Climate change is a global reality whose wide ranging repercussions are only beginning to be understood.
They include, besides violent abberant weather and the raising of the sea level such that coastal
land and river banks world wide will be affected, the diminishment of fresh water, disruption of food production,
and displacement of millions of people, climate refugees, as they seek higher ground, water and food, with the
resulting political/military instability this will bring. Abrupt Climate Change will attack all
the structures that hold our civilization together. We need to understand it, and build effective international
solutions to work against more damage being done, and to handle the consequences of the changes already
irretrievably set in motion. This challenge to our species may either lead to widespread disaster or lead to effective
global cooperation in a way we have never seen in history. Another world is possible!
Invited Major Speakers
Ross Gelbspan (confirmed)
Eban Goodstein (confirmed)
Mass Climate Action Network
New England Climate Coalition
Union of Concerned Scientists
Citizens Advisory Committee on Climate Change
Campaign for Climate Protection
Greenhouse Action Network
Basic Science of Climate Change
Climate change is happening now
Michael Charney is Co-leader of Mass Climate Action Network, (MCAN) a coalition of 17 local environmental groups
including Clean Water Action, Mass PIRG, Boston Climate Action Network, and more local environmental activist groups.
Extent of the Problem
Ross Gelbspan is the Pulitzer prize winning author of The Heat is
On www.heatisonline.org who has just published a second book which
will be out in June, having to do with the
political issues which are delaying our addressing climate change in this country, and comparing our response with that
of other countries.
Peter de Menocal is Associate Professor in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at
Columbia University and a research scientist of the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory in Palisades, NY. He is the author
of numerous scientific analyses, many of which have enlightened debate on the topic of global warming.
Jill Stein (not confirmed) diseases, temperature stress, drought, windstorms, floods.
Bill Moomaw, Kennedy School,
Sloan School, Woods Hole
Ellen Frank, Emmanuel College, Tobin Tax and International Environmental Law
Greenhouse Action Networ
Windmills, tidal turbine and hydrogen production, geothermal, passive and active Solar energy, biofuels.
Where have these new technologies
been used successfully.
Jeremy Rifkin, Hydrogen Economy
Harvey Wasserman, Windmills.
Climate Change Subtrack -- Peak Oil proposal
The purpose of this track is to discuss the realities and timing of the imminent
global oil crisis, the ways in which society will be affected; examining US foreign policy as a series of "resource wars"
(both overt and covert) to control the worlds' remaining energy resources; and the madness of using up this remaining
"cheap energy subsidy" on military adventurism instead of a "Manhattan project" approach to develop and manufacture
renewable forms of energy and a sustainable way of living.
Session 1. The realities of Peak Oil
Dr. Colin Cambpell (world class expert on peak oil. A petroleum geologist. Founder of ASPO (The Association for the
Study of Peak Oil and Gas)
This session is an introduction to peak oil. -- When will oil start to run out; how quickly
will oil production decliune? How do we know what we know? Including a short discussion of the natural gas situation
in North America (not much better).
Session 2. The societal implications of peak oil.
Possible speaker: Richard
Heinberg, author of "The Party's Over: Oil, War and the fate of Industrial Societies"
Material covered: What will be
affected by peak oil: examines transportation, food production, manufacture of pesticides , fertilizers, petrochemicals,
pharmecuticals, etc. What will be the affect on society of the coming oil shock?
Session 3. "The military/geopolitical
implications of peak oil" or "Peak oil and US foreign policy"
Possible speaker: Michael Klare--Professor of Peace and
World Security Studies--Hampshire College (Amherst, MA); author of "Resource Wars: The New Landscape of Global
Covers aspects of US foreign policy as it relates to controlling the world's oil and natural gas
resources--how the desire to control the world's oil has driven the US foreign policy for the last half century. What we
can expect in the near future as the oil begins to run out.
Session 4. Alternatives to oil
speaker Ross Gelbspan
Covers existing alternatives, examines how much of what renewable resources will be needed to
substitute for oil and gas.