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Local Students To Take On Global Issues At ‘Earth 2100′

by Aaron Kraut — August 1, 2012 at 2:45 pm 1,367 18 Comments

Arlington nonprofit Our Task will host an “intergenerational” conference to discuss environmental and global development issues on Saturday, Aug. 11 at the Arlington Central Library (1015 N. Quincy St.).

Our Task Executive Director Jerry Barney said the conference is aimed at local high school and college students who want to share ideas and discuss what the world will look like in 2100, and what should be done to deal with ongoing deforestation, greenhouse gas emissions, population increases and a host of other issues.

“It comes from a growing unease and a growing sense of fear among thoughtful young people that the planet they’re going to inherit is not at all the planet they hope to inherit,” Barney said.

The all-day conference is open to participants of all ages, but for the past six years has attracted mainly local students. They are organized in focus groups and presented with an issue “from the 10,000-foot level,” said Our Task Chair Angeline Cione. They then develop and present solutions.

This year’s opening speaker will be conservation biologist and George Mason University professor Dr. Thomas Lovejoy. Registration is free and will run until the day before the event.

Photo courtesy Jerry Barney

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  • Ted

    Population of the USA will be about 580 million in 2100.

    • Josh S

      If current predictions come true.

      88 years from now.

  • SomeGuy

    I have an idea for transportation: What if we take some large bus chassis, put steel wheels on them instead of rubber tires, and constrain them to expensive installed rails that share the same roadways and bottlenecks as rubber-tired vehicles?

    I think we could get started for about $300 million. And I believe we could achieve my vision for 2100 in much fewer than 88 years.

  • Elmer

    The all-day conference is open to participants of all ages, but for the past six years has attracted mainly local students. They are organized in focus groups and presented with an issue “from the 10,000-foot level,” said Our Task Chair Angeline Cione. They then develop and present solutions.

    “… and presented with an issue from the 10,000-foot level”? Sounds like pie in the sky.

  • Elmer

    Could there be any political agenda behind this?
    Naaaaaah!

  • CO2isyourfriend

    Elmer is right. We should avoid teaching about science, cause that could be political.

    I mean teach them about the human respiratory system and that could lead them to question the healthfulness of tobacco, and that would be political especially since some highly respected authorities question the govt funded junk science that claims to lnik smoking and cancer.

    We should just teach them that there is a controversy, and both sides are serious and deserve respect -except for the side of the elitists who want to take away our freedom.

    • SARL

      +1

    • Elmer

      It all depends on how you cook the “science”. That’s the real Inconvenient Truth.

      • Harry

        But, but . . . Look at the “hockey stick”!!!’. Look at the tree rings!!!,

        • Elmer

          But don’t you know that smoking, including MJ, is bad for your lungs?

        • Elmer

          And cows should wear diapers and be feed Beano because they release methane gas into the atmosphere.
          http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2621444/posts

          • drax

            Straw man. The simplest anti-science tool. You’re anti-science, but you’re not very good at it.

          • Elmer

            The feds spent $700,000.00 on that “straw man”.

      • drax

        Yep, and the global warming deniers and right-wingers have been playing the junk science game for years. Their misunderstanding of and outright contempt for science has been legendary.

      • Josh S

        What makes you qualified to judge whether or not science has been cooked?

  • drax

    Another issue – what do we do with people like Elmer with their heads stuck in the ground?

    • WeiQiang

      Consider it ‘composting’ ?

      • Elmer

        “Another issue – what do we do with people like Elmer with their heads stuck in the ground?”

        Sorry Drax, truth is not found by simply taking a poll. That’s junk science.

        “Consider it ‘composting’ ?”

        To Wei etc., Typical lib knee jerk reaction when your opinion is challenged. Bury the dissenting voice.

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