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Climate Crisis Chicago Plans February 16 Summit

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On Saturday February 16, 2013, the Illinois Institute of Technology Kent College of Law will be Ground Zero for the inaugural Climate Crisis Mobilization summit, sponsored by Climate Crisis Chicago. The summit is scheduled as a full day working conference designed to inspire grass roots level action on climate change and sustainability. Groups ranging from Blacks in Green, Oak Park Coalition for Truth and Justice, Stop the Frack Attack in Illinois and the Wellington Avenue United Church of Christ have signed on as participants.

Along with the participation of activist and social change organizations, the summit will feature keynote speeches and plenary sessions .Confirmed keynote speakers include Carl Wassilie, a Yup'iaq Eskimo who will speak about the effects of climate change on indigenous populations in Alaska and Dr. Mark Potosnak, an assistant professor in the Department of Environmental Science and Studies at DePaul University who will address the scientific elements of climate change. A plenary session will feature a panel discussion of experts addressing the political, economic and philosophical elements of climate change following the keynote addresses

After the morning plenary session and keynote addresses, participants will have a chance to interact with one another over lunch, which will include vegetarian and vegan choices. During the afternoon, participants will split into one of several breakout sessions. Topics to be addressed during the breakout session include Divestment, Government Lobbying, Direct Action and Legal Support. Following the breakout sessions, participants will reassemble to discuss the results of their breakout group discussions and to plan next steps.

The conference will take place at 565 West Adams Street. Participants must register in advance. The cost for participants is $25.00, although students and low income or unemployed individuals may register for $10.00. Participants must indicate their choice of breakout session and whether they prefer a vegetarian or vegan lunch along with their registration. Individuals who wish to learn more about the summit or who have other questions should contact Gail Ferraris at 708-309-4626 by phone or shugaze@gmail.com by email.

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