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GLIN==> Top Environmental Advisors to Bush and Gore to Debate at Michigan State Univ. on Oct. 21

Posted on behalf of Jim Detjen <detjen@pilot.msu.edu>


The top environmental advisors to Vice President Al Gore and Texas
Gov. Geore W. Bush will debate about environmental issues at the 10th
national conference of the Society of Environmental Journalists, which will
be held Oct. 19 to 22 at the Kellogg Center at Michigan State University in
East Lansing, Mich.

Kathleen McGinty and Christopher DeMuth, the environmental advisors
to Gore and Bush respectively, will face off at noon on Saturday, Oct. 21
during a debate in the Big Ten Ballrooms B and C. This will be the only
debate between the environmental advisors of the major presidential
candidates during the 2000 campaign.

During the conference more than 100 speakers from around the world
will discuss a wide range of current environmental issues. Details about
the program are available at this website:
http://www.sej.org/confer/index1.htm .

In addition to the debates, a number of newsworthy events will
occur during the conference:

* At 11 a.m. on Oct. 21 the World Resources Institute, the United
Nations and the World Bank will release a new international report on the
state of the world's freshwater ecosystems. Among the speakers at the
session will be Jonathan Lash, president of the World Resources Institute;
David Sandalow of the U.S. State Department and Manuel Satorre, Jr., a
leading Philippine journalist who is the secretary of the International
Federation of Environmental Journalists.

* Top executives from the Big Three automakers will discuss the
impact of cars on the environment with a panel of leading journalists and
environmental experts at 9 a.m. on Oct. 19. Among the scheduled speakers
are William Clay Ford, Jr., chairman of Ford Motor Co.; Amory Lovins of the
Rocky Mountain Institute; Katie Kerwin of Business Week; Emilia Askari of
The Detroit Free Press and Jane Holtz Kay, author of "Asphalt Nation: How
the Automobile Took Over America and How We Can Take It Back."

* The chiefs of the U.S. and Canadian Forest Services will meet for
the first time at 12:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 20. Mike Dombeck, head of the
U.S. Forest Service, and Yvan Hardy, head of the Canadian Forest Service,
will discuss binational forestry issues.

* A Technology Exposition will be held on Level C of the Kellogg
Center Parking Ramp all day on Oct. 20 and 21. Included at this exposition
will be experimental environmental cars of the future that conference
participants will be able to test drive.

Among the more than 60 panel sessions at the conference will be
discussions about the regional effects of climate change, the impact of
trade on the environment, uncovering secrets of nuclear weapons production,
the management of endangered wildlife across political borders, the coming
water wars, the smart growth debate, the environmental impact of
e-commerce, electric vehicles, hunters versus animal rights groups,
controlling exotic species in the Great lakes, Ernest Hemingway as a nature
writer and many others.

Among the other speakers will be authors Bill McKibben, Phil Shabecoff
and Eileen Welsome; environmental architect William McDonough; Canadian
broadcaster and scientist David Suzuki; Pulitzer Prize winners Joby
Warrick, Mike Mansur and Eileen Welsome; and many other top journalists and
environmental experts.

Among the journalists who will participate are reporters and
broadcasters from CNN, ABC News, the Washington Post, The Wall Street
Journal, The Los Angeles Times and The Philadelphia Inquirer as well as
international journalists from China, Ghana, Mexico, Canada, the
Philippines and other nations.

Individuals interested in attending should contact the SEJ national
office in Philadelphia at 215-884-8174, the Knight Center for Environmental
Journalism at MSU at 517-432-1415 or call up this web site to obtain a
registration form: http://www.sej.org  Individuals can also register at the
Kellogg Conference Center from 4 to 9 p.m. Oct. 18 and throughout the rest
of the conference.

Jim Detjen
Professor and Director
Knight Center for Environmental Journalism
Room 382 Communication Arts Building
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824-1212

Telephone: 517-353-9479
FAX: 517-355-7710
E-mail: Detjen@msu.edu
World Wide Web:  http://environmental.jrn.msu.edu/

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