After Fossil Fuels: The Next Economy”  is an upcoming conference that will focus on the economic and political realities in the era of climate change — just one month before the most contentious presidential election in memory.

Organized by Oberlin College and The Oberlin Project, this landmark conference will be held in Oberlin, Ohio from October 6 -8, 2016. It will bring together some of the most innovative and influential thinkers in the world with key elected officials who have a solid and active track record on climate change issues,

“The most critical issue we face is climate change,” says David W. Orr, the Paul Sears Distinguished Professor of Environmental Studies and Politics at Oberlin College and the Founder and Visionary behind The Oberlin Project. “Climate and energy issues are flip sides of the same coin. We are now in the transition to a very different economy and we don’t have a lot of time to get this right.”

Speakers include former governors Arnold Schwarzenegger of California and Bill Ritter of Colorado. Bestselling author and environmental activist Bill McKibben is also among the 40 plus participants, who include Senator Sherrod Brown of Ohio; Michael Brune, President of the Sierra Club; Tom Styer, founder of NexGen Climate; Mark Campanale, founder and director of the Carbon Tracker Initiative; and Hunter Lovins, founder of Natural Capitalism Solutions. A full list of speakers can be found here.

“The governors are important speakers because most of the action on climate change has been at state levels and it is the states who have been the real drivers in climate policy,” says Orr. “October is just one month before a critical presidential election and we need to be heard in that cacophony.”

“After Fossil Fuels: The Next Economy” will be the first major event to be held in the new Peter B. Lewis Gateway Center. This state of the art conference center, located within The Hotel at Oberlin, is ground-breaking in itself for its smart energy engineering. It is on target to become one of the rare LEED Platinum hotels and conference centers in the U.S. and is the cornerstone of Oberlin’s Green Arts District.

You can learn more about it here.