Everything You Wanted to Know About Climate Change But Were Afraid To Ask

Evening symposium on climate change offered at MJC – April 15

The Modesto Area Partners in Science (MAPS) will offer “Everything You Wanted to Know About Climate Change but Were Afraid to Ask” – two 45 minute presentations by internationally recognized experts on climate change discussing the science, consequences and potential remedies. The presentations will be followed by a 45 minute question and answer session moderated by Garrard Marsh, former mayor of Modesto.

The symposium is scheduled for Friday, April 15 at 6:30 p.m. in Sierra Hall 132 on Modesto Junior College’s West Campus, located at 2201 Blue Gum Avenue in Modesto. Admission and parking are free.

Dan Kammen, Ph.D., professor at University of California, Berkeley, (UCB) will speak on “Getting the Carbon Out: Why Climate Friendly Development is Good Business.” He will examine the current state of California and global decarbonization efforts, and why removing fossil fuel use is a pro-business and pro-health endeavor. Dr. Linda Rudolph, MD, MPH, is the director of the Center for Climate Change and Health at the Public Health Institute. She will discuss the present and future effects of climate change on public health.

Kammen is the Class of 1935 Distinguished Professor of Energy at UCB and a climate advisor for the Obama administration. He has served as a contributing or coordinating lead author on various reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change since 1999. The IPCC shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize. Kammen has appeared on 60 Minutes (twice), Nova, Frontline, and hosted the six-part Discovery Channel series Ecopolis. Kammen is a Permanent Fellow of the African Academy of Sciences and a fellow of the American Physical Society.

Dr. Rudolph was previously the deputy director for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion in the California Department of Public Health. In 2013, she received her doctorate in medicine and clinical training in pediatrics and emergency medicine from the University of California at San Francisco. In 2013, the White House honored her as one of 11 “Champions of Change” working on the front lines to protect public health in a changing climate.

The free public MAPS event is intended for people over 12 years of age. MAPS programs are made possible by contributions from ASMJC, the MJC Foundation and the MJC STEM program.

For more information about the MAPS program visit the website maps.events.mjc.edu/, the Facebook page www.facebook.com/pages/Modesto-Area-Partners-in-Science/244618054801 or contact Professor Hughes at 575-6800 or hughesn@mjc.eduhughesn@mjc.edu>.

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