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"Focus the Nation" Centralia College Events

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Thursday, January 31
Laura Whitely Binder, Climate Impact Group

Center for Science in the Earth System-U of WA, sponsored by ASCC/SAAT, 1:00-2:00 pm, in Washington Hall 103.

Wednesday, January 30
Paul Horton, Climate Solutions

Sponsored by the Centralia College FTN Committee, 1:00-2:00 pm, in Corbet Theatre.

Tuesday, January 29
Green/ECO Fair
, sponsored by the ECO Club, 9:00 am-1:00 pm, in the Student Center.
Open Mic Eco Poetry Readings, sponsored by "Beyond Parallax," 1:00-2:00 pm, in the Atrium.
"An Inconvenient Truth," sponsored by ASCC/SAAT, all day showing, in the Student Center.

Monday, January 28
Oregon's global warming warrior brings message to Centralia

Bill Bradbury, Oregon's secretary of state and newly dubbed global warming warrior, will bring the message of former Vice President Al Gore's "An Inconvenient Truth" when he visits Centralia College as part of the college's Focus the Nation (FTN) week activities. Bradbury will speak on "Climate Science and Solutions" during a special Lyceum presentation on the Centralia College campus Jan. 28 in Washington Hall. The event, which begins at noon in Corbet Theatre, is offered without charge and is open to the public.

Bradbury was in the first class of slide show messengers trained personally by the former vice president at his Carthage, Tenn., family homestead, which is featured in the hit film, "An Inconvenient Truth."

"I said, 'I'd love to be one of (Gore's) lieutenants,'" Bradbury remembers. He added that he has long been concerned about global warming but the movie made the stakes clear. "Global warming isn't something we should be kind of, a little bit worried about," he said. "It's a crisis." Focus the Nation (FTN) is a series of activities among hundreds of colleges and universities across the nation, designed to bring awareness to the public of issues related to global warming. Centralia College is hosting a series of speaking engagements that will shed light from different perspectives on global warming. Bradbury is one of four Lyceum speakers set for Jan. 23, 28, 30 and 31.

In September, Gore launched the effort to train 1,000 slide show-toting messengers in the United States. Bradbury was in the first class of 50, along with the mayor of Billings, Mont., a Navy flyer, and country singer Kathy Mattea. "What we have to do right now is create a grass-roots movement that says this is a crisis that we all need to deal with. The political system responds when people are engaged and are asking their representatives to make the situation better," he said. Bradbury said he was struck, in particular, by two aspects of Gore's presentation. One was the connection of global warming -- which has been blamed for drying up Lake Chad in northern Africa -- with the victims of genocidal violence in Darfur, Sudan. Darfur is near the lake bed. "Those are the global climate refugees," Bradbury said. "There's all these weird things going on, because they can't make a living anymore. They can't feed their families, and it's because the climate is changing."

Wednesday, January 23
Lyceum puts global warming in perspective

Okay, so we know the planet is warming. It's not the first time the Earth's weather patterns have shifted. Over the course of eons, tectonic plate movement and volcanic eruptions have altered our climate. The history of those events and their impacts will be explored during Centralia College's Jan. 23 Lyceum. The presentation, by Pat Pringle, the college's earth science professor, is part of the college's Focus the Nation activities, which are designed to bring awareness to the issues of global warming. Pringle's Lyceum talk begins at 1 p.m. in Washington Hall located at the corner of Washington Avenue and Walnut Street. It is free and open to the public.

Pringle's "Global Warming in Perspective," will provide an overview of Earth's past climate history--how we know what we know about it, and why that knowledge is important in evaluating what the climate is doing now. Pringle will explain portions of the geologic evidence for past climate changes as well as the record in glacial ice, tree rings, and more. Additionally, he will summarize some of the recent evidence for climate changes. In his historic perspective, Pringle will also address how climate swings have affected life on Earth and what factors have affected climate change in the geologic past, and what they now might be. Lara Whitely Binder, who will speak at the Thursday, Jan. 31 Lyceum, will provide a more detailed discussion of the present climate changes as well as its effects.