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World Affairs Conference on Feb. 4 and 5

The annual World Affairs Conference will be held at UCC on Feb. 4 and 5. The World Affairs Conference (WAC) is Canada’s oldest student-run current affairs conference. Annually held here, WAC connects over 1,000 students with a common interest in current affairs, from across North America.

The theme, “20/20 Vision,” aims to address how we might respond to the inevitable change that will accompany the oncoming decade. The 2020s will undoubtedly be fateful years as we attempt to slow climate change, consider the social implications of technology and even reevaluate the ethics of international sports. As young people, it is our responsibility to engage.

Visit http://worldaffairs.ucc.on.ca to view the full program. The keynote address will be held on Monday, Feb. 4 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. and it is open to the public and free of charge. We invite the UCC community to come. The conference day will be Tuesday, Feb. 5. UCC considers this as a school day that UCC students are expected to attend.

This year’s keynote’s title is “Young People’s World: Making Your Future, Energy, Climate & Human Rights” and will feature Dr. James Hansen.

Keynote Description: How can we use democracy as a tool for solving climate change? Do we have a responsibility to reflect scientific findings in policy? What power does today’s youth have in shaping the future of our climate?

Dr. James Hansen will address these key issues and more in his keynote address. We will have the fortune of hearing not only about his extensive experience as an environmental advocate, scientist, and professor, but also the opportunity to engage in an open-discourse on the climate. We request that students come to the address with questions and issues in mind. The address will not merely be a lecture, but a two-way exchange of ideas.

Dr. James Hansen, formerly Director of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, is Adjunct Professor at Columbia University’s Earth Institute, where he directs a program in Climate Science, Awareness and Solutions. Dr. Hansen is best known for his testimony on climate change in the 1980s that helped raise awareness of global warming. He is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and has received numerous awards including the Sophie and Blue Planet Prizes. Dr. Hansen is recognized for speaking truth to power and for outlining actions needed to protect the future of young people and all species on the planet.



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