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Organizer of nationwide climate change educational initiative to speak at UGA

The organizer of a major initiative on climate change will speak at UGA on Nov. 27. Eban Goodstein, an economics professor at Lewis and Clark College, will discuss “Seen An Inconvenient Truth: Now What? Focus the Nation on Solutions to Global Warming” at 4 p.m. in the Institute of Ecology Auditorium.

Goodstein is organizing Focus the Nation, a global warming educational initiative that is coordinating teams of faculty, students and staff at more than 1,000 colleges, universities and high schools to participate in a nationwide, nonpartisan discussion on climate stabilization. The project also will include the participation of religious, civic and business organizations and will culminate Jan. 31 in a one-day symposium to be held simultaneously on campuses across the country.

“Focus the Nation could be a catalyzing event on par with Earth Day 1970 that could help turn the national conversation about global warming from fatalism to constructive engagement,” said Goodstein.

Goodstein’s current research focuses on the economics of global climate change. He is the author of college textbook Economics and the Environment, and The Trade-off Myth: Fact and Fiction about Jobs and the Environment. He serves on the editorial board of Environment, Workplace and Employment, is on the steering committee of the Center for the Applied Study of Economics and the Environment, and is a member scholar at the Center for Progressive Reform.

Goodstein’s visit to UGA is sponsored by the River Basin Center, the public service and outreach office of the Institute of Ecology.