Global WarningGAMBIER, Ohio (November 17, 2009) A Danish diplomat prodding the United States to take action on climate change will be joined by Kenyon faculty in a discussion on the future of the planet hosted by the Center for the Study of American Democracy on Thursday, November 19, at 7:30 p.m.
The panel includes Søren Jensen, deputy chief of mission for the Royal Danish Embassy, Siobhan Fennessy, professor of biology, and Stephen Van Holde, associate professor of political science and international studies, and will meet in the Peirce Hall Lounge.
In his work for the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Jensen has taken on roles as head of political affairs, humanitarian affairs, and Eastern-European affairs. He promotes Denmark, which draws 17 percent of its power from renewable resources, as a success in the use of green technology. He is an advocate for the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by 50 percent by 2050 and encourages the United States to play a leading role in reaching that goal. At the Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs in October, he said that "if the U.S. does not come along (with environmental reform), nothing will happen in Copenhagen" at the December United Nations Copenhagen Climate Change Conference.
Fennessy, who is co-director of the Brown Family Environmental Center, studies freshwater ecosystems and is an expert on aquatic ecology, wetland plant community dynamics, and landscape ecology. Van Holde teaches courses in international relations and environmental politics and has written widely in the fields of science and politics.
Van Holde said the Copenhagen conference "offers us a real chance to construct a global climate agreement that is effective, equitable, and truly global in its reach. And, considering how rapidly our climate is changing, we simply cannot afford to wait."