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Climate Change Debate and Discussion

12/8/2019 10:08:39 AM

There are certainly different opinions on the effects - or non-effects - of climate change. An event in December aims to tackle that issue head-on.

Doctors and professionals from the academic and environmental fields will be guest speakers when Sussex County Community College and First United Methodist Church host a debate and discussion at the church, on Saturday, Dec. 14

The event, free and open to the public, takes place at the church, located at 111 Ryerson Avenue, Newton, from 9 to 11 a.m. 

The climate change event will be moderated by Dr. Jon Connolly, Sussex County Community College President.

The featured guest speakers include:

Dr. William Happer, Cyrus Fogg Brackett Professor of Physics, Emeritus, Princeton University

As part of President Trump's National Security Council, Happer pushed the White House to challenge the government's official assessment of climate change, which calls climate change a serious national security threat.

Dr. Laurel Kearns, Professor of Ecology, Society, and Religion,
Drew Theological School, Drew University

Dr. Kearns has researched, published and given talks around the globe on religion and environmentalism for over 20 years. She has also contributed o the Oxford Handbook on Climate Change and

Dr. Robert Larsson, SCCC, Associate Professor of Environmental Science

During Larsson's sabbatical in 2016, while in the Peace Corps Response, he observed impacts of climate change in Micronesia. Most recently, he has developed a course in Clean Energy Technology.

Dr. Patrick J. Michaels, Climatologist and Author

Dr. Michaels is a Senior Fellow with the Competitive Enterprise Institute and CO2 Coalition. He has published numerous articles about climate and its impact in peer-reviewed scientific literature. He is the author of nine books on climate change and society.

Dr. Sandra Passchier, Montclair State University, Professor of Earth & Environmental Studies

Dr. Passchier's research interests are focused on understanding changes in the behavior of ice-sheets under different climate states using data from the sediment archives within glaciated continental margins.

Light refreshments will be served. 

For more information contact Rev. Todd Lattig, 973-383-4450, or Dr. Connolly, 973-300-2120.