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Pittsburgh, Dec. 3, 2007 — Helping today’s youth understand the implications of global warming is the primary goal of “Focus the Nation,” a national teach-in event that will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31, 2008. It is free and open to the public.

La Roche College is one of more than 1,000 sites that will host this dialogue to engage millions of students and citizens with the country’s decision-makers regarding crucial matters relating to the earth’s sustainability. The day-long session will take place at the Kearns Spirituality Center at the Sisters of Divine Providence, adjacent to the La Roche campus at 9000 Babcock Boulevard. Lunch will be available at participants’ expense in the college’s Cantellops Dining Hall.

At 8 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 30, the public also is invited to attend a free screening of 2% SOLUTION, a national, interactive webcast, airing live and also hosted by La Roche at Kearns Spirituality Center. The webcast features Stanford University climate scientist Stephen Schneider, sustainability expert Hunter Lovins, and green jobs pioneer Van Jones.

“Being part of this event was a natural for us at La Roche,” noted Joshua Bellin, Ph.D., associate professor of English at the college. “A large part of our mission focuses on improving our global society. We are dedicated to all efforts toward that end – including preserving our precious environment. The decisions we make today affect the future, and that’s something of great importance to our students.” Focus the Nation organizers hope to involve students from middle schools to high schools to colleges and universities. Each Focus team will invite local, state and federal political leaders and decision-makers to come to campus and participate in a non-partisan, round-table discussion of global warming solutions. Locally, politicians will be invited to attend a forum at the University of Pittsburgh from 2 to 4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1, 2008. In addition, every institution will vote on their top five national priorities for global warming action, producing a campus and citizen endorsed policy agenda for 2008.

To learn more about the conference, including the goals of the national campaign, go to or contact Josh Bellin at

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