Focus the Nation – Brown Bag Lunch Series*

Antioch University New England’s Brown Bag Lunch Series turns to the topic of climate change for Focus the Nation week. This talks are one-hour in length and attendees are welcome to bring and enjoy their lunch during the presentation.

These events are FREE and open to the public

Making Sense of Climate Change

Presented by: Jessica Zane, Master’s Candidate in Environmental Studies at AUNE
Where: Antioch University New England Community Room
When: Monday, January 28. Noon

Learning about and developing solutions for climate change is critical. But the challenge cannot be met with intellectual means alone. Each of us is impacted at a personal and emotional level, and ignoring this facet can rob us of our ability to act fully from our enormous human creativity and potential. Additionally, appreciating this aspect in ourselves and each other can enable us to better connect with and educate others who may not yet fully understand the implications of climate change for our future. Jess will offer some thoughts and lead an open conversation on this topic.

The 10% Challenge: Keene Tackles Climate Change One Business at a Time

Presented by: Katie Stoner & Sarah Harpster, Master’s Candidates in Environmental Studies at AUNE
Where: Antioch University New England Community Room
When: Tuesday, January 29. Noon

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Katie Stoner and Sarah Harpster, both AUNE students and Municipal Climate Fellows at
Clean Air-Cool Planet
, will share their experiences working to design and implement the “10% Challenge,” a program that encourages Keene businesses to commit to reducing their carbon dioxide emissions by at least 10%.

Climate Change and Human Change: Making the Connections

Presented by: Diane Kurinsky
Where: Antioch University New England Community Room
When: Wednesday, January 30. Noon

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The challenge of addressing climate change depends entirely on the willingness of ordinary people in this country to accept their responsibility for making the change. This talk discusses how and why people change: the stages of change that people go through and the dynamics of their motivation to change. Without this understanding, our ability to assist our fellow citizens through a difficult transition will be severely limited.

Global Climate Change Meets Ecophobia

Presented by: David Sobel
Where: Antioch University New England Community Room
When: Thursday, January 31, 2008

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Most educators realize we have to start doing something about global climate change in schools. But how is this issue most effectively integrated into an already jam-packed curriculum.? And are there any developmental parameters that we should attend to in figuring out how and where climate change education should go? At all grade levels? Just in high school?

My desire is to approach this from a perspective that maximizes hope. If we lead with all the tragic implications of climate change, then we risk scaring children into despair. In Beyond Ecophobia I suggested, “No (environmental) tragedies before fourth grade.” Since global climate change certainly qualifies as an environmental tragedy, that guideline applies here. But, even in kindergarten, we begin to model living lightly in the classroom , taking care of classroom plants and animals, turning off the lights. We create opportunities for children to practice ecological behaviors as part of the classroom and school culture.

Essentially, I advocate for using the classroom as a microcosm of the school, the school as a micocosm of the community. Through teaching children to behave in an environmentally responsible fashion in the school, children develop the kinds of behaviors we want them to execute as responsible adults in the community.