Kevin Knobloch, President of the Union of Concerned Scientists, will speak at the Cape Cod Lounge in the Student Union of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, on Monday, October 18 at 1:15 pm.Â His topic will be Climate Change: Profiles in Paralysis -Â Why Our Political Institutions and Leaders Won’t Protect Us from Climate Change and How We Can Make Them.
Kevin will discuss the failure (largely) of the American political system to address the looming catastrophe of climate change, even though it is in our economic, national security, ecological and health interests to lead the world in driving down greenhouse gas emissions and aggressively transitioning to a clean energy economy. The UCS and the national environmental community have just completed an unprecedented national two-year campaign to convince the US Congress and the President to enact a comprehensive policy to cap and reduce global warming pollution, only to fall short of this goal. Similarly, the once promising international negotiations to establish a post-Kyoto treaty are in shambles. According to Knobloch, â€œWe are paralyzed even as the dangerous impacts of climate change are being documented by scientists to an unprecedented degree.â€ He will discuss this situation and will explain how the national environmental community is strategizing to still achieve the goal — the swift and deep reduction of greenhouse gas emissions from every sector and source — in the absence of a clear and bold national policy. For more information, log on to www.umass.edu/tei/TEI/LectureSeriesFall2010.html.