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Local scientist to give Gore sponsored climate change lecture at Tusculum

Johnson City Press • Updated Nov 12, 2019 at 7:21 PM

GREENEVILLE – A Northeast Tennessee scientist who has given more than 50 climate change presentations and received training from former U.S. Vice President Al Gore will give a lecture on the topic Wednesday, Nov. 20, at Tusculum University, according to a Tuesday announcement from the university. 

Dr. Audrey Depelteau, director of the East Tennessee State University Innovation Laboratory, will speak from 7-9 p.m. in the Meen Center lecture hall on Tusculum’s Greeneville campus. Her free presentation will be part of 1,000 global talks in 24 hours, sponsored by Gore, about climate change called “24 Hours of Reality: Truth in Action.” She will speak at the same time Gore will address an audience at Vanderbilt University as part of the former vice president’s Climate Reality Project. 

“This will be a wonderful opportunity to hear from a subject-matter expert who has dedicated several years to exploring and understanding this topic in great detail,” said Dr. Heather Henson-Ramsey, dean of Tusculum’s College of Science, Technology and Math, which is sponsoring the talk.

Depelteau is a member of the Climate Reality Leadership Corps and is a mentor for Gore’s three top farm managers. According to the Climate Reality Project website, the corps is “committed to spreading awareness of the climate crisis and working for solutions to the greatest challenge of our time.” She attended the Climate Underground conference in October at Gore’s farm at his invitation.

For every person who attends Depelteau’s presentation and fills out a form, the Climate Reality Project will plant a tree on that person’s behalf through One Tree Planted.

For more information, visit www.tusculum.edu

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