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Annual World Affairs Seminar focuses on climate change

ISSUED: 17 October 2019
MEDIA CONTACT: Valerie Owens

SHEPHERDSTOWN, WV — Shepherd University welcomed about 120 students from six Berkeley and Jefferson county high schools October 17 to the annual World Affairs Seminar sponsored by the Rotary clubs of Martinsburg and Shepherdstown and Shepherd’s Phi Beta Delta Honor Society for International Scholars. The seminar, titled “Global Climate Change: The Challenges and Opportunities of Cooperation,” included a carbon footprint simulation exercise and a discussion about policy and strategy options for addressing impacts of climate change. The students are being encouraged to continue involvement in climate change issues in their schools by promoting energy efficiency through recycling and reducing energy and food waste.

Speakers for the seminar were Joe Richardson, Rotarian and Frederick, Maryland, farmer and innovator of several climate change initiatives; Dr. Tim Thomas, research fellow, International Food Policy Research Institution, Washington, D.C.; Catherine Martini, country engagement specialist with the NDC partnership support unit, World Resources Institute, Washington, D.C.; Dr. Brenda Ekwurzel, director of climate science, Union of Concerned Scientists, Boston and Washington, D.C.; and Dr. Samuel Greene, Shepherd assistant professor of political science and global studies.

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