As the first 100 days of the Obama administration signal a new direction for the country, the National Teach-In on Global Warming begins today at more than 700 U.S. campuses. University events are expected to educate and energize almost 250,000 students.

“We would be failing as educators if we did not prepare young people with the tools necessary to meet this challenge,” says Teach-In Director Eban Goodstein, PhD, a professor of economics at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, OR. “No other generation has had to face a threat as significant as global warming.”

The First 100 Days webcast, available for download today, showcases recommendations for the new administration from The Presidential Climate Action Project. After viewing it, participating students, faculty and staff will hold local teach-ins that focus on concrete policy recommendations: cutting carbon 40% below today’s levels by 2020; creating millions of green jobs; weatherizing, solarizing and rewiring the nation; revitalizing America’s economy; leading the world in renewable technology; and promoting carbon-neutral power.

The Teach-In will end with a video dialogue among students and key decision makers, including members of Congress, governors, city councilors, mayors and state representatives.

“The National Teach-In will remind thousands of students, faculty and community leaders all across the country that confronting global warming is a serious policy priority for the nation and provide a vehicle for planning practical solutions at the campus level and beyond,” says Julian Keniry, senior director of campus and community leadership for the National Wildlife Federation. “These events will challenge young people to help lead the U.S. and world in developing solutions that will reduce our dependence on fossil fuels, curb greenhouse gas emissions and create an economy built on clean, safe, renewable energy.”

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