Focus the Nation: Global Warming Solutions


Focus the Nation: Global Warming Solutions


Daniel Desmond



Global warming is a phenomenon believed to occur as a result of the build-up of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases. Over the past 200 years, the burning of fossil fuels such as coal and oil has caused the concentrations of heat-trapping “greenhouse gases” to increase significantly in our atmosphere. These gases prevent heat from dissipating, somewhat like the glass panels of a greenhouse. Greenhouse gases are necessary to life as we know it, because they keep the planet’s surface warm. But, as the concentrations of these gases continue to increase in the atmosphere, the Earth’s temperature is climbing above previously recorded levels. According to NASA data, the Earth’s average surface temperature has increased by about 1.2 to 1.4°F in the last 100 years. Eleven of the last twelve years rank among the warmest years recorded since 1850, with the two warmest years being 1998 and 2005. Scientists are certain that human activities are changing the composition of the atmosphere, and that the increasing concentration of greenhouse gases will change the planet’s climate. The non-profit organization Focus the Nation is initiating a national teach-in on global warming solutions for America, creating a dialogue at over a thousand colleges, universities, high schools, middle schools, places of worship, civic organizations and businesses across the United States in order to mobilize human energies and create a sense of collective and moral purpose toward implementing efficient energy fuels and technology. The motivation for this project is to explore a new model of collaborative, interdisciplinary education, on a national scale. Focus the Nation provides an exciting model opportunity to create for one day a true national community of scholarship bridging traditional disciplinary boundaries.

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Civic and Community Engagement | Climate | Environmental Sciences

Focus the Nation: Global Warming Solutions