Friday, September 18, 2009

OMNI Climate-breakdown book forum at 6 p.m. today at Nightbird bookstore on Dickson Street


Sponsored by OMNI Center for Peace, Justice, and ECOLOGY and the OMNI Carbon Caps Task Force


Ryan Bancroft: Chris Mooney, Unscientific America
Jonathan Gibbs: Mark Lynas, Six Degrees
Steve Boss: David Archer, The Long Thaw
Joanna Pollock: James Speth. The Bridge at the Edge of the World: Capitalism, the Environment, and Crossing from Crisis to Sustainability.
Carl Barnwell has degrees in Mathematics and Computer Systems Engineering, worked as a programmer, activist, and served on the Steering Committee of OMNI.
Ryan Bancroft: I attended Truman State University and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in English. I enjoy using the critical skills that college refined to explore various texts on environmental concerns, with a focus on alternative energy and food-production. Now, I work with the OMNI Center as an Americorps*VISTA volunteer who seeks to expand OMNI's environmental efforts. Current projects include acting as the Carbon Caps Task Force facilitator, building connections with local and national organizations in Arkansas, and developing green-energy projects and collaborations that aid low-income populations in Fayetteville, NW Arkansas, and hopefully throughout the state. If any of this sound appealing, do not hesitate to contact me anytime!
Jonathan Gibbs: I took an apprenticeship in carpentry and eventually spent a year building organic small farms in northern California. I've returned to become acquainted with community organization as an Americorps worker and hope to receive a Peace Corps station in the Philippines, my mother's homeland, and pursue a professional degree after.
Steve Bost has a doctorate in Marine Sciences from the U. of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and have been on the faculty in the Department of Geosciences at UA since 1996. Since 2002, I have been director of the interdisciplinary doctoral degree program in Environmental Dynamics at UA. Environmental Dynamics focuses on investigations of human interactions in the environment at all spatial and temporal scales. I am also involved in a broad array of UA sustainability initiatives, including being a member of a team developing a Professional Science Masters' degree in Sustainability Analysis, which we hope to implement in the near future.
Joanna Pollock has a Bachelor's of Science in Nutrition from Ouachita Baptist University, a background in public administration, public health nutrition and long term care consultation. This background has helped to inform her of the interconnectedness and sheer brevity of life. She is currently studying Counseling at the University of Arkansas and has a special interest in Eco-Psychology. She is a Climate Precinct Captain with 1sky working to promote national climate change legislation. She also volunteers with Clean Air Arkansas, is a Carbon Caps Task Force Member and worked as Communications Coordinator for Repower Arkansas. These organizations are all working to educate the Arkansas public about Climate Change, as well as, encourage civic action to reduce carbon emissions through legislation, personal change and other peaceful means.


This OMNI Book Forum discusses the latest science-based scholarship explaining how the climate is collapsing with accelerating speed.
Coordinator: Dick Bennett, 442-4600
Moderator: Carl Barnwell, introductions and brief account of James Lovelock, The Vanishing Face of Gaia A Final Warning
Greeter: Leonard Schulte
Publicity Campaign (using Dick’s Guide):
Photos: Aubrey Shepherd
Video: Jeffrey Sidensticker
Flyer and Poster:
Distribution of Flyer and Poster:
News Release (traditional): Dick
News Release (electronic): Jonathan Biggs

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