Spotlight shines on climate change

Dr. Jan Newton - Contributed photo
Dr. Jan Newton
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Here’s a chance to learn more about the impacts of climate change through a speaker series scheduled June through September, in venues in Friday Harbor, as well as on Orcas and Lopez islands.

The Climate Action Imperative: Understanding Impacts & Making Choices will feature eight experts on the topic—from oceanographers to botanists, biologists to meteorologists. The series offers a current look at climate change and actions of individuals, as well as by the state and nation, according to Ron Zee of the Madrona Institute, series co-sponsor.

Lee Taylor, superintendent of San Juan Island National Historical Park, also a series co-sponsor, said National Parks are experiencing dramatic changes in the ecosystem of various parks.

“The impacts of climate change on national parks are immediate and real—rising sea level, ocean acidification, and increased wildfire to name just a few,” Taylor said. “We need to increase our resilience to these changes here in the Islands and beyond.”

All talks are free and scheduled for 7 p.m. at different venues (see accompanying list); call 360-378-2240, ext. 2227 or 2228 for information. A concluding Sept. 10 session will feature state Sen. Kevin Ranker, a leading legislative advocate for climate action, along with special guests.

Understanding Impacts and Making Choices

Chad KrugerThe series co-sponsors reflect the multiple fronts addressing climate change in the San Juan Islands: San Juan Island National Historical Park, Madrona Institute, San Juan Islands Conservation District, The League of Women Voters of the San Juans, San Juan Island Library, San Juan Nature Institute, San Juan County Marine Resources Committee, Northwest Straits Foundation, Stewardship Network of the San Juan Islands, Washington State University Extension Service and the Agricultural Resources Committee of the San Juan Islands.

After each talk, discussion will be encouraged to think global and act local, identifying choices relevant to the islands’ community.

Dr. Richard Hebda, a botanist at the University of Victoria School of Earth and Ocean Sciences and curator of botany and earth history at the Royal British Columbia Museum in Victoria, will kick off the series June 18, at Brickworks, beginning at 7 p.m., in a talk entitled “Impact on Forests.”


Speaker Schedule

June 25, Impacts on Oceans—Dr. Jan Newton

7 p.m. San Juan Island Grange, 7 p.m. Newton is scheduled to speak on Orcas and Lopez Islands; dates, times and venues to be announced.

July 10, Impacts on Food—Chad Kruger

Friday Harbor Brickworks, 7 p.m.

July 24, Impact Adaptation—Lara Whitely Binder

San Juan Island Grange, 7 p.m.

July 31, Impacts on Weather—Dr. Nicholas Bond

Friday Harbor Brickworks, 7 p.m. Bond will speak on Lopez Island, date, time and venue to be announced.

Aug. 7, Impacts on Glaciers—Rebecca Lofgren

San Juan Island Library, 7 p.m.

Aug. 20, Impacts on Coasts—Dr. Steven Fradkin

San Juan Island Library, 7 p.m.

Aug. 28, Impacts on the Pacific Northwest—Dr. Philip Mote

Friday Harbor Brickworks, 7 p.m. Dr. Mote also will speak on Orcas Island, date, time and venue to be announced.


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