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Global Warming Remains Hot Topic at UCR

Global Warming Remains Hot Topic at UCR

UC Riverside marks the nationwide “Focus the Nation” event Jan. 31.

(January 30, 2008)

UCR student Hector Rivera, who was trained by Al Gore in 2006, will present a slide show on climate change.

UCR student Hector Rivera, who was trained by Al Gore in 2006, will present a slide show on climate change.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. ( — UC Riverside is sponsoring two lectures in conjunction with Focus the Nation, a national concern that is organizing student teach-ins on global warming solutions across the country on Jan 31.

Kicking off the teach-in is student Hector Rivera, who was trained by Al Gore in 2006 to present the slide show on climate change, the message of the film “An Inconvenient Truth.” Rivera, a UCR sociology student will provide information on climate change and how students can support efforts to implement solutions. The lecture will be held Thursday, Jan. 31 from 6:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. at the University Commons, Room 355. Sponsors include Cal-PIRG, a student organizing group.

Eban Goodstein, Economics Professor from Lewis and Clark College, and founder of Focus the Nation will present “How Today's College Students Will Stop Global Warming and Save the Planet” on Wednesday, Feb. 13 from 6:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. in the UCR Physics Building 2000. Goodstein, who is the author of “Fighting for Love in the Century of Extinction,” has been touring the country speaking to campus and community audiences, urging action to halt human-induced climate change.

Both events are sponsored by UC Riverside’s Chancellor’s Committee on Sustainability. The mission of the committee is to improve campus environmental quality and sustainability.

“These events provide the opportunity for all concerned to stay focused on global warming issues and help provide solutions,” said Brian Kermath, UCR Sustainability Manager. “Although Focus the Nation provides this unique opportunity to bring solutions to the table for a special event, it is our hope that many will leave with the intention to implement change in their everyday lives.”

Focus the Nation is an educational initiative that includes civic engagement. Each Focus team will invite local, state and federal political leaders and decision-makers to come to campus and participate in a non-partisan, round-table discussion of global warming solutions. Every institution will also vote on their top five national priorities for global warming action, producing a campus and citizen endorsed policy agenda for 2008. Currently over 1,000 institutions, mostly colleges and universities have signed on to participate.

The University of California, Riverside ( is a doctoral research university, a living laboratory for groundbreaking exploration of issues critical to Inland Southern California, the state and communities around the world. Reflecting California's diverse culture, UCR's enrollment has exceeded 21,000 students. The campus opened a medical school in 2013 and has reached the heart of the Coachella Valley by way of the UCR Palm Desert Center. The campus has an annual statewide economic impact of more than $1 billion.

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