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Former VP Gore will address climate change

Former Vice President Al Gore, a worldwide champion for the environment, will deliver the 5th Annual Peter M. Wege Lecture at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 24 in the Power Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets for the event have been distributed to faculty, staff and students; however, approximately 600 overflow tickets to view "A Special Lecture on Global Climate Change" at the Lydia Mendelssohn Theater in the Michigan League will be available beginning at 9 a.m. Oct. 5 at the Michigan Union Ticket Office.
Photo courtesy Al Gore

Gore, who is president of the new cable network, Current TV, is chairman of Generation Investment Management, an investment firm that blends traditional equity research with social and environmental responsibility and corporate governance.

For years, Gore has spoken to governments and other groups throughout the world about sustainability. His lecture, "A Special Lecture on Global Climate Change," is sponsored by the School of Natural Resources and Environment (SNRE), Center for Sustainable Systems (CSC), Division of Kinesiology and School of Social Work.

The Wege Lecture, which honors its namesake for his contributions to CSC and to the environmental field, features nationally recognized speakers familiar with critical environmental issues. The retired vice chair of Steelcase Inc., Wege is devoted to cleaning up the environment and specifically the Great Lakes. He is a long-time financial supporter of SNRE and helped establish CSC.

Rosina Bierbaum, SNRE dean, worked for Gore as a senior scientific advisor in the Clinton Administration. She was the administration's leading scientific voice on a wide range of environmental issues, including global change, air and water quality, endangered species, ecosystem management, and energy research and development.

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