Economist Marcellus Andrews Speaks At Climate Change Colloquium

Marcellus Andrews “The Political Economy of Earth, Irritated”
Thursday, November 2, 2006
Heimbold Auditorium
6 p.m.

Economist Marcellus Andrews will come to Sarah Lawrence College on November 2 as part of the “Colloquium on Climate Change,” a semester long examination of the interactions between society and global warming. A reception in the Heimbold lobby at 5 p.m. precedes his talk, titled “The Political Economy of Earth, Irritated,” to be held in Heimbold Auditorium at 6 p.m. For more information, please call 914-395-2412.

According to Andrews: “The hotter/colder, wetter/drier and nastier Mother Earth-with-Bad-Attitude (MEBA) threatened by global climate change is a specter haunting the wealth of ALL nations.  Floods, famine, drought, cold and windstorms will kill ever greater numbers of poor people whose modest means and lack of power expose them to Nature’s aroused fury...A global climate emergency could be the beginning of a nightmarish battle of all against all for survival, or could be the first step toward a planetary economy where scarcity marries markets to justice in the interest of creating a sane global order.”

The Colloquium on Climate Change, organized by chemistry faculty member Ryan Hinrichs kicked off on September 14 with a talk by Elizabeth Kolbert, author of Field Notes from a Catastrophe, who discussed the already visible effects of rising average temperatures. Continuing on October 5, Cynthia Rosenzweig, a researcher at NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies gave her lecture “Climate Change Matters: Systems, Sectors, and Solutions.” Hinrichs hopes to inform audiences that the climate change issue has recently entered into a new phase of public awareness and response and that a new relationship is being forged between scientists and citizens.