Teach-in focuses on global warming

Published: Friday, February 1, 2008 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 31, 2008 at 11:43 p.m.

In an effort to boost global warming awareness, the University of Florida on Thursday held its first Focus the Gator Nation Teach-in, which included tabling, a political forum and a debate.

Focus the Nation, the nation's largest teach-in that educates students about the effects of global warming, spent part of the afternoon asking students to make a climate change pledge.

Pledges were written on green balloons and then tied to a roped-off portion of the lawn representing one ton of carbon dioxide compressed.

Rainer Shaw, a senior at UF and the organizer of the event, said Focus the Nation decided to launch its first teach-in at UF this week because it was so close to the presidential primaries and hoped the day's event would encourage voters to force candidates to place the issue on their political agendas.

The American Solar Energy Society at UF was also at the event and promoted its programs, which include promoting sustainability and energy awareness through solar power. The group also demonstrated how a solar panel works.

Progress Energy attracted a large crowd as the Hydrogen Fuel Cell Electric Ford Focus quietly hummed and displayed its data system, fuel tank and engine.

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