Albion College Joins 'Focus the Nation' with Local Climate Change Awareness Activities

ALBION, Mich. - With a goal of reaching millions of citizens and lawmakers, "Focus the Nation" hopes to raise awareness of global warming issues. Albion College adds several hundred people to that effort with its week-long series of events schedule for January 29-Feb. 1.

"Focus the Nation" encourages a national "teach-in" during which educators will devote a class period to global warming problems and solutions. "This offers an intellectual understanding of global warming, which we thi nk is important for everyone," says Albion College student Erica Tauzer, one of the coordinators of Albion's "Focus the Nation" effort. "This event will lead into an action plan we'll be starting later in the semester."

Albion College's "Focus the Nation" week events are all free and open to the public, and are sponsored by the Environmental Institute student advisory board. For more information, contact Tauzer at 906.399.7501 or .

Tuesday, January 29: Film, "Too Hot to Handle." This HBO documentary chronicles the effects of 100 years of fossil fuel consumption in the U.S., and its effects on global temperatures. 8 p.m., Norris Center Towsley Hall

Wednesday, January 30: Focus the Nation Teach-In Day 1.
Albion's faculty members offer free, open-to-the-public special presentations during class sessions. In addition, several eco-centric student organizations will host information tables in the Albion College Science Center atrium all day Wednesday. See schedule of public "Teach-In" classes

Wednesday, January 30: 2% Solution live Webcast. Stanford University climate scientist, Stephen Schneider, sustainability expert Hunter Lovins and green jobs pioneer Van Jones meet with a nationwide audience via this live Webcast. Cell phone voting brings all audiences into the discussion. Albion College professors and students host a preview discussion before a group viewing of the Webcast. This event can be viewed live at http://focusthenation.org/2percentsolution.php. 7 p.m. (panel discussion), 8 p.m. (Webcast), Norris Center Towsley Hall
 
Thursday, January 31: Focus the Nation Teach-In Day 2. Albion's faculty members offer free, open-to-the-public special presentations during class sessions.  See schedule of public "Teach-In" classes
 
Thursday, January 31: Eco-friendly talent show and letter-writing campaign.
Students and others will share poetry, art, and music with environmental themes. Everyone is also invited to make a valentine for members of the Michigan congressional Energy & Technology Committee, encouraging support for environmental initiatives. 8:30 p.m., Albion College Coffee House

Friday, February 1: Focus the Nation Teach-In Day 2. Albion's faculty members offer free, open-to-the-public special presentations during class sessions.  See schedule of public "Teach-In" classes

Friday, February 1: 2% Solution follow-up. Join Albion mayor Bill Wheaton, state senator Mark Schauer and Calhoun County Commissioner Kate Segal as they discuss local and state environmentla initiatives with a panel of Albion College students. 4 p.m, NorrisCenter Towsley Hall

Friday, February 1: Focus the Nation Celebration Concert. Albion faculty members David Abbott and Lia Jensen-Abbott perform a recital of nature-inspired piano music of Beethoven, Schumann, Debussy and Grieg to accompany visual presentations made by other College faculty and staff. 8 p.m., Goodrich Chapel