February 27, 2008-The search for solutions to climate change caused by man-made emissions is the focus of this year’s Stegner Symposium. Bill McKibben, the noted writer, educator, and environmentalist, will present the keynote address, “Building the Climate Movement-Just in Time.” Author of the 1989 book The End of Nature, the first book on climate change for a general audience, McKibben is the author of several additional works and helped found Stepitup07.org, the first large grassroots activist movement to address climate change.
“Alternative Energy: Seeking Climate Change Solutions,” the Thirteenth Annual Symposium of the Wallace Stegner Center at the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law, will be held Friday and Saturday, March 7-8, 2008, at the Marriott University Park in Salt Lake City, Utah.
With an eye on the intertwined and globally pressing issues of energy and climate change, the symposium will examine the energy side of the equation by asking how alternative energy might help solve the problem of climate change.
“This year’s symposium brings together a nationally renowned panel of speakers whose collective expertise is remarkably broad and deep,” said Lincoln Davies, associate professor of law at the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law and a panel speaker at the symposium.
Dianne Nielson, energy advisor to Utah Governor Jon Huntsman, and Sarah Wright, executive director and founder of Utah Clean Energy, will participate in a panel discussion that examines Utah’s energy policy options, in light of the range of available energy sources and other issues raised during the symposium.
“We hope the symposium will help advance the public discourse on climate change,” Davies said. “Not simply by recognizing the crisis that climate change presents, but by looking for answers in existing and emerging alternative energy sources.”
Founded in 1995, The Wallace Stegner Center for Land, Resources and the Environment represents the University of Utah S. J. Quinney College of Law’s commitment to the multidisciplinary study of natural resources and environmental law and policy.
To learn more or to register to attend, please call the Wallace Stegner Center at (801) 585-3440, or visit www.law.utah.edu/stegner.