Athens Chapter - Focus the Nation - January 31st, 2008!

"Global Warming Solutions for America" ; "Our World, Our Future, Our Choice"  

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Over the next decade, critical policy decisions will be made with irreversible consequences for the future. Generations today face many important social, economic, and security issues, especially on the topic of Climate Change. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has predicted an average global rise in temperature of 2.5-10.8F between 1990 and 2100 and that seawater levels will rise between 8 and 88 centimeters by 2100. As global temperatures and sea levels rise, weather patterns will become less predictable and extreme storms, floods and droughts will increase.

NOW IS THE TIME to move the discussion about Global Warming beyond the science of predictions and percentages and toward the questions of lifestyle choices and policy decisions needed to find a solution.

Focus the Nation is coordinating a national Teach-In on “Global Warming Solutions for America.” The events will culminate January 31, 2008, in the form of a NATIONAL SYMPOSIA held simultaneously at nearly a thousand colleges, universities, K-12 schools, places of worship, civic organizations and businesses across the country. To learn more, please visit Focus the Nation.

"The National Teach-in: On January 31st

Thousands of students on every campus, millions of students nationwide, participate in workshops and panels, brainstorming global warming solutions. Are you with us? Are your faculty supporting you? Ask ten, twenty, fifty faculty to stand up as educators on behalf of your future. They will say yes. To make this happen, start with the sample teach-in.

Green Democracy: Campus to Congress.

Tell top decision-makers in this country about solutions. Invite every US senator and congressperson to engage in person. If they can’t be there physically, then they will face a student audience via a video-chat. Focus the Nation is working with leaders in the House of Representatives to make this happen, in conjunction with their efforts to green the congress. The face-to-face, intergenerational dialogue of Green Democracy will move America to confront this civilizational challenge.

Choose Your Future. Vote on the top five solutions to global warming.

Proposed solutions range from a coal moratorium, to large scale renewables investment, to initiatives to strengthen forests for carbon storage. Choose the Future is the place for serious discussion about how to achieve what science and justice demand. The week leading up to January 31st, you vote, and your Focus team delivers the results to your congressional office. Every political leader in the country will hear your voice. Join the discussion today!

The 2% Solution: A national, interactive webcast

Airing live the evening of January 30th, featuring Stanford climate scientist Stephen Schneider, sustainability expert Hunter Lovins, and green jobs pioneer Van Jones. Show the webcast to launch your teach-in. Screen it at your high school, faith group, civic organization, or at a house party. Our goal—10,000 screenings and a determination TO STOP GLOBAL WARMING.

With these four components, together we will Focus the Nation.

We are writing from Powershift here in DC, with 6,000 youth leaders determined to change America. The energy is electrifying. And now these young people are heading home to build Focus the Nation. In your lifetimes, collectively you will rewire the entire planet with clean energy technologies, create tens of millions of jobs, lift billions of people out of poverty—creating a just and prosperous world. With your optimism, and your grace, and your wisdom, you will change the future. And then you will become, truly, the greatest generation.

Eban Goodstein, Project Director

Chungin Chung, Communications Director"

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