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Political polarization and environment

October 10, 2012

The School of Global Environmental Sustainability hosts the ongoing 'Managing the Planet Panel Series' in which panelists discuss a wide spectrum of issues such as biofuels, climate change, and sustainable development.

Wednesday, October 10
5-6:30 p.m.
Avogadro's Number
605 S. Mason Street

Join the School of Global Environmental Sustainability as we host a discussion about politics and the environment. This event is free and open to the public.

The Managing the Planet Panel Series has an informal format -- the panelists have no prepared remarks and event moderators encourage questions and feedback from the audience.

Government's role

The starting point of the discussion will be the role of politics in environmental issues.

For example, at the recent Rio+ 20 meetings, top government officials from around the world were not in attendance.

Yet, the fallout of political polarization is that environmental issues are playing out as business as usual vs. green economies, and conservation vs. growing at the expense of natural resources.

We'll discuss how political polarization will increasingly affect the development of natural resources around the world.


  • Mark Fiege, Department of History
  • Tom Plant, Center for the New Energy Economy
  • Sandra Davis, Department of Political Science
  • Tony Cheng, Department of Forest and Rangeland Stewardship

Moderated by Gene Kelly, Chair, Department of Soil and Crop, and Associate Director, Research and Development Programs with the School of Global Environmental Sustainability.  

Contact: Kerri McDermid
Phone: (970) 492-4155