If you agree that “global warming” is a problem, over the course of four days at the end of January, you have the chance to learn more on the Georgetown College campus and be part of the solution.

The public is invited to sit in on and participate in “Global Warming Teach-In,” a series of environment-related talks and classes by Georgetown professors from more than a dozen different departments and several outside experts, Jan. 28-31. The FREE inter-disciplinary event begins at 9 a.m. on that Monday (the 28th) and lasts into the evening; each day’s schedule is different, so consult the website.

“The economic structure of our society could founder given the climate changes we may be experiencing,” said event coordinator Mary Anne Carletta, Ph.D., an assistant professor of Environmental Science & Biology. “This is the key issue of our time…and we want to make people aware that it’s real and that we can do something about it.”

Environmentally-conscious high school students who may be considering Georgetown College would have an opportunity to sample a wide variety of departments or majors, as well as some of its top instructors. Participating departments are: Art, Business, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Economics, Education, Geography, History, Mathematics, Philosophy, Physics, Psychology, Women’s Studies, and Commerce, Language & Culture.

Carletta was excited to feature three special early evening events, planned especially for those who can’t be on campus during the work or school-day:

  • Monday, Jan. 28 from 7-9 p.m. – Mac Stone of the Scott County Extension Office and an owner of Elmwood Stock Farm, will speak on “Organic Farming and Community-Supported Agriculture (this session is sponsored by the AAUW and will be at the extension office, 1130 Cincinnati Road;
  • Wednesday, Jan. 30 – 8-9 p.m. – “The 2% Solution,” a national interactive webcast on what we need to do to solve the problem of global warming, featuring youth climate leaders and experts on sustainability, green jobs, and climate science. Site: Asher Science Center 32.
  • Thursday, Jan. 31 – 6-7:15 p.m. – The Kentucky Geological Survey’s Matt Crawford, an ESRI (Environmental Systems Research Institute)-certified instructor, will speak on “Kentucky’s Coal Resources & The Future of Coal.” Site: Asher Science Center 112.

Visitors may see two special exhibits during the teach-in dates – a climate change display in the library (Ensor LRC), organized by Misha Mueller; and a poster display in the cafeteria by 4th- and 5th-graders of Lexington’s Linlee Elementary, the College’s partner school, organized by teacher Barbara Willett.

The venues range from small stadium-style classrooms to the library (Ensor Learning Resource Center) to the cafeteria. Some sessions are in smaller classrooms, which might necessitate “standing room.” Check the master calendar for the day, time and site of each session, highlighted in yellow with the “Global Warming” header. Be sure to check back periodically as other sessions are added.

For more information, call Mary Anne Carletta at 502-863-8343.