‘Stable Climate’ is discussion topic


Delaware’s 2016 Great Decisions Community Discussion Series on U.S. Foreign Policy continues Friday with a panel discussion on “The Road to a Stable Climate: What’s Next after Paris.”

Panelists are members of the Delaware branch of the Citizens’ Climate Lobby, a national grass-roots organization that works to create the political will for a livable world by empowering individuals to experience breakthroughs in exercising their personal and political power, according to its leader, Marianne Gabel.

Based on scientific evidence and economists’ opinions, Citizens’ Climate Lobby volunteers in its 310 chapters believe that a “Carbon Fee and Dividend” is the best first step to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, to mitigate the impacts of a changing climate, and to bridge the partisan divide.

Gabel is a longtime Delaware resident, now retired from the practice of law. She served for 16 years on the board of education for Delaware City Schools and is active in the Rotary Club of Delaware, the Delaware County League of Women Voters and the Nature Conservancy in Ohio.

The other panelists will be:

• Rich Bradley, a retired biology professor from The Ohio State University.

• David Carpenter, a former research engineer at Battelle Labs, and a former physics teacher at Hayes High School.

• Alice Frazier, a retired family physician with a practice in Sunbury.

The Great Decisions discussions begin at noon in the Fellowship Hall of the William Street United Methodist Church, 28 W. William. Attendees are welcome to bring a brown-bag lunch. Complimentary coffee and tea will be provided.

The final session of the 2016 Great Decisions series on March 18 will focus on “The Rise of ISIS,” and will feature Michael Houlahan, retired Foreign Service Officer in the U.S. State Department.

Following discussions, audience participants have the option of completing a quick survey — prepared by the non-profit Foreign Policy Association — to add their opinions to others across the nation. The survey results will be made available to federal decision-makers.

Members of the Great Decisions Committee and the sponsors they represent include Ann K. Elliot, American Association of University Professors; Julia Foster, Willow Brook Christian Communities; James Franklin, International Studies Program at Ohio Wesleyan University; Blake Michael, Kiwanis of Delaware City; Pete Snook, Kiwanis of Delaware County; and Barbara Tull of the League of Women Voters. Also on the committee are Marci De Witt, Rand Guebert and Corinne Lyman. The longtime host of the series is the William Street United Methodist Church.

The Great Decisions Discussion Program, a free community discussion series, is designed to encourage debate and discussion of the role of the United States in world affairs.

Great Decisions series continues Friday

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Information for this story was provided by Corinne Lyman, professor emerita of politics and government at Ohio Wesleyan University.

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