The Student Government of OCC, with support from College life, ICC, and the OCC Sierra Club, would like to invite you to participate in A National Teach-in called “Focus the Nation” ON FEB.7TH 2007. This initiative is coordinating teams of faculty, students and staff at campuses across the US, engaging a nationwide discussion about “Global Warming Solutions for America.”
Please Register here to participate in Focus the Nation
Orange Coast College’s Academic Senate has endorsed this initiative, and there are over 1000 schools participating in this National Teach-in. Orange Coast College is working to have the quad filled with Environmentally Friendly Products and Organizations, have an Environmental Justice Advocate by the name of Van Jones come and speak about his “Green Jobs for All” initiative, and hopefully have some of our local State Representatives participate.
This is a National TEACH-IN day and we cannot do this without our educators. We are asking teachers to participate by hosting a workshop or taking part in a roundtable discussion with other faculty on how Global Warming affects your discipline. We are also asking teachers to spend 5-10minutes on Global Warming before they start their class, and endorsing a green curriculum program at Orange Coast College.
Would you be willing to host a workshop or be a participant in a roundtable discussion with some of your colleagues?
If so, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule the workshop and time.
Another way for you get involved during Focus the Nation would be to spend 10-minutes talking about Global Warming and how it affects your discipline before all of your classes on FEB 7th. This could take the form of an open class discussion, a brief Power point presentation, or a lecture.
Would you be willing to spend ten minutes talking to students about how Global Warming will affect your area of expertise?
You can find out more about interdisciplinary education on Global Warming at http://climatechangeeducation.org/ftn/. One of the long term goals of the SGOCC and the OCC Sierra Club, to come out Focus the Nation, is to help build a green curriculum at Orange Coast College. The Coast Community College district would be a perfect place to offer certification programs in environmental studies, solar technician programs, organic horticulture, and various other educational opportunities. These educational pathways will offer local skilled labor jobs for our students and create “green jobs” for our community. Would you be willing to endorse this campus-wide initiative?
Thank you for your time and interest! Please register and let us know when you would be available and what you would like to discuss! For additional information check out www.focusthenation.org
Below is a model teach-in plan, please look at the different options and see if any of the topics would be appropriate to your discipline.
|Thursday, January 31st, 2008|
|7:00 - 8:00 am||Bike/carpool contest.|
|8:00 – 9:00 am||Session 1A: Obstacles to Change|
Session 1B: Climate and Social Justice
Session 1C: Changing the Climate for Business
|Session 1D: Apocalypse or Opportunity?|
Session 1E: Global Warming in (Your State Here)
Session 1F: “Peak Oil” and the end of suburbia
|Session 1G: Saving for the Future|
Session 1H: Climate and the Law
Session 1I: A Big Tent for Solutions
|9:10 – 10:10 am||Session 2A: Life Without Polar Bears?|
Session 2B: Local Responses
Session 2C: Technology Revolutions. How Fast?
|Session 2D: Food and the Future|
Session 2E: The Global Warming Play
Session 2F: Different Countries, Different Responses
|Session 2G: Wind Energy: Potential and Obstacles|
Session 2H: Faith and Climate
Session 2I: Can we Get Paid to Save the Planet?
|10:20 – 11:20 am||Session 3A: What About China?|
Session 3B: Models: Future and Past
Session 3C: Beyond Gridlock: Social Movements
|Session 3D: The Century of Ecological Design|
Session 3E: Clean Coal? Nuclear Futures?
Session 3F: The Ocean
|Session 3G: Solar Power: Magic Bullet?|
Session 3H: Can we Afford to Stop Global Warming?
Session 3I: We Can Do It!
|11:30 – 12:50 pm||All college picnic (held in the gym?), featuring a “low carbon” menu, and student produced music and theater.|
|1:00 – 2:00 pm||Session 4A: Tipping Points—Climate, Politics, Economics|
Session 4B: Noah: Lessons for a Century of Extinction?
Session 4C: The “Addiction” to Fossil Fuels
|Session 4D: America’s Love Affair|
Session 4E: Climate, Conflict, Refugees
Session 4F: Presidential Candidates Debate!
|Session 4G: Geothermal Power|
Session 4H: Motivating Action
Session 4I: Diversity Shaping Solutions
|2:10 – 3:10 pm||Session 5A: Climate and the Developing World|
Session 5B: Footprints and Offsets
Session 5C: Ecological Tipping Points
|Session 5D: Hurricanes: Katrina, Mitch… and beyond |
Session 5E: Climate Solutions and the Poor
Session 5F: Faith and Climate
|Session 5G: Dreaming Solutions|
Session 5H: Education for the Century Ahead
Session 5I: Young People Pushing the Limits
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