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UVM Produces EarthWeek Teach-In

By the view Staff Article published April 11, 2007

River deltas disappearing in India, polar bears drowning, Vermont’s maple sugar season evaporating, Greenland’s glaciers sloughing off into the sea — the headlines are full of news not about the theory of global warming, but about its real effects.

For EarthWeek, faculty, staff and students are planning a climate change teach-in (see Climate Change for a complete schedule) — to have their own real effects on reducing the problems and causes of climate change. Here’s a preview:

Thursday, April 12
UVM geologist Thomas Neumann kicks-off four days of education on climate change. Neumann will speak on “Glaciers, Ice Sheets and Climate Change,” 6 to 9 p.m., in Delahanty Hall. Neumann spends his summers studying glaciers in Greenland and is a fast-rising researcher on the fast-disappearing ice cap there.

Saturday, April 14
Ecological scientist, flood researcher, and small-scale farmer, Roelof Boumans, and his wife will give a tour of their Windy Corners Farm in Charlotte at 9 a.m., demonstrating the numerous steps they are taking to reduce their impact on climate change, from organic gardening to energy efficiency efforts.

Monday, April 16
Seven education events on Monday form the heart of the teach-in:

  • Forest ecologist Bill Keeton talks on “Climate Change and Forest Fires.”
  • Professor Dan Krymkowski speaks on climate change models and then, later in the day, on climate changes disproportionate impact on poor people.
  • “Vehicles, Roads, Drivers and Air Quality,” with engineering professor Britt Holmen.
  • Professor Nancy Brooks will speak on the economics of the European Union’s carbon emissions trading program.
  • The realities and potential of growing your own energy in Vermont will be the topic of presentation by professor Sid Bosworth and his colleagues from plant and soil science.
  • And the day will conclude with a 5 p.m. screening of Al Gore’s now famous movie, An Inconvenient Truth, with a discussion following led by Nadine Unger, professor of atmospheric chemistry.

Tuesday, April 17
The teach-in concludes with a discussion about the health implications of global warming led by Drs. Patti O’Brien and Chuck Hulse.

The “Climate Change Teach-In” was organized by Alan McIntosh, professor in the Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources, and several of his students.