Environmental Forum - Thursday, Jan. 31

January 29, 2008

The SLU events for Focus the Nation (www.focusthenation.org), will take place on Thursday, Jan. 31, as will the majority of events nationwide. Universities, colleges, schools, faith-based organizations and civic groups are creating local discussion platforms, seminars and debates to help convene a national "teach-in" on global warming.

Environmental Forum - Thursday, Jan. 31 Saint Leo University has rearranged its Thursday class schedule to permit students and faculty time to attend the campus sessions, scheduled from 1 to 4 p.m. The public and media are invited to attend. There is no admission cost.

Students and teachers are working together to create a variety of forums, including panel discussions and other creative presentations, said campus organizer, Prof. Chris Miller, Ph.D., assistant professor of environmental sciences and biology at SLU.

Miller said some of the topics scheduled include:

  • What exactly is global warming and how does it happen
  • Global warming and the likely effects on tourism
  • Human health implications
  • Effects on non-human species
  • Ethical and religious stewardship considerations
  • Business and economic dimensions of climate change
  • An interactive fact game modeled after "Jeopardy"

Multiple sessions are planned for each of two time slots, from 1 to 1:50 p.m. and from 2 to 2:50 p.m., in Crawford and Lewis halls. (Click here for details )

As it will be impossible for anyone to attend all the sessions, participants and observers are invited to an hour-long reception at 3 p.m. at the Student Community Center and share their reflections and observations.