Climate Change 21: An Interactive Forum and Environmental Festival
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A two-day conference on climate change
featuring an interactive public forum and environmental festival will be
held at the University of Maine, Oct. 23–24.
Climate Change 21: Choices for the 21st Century,
organized by UMaine's Climate Change Institute, will be highlighted by
panel discussions led by world-class scientists talking about their
research related to climate change.
As part of the conference, UMaine researchers will
release a report prepared at the request of Gov. John Baldacci
predicting future climate in Maine and the region.
Among other conference activities planned: an
environmental festival, featuring organizations and businesses
specializing in green products and technologies; a student poster
contest and exhibition; and debut of a musical composition and sculpture
related to climate change, created by UMaine artists.
"We hope that as many people as possible will come
to hear about the scientific basis for the understanding of climate
change," says Climate Change Institute Director Paul Mayewski. "There is
a great deal to know about climate and what is expected for the future.
"We want people to leave CC21 not just believing
that what is presented makes sense, but also knowing what is potentially
in store and, most importantly, understanding what the opportunities are
for the future," Mayewski says.