Genesee Community College Hosts Inconvenient Discussion

If you have questions about global warming and human impact on the earth’s climate, stop by Genesee Community College, Room T102 on Monday, April 2. At 6:00 PM that evening the College’s Earth Club will be showing An Inconvenient Truth, Al Gore’s Academy Award-winning documentary film about climate change. The film will be shown as part of the Earth Club’s Eco-Movie series, which has been taking place every Monday evening this past semester.

Following the film, the Earth Club has invited Dr. Chris Walcek, Senior Research Associate in the Atmospheric Sciences Research Center at SUNY Albany, to present additional evidence surrounding the global warming debate. Although Al Gore asserts that there is no debate about global warming within the scientific community, Dr. Walcek claims there are numerous areas of disagreement and dispute about details of the theory that humans are driving current climate change, and what we can do about it.

Dr. Walcek states that climate is an extremely complex interaction among the earth’s oceans, landmasses, and atmosphere involving weather, hydrology, glaciology, biology, geology, and even human economics and social sciences. Current understandings of past and future climate change are rudimentary, and, according to Dr. Walcek, most theories of climate change are reasonable hypotheses that are difficult to test and unambiguously confirm from a scientific perspective.

Christopher Walcek received his bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees from UCLA in atmospheric sciences. He spent four years at National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, CO, and has been a research associate at SUNY Albany’s Atmospheric Sciences Research Center since 1987.

“The Earth Club is proud to be offering a public forum to see the film An Inconvenient Truth and to learn about the data presented in the film from the perspective of a research professor who has studied atmospheric sciences, climate, and meteorology for the better part of his career,” Jared Skye, student president of the Earth Club said. “We hope to fill the lecture hall with citizens from every part of our community who are interested in learning more about the hot topic of climate change.”

The viewing of the film An Inconvenient Truth and post-film discussion kicks-off the Earth Club’s most eventful month of the year. The last ECO-Movie of the semester, A Civil Action, is scheduled for April 9 at 5:30 PM in the Student Union. The film is based on a true story and stars John Travolta as an attorney representing families whose children died and who are pressing charges against two companies for dumping toxins near their community’s watershed.

The Earth Club is also currently working with CoolKids organization and Student Activities preparing for the second annual ECO-Fest, a family-oriented celebration of Earth Day occurring at the College’s Batavia Campus on April 19, from 5:00 – 8:00PM. Further details will be released soon about the line-up of great vendors, activities, prizes, and ECO-Fest events.

For more information about Genesee Community College’s Earth Club, Eco-Movie Night series, Dr. Walcek’s presentation, or ECO-Fest contact Donna Rae Sutherland, Associate Director of Marketing Communications and Earth Club advisor, at (585) 343-0055 x6616.