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Candidates for public office will join educators at a Climate Action Forum this week.

The forum will be held from 5-9 p.m. Thursday at Dickinson College’s Althouse (Room 106), 28 N. College St.

The forum is hosted by Cumberland Valley Rising, George Mason University’s Center for Energy Science and Policy and Dickinson College’s Center for Sustainability Education.

After opening remarks from Carlisle’s Deputy Mayor Sean Shultz and a welcome message from Joel Hicks, adjunct professor at George Mason University and candidate for Carlisle Borough Council, the forum will conduct panel discussions on national security, the environment, economics and

Moderated by retired ambassador Richard Kauzlarich, distinguished visiting professor at George Mason University Schar School of Policy and Government, the national security panel will feature Ret. USMC Brigadier General Stephen A. Cheney, CEO of American Security Project; and Ret. Capt. Matthew Feely (USN), a former chief logistician for U.S. Naval Forces in the Indo-Pacific Command.

The panel on the environment will be moderated by Paul Houser, professor and co-director of the Center for Energy Science and Policy at George Mason University, and includes panelists Jessica Shirley, policy director for Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection; Rob Altenburg, director of PennFuture Energy Center; and Neil Leary, director of the Center for Sustainability Education at Dickinson College.

Anthony Underwood, associate professor of economics at Dickinson, will moderate an economics panel that includes Eugene DePasquale, auditor general of Pennsylvania, and Annie Gilleo, senior manager of state policy for the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy.

After the panels, some of the candidates for public office will participate in a candidate forum. Those who have confirmed their attendance are Carlisle Borough Council candidates Jeff Stuby, Sean Crampsie and Joel Hicks; Cumberland County commissioner candidates Michael Fedor and Jean Foschi; and candidates for the 10th district of Pennsylvania Tom Brier and DePasquale.

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