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Sir David King, FRS, Chief Scientific Adviser to Prime Minister Tony Blair and Mary Nichols, Director, UCLA Institute of the Environment and Former Secretary of Resources, State of California, spoke to Town Hall on September 16, 2005. Their speeches addressed the topic "Global Action to Control Global Warming." In honor of Earth Day 2013, we are posting full transcripts of their speeches to share their perspectives on climate change as an international project. TIME Magazine named Mary Nichols a pioneer in its list of "The 2013 TIME 100".
 
From Mary Nichols's remarks:

We at Town Hall Los Angeles extend our condolences to the victims of last Monday’s tragic events at the Boston Marathon.  It is sobering to realize that even with the creation of the new Homeland Security agency, and trillions of dollars spent, that an act of terrorism could strike one of the world’s premier athletic events.  If it can happen there, it can happen anywhere.  Is this our new reality?  Should our Homeland Security strategy be different?
 

As the world mourns the passing of Margaret Thatcher, Angelenos are remembering and reflecting on their touch points with the United Kingdom’s first female prime minister.
 
The Right Honorable Baroness Margaret Thatcher spoke at Town Hall Los Angeles on March 27, 1993, three years after she left office.
 

The Right Honorable Baroness Margaret Thatcher, OM, FRS, Former Prime Minister, United Kingdom, spoke to Town Hall on March 27, 1993. Her speech, "The Fate of Nations," discussed the most important lessons of Western history, and how they might be applied in the future.

Dr. John C. Williams, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, spoke to Town Hall Los Angeles on “The Economy and the Federal Reserve: Real Progress, but Too Soon to Relax.”  The April 3, 2013 speech drew wide attention.

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