by Natalie Rooks, staff writer
| Since the opening of Al Gore’s An Inconvenient
Truth, an Academy Award winning documentary, last year, global
warming awareness has been growing around the world. On Oct.
20, HPU freshmen in First-Year Seminars participated in the Global
Citizenship Student Symposium at the windward campus, which featured
two speakers who were trained by Al Gore.
Eighty-seven students and 20 faculty members participated in
this year’s event, which began with a PowerPoint presentation
called “The Climate Crisis” led by Stuart Scott and
Both Scott and Kinslow were trained by former Vice President
Al Gore in giving this presentation across the country to promote
awareness of global warming and encourage change in everyday
There is very little controversy that this is happening and that
we are the cause,” said Scott. “Our kids are going
to have to live with the effects of what we are doing right now,” he
added as he showed charts of CO2 levels and global temperatures
Included in the slides were pictures of ice melted almost completely
to water level at Mt. Kiliminjaro, Glacier National Park, and
Upsala Glacier in Argentina. Students stirred in their seats
as graphically enhanced pictures of the Hawaiian islands showed
Waikiki disappearing under water and the Ala Wai canal flooding
It’s up to you, to analyze what’s going on and make
changes for yourself and your children,” said Scott.
At the end of the presentations both speakers offered ideas about
small things people can do in their everyday lives, simple things,
such as not using elevators or electronically operated doors.
I saw the movie,” said Chelsea Christensen, a freshman
nursing major who added that the seminar was a lot to review.
Jon Luongo, a freshman marine biology major, described the presentation
as “really depressing.”
“I still want to ride the elevator,” said Tanya Atkins, freshman
physical therapy major.
After the presentations, the students participated in brainstorming sessions
led by First-Year Seminar instructors to express concerns and ask questions.
Among other topics, students discussed the presence of “waste” in
their everyday lives, such as taking long showers, leaving lights on in empty
rooms, keeping the water running while brushing teeth, driving SUVs, and using
Although the students at first described depressed feelings about global warming,
they also were open to the idea that things could still change if enough people
did simple things such as not wasting electricity and changing light bulbs to
compact fluorescent lightbulbs.
There are opportunities; there are things we can do,” said Carlos Juarez,
Dean of College of International Studies, who also participated in one of the
At the end of the sessions, students asked Scott and Kinslow such questions as:
how do you move a world to one value and in a short amount of time? What is the
international progress? What is the role of government? And how can students
build awareness of these current issues?
Network, start in school, start in the classroom,” Kinslow said.
What you do today will hopefully be the start of something,” said Scott.
HPU’s Global Learning First-Year Seminars are regular freshman courses
that have been organized to emphasize global learning opportunities. The seminars
offer small classes limited to freshmen.
This is what we do in a college environment, said Gabriela Artigas, a computer
science instructor who also leads two freshman seminars. “We expose ourselves
to different perspectives.”