Climate Expert Ruth Greenspan Bell to Visit WPU for Climate Change Talk

March 1, 2020
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Climate Expert Ruth Greenspan Bell to Visit William Peace University for Climate Change Talk on March 23rd at 5:00 p.m.

Scientists agree that our climate is changing, but it’s easy to feel disconnected from this global issue. How will climate change affect our daily lives? What can be done to save the planet?

Ruth Greenspan Bell, an expert on greenhouse gases and climate change, is coming to William Peace University (WPU) to answer these and other questions about this complex topic.

She will be speaking March 23 at 5 p.m. in the WPU Collabratory, on the second floor of the Finch Library. The event is open to the general public.

Bell is a public policy scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, a bipartisan think tank. Her current research focuses on motivating behavior changes that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions and climate change impacts.

She plans share her expertise on topics such as how the climate is changing, and how it impacts communities. She’ll seek to make people more aware of how their daily actions may affect the climate, and how to reduce their carbon footprint.

Her speech will focus on practical solutions rather than political rhetoric, she said.

“As climate change is becoming acute, more people are now inclined to act on it,” said Bell.

“We’re in a situation in which we’re required to act.”

Bell’s long-standing focus is on managing greenhouse gas emissions in the United States and abroad. She has served as an advisor to the Assistant Secretary of State for Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs, and worked with the Polish government to create the position of climate ambassador. Previously, Bell was a lawyer for the EPA.

This event is sponsored by WPU’s Speakers and Events Committee, and is being held in cooperation with Ravenscroft School, a private school in Raleigh for grades pre-kindergarten through high school.

Committee Chair Dr. Eliza Laskowski hopes Bell will provide students, faculty and the public with ways to helb curb climate change by changing our behaviors.

“A lot of people feel like issues related to climate changes are so big they are impossible to get your brain wrapped around,” said Laskowski. “I’m hoping that her focus [is] on more practical solutions and/or advocating how to contact people in authority and make our voices heard.”

CONTACT: Eliza Laskowski, Chair of the WPU Speakers & Events Committee

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