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John Tierney on Nuclear Proliferation / Brett Jenks on Addressing Climate Change

Written by Rich Copeland - Producer, WITF's Smart Talk | Oct 4, 2017 8:00 PM
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Brett Jenks - 2017 Rose Walters Prize recipient

On the Wednesday October 5th, 2017 edition of WITF's Smart Talk:

As societies mature, its participants will look back with regret at behaviors once regarded as routine.  Brett Jenks looks at these attitude shifts and wonders about the motivations and consequences for such changes in society and how they may apply to the approach to contemporary issues, such as climate change.

Jenks is the CEO of Rare, "a global leader in using behavior change to achieve long-lasting conservation results" and recipient of Dickinson College's 2017 Sam Rose '58 and Julie Walters Prize at Dickinson College for Global Environmental Activism.  He will lead a discussion entitled "Why the Biggest Barrier to Solving Our Climate Crisis May Be in Our Heads" next Tuesday at Dickinson's Anita Tuvin Schlechter Auditorium.

Jenks appears on Thursday's Smart Talk to discuss seismic shifts in human behavior and how our behavior effects climate change.

Also, Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR) works to create a safer, healthier world for future generations.  The non-profit organization focuses on preventing nuclear war and eliminating nuclear energy, reversing the effects of climate change and protecting the environment from toxic pollution.

Next week, the Harrisburg-Hershey Chapter of PSR will sponsor a discussion with former Massachusetts Congressman John Tierney.  A former member of the House Intelligence Committee, Tierney currently serves as the Executive Director of the Council for a Livable World where he uses his experience to fight the proliferation of nuclear weapons.

Tierney will address the escalating threat of nuclear war and the treat nuclear armament poses to national security at the West Shore Country Club in Harrisburg next Wednesday; the event will benefit the Harrisburg Peace Garden.  Smart Talk will speak with Tierney about the current state of nuclear proliferation and the future for national security as well as Dr. Robert Little, a Harrisburg physician and president of the Harrisburg-Hershey Chapter of Physicians for Social Responsibility.

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John Tierney - Executive Director, Council for a Livable World

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Dr. Robert Little - President, Harrisburg-Hershey Chapter of Physicians for Social Responsibility



- Here are 4 ways to effect personal behavior when it comes to climate change:

1. Understand how climate change will affect you (or your kids) personally

2. Understand the fact that all life (human or otherwise) depends on a healthy environment, including climate

3. Money talks: Put a real price on carbon

4. Leadership, which is required to "mobilize the masses" and which we sorely lack.  - Michael, Glen Rock

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