Global warming teach-in to take place at WUSTL

Washington University will join hundreds of campuses across the United States in presenting “Focus the Nation,” an unprecedented nationwide teach-in on global warming solutions, at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 30.

WUSTL’s “Focus The Nation” teach-in, which will take place in May Auditorium in Simon Hall and is sponsored by I-CARES and the Office of Sustainability, centers on education, civic engagement and leadership.

The WUSTL event will begin with a presentation by Dee Gish, a volunteer with The Climate Project and one of the 1,000 individuals from across the nation trained by Al Gore to share the information contained in the documentary “An Inconvenient Truth.” A short question-and-answer period will follow.

At 7 p.m., the event will continue with the “2% Solution” Web cast produced by the National Wildlife Federation and aired by the Earth Day Network. Panelists will include actor Edward Norton; Steve Schneider, Ph.D., a climate scientist at Stanford University; Hunter Lovins, CEO of Natural Capitalism Inc. and environmental justice leader; and Van Jones, executive director of the Ella Baker Center in Oakland, Calif.

Following the Web cast, attendees can discuss possible initiatives that the University can undertake to address global climate change.

All students, faculty and staff are encouraged to participate, and the event is open to the public.

“We are excited to be a part of this initiative,” said Matt Malten, assistant vice chancellor for campus sustainability. “This offers our campus community the opportunity to come together and discuss the collective actions that will be necessary for us to begin to implement solutions that reduce our impact on global climate change.”

“Focus The Nation” is an unprecedented educational initiative on global warming solutions for America occurring at more than 1,000 universities and colleges and in all 50 states with events Jan. 30 and 31.

For more information on “Focus The Nation,” please visit or contact Malten at