By Barbara Kessler

Focus the Nation, a collective effort to find global warming solutions that’s being called the2percentsolution2.gif country’s largest ever national teach-in, kicks off tonight with a free web cast available to anyone who wants to participate.

The web cast will focus on the “2% Solution,” which refers to the need to decrease carbon emissions by two percent each year for the next 40 years to reach the goal scientists advocate of an 80 percent reduction by 2050. To view the virtual web cast, which begins at 8 p.m. EST, you’ll need to go the Earth Day Television website and download the Flash player.

Focus the Nation: Global Warming Solutions for America will continue on Thursday with hundreds of gatherings at college campuses across the country involving millions of students and faculty and at least 50 U.S. Congressional representatives including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), according to Focus the Nation. Find events on the map the FTN website.

Wednesday’s webcast will feature segments with actor and activist Edward Norton, Florida Governor Charlie Crist, and Stanford University and international climate scientist Stephen Schneider. Actor Woody Harrelson also has recorded a message for the event available on YouTube.

A live panel discussion will include Hunter Lovins, chief executive of Natural Capitalism; Van Jones, green jobs pioneer and president of the Ella Baker Center in Oakland; Dr. Penelope Canaan, professor of sociology at the University of Central
Florida; and recent Pomona College graduate, Praween Dayanada, representing the National Wildlife Federation.

During the web cast, virtual participants will be able to send in cell phone text messages on how they would spend $100 billion in a new clean energy revolution. Messages will be visible on the Earthday Network.

The Focus The Nation teach-in on Thursday will culminate with round-table discussions between students and elected officials in various venues, including some secondary grade schools. Afterward, all participants will be asked to vote on their top five solutions on the Choose Your Future ballot hosted on the Focus The Nation website.

For more information on how Focus the Nation got started see greenrightnow’s article on FTN.