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July 30-August 3, 2011
Omaha, Nebraska

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Halting Human-Made Climate Change: The Case for Young People and Nature
  Location: Hixson-Lied Auditorium - Harper Center
  Date: Wednesday, Aug.3
  Time: 10:15 AM -11:30 AM
  Author: James Hansen,
  Co-Author(s): None
  Abstract: Humans are now the dominant force driving climate change. The nature of the climate system -- its "inertia" and "tipping points" - makes the matter urgent. Business-as-usual would hand our children a situation out of their control - continually shifting shorelines, as many as half of all species committed to extinction, increasing climate extremes with greater floods, droughts, fires and stronger storms. Government policies are nearly useless. The intergenerational injustice raises a profound moral issue, as greenwashing governments feign ignorance of the actual situation and the fecklessness of their policies. The tragedy is that a simple honest solution is possible -- one that stimulates the economy, phases out fossil fuel addiction, and stabilizes climate -- but it requires putting the public's interest above that of special financial interests. Adults must unite with young people in a campaign to force well-oiled coal-fired governments, through legal remedies and democratic processes, to tell the truth and do their job.
  Footnotes: None
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