National Climate Seminar: State-Level Climate Action: The Power Dialog

February 24, 2015

Eban Goodstein, director of Bard Center of Environmental Policy, will be discussing state-level climate action. Over the next two years, students have a unique and critically important learning and civic engagement opportunity. Student voices can impact the scope and direction of state implementation of the EPA’s Clean Power Plan, mandating global warming pollution cuts in the electric power sector. Given this opportunity, Bard CEP is helping organize a Power Dialog in March of 2016: hundreds of college, graduate, and high school level classes in states across the country taking field trips to meet with their Department of Environmental Conservation heads to discuss state implementation of the EPA’s new rules. State agency leaders are already seeing their calendars fill up with meetings with utility executives and coal industry lobbyists. Why not our students? This is not a lobbying effort. We have no collective policy agenda for which we are advocating. Rather it is a learning opportunity for students, and also a chance for students to share their own individual thoughts and policy insights with state officials. Join the climate seminar to learn more about this opportunity.

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