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Facing the challenge of global climate change

William Powers (Photo: World Policy Institute)

William Powers will speak on "New Actions to fix the climate crisis: solutions from around the globe and what you can do" 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 5, University of Minnesota Duluth library, fourth-floor rotunda, 416 Library Dr. The event is free and open to the public with a reception to follow.

Powers will also discuss his new book, "New Slow City: Living Simply in the Planet’s Fastest City" 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 4 in Kirby Student Center 268, UMD.

The lecture will continue the Alworth Institute’s year-long series, "Taking Action: Facing the Challenge of Global Climate Change," by providing solutions from around the world about what individuals can do to combat climate change.  

Powers has spent years working and researching issues concerning sustainable development.  He draws from over 15 years of work in development aid and conservation in Latin America, Africa, Native North America, and Washington, D.C. Coming from a philosophical and experiential approach, rather than a scientific one, Powers will offer solutions for each of us to consider.  He and his wife jettisoned 80 percent of their belongings to live a sustainable life in a micro-apartment in New York City. 

From 2002 to 2004 Powers managed the community components of a project in the Bolivian Amazon that won a 2003 prize for environmental innovation from Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government.  Powers has worked at the World Bank, and holds international relations degrees from Brown University and Georgetown's School of Foreign Service. His essays and commentaries on global issues have appeared in the New York Times, Atlantic, Washington Post and the International Herald Tribune, and on National Public Radio's Fresh Air. A 2004-2005 recipient of the Open Door Foundation for non-fiction, he is the author of the Liberia memoir Blue Clay People, the Bolivian memoir Whispering in the Giant's Ear and the memoir of living "off-the-grid" in a twelve-foot-square cabin entitled "Twelve by Twelve: A One-Room Cabin Off the Grid & Beyond the American Dream." He is currently based in New York City, and is freelance writer, speaker, and senior fellow at the World Policy Institute.

The Royal D. Alworth, Jr. Institute for International Studies (The Alworth Institute) was established in 1987 by the Alworth family to commemorate the life and interests of Royal D. Alworth, Jr. In line with those interests, the Alworth Institute aims to engage students, staff and the wider public in open discussion for educational, social and democratic purposes on a wide range of international issues and of their domestic implications. The Alworth Institute’s programs include the ongoing International Lecture Series, the weekly International Brown Bag Series, and the annual Memorial Lecture