Project Description

Scientific and anecdotal evidence tell us that the earth’s temperature is warming at rates not experienced in centuries. What exactly does this mean for the planet, for ourselves, for our children, for our children’s children? How can citizens and policy makers be made to understand that we’re all in this together? That means Washington—and Beijing, Berlin, Rio, Delhi and the Pacific Islanders. And loggers in the rain forests of Myanmar and Indonesia. And agribusiness in California. And large corporations headquartered in New York, London, Tokyo and Hong Kong. That means us, here, in New Mexico.

The Speakers

Jeff Bingaman, Jrformer United States Senator from New Mexico
Topic: “The Complexity & Challenge of Climate Change and the Role of Government as Catalyst and Regulator”

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Judy GarberActing Assistant Secretary of State for Oceans, Environment & Science (OES)
Topic: “The International Politics, Economics and Foreign Policy Implications of Climate Change”

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Douglas Foxfreelance science writer
Topics: 1. “Warming climates, polar ice, and sea level”
2. “Climate change and mass media: The disconnect between science and public perception”

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Charles “Chick” Keller...
Topic: “Understanding Climate Change: The Interplay of Observations and Modeling”

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Shana McDermottAssistant Professor Dept. of Economics, University of New Mexico and Senior Research Associate, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Topic: “The Economics of Climate Change as it Relates to the New Climate Economy Project (a multi-national effort)”

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Brian HurdProfessor of Agricultural Economics & Agricultural Business, New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, NM
Topic: “A Global View on Climate Change and Water and Food Security Challenges”

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Javier GonzalesMayor of Santa Fe, NM
Topics: “Local Efforts on Climate Change and the Work of the Climate
Action Task Force”

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  • Albuquerque Committee on Foreign Relations
  • American Foreign Service Association
  • Citizens Climate Lobby – Santa Fe
  • Friendship Force New Mexico
  • Fulbright Association of New Mexico
  • Global Ties – ABQ: Journey Santa Fe
  • New Mexico State University

Simposium Schedule

1:00 – 1:25 pm Registration
1:25 – 1:30 pm  “Welcome.” Mike Peters, President,

St. John’s College, Santa Fe.

1:30 – 2:30 pm “The Complexity & Challenge of Climate Change & the Role of Government as Catalyst and Regulator.”, Jeff Bingaman,

Former Senator of New Mexico.

2:45 – 3:45 pm “The International Politics, Economics & Foreign Policy Implications of Climate Change.”, Judy Garber,

Ambassador, Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Oceans, Environment and Science.

3:45 – 4:00 pm Break
4:00 – 5:00 pm “Warming Climates, Polar Ice and Sea Level,” Douglas Fox,

award-winning science writer.

5:00 – 6:00 pm Cocktail reception for speakers and Symposium participants.
There will be ample time for discussion after every presentation.
8:30 – 8:45 am Registration (coffee & pastries available)
8:45 – 9:45 am “Understanding Climate Change: The Interplay of Observations and Modeling.” Dr. “Chick” Keller,

Los Alamos National Laboratory consultant and specialist in the science of global warming.

10:00 -11:00 am “The Economics of Climate Change as It Relates to the New Climate Economy Project A Multi-national Effort.” Dr.
Shana McDermott,

University of New Mexico Department of Economics.11.15-12:15 pm

“A Global View on Climate Change and Water and Food Security Challenges.” Dr. Brian Hurd,

Professor of Agriculture & Agricultural Business, New Mexico State University.

12:15 – 1:00 pmBuffet Luncheon1:00 – 2:00 pm

“Local Efforts on Climate Change and the Work of the Climate Action Task Force.” Javier Gonzales,

Mayor of Santa Fe, NM.

2:15 – 2:45 pm

“Climate Change and Mass Media: the Disconnect between Science and Public Perception.” Douglas Fox,

award-winning science writer.

2:45 -3:45 pm

“Wrap-up Discussion” with Speakers and Santa Fe City Rep. John Alejandro. Moderated by Roger Toll,

SFWAF Board Member.


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The symposium will take place at St. John’s College in the Great Hall of the Peterson Student Center.  Monday from 1- 6 pm and Tuesday 8:30-3:45. Monday’s program concludes with a cocktail reception. Tuesday’s program includes lunch and coffee breaks.

From Old Pecos Trail

  • Turn right at stoplight at Armenta
  • Turn left at Camino Corrales
  • Turn right at Old Santa Fe Trail
  • After approximately a mile, turn left at Camino del Monte Sol
  • Turn right on Camino Cruz Blanca
  • St. John’s College is on the right after the tennis courts
The Visitors Parking Lot is on your left as you enter campus. A few handicapped parking spaces are located at the Visitor’s Circle right in front of the fishpond area and below the Peterson Student Center. A few more are located behind the Peterson Center as follows. Just before the Visitor’s Circle, look for the fork in the road where you would normally drive to the left to get to the Visitors’ Parking Circle just below the Peterson Center. Instead, turn right and follow the drive up to the other parking area. There are two or three handicapped parking spaces on the left. Please note that this parking lot is not open to the public, but handicapped folks are allowed to park in the designated spaces.