The 2% solution.” Join
Stanford University climate scientist Stephen Schneider, sustainability expert Hunter
Lovins, green jobs pioneer Van Jones, and youth climate leaders for a discussion of global
warming solutions. Audiences can weigh in with cell phone voting. Focus the Nation’s goal
is 10,000 screenings—and a change in the course of history.

Thursday, January 31

Panel Discussions by Distinguished Scientists, Journalists and Activists
Campbell Dome, Queens College, Flushing NY

9:30 am Panel 1: Climate Change, Past, Present and Future
Stephen Pekar, School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Queens College
Climate Change Signals in Antarctic Marine Sediments
Nicholas K. Coch, School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Queens College
Changes in Storm Frequency, Potential Calamity in New York City
George Hendrey, School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Queens College
Time is Running Out: A Worried View of the Future
10:30 am Panel 2: Social Impacts of Energy Use and Climate Change
Melissa Checker, Department of Urban Studies, Queens College
Climate Justice: Will the Greenwave Lift All Boats?
Judith Kimerling, Department of Political Science, Queens College
Energy Externalities: Petroleum Extraction Impact on People in Amazonia
Marten den Boer, Physics Department, Queens College
Coping with Environmental Risk: The Dutch Experience
11:30 am Queens College President James L. Muyskens addresses the audience
12:00 noon Panel 3: Are There Two Sides to Climate Change Issues?
Gerald Solomon, Journalism Program, Queens College
Fair and Balanced Journalism
1:00 pm Panel 4: Changing Modes of Transportation in the New York Metro Area
Dr. Charles Komanoff, The Carbon Tax Center
The Kheel Plan: Free Urban Transportation
Martin Hanlon, Department of Urban Studies, Queens College
Energy, Transportation, and Climate Change
Alfredo Morabia, School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Queens College
Transportation, Obesity and Health
Sigurd Grava, Professor Emeritus, Columbia University
Urban Transportation
2:30 pm Panel 5: Changing Modes of Energy
Mitchell Baker, Department of Biology, Queens College
An Energy Diet for Agriculture
Leonard Rodberg, Department of Urban Studies, Queens College
Unsustainable Energy Future: Declining Petroleum Availability
3:30 pm Panel 6: What Can Be Done?
Dr. Charles Komanoff, The Carbon Tax Center
Reducing Carbon Emissions Via a Carbon Tax
Annie Wilson, Sierra Club Energy Committee
The Sierra Club’s View on Climate Change Issues
Anthony Pereira, President and CEO of altPOWER
Solar Energy Applied to Urban Energy Needs
7:00 pm Screening: THE GREAT WARMING, followed by a panel discussion hosted by
George Hendrey, School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Queens College
and the New York Public Interest Research Group (NYPIRG)
For more information:


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Deputy Director of News Services
(Position vacant)

(718) 997- 5597

Maria Matteo
Assistant Director of News Services
Queens Hall, Room 270B
(718) 997-5593

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