“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
We stand at a unique moment in human history. The window for action on global warming is measured in months, not years. Decisions that we make—or fail to make—in 2009 will have profound impacts not only for our children and grandchildren, but for every human being that will ever inhabit the face of this earth from now until the end of time.
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.
We need your help enlisting thousands of colleges, universities, high-schools, middle schools, faith groups, civic organizations and businesses. Sign up today to organize an educational event at your institution. Help ignite the grassroots movement during the First 100 Days that can change the country, and the future.
THE NATIONAL TEACH-IN ON GLOBAL WARMING 2009
LAUNCH WEBCAST: "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.
TEACH-IN: Engage the Nation around concrete policy recommendations.
Also, use the teach-in to evaluate your school's progress towards the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment (ACUPCC). Has your President signed? If not, why not? If so, are you making progress?
- 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.
CLIMATE DIALOGUE: 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.
Advisory Board for The National Teach-In
Dr. David Orr, Professor of Environmental Studies at Oberlin College.
Dr. Stephen Schneider, Professor of Biological Sciences at Stanford University.
Dr. Mohan Munasinghe, Vice Chair, U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).
Dr. James "Gus" Speth, Dean of the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.
Hunter Lovins, President, Natural Capitalism Solutions.
Ross Gelbspan, Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and author.
Van Jones, founder of the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights.
Elysa Hammond, Clif Bar Staff Ecologist.
Gillian Caldwell, 1Sky Campaign Director.
Dan Worth, Executive Director of the National Association of Environmental Law Societies (NAELS)
Anthony D. Cortese, Presidents of Second Nature, Co-founder of the AASHE.
Dr. Debora Rowe, Prof. of Renewable Energies and Energy Mgmt. at Oakland Community College.
Billy Parish, co-founder of the Energy Action Coalition.
Jessy Tolkan, Executive Director of Programs for the Energy Action Coalition.
Dr. Bunyan Bryant, School of Natural Resources, University of Michigan.
Dr. William Moomaw, Prof. of Int. Env. Policy at the Fletcher Sch., Tufts University.
Dr. Jon Isham, Luce Professor of International Environmental Economics at Middlebury College.
Nino Amato, Business man