Focus the Nation at UNC Chapel Hill

What is Focus the Nation?

The 31st is almost here!! Click here for a complete schedule of events!



Focus the Nation is coordinating teams of faculty and students at over a thousand colleges, universities and K-12 schools in the United States, to collaboratively engage in a nationwide, interdisciplinary discussion about “Global Warming Solutions for America”.

Focus the Nation will culminate January 31, 2008, in the form of national symposia held simultaneously at over a thousand campuses, places of worship, businesses, and other venues across the country. On that day, each Focus the Nation team will invite local, state and federal political leaders and candidates for office to come to campus and participate in a non-partisan, round-table discussion of global warming solutions. US Senators and members of congress, state representatives, mayors and city councilers, all will be receiving dozens of invitations to speak about global warming, from over a thousand institutions nation-wide. Every campus will also vote on their top five national priorities for global warming action, producing a campus-endorsed policy agenda for the 2008 elections.

Check out the national FTN website at!!


Schedule for January 30th:

7 PM Student Union Great Hall: speech by Sierra Club President Robbie Cox, followed by a panel of local politicians including NC Representatives Eleanor Kinnaird, Pricey Harrison, and Ty Harrell, as well as Carrboro Mayor Mark Chilton. Panel will be followed by a dessert reception and a video clip about Eban Goodstein's 2% Solution.


Schedule for January 31st:

11 AM-5 PM Student Union Great Hall: speeches, panels, and performances all day! Look for tables from local enviornmentally concious organizations and free organic food!



Want to get involved?

FTN meets every Thursday at 5 PM in Bingham 101!

Want to contact drama, dance, a cappella, or comedy groups about performing on January 31s? Click here for a form letter!

Want to get a person, a group, or a company to endorse Focus the Nation? Click here for a form letter!

What's New?

  • Focus the Nation: January 31st, 2008! The big day is coming up! 
  • Calendar of Upcoming Events

    • "Its getting hot in here" Speed Dating!- want to get to know other environmentally-concious students? Just want to have a good time and help us spread the word about Focus the Nation? Come try speed dating! Located in the Campus Y on January 23rd at 8 PM. Free food and coffee!

    To be added to the FTN listserve, email Jessi Kemp at:

    New News!

    Check out who's involved in our teach-in!

    Professor List


    We have endorsements from:


    Chancellor James Moeser

    SBP Eve Carson


    Graduate and Profession Student Federation



    Sustainable Furniture Council


    Carolina Garden Co-op

    These are our interns, who are helping organize the teach-in:

    Meaghan Jennison Social Science
    Bill Bobbitt Social Science
    Alana Smith Fine Arts & Humanities
    Anslei Foster Social Science
    Bianca Nguyen Math & Science
    Alice Wang Math & Science
    Katie Pollick Fine Arts & Humanities