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Citizen’s Climate Lobby to Visit USM Gulf Park during Campus Sustainability Month

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In conjunction with The University of Southern Mississippi’s Campus Sustainability Month during October, Citizens’ Climate Lobby (CCL) will host a discussion on climate change Wednesday, Oct. 12, on the University’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach.

A nonprofit, nonpartisan, grassroots advocacy organization, Citizen's Climate Lobby consists of approximately 8,000 members in more than 400 congressional districts, nationwide, that focus on national policies to address climate change.

As part of their “Southern Energy Freedom Tour,” CCL will stop at Southern Miss Gulf Park to present speakers Bill Blancato, CCL regional coordinator, and Peter Bryn, director of CCL’s conservative caucus, for a discussion on climate change policy and sustainable energy. The event will take place at 6:30 p.m. in the Fleming Education Center, Room 104.

“CCL combines climate education, grassroots organizing and a free-market-friendly remedy for global warming – the most important issue of our time,” said Dr. William Watson, professor of English and moderator for the discussion. “Anyone who sees CCL present the facts on climate change and lay out their carefully researched ‘fee and dividend’ program will feel a new sense of hope for our planet and the human future.”

Bill Blancato, regional coordinator of CCL, is a native of New York and a graduate of Duke University Law School in North Carolina. He moved to Winston-Salem, N.C. in 1984, where he began practicing law. In 2014, Blancato founded the Winston-Salem chapter of CCL and began writing op-eds regarding climate change. His discussions on CCL’s fee and dividend proposal have appeared in publications such as the Winston-Salem Journal, Triad Business Journal, Charlotte Observer, Raleigh News & Observer, and Fayetteville Observer.  

Peter Bryn, director of CCL’s conservative caucus, is an engineer with a bachelor’s degree in naval architecture from Webb Institute in New York and a master’s degree in transportation from MIT. He began his career with ExxonMobil, and after eight years with the company, he resigned to become a full-time volunteer with CCL. He has discussed market-based climate solutions with stakeholder groups in Texas, such as the chambers of commerce, farm bureaus, faith leaders, business associations, Houston city council members, Texas state legislators and members of Congress.

The “Southern Energy Freedom Tour” is a three-state tour visiting 22 cities in Mississippi, Louisiana and Alabama. The tour intends to spread CCL's promise of a non-partisan "political will for a livable world" and educate Southerners about the reality of climate change.

For more information about this event, contact Dr. William Watson at 228.865.4575 or at wil.watson@usm.edu