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Town Hall Meeting Explores Global Climate Change

A panel of experts will discuss whether humans are to blame for global climate change during an event at 7 p.m. Nov. 16 at Oklahoma City University. The Oklahoma Town Hall Meeting on Global Climate Change is free to the public and will be held in the Bishop W. Angie Smith Chapel on N.W. 23rd Street between Blackwelder and Kentucky avenues.

The panel will include state Senator Andrew Rice; Bill Parker, an expert in sustainable development planning with management experience in the fossil fuels industry; Renee McPherson, a state climatologist from the University of Oklahoma; and Mark Davies, dean of OCU’s Petree College of Arts and Sciences and co-founder of the Oikos Scholars group, which prepares students for social and ecological responsibilities.

Each panelist will have 15 minutes to share their thoughts on global climate change before a group discussion begins. The event will then be opened for dialogue between the panel and members of the audience.

Ted Metzler, who directs the event’s sponsoring OCU programs – the Darrell W. Hughes Program for Religion and Science Dialogue, and Oklahoma Interfaith Power and Light – said the event is a great opportunity to hear expert opinions on a topic that has attracted fierce debate on both sides of the issue.

“Polarized opinions regarding our topic currently range from passionate calls for major transformations in human society to skeptical claims that such calls rest upon junk science,” Metzler said. “Even if reality supports none of these extreme positions, global climate change deserves our serious attention.”

For more information about the Oklahoma Town Hall Meeting on Global Climate Change, contact Metzler at tmetzler@okcu.edu or (405) 208-5511.