A Kansas Town Hall program on Saturday at the Eisenhower Presidential Library in Abilene will offer an in-depth discussion of climate change and how it is affecting the world. The free 2-hour program is open to the public and will be held in the Visitors' Center Auditorium at the Library starting at 2 p.m.
Chasing Ice, an acclaimed 75-minute from environmental photographer James Balog will be shown and discussed in a panel discussion following the showing. The film is the story of the Balog's journey to the Artic to capture images of the Earth's changing climate for National Geographic in 2005.
The documentary film has won more than 30 awards from film festivals around the world.
A wide range of backgrounds
Panelists discussing the film will include representatives speaking from the political, agricultural and science-based perspectives on climate change. Carol Barton, libarian with the North Central Kansas Libraries System, will be the moderator for the panel discussion.
Barta is a trained moderator with the Kansas State University Institute for Civil Discourse and Democracy, She says she believes that it is vital to the success of democracy to have an informed citizenry and that discussion of the topic of climate change speaks to that need.
Panel members will include Dennis Hedke, a geophysicist with the Hedke-Saenger Geoscience Ltd and author of The Audacity of Freedom addressing the political realm of discussion; Donn Teske, executive director of the Kansas Farmers Union addressing the agricultural side of the issue and Charles W. Rice, Department of Agronomy, K-State and Johannes J. Feddema, Department of Geography at the University of Kansas addressing the science-based position.
More information about the Kansas Town Hall is available from the Eisenhower Library website.
Partners in the Kansas Town Hall initiative include Eagle Communications, KAKE-TV Wichita, K-State Institute for Civil Discourse and Democracy, Kansas Humanities Council, the Salina Journal and the Salina Media Group.