Wed, May 06 | Zoom Webinar

Great Decisions #1: Climate Change and the Global Order

Climate change has become one of the defining issues of our time. As much of the world bands together to come up with a plan, the U.S. remains the notable holdout. What is the rest of the world doing to combat climate change? What impact will the effects of climate change have on global geopolitics?
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Time & Location

May 06, 2020, 3:00 PM – 4:15 PM
Zoom Webinar

About The Event

Join the World Affairs Council of Maine as we explore the Foreign Policy Association’s 2020 Great Decisions. 

Session #1: Climate change has become one of the defining issues of our time. As much of the world bands together to come up with a plan, the U.S. remains the notable holdout. What is the rest of the world doing to combat climate change? What impact will the effects of climate change have on global geopolitics? 

What is Great Decisions? Foreign Policy Association’s Great Decisions is this country’s largest discussion program on world affairs. For over twenty years, our Council has brought these Great Decisions to the state of Maine. We’ve provided hundreds of hours of discussion to members of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at the University of Southern Maine and hosted numerous dinner discussion groups across southern Maine. Click here for more information on our Great Decisions program.

 

What will each session look like? Prior to each session, participants will receive suggested readings and a link to the 25-min. Great Decisions television series episode on the session topic. Participants are encouraged to review the materials, however, pre-work is not required in order to enjoy the virtual conversation.  

Each virtual session will last 75 minutes. Your facilitator will begin the session with a brief presentation on the topic. Participants will then be split into virtual breakout rooms of 12 or fewer participants. Each breakout room will have a facilitator to help move the conversation along and ensure that everyone who is interested is able to participate in the discussion. Discussion questions will be provided to all registered attendees. 

I’ve never used Zoom. How will I know what to do? Virtual programming is new to most of us. We’re all learning together! We will send instructions on how to download Zoom to your device, as well as suggested settings to improve your Zoom experience. We will review Zoom functions at the start of each session and help members to troubleshoot. We can’t promise a flawless experience, but let’s not let perfect be the enemy of good! 

We recommend you review our WACM Zoom user document before your first session. 

What does this cost? In this time of economic uncertainty we have adopted a “pay what you can” structure for our virtual programming. Please register at a level that is right for you ($0-$15). 

Become a Great Decisions Series Sponsor! The lengthy suspension of our in-person programs greatly impacts the revenue that supports our work. For those able and interested, we created a $50 Great Decisions series sponsor ticket. This one-time gift will support our full 6-session series. Sponsorship can be made in your name(s) or in honor/memory of someone. All sponsors will be recognized at the start of each of the six sessions. Please purchase your series sponsor $50 ticket for the first session you are interested in attending. You can then sign up for any subsequent sessions by choosing the "Pay what you can $0" ticket. 

IMPORTANT: Please register for each device being used to attend the webinar. For example, if you and a family member will be attending on one computer, only one registration is necessary. Alternatively, if you each will be using your own devices to attend, please register separately. This will ensure that each attendee is placed in a breakout room for the discussion portion of the webinar. 

About this week's facilitator:

Clifford Gilpin, PhD was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland. He has a background in human resources. He was on the staff of the World Bank for 22 years and worked with countries in Africa and East Asia. From 1987 to 1992 he managed the Bank's human resources program in Indonesia and subsequently directed the Bank's internal learning and leadership program. He has a special interest in global energy supply and consumption. In 1996, he and his wife moved to Maine. Clifford is a trustee of the Falmouth Land Trust and current board member and former President of the World Affairs Council of Maine. 

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