Global Warming and Cool Sangria

Columbus, Ohio – October 16, 2009 – Green Drinks for October will feature a panel of speakers on the frontlines of the climate change debate. This month’s edition of the popular networking event will be held on Thursday, October 22 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Barrio, on the corner of Spring and High Street in downtown Columbus. The panelist include Dr. Jason Box from Byrd Polar Research Center at The Ohio State University, Deb Steele with Greenpeace, and Bryan McGannon of Repower America.

Tad Dritz, Director of Green Columbus, the organization behind Green Drinks, is particularly excited about this month’s event, stating “This is, to excuse the pun, a very hot topic. Congress is debating multiple bills, international climate talks are coming up in Copenhagen, the Saturday after Green Drinks is’s national day of climate action, and the airwaves are filled with conflicting messages. The timing is great and so are our speakers.”

At the event, each member of the panel will give a short talk about their work followed by a question and answer session with the audience. Dr. Box is a professor at OSU’s Byrd Polar Research Center, and an expert on glaciers, especially those in Greenland, where he has performed field research for the past 16 years. Deb Steele is a Field Organizer with Greenpeace, which is calling upon governments and industry to step up and make big improvements in terms of greenhouse gas emissions, the root cause behind global climate change. The final speaker is Bryan McGannon, who is the State Director for Repower America, a group founded by former Vice President Al Gore to advocate the importance of transitioning to a clean energy economy and jobs, reducing the nation’s dependence on foreign oil and ensuring a healthy planet for future generations.

About Green Columbus

Green Columbus exists to promote sustainable living in Central Ohio and globally by 1) providing forums for environmental groups, citizens and others to interact. 2) raising awareness about environmental issues and what can be done to address them, and 3) encouraging participation in action oriented green events.  More information is available at

October 16, 2009

Contact: Tad Dritz

(614) 846-88802