Union of Concerned Scientists President to Speak about Climate Change on Oct. 18 at UMass Amherst

AMHERST, Mass. - Kevin Knobloch, the president of the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), will speak on "Climate Change - Profiles in Paralysis: Why Our Political Institutions and Leaders Won’t Protect Us from Climate Change, and How We Can Make Them" on Monday, Oct. 18 at 1:15 p.m. in the Cape Cod Lounge in the Student Union at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. The talk is free and open to the public and is hosted by The Environmental Institute and the department of political science.

The American political system has failed largely to address the issue of climate change, according to Knobloch, a UMass Amherst alumnus, who says it is in the country’s economic, national security, ecological and health interests to lead the world in driving down greenhouse gas emissions and aggressively transitioning to a clean energy economy.

The UCS and national environmental community have completed a two-year campaign that encouraged the president and Congress to enact a comprehensive policy to cap and reduce global warming pollution without success and hopes for a post-Kyoto treaty are no longer promising. Knobloch will talk about these situations and how the UCS and environmental community are trying to accomplish their goal of the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions from all sources.

Knobloch has been a part of the Union of Concerned Scientists for 32 years, where he manages programs and operations and has experience in public policy, government, advocacy and media. He serves as co-chair of the Green Group Climate and Energy Committee and previously served as chair of the Green Group. Knobloch received his master’s degree in public administration from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, along with a bachelor’s degree in English and journalism from UMass Amherst.