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MyTurn: Come to the climate change forum

Posted: November 8, 2011 - 1:02am

Kate Troll’s “Climate is right for action on climate change” (in Sunday’s Empire) provided the perfect lead in for the Juneau World Affairs Council’s Fall Forum “The Politics of Global Climate Change” that kicks off Thursday night and continues through Saturday on the University of Alaska Southeast campus.

Thursday night’s panel, from 7-9:30 p.m. in the Egan Library, will lay the groundwork for the weekend with presentations on climate change science and controversy. On Friday afternoon from 1-4:30 p.m. in the Egan Lecture Hall, Jennifer Barcelos and Jennifer Marlow, co-founders and co-directors of the Three Degrees Project at the University of Washington School of Law will talk about social and economic justice aspects of climate change, highlighting their international work and presenting principles of scenario planning being used to help communities around the world prepare for change. The Three Degrees Project is one of the first major centers focused on climate justice. After their presentation, Barcelos and Marlow will facilitate a scenario planning workshop focused right here in Southeast Alaska. This will be a great opportunity for Juneau residents interested in understanding potential effects of climate change at the community level and will provide an opportunity to participate in a guided exploration of possible scenarios for Southeast Alaska.

A poster session along the wall outside the Egan Lecture Hall will present climate change related research by local agency and university scientists, with some scientists on hand Friday afternoon from 5-6:45 p.m. to talk about their work. Friday’s Evening at Egan lecture, in the Egan Library from 7-9:30 p.m., will feature Detlef Sprinz, senior scientist and chair of the Scientific Committee of the European Environment Agency in Copenhagen. The focus of the talk , “Is long-term climate policy politically feasible?” Saturday morning the forum will convene back in the Egan Lecture Hall, beginning with a talk and a panel on climate change and national security (9-11:30 a.m.). The forum will wrap up Saturday afternoon with a talk and panel (1-4 p.m.) focusing on climate change and the Arctic.

The weekend events are free. Everyone is encouraged to attend. Sessions will include time for questions and answers. Information on the weekend events and speakers can be found at the Juneau World Affairs Council website, www.jwac.org.

• Kruger, a Juneau resident and member of the Juneau World Affairs Council, served on the JWAC Board from 2004-2010.

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