8pm the First Tuesday of every month.
Feb 6: Dr. Lara Hansen – Adapting to Climate Change
Our first Open Mic Science for 2018 will be on Tuesday February 6th at 8:00pm. Please join us for a talk by Lara Hansen of Eco-Adapt.
Lara thinks climate change is everybody’s problem and she wishes someone would bother to do something about it. Her desire for action led her to co-create EcoAdapt with a team of similarly inclined folks in 2008. She serves as EcoAdapt’s Executive Director and Chief Scientist. She is co-author and editor of one of the earliest texts on the issue of natural system adaptation to climate change, Buying Time: A User’s Manual for Building Resistance and Resilience to Climate Change in Natural Systems, as well as newest tomes on adaptation including Climate Savvy: Adapting Conservation and Resource Management to a Changing World. The team that created these books created an engaged stakeholder process (first known as Climate Camp; now known as Awareness to Action Workshops) to help everyone create adaptation strategies applicable to their work.
She serves on the unfairly maligned, vitally important Nobel Prize-winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, is a Switzer Environmental Fellow and a United States Environmental Protection Agency Bronze Medalist. Prior to creating EcoAdapt, she was the Chief Climate Change Scientist for the World Wildlife Fund, creating their international Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation Program, from 2001-2008, and a Research Ecologist with the Environmental Protection Agency from 1998-2001. She earned her Ph.D. at the University of California, Davis in Ecology and her B.A. in Biology at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Because she’s an optimist she assumes we’ll get our acts together on climate change–who would want the alternative.
Lara’s talk is titled “Climate Change Adaptation: The most fascinating sphere of climate change work (especially if you thought you could just change a lightbulb).”
Short description of her talk:
By now everyone is familiar with the concept of climate change, but do you really know how far ranging its implications are? Lara will share the basics on atmospheric challenges, the societal and ecological implications, and a healthy dose of what we could be doing to ameliorate some of the impacts. She will share examples from around the Sound and around the globe.
“Open Mic Science” invites the community to an evening at The Treehouse Café on Bainbridge Island to explore ideas in all aspects of science and technology in an informal, social setting. Talks are held the first Tuesday of every month at 8 PM. Enjoy pizza and beer, and stay abreast of current knowledge. Open Mic Science, A Bainbridge Science Café, is based on the principles of Cafe Scientifique and is committed to the public understanding of science.
Intellectual curiosity required.
No specific science knowledge needed.
All talks are Free. All Ages Welcome. Discussion, Questions and Comments Encouraged.