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World Avoided // Panel & Reception to Follow

EST/Sloan Project presents a First Light Reading of

World Avoided
Followed by A Special Panel & Reception

written by Andrea Lepcio

When the scientific community realized that CFCs were destroying the ozone layer, world governments, big business and scientists came together to save the world.

Panel and Reception to Follow World Avoided

We invite you to join us following the February 26 reading of World Avoided for a reception and special panel discussion with playwright Andrea Lepcio and several individuals who have contributed to the success of the Montreal Protocol: Dr. Stephen O. Andersen, Dr. Suely Carvalho, Dr. David Fahey, and Durwood Zaelke.


Andrea Lepcio is author of World Avoided and a dozen other plays including Looking for the Pony, Strait of Gibraltar, Dinner at Home, Deaths at Naked Angels, Me You Us Them, Tunnel Vision, Central Avenue Breakdown (book by Kevin Ray and Andrea Lepcio with additional story by Suellen Vance and music/lyrics by Kevin Ray). Ms. Lepcio is a visiting professor at College of the Atlantic, Bar Harbor Maine, Dramatists Guild Institute, and a partner in Destination Health.

The Panelists:

Dr. Stephen O. Andersen, Director of Research at the Institute for Governance & Sustainable Development (IGSD) in Washington DC and Paris. He is former United States Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) Director of Strategic Climate Projects, Deputy Director of Stratospheric Ozone Protection, and Liaison to the US Department of Defense on stratospheric ozone and climate policy. For the United Nations he was founding co-Chair of the Montreal Protocol Technology & Economic Assessment Panel (TEAP). Dr. Andersen—with Velders, Fahey, Daniel, and McFarland—published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences the seminal papers on the past and future importance of the Montreal Protocol in protecting the climate.

Dr. Suely Carvalho is a Senior Expert Member of the Montreal Protocol Technology and Economics Assessment Panel (TEAP), Scientific Advisor for Centro Mario Molina-Chile, and Senior Adviser of the Climate and Society Institute-Brazil. She is former Director of the Montreal Protocol and Chemicals Unit at UNDP in New York overseeing investment for phaseout of ozone-depleting substances in developing countries and countries of the former Soviet Union. Before joining UNDP she was Director of Technology Transfer at CETESB (Secretary of Environment São Paulo) and coordinator of the São Paulo State Programme of Climate Change and Ozone Layer Protection.

Dr. David Fahey is Director Earth System Research Laboratory Chemical Sciences Division at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and co-Chair of the Montreal Protocol Scientific Assessment Panel. He has worked continuously for four decades on strengthening the scientific understanding of atmospheric processes that are essential for life and prosperity on earth. Dr. Fahey—with Velders, Andersen, Daniel, and McFarland—published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences the seminal papers on the past and future importance of the Montreal Protocol in protecting the climate.

Durwood Zaelke is founder and President of the IGSD. He is former Director of the Secretariat for the International Network for Environmental Compliance & Enforcement (INECE) in Washington DC and Geneva and the co-Director of the Program on Governance for Sustainable Development at the Bren School of Environmental Science & Management, University of California Santa Barbara. Mr. Zaelke is one of the driving forces behind the campaign to strengthen the Montreal Protocol in ways that maximize its climate benefits. His efforts raise awareness of the threats from the rising use of hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs) in developing countries and played a key role in the 2007 agreement under the Montreal Protocol to accelerate the phaseout of HCFCs and the 2016 Kigali Amendment to phase out hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs).

The World Avoided is part of this season's First Light Festival, learn more about the festival and other plays like this here.

Earlier Event: February 19
The Biology of the Surface
Later Event: March 1
Sizzle Sizzle Fly