The country’s largest-ever teach-in, Focus the Nation is housed at Lewis & Clark, where Professor of Economics Eban Goodstein created the initiative out of his desire to build a dialog between citizens and political leaders about global warming solutions for America. Nearly 1,200 schools and civic organizations, in all 50 states, will participate in the discussion on January 31.
“There are so many ways for people to get involved, whether through a school, church, business, or community organization,” Goodstein said. “We encourage everyone to visit Focus the Nation online to find an outlet in their community. If there’s nothing going on yet, you’ll learn how you can organize your own event as part of the national teach-in.”
At Lewis & Clark, the discussion will begin with an interactive webcast called 2% Solution, which will take place on the evening of January 30, at Templeton Campus Center’s Council Chamber.
More than 35 sessions will take place during the Focus the Nation teach-in on January 31, involving participants from all three schools. Panel discussions, featuring students, faculty, staff, and community members, will consider the impacts of global warming, obstacles to change, footprints and offsets, and many more topics. The online schedule will be updated as panelists and participants are confirmed.