Off Campus Event: “Climate Change in Maine: What do we Do Now?” Thurs. 11/17 @ 7Pm, Southworth Planetarium, Portland

Climate Change in Maine: What Do We Do Now?
Thursday, November 16 at 7:00 pm (doors open at 6:30
Southworth Planetarium, University of Southern Maine (admission by donation)

Although national media focuses on global and national trends for a changing climate, it is clear that increasing variability and accelerating changes the patters of our weather are altering the lives of Maine people today and more is on the way. The reality is that accelerating rates of change in our chemical and physical climate are a reality of the 21st century, and will persist throughout the lifetimes of everyone alive on the planet today and for generations to come. This is not the latest environmental issue that will come and go with suitable policy and management in a few years. The urgency to limit greenhouse gas emissions continues to grow greater each day, and so too does the need to make cost-effective, evidence-based decisions about adaptation options. The talk will focus on Maine, information from a recent assessment of Maine’s climate future, insights on how these changes influence various sectors of Maine’s economy and the lives of Maine citizens, and how we can take steps to shape the best future outcomes for ourselves and the generations to come.

Ivan J. Fernandez is Professor in the School of Forest Resources, Climate Change
Institute, and School of Food and Agriculture at the University of Maine.