University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
February 27-March 1, 2008
Co-Sponsored by UCLA’s Institute of the Environmentand Sustainable Resource Center
From February 27-March 1, 2008 a diverse group of socially conscious and highly motivated college students and young entrepreneurs convened at UCLA’s Tom Bradley International Hall for Athgo’s 5th annual Global Forum titled “Global Warming: Change Your Attitude! Not the Weather.” The four-day practicum based event focused on some of the most pressing environmental issues.
Participants heard from and interacted with a wide range of speakers, including representatives from Environmental Defense, Prince Albert II of Monaco’s Foundation, MWH Global, Waste Management and world renowned experts on Climate Change, such as the contributors to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) – 2007 Nobel Prize Peace Prize co-Laureates.
The German Consulate in Los Angeles opened the event with a thorough overview of the role of the international community in combating Climate Change issues and was followed by a presentation of Al Gore’s slide show featured in “An Inconvenient Truth.” Participants then heard from individual presenters and panels of scientists, academics and senior executives from the private sector. All presentations were followed by a Q&A period, which provided participants with the opportunity to raise their concerns and pose questions about issues most relevant to them.
Participants worked in small groups throughout the event and developed business models and policy proposals that addressed sustainability, conservation and renewable energy issues. The proposals ranged from policies suggesting innovative ways to obtain funding for environmental educational reform to new business models that propose production and usage of environmentally friendly commercial packaging. On the final day of the event, the participants served as experts on panels moderated by their peers, where they presented their proposals to the group at large.
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The forum followed the following discussion arrangement:
- The State of the Environment
Leading environmental academics and scientists highlighted the causes, consequences and long-term ramifications of global warming. The scientific evidence was followed by recommendations and forecasts for the future
- Innovative Technologies and Solutions
Senior executives from the private sector discussed the latest alternative energy and related technologies that are geared toward the production of environmentally friendly products and services.
- Climate Friendly Entrepreneurship: Practical Solutions and the Inclusion of Young People
Each presenter addressed the economic and political realities associated with implementing more environmentally friendly business products and solutions, with an eye toward the role that enterprising young people can play in the process.