Hartwick to Host Roundtable on Climate Change

January 15, 2010

In conjunction with its 2009-10 Academic Theme, Energy, Hartwick College will host a luncheon roundtable discussion led by Assistant Professor of Political Science Amy Forster Rothbart from 12:15-1:15 p.m. on Friday, January 22 in Eaton Lounge, Bresee Hall, on the College campus. The event, titled "International Climate Change Efforts

in the Aftermath of Copenhagen," is free and open to the public. A light lunch will be provided.

After the failure of the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen in December to develop a strong new agreement to accelerate international action to address climate change, many questions remain about how to move forward. This roundtable will consider the reasons for the failure of the international negotiations. Participants will then look at initiatives that are being tried at the national and local levels in different places around the world to address the climate change impact of energy consumption and consider how these smaller-scale initiatives relate to the global picture.

Amy Forster Rothbart is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Hartwick College. She has conducted research on international environmental negotiations and factors that shape the implementation of international environmental commitments. She also has worked with and studied environmental movements in the former Soviet Union.

For further information, contact Pine Lake Institute Program Coordinator Dan Morse at

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