Focus the Nation

focus_the_nation_logo.gifWe’ve stepped it up.  We’ve watched and discussed An Inconvenient Truth.  We’ve listened intently to the news of the IPCC’s recent Synthesis Report on climate change.  We’ve switched out our light bulbs to compact fluorescents and are doggedly swimming, against the tide, toward phasing out disposable plastic bags. Some of us who can afford them have invested in hybrid cars.  We’ve even written letters to our elected representatives.

What next?  Global warming is a global problem and real solutions will require mass action — political leadership and major policy changes — and soon.  How to keep up the pressure and the momentum?

One answer is Focus the Nation:

January 31st 2008, Focus the Nation is a national teach-in engaging millions of students and citizens with political leaders and decision makers about Global Warming Solutions.

We stand at a unique moment in human history. Decisions that are ours to make today – to stabilize global warming pollution and invest in clean energy solutions – will have a profound impact not only on our lives and the lives of our children, but indeed for every human being who will ever walk the face of the planet from now until the end of time. At this moment in time, we owe our young people one day of focused discussion about global warming solutions for America

More than just that one day, Focus the Nation: Global Warming Solutions for America is an unprecedented educational initiative, involving over a thousand colleges, universities, high schools, middle schools, faith groups, civic organizations and businesses. Focus the Nation is a catalyzing force helping shift the national conversation about global warming towards a determination to face this civilizational challenge.

A teach-in is a day when an entire school turns its attention to a single issue—when faculty, students and staff put aside business as usual, and focus the full weight of campus engagement on one topic.”

Preparations are now under way for a Focus the Nation teach-in day on 31 January 2008 at The College of William and Mary.  So mark your calendar and stay tuned. Or find an event near you.


About Emmett Duffy

I am a Natural Patriot and an ecologist with expertise in biodiversity and its importance to human society. My day job is Professor of Marine Science at the College of William and Mary in Virginia.
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