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Environment / Sustainability

State of the Planet 2010 Global Classroom March 25

March 17, 2010

On March 25, State of the Planet 2010 will bring together the world's most influential and innovative thinkers and leaders in a wide range of fields -- from many academic disciplines to media, government, policy and business spheres -- to tackle critical issues facing the world.

Global Classroom at Colorado State
Thursday, March 25
6:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Lory Student Center, Room 230

The School of Global Environmental Sustainability at Colorado State University will host a global classroom site for the 2010 State of the Planet on Thursday, March 25. This event is free and open for the public to come and go throughout the day.

There will be an online livecast from five event sites in:

  • New York
  • Beijing
  • New Dehli
  • Nairobi
  • London

Conference schedule

  • 6:30 a.m. - Video Introduction
  • 6:55 a.m. - Session 1: Climate Change - "What Would it Take to Complete the Climate Deal?"
  • 8:45 a.m. - Session 2: Poverty - "How Do We Achieve the Millennium Development Goals?"
  • 11:30 a.m. - Keynote Address: President Felipe Calderón Hinojosa (speaking from Mexico City)
  • Noon - Session 3: Economic Recovery - "What Does a Green Recovery Look Like?"
  • 2 p.m. - Session 4: International Systems - "How Can an International System be Built to Deal With Transnational Issues?"
  • 3:15 p.m. - Wrap-up

Critical issues facing the world

1. Climate change

In the wake of Copenhagen, many remain unsure about what it will take to complete a climate deal. The science remains sound and undeniable, but the backlash over the climate e-mails hacked from the University of East Anglia and errors made by the IPCC have given skeptics a new round of ammunition.

  • Where will leadership come from?
  • Is there a middle ground between rich and poor countries?
  • Is a legally binding treaty still possible?
2. Poverty

The nations of the world agreed to achieve the Millennium Development Goals — a set of established targets to reduce poverty, hunger and disease — by 2015.

Though many countries have done remarkably well since the goals were adopted in 2000, places like Haiti are a grim reminder of the fragility of an impoverished nation living on the edge.

  • How do we achieve the goals with five years left?
3. Economic recovery

The recession left a great rift in the global economy. Unemployment rates in the United States remain staggeringly high while Washington continues to debate the best way forward.

  • Are we headed back toward business as usual, or will the future be in a green recovery?
4. International systems

Increasingly, the concurrent crises of the environment, global health and the economy weaken the ability of many countries to respond to disasters.

  • How can international systems be built to deal with critical issues that span borders?

Join the international conversation

Around the world, people will be able to participate via webcast and interactive elements. And at event sites in Beijing, New Delhi, London (TBC) and Nairobi, speakers and attendees will be directly linked to the international debate, moderated from New York.

Speakers will include, among others:

 View full list of speakers

Questions will be taken from the global audience. On Twitter, please use hashtag #sop2010.

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