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“Finding The Political Will To Reverse Climate Change”

Thursday, April 25, 2013, 7:30 p.m.


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 |

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