We’re really pleased to share the news about an upcoming conference in New York City. You may be wondering, “I don’t live in New York City…so why should I be interested in this?” It’s an entire conference dedicated to the challenge of getting back to 350. The keynote speaker is the world’s leading climate scientist, and good friend of 350.org, Dr. James Hansen. We’re excited to share the findings, results, and anecdotes from this conference with all of you, and we’ll do that here on our blog.

The conference will be comprised of presentations and panel discussions on various themes related to reducing atmospheric carbon dioxide emissions, including: Post-Kyoto negotiations, economic and legal implications of implementing carbon dioxide reductions, green jobs, environmental justice, carbon sequestration and storage, climate change education, and alternative energy solutions. Featured speakers include Majora Carter from Sustainable South Bronx, and a leader in the movement for a green economy that lifts people out of poverty, and Richard Heinberg, noted scholar and advocate on the issue of peak oil.

If you do happen to live in New York City, or nearby, by all means consider attending! It will take place on  Saturday, May 2, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the Rotunda of Low Memorial Library on the Columbia University Morningside Heights campus. Registration is available online at: www.350conference.org.

The 350 Climate Conference is an initiative of students in the Climate and Society M.A. program at Columbia University, the first interdisciplinary masters program in the U.S. to train professionals and academics on the impacts of climate variability and climate change on society and the environment.