ST. GEORGE – Conserve Southwest Utah and Citizens’ Climate Lobby are co-sponsoring an educational forum about climate change .
“Conserve Southwest Utah partnered with Citizens’ Climate Lobby on this forum because we care about air quality,” Conserve Southwest Utah President Tom Butine said.
“Fossil fuels pollute. Climate change is real. We can improve air quality and mitigate climate change by reducing our dependence on fossil fuels, but only if enough citizens convince our elected officials to act,” Butine said.
The event will be held at the Washington City Library, 220 N. 300 East in Washington, and will provide an educational discussion and question and answer forum about climate change for the citizens of southwestern Utah.
Conserve Southwest Utah, formerly Citizens for Dixie’s Future, is a local conservation group which recently celebrated its 10th anniversary and announced a partnership with Citizens’ Climate Lobby, a national climate change group.
The group is a nonprofit grass-roots coalition of local citizens committed to being stewards of southwest Utah’s natural and cultural resources and advocates for smart growth that enables conservation of those resources for the benefit of present and future generations.
Citizens’ Climate Lobby is a national organization involved in promoting clean energy. The group already has a chapter in Salt Lake City and is forming a new chapter in St. George.
Forum, panel discussions
The climate change forum panelists will include Robert Davies, a climate scientist and state coordinator of the Utah Climate Center at Utah State University; Doug Rollins, University of Utah professor emeritus and co-leader of the Citizens Climate Lobby Southwestern Utah Chapter; and Bill Barron, Citizens Climate Lobby regional leader and nonaffiliated candidate for U.S. Senate.
Davies will give a presentation on the science of climate change and, along with the other panelists, will answer questions from the audience and engage in a conversation about climate change, its suggested causes and solutions.
Davies will speak in a panel discussion sponsored by Utah Interfaith Power and Light, The Nature Conservancy and Citizens Climate Lobby at the New Promise Lutheran Church, 244 S. Valley View Drive at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.
He will then lecture at Dixie State University’s weekly lecture series, “Dixie Forum, A Window on the World.” The forum will be held Wednesday at noon in the Zion Room of the Holland Centennial Commons building on campus.
Robert Davies is a Utah-trained physicist and educator who is well-known by Utah Public Radio listeners for his entertaining forecasts from the Utah Climate Center.
Arriving at Utah State University in 1991, Davies studied upper atmospheric physics and electrical interactions between spacecraft and the near-Earth space environment. He has worked for NASA as a U.S.-Russian scientific liaison on the International Space Station project; as project scientist for Utah State University’s Space Dynamics Laboratory; an officer and meteorologist in the United States Air Force; and taught on the faculty of three universities.
Davies has published work in the fields of spacecraft-environment interactions, quantum optics and climate. Davies has been with the Utah Climate Center since 2009; he lives in Logan and skis the Bear River Range in a perpetual search for the perfect turn.
Ed. note: The proposition that climate change, frequently referred to as global warming, is directly caused by man’s activities is disputed, with peer-reviewed scientific studies on both sides of the argument. For a comparison of arguments for and against the subject, see ProCon.org’s “Is Human Activity Primarily Responsible for Global Climate Change?”
- What: Climate change forum and panel discussion.
- When: Wednesday Sept. 21, 7-8:30 p.m.
- Where: Washington City Library, 220 North 300 East in Washington, Utah. | Note: The main entrance to the library is locked at 7 p.m. Anyone arriving after 7 p.m. will need to use the side entrance.
- Contacts: Doug Rollins by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 801-330-0250 | Bill Barron by email to email@example.com or telephone 801-699-5705.
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