“Finding The Political Will To Reverse Climate Change”


Event details

Earth Day Speaker 2013 -- Acknowledging the trend of record breaking temperatures and extensive drought, Dr. Orr will address the urgency of our situation with thoughtful insights into the nature of humanity at the end of the cheap carbon age and the incredible opportunity we have to restructure our relationship with the earth and each other. Dr. Orr's talk, “Finding the Political Will To Reverse Climate Change”, will give constructive ideas to get optimists pessimists the hopefuls and those not fully awake involved in building resiliency and political will. In this eloquent talk, he will discuss details of the Oberlin project, which involved people from diverse perspectives finding common vision and the will to put that vision into action. Many citizens in Lawrence are working towards a shift towards better bicycle transportation, more local farmers coupled with comprehensive local food systems, alternative energy generation, more energy conservation, and ways to feed and provide a safety net for those hit hardest by hard time. Dr Kelly Kindscher, KU Professor of Environmental Studies states, “I hope those working to transition Lawrence will join in the evening and beyond to create a working blueprint for the vision of a carbon neutral Lawrence.” Dr. Orr is the Paul Sears Distinguished Professor of Environmental Studies and Politics and Senior Adviser to the President, Oberlin College. He is the author of seven books, including Down to the Wire: Confronting Climate Collapse (Oxford, 2009), described by the late Thomas Berry as “powerful and prophetic” and by John Kerry as “a terrific book . . . nowhere is the challenge of our moment more clearly expressed.” He also has produced nearly 200 articles, reviews, book chapters, and professional publications. Recent projects include a two year $1.2 million collaborative project to define a 100 days climate action plan for the Obama administration ( Additionally, Dr. Orr is active in efforts to stop mountaintop removal in Appalachia and develop a new economy based on ecological restoration and wind energy. He is presently the Executive Director of the Oberlin Project, which is focused on making the City of Oberlin a model of full-spectrum sustainability and replicating that effort through a National Sustainable Communities Coalition. Sponsored by KU Environs, KU Environmental Studies Program, KU Student Senate, School of Architecture, Urban Planning, IGERT program, and the KU Sustainability Center Contact: Sarah Kraus | Kelly Kindscher |


toe 9 months, 1 week ago

It cannot be reduced. It is a result of over population, not oil use. There is no political will to reduce world population. It is increasing at the rate of about a Billion every 10 years and accelerating. Nope, the energy angle is a smoke screen. Solving the problem will require a vast reduction in human population.


doctordave77 10 months, 2 weeks ago

Most people are unaware of the facts about this issue. 98% of the carbon dioxide in the atmosphere comes from natural sources ... that's trees and plants, etc. Only 2% is from the entire time that man has "pumped billions of tons" blah, blah, blah. Only 2%.

Now think a littlle about our attempts to reduce the 2% - we may perhaps cut .1% over 10 years by stunting our economies and going into a global recession. And we don't even know if it will make a difference anyway. Since 98% comes from natural sources, I very much doubt that our 2% is responsible for any of the increase in temperatures that we see in the world today.

You know, back in the 1600's, the Thames in London use to freeze over in the winter - how about that for climate change. This is all occuring naturally.



jayhawklawrence 10 months, 3 weeks ago

You don't pump billions of tons of pollutants into the environment and then claim it has no effect.

People used to throw their trash out of the car window and the ditches were full of garbage. Then Lady Bird Johnson started her campaign to clean up America.

She said, "Where flowers bloom, so does hope."

The problem with global warming and other environmental problems is that we don't see it like trash in the ditch, but it is far bigger and more dangerous than anyone can imagine.

We can create new industries and new technologies and make this a far better world to live in. We just have to decide to make it happen.

It appears that the Republican Party is not in favor of this but they should be.


thisismyvoice 10 months, 3 weeks ago

In Pangea times, Kansas was extremely hot. Then we were underseas for a while. Wonder what fossil fuels triggered all the changes that bring us where we are today. And then some research and links: Global Climate Change May Be Overstated, Says New Research May 20, 2013 Emotional Response To Climate Change Influences Whether We Seek Or Avoid Further Information May 16, 2013 Ice Age Evidence Sheds Light On Modern-Day Tropical Climate Change Simulations May 20, 2013 Pollutants Effect On Clouds Could Actually Lead To Climate Cooling May 6, 2013 Climate Models Underestimate Cooling Effect Of Sulfur Aerosol Particles In The Atmosphere May 15, 2013


Liberty275 11 months, 2 weeks ago

Sorry, the anthropogenic climate global warming change thing still isn't very convincing. I have the will to not believe.

12) Were there glaciers in Kansas?

Glaciers moved into the northeastern tip of Kansas about 600,000 years ago, from roughly the Kansas River on the south to the Big Blue River on the west. These were massive walls of ice; geologists have estimated that the glacier was 500 feet thick where Lawrence is located today. In the time since glaciers were in northeastern Kansas, erosion has erased much of the evidence of their visit, but bright red and pink boulders of metamorphic rock, called Sioux Quartzite, were carried to Kansas by glaciers from regions as far north as Minnesota and are still found throughout the area.


Dont_Tread_On_Me 11 months, 2 weeks ago

Too bad they are wrong on humanity's impact on the climate.


Timothy Eugene 11 months, 2 weeks ago

More garbage. No wonder Lawrence is such a pitiful place.


smileydog 11 months, 3 weeks ago

I'm positive in a couple of months it will be reported that the earth is the hottest it's ever -even with the snow in May.


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