Earth Week: Addressing Climate Change – Hobart and William Smith Colleges \
The HWS Update

Earth Week: Addressing Climate Change

On Thursday, April 23, guest lecturer Stephen Schneider will present, “What Can Individuals do to Deal with Global Climate Change When They Aren’t Authorized to Negotiate with World Governments?” The talk will be held in the Albright Auditorium at 5 p.m.

Schneider is the Melvin and Joan Lane Professor for Interdisciplinary Environmental Studies, Professor of Biology, and a Senior Fellow in the Woods Institute for the Environment at Stanford University. His work focuses on climate change science, integrated assessment of ecological and economic impacts of human-induced climate change, and identifying viable climate policies and technological solutions. He has consulted for federal agencies and White House staff in six administrations and served as a National Center for Atmospheric Research scientist from 1973 to 1996, where he co-founded the Climate Project.

In his talk on Thursday, he will discuss dependence on carbon-based fuels, lowering carbon emitting sources, and adaptation strategies necessary to deal with “in-the-pipeline” climate change. He will also describe many actions that individuals, groups, businesses, cities, states, and countries can do to reduce global warming while at the same time providing sustainable jobs and reduced dangers from importing oil from unreliable foreign sources. These actions help to motivate needed international cooperation.

Schneider counsels policy makers, corporate executives, and non-profit stakeholders about using risk management strategies in climate-policy decision-making, given the uncertainties in future projections of global climate change and related impacts. He is actively engaged in improving public understanding of science and the environment through extensive media communication and public outreach.

Involved with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) since 1988, Schneider was Coordinating Lead Author, WG II, Chapter 19, “Assessing Key Vulnerabilities and the Risk from Climate Change” and a core writer for the Fourth Assessment Synthesis Report. He, along with four generations of IPCC authors, received a collective Nobel Peace Prize for their joint efforts in 2007. Elected to the U.S. National Academy of Sciences in 2002, Schneider received the American Association for the Advancement of Science/ Westinghouse Award for Public Understanding of Science and Technology and a MacArthur Fellowship for integrating and interpreting the results of global climate research. He is founder and editor of Climatic Change, he has authored or co-authored more than 500 books, scientific papers, proceedings, legislative testimonies, edited books and chapters, reviews and editorials.

Schneider’s talk will be a part of Earth Week activities, which begins Monday, April 20, with the “HWS Green Progress Report” at 7:30 p.m. in the Geneva Room and an Earth Week Kick-off in Scandling Campus Center. Trayless dining will occur all week in the Saga dining hall.

On Tuesday, April 21, there will be Earth Week Jeopardy at 7:30 p.m. in the Geneva Room.

A panel of students will host a talk on “Local Food Perspectives” on Wednesday.

The sustainable picnic and Peace Fest will take place at noon on Sunday on Stern Lawn, where there will be a solar cookie bake-off and local vendors. The rain location will be the barn.

Campus Greens Vice President Stacey Rice says, “I’m looking forward to the exciting week-long string of events that we have planned. I hope students will come to the events and use Earth Week as a forum for discussion about green activism and then feel inspired to support the cause.”