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Global Climate Change Workshop Wraps up at USI


More than 20 scholars from across the country and around the world took part

The University of Southern Indiana hosted a global climate change workshop this week. WNIN’s John Gibson has more:

More than 20 established scholars took part in the event at USI that was not open to the public, but USI Sociology Professor Stephen Zehr did speak with reporters.

He said one of the goals of the workshop is to establish education’s role in battling climate change:

"The role of academia I think is very much to some extent a watchdog but also an important source of information and knowledge along with other entities to help move us forward."

Zehr says an important part of transitioning to fewer fossil fuels is equality:

"There are always winners and losers and so we want to kind of attend to that element of inequality and developing more equitable changes that we can (work toward) a more just future along with a decarbonized future."

I also asked Zehr about CenterPoint’s decision to close the coal-fired A.B. Brown power and replace it with natural gas-fueled turbines, wind, and solar:

"At best it would be a mixed bag in terms of transitions."