Speaking in Maine features a panel discussion at Bates College, which seeks to clarify the pros, cons and points of confusion and contention in the policy debate over climate change.
The panelists are Ted Koffman, executive director of Maine Audubon and former chair of the Natural Resources Committee of the Maine Legislature;Pete Didisheim, advocacy director of the Natural Resources Council of Maine;Melissa Carey, climate change policy specialist with the Environmental Defense Fund; and Tom Tietenberg, Mitchell Family Professor Emeritus of Economics at Colby College, where he taught environmental and natural resource economics.
The panel discussion was hosted by The Harward Center for Community Partnerships at Bates College as the first in its 2009-10 Civic Forum series. The discussion was held at the Muskie Archives at Bates, 70 Campus Ave.
The Civic Forum is an interactive lively series that invites the audience to wrestle with and explore civic, political and policy issues significant to the Bates community, Maine and beyond.
The Harward Center leads Bates' efforts in community involvement, including programs in service-learning, community volunteerism and environmental stewardship. The center works with community partners to meet community needs and, in the process, to integrate civic engagement with the Bates educational experience.
About Bates College
Bates College is widely regarded as one of the finest U.S. liberal arts colleges. Alumni frequently cite the capacities they developed at Bates for critical assessment, analysis, expression, aesthetic sensibility and independent thought. About 40 percent of students participate in career internships, and more than two-thirds of recent graduates enroll in graduate study within 10 years after graduation.
Bates was founded in 1855 by Maine abolitionists, and Bates graduates have always included men and women from diverse racial, ethnic and religious backgrounds.