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From Global Change To Local Action

smithsonian environmental research centerJoin the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center for a talk by Katharine Hayhoe. She discuss how Climate change isn’t just a problem for polar bears or future generations anymore – it’s affecting us here and now.

Dr. Hayhoe is Chief Scientist of The Nature Conservancy, Endowed Professor of Public Policy and Public Law at Texas Tech University.

In today’s politically charged environment, are we still able to act on climate?

In SERC’s series final lecture, the speaker will  untangle the complex science connecting our choices to future impacts and highlights actions underway right now to combat this critical issue.

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pastforward bannerThis workshop, part of a series developed for the  National Trust for Historic Preservation’s PastForward Online 2021 conference is for people who are eager to tackle climate issues but not sure where to start. It will provide clarity of definitions and terminology, describe climate concepts and outline various strategies to address the impacts of climate on heritage. National organizations and subject matter experts will provide attendees a basic understanding of the role of cultural resources in climate change mitigation and adaptation and specific resources and guidelines to begin climate work. Developed in partnership with the National Park Service.

The series is free and open to all and compliments content in the conference program.

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Test your favorite policy solutions with the EnROADS climate simulator. Many policies have been suggested to curb climate change—putting a price on carbon, planting trees, using electric cars, increasing energy efficiency, etc. But how much difference is each policy likely to make? Using the EnROADS climate simulator from MIT and Climate Interactive like a time machine, we can test how well your favorite policies work to keep global temperature increase below the all-important 1.5oC. You may be surprised.
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Sara Via, Ph.D., Professor and Climate Extension Specialist at the University of Maryland College Park, is once again offering free webinars on issues related to Climate Change. Learn more about Dr. Via and the 2021 lectures. Webinars are free, and will be held every other Wednesday. Register for as many as you like. All registrants will be sent a link to the video soon after each webinar.

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Dietary choices are often steeped in family and cultural traditions & can become part of one’s identity. How can we make our diets more climate-friendly (and healthier) without rocking the boat too much? Change doesn’t have to be instantaneous or “all or nothing” to make a difference; learn some easy ways to transition your diet. Register.

Sara Via, Ph.D., Professor and Climate Extension Specialist at the University of Maryland College Park, is once again offering free webinars on issues related to Climate Change. Learn more about Dr. Via and the 2021 lectures. Webinars are free, and will be held every other Wednesday. Register for as many as you like. All registrants will be sent a link to the video soon after each webinar.

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“We basically have three choices: mitigation, adaptation, and suffering. We’re going to do some of each. The question is what the mix is going to be.” – John Holdren, a Harvard energy expert, as quoted in the book, The End of Ice.

The End of Ice book coverThe End of Ice by Dahr Jamail was a challenging read for many of us. There were no reassurances that all will work out for the environment and for humankind. Jamail wrote about what he has seen on his global adventures of the disruption to the environment caused by the climate crisis and he supports his observations with facts. With such a well balanced book, denial is not an accessible space for us to embody. Instead, he calls for an acceptance and an appreciation of what is still here in the present moment. There is a spiritual aspect to his perspective which some of us in the group found comforting. We also found it a stark and stunning wake up call and thought that many more people should read this book to recognize the level of degradation of the environment.

As Jamail says on page 216, “No one knows if the biosphere will completely collapse. Our future is uncertain. Given the fact that a rapid increase of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere coincided with previous mass extinctions and that we could well be facing our own extinction, we should be asking ourselves, ‘How shall I use this precious time?’ Thich Nhat Hanh reminds us of the value just in being present with what is happening to the planet: ‘When your beloved is suffering, you need to recognize her suffering, anxiety, and worries, and just by doing that, you already offer some relief.’”

Thich Nhat Hahn, the renowned Buddhist monk, addresses suffering in many of his books. He referenced the environment a bit in his book, The Art of Living, and offered this lovely sentiment: “Mother Earth is always doing her best to be as beautiful and fresh as she can be, to be as accepting and forgiving as she can be… And we, who are children of the Earth, can learn from her. We can learn to be as patient and tolerant as she is. We can live in such a way that we cultivate and preserve our freshness, beauty, and compassion.” His writings have been very helpful to me as I move from hope toward acceptance. From a place of acceptance, I can feel motivated to act with clarity and not feel quite so devastated by the harsh reality around me.

the water knifeOur next book is The Water Knife by Paolo Bacigalupi, a science fiction novel. We will discuss it on Monday, September 27 at 7 pm. If you would like to join our discussions, please contact me.

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For years we’ve done our best to bring the global issue of Climate Change to you at the local level as we increasingly see the effects of what we should now call Climate Disruption right here where we live.

At the global level, the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) issued its sixth report on Climate Change a few days ago and the bottom line is that the time for business as usual is over. We are on a trajectory now that will affect our lives in unprecedented ways, not in the far future, but in the next few years. Droughts, fires, storms and floods will get worse. Ambient temperature and ocean temperatures will rise. With each IPCC report the news is increasingly dire and the effects are coming at us faster than predicted. The UN has called it Code Red for Humanity — a sobering term.

At the local level, here in Chesapeake country, sea level rise will cause more and more flooding. Acidification of the oceans will likely affect marine life in the Bay. Everything is changing IN OUR LIFETIMES.

The IPCC report underscores how interconnected we are on this planet. Sea levels will rise here because ice is melting in far-away Greenland. Our days are getting hotter here because forests are being destroyed in other far-away places like the Amazon.

Here is a good summary of the IPCC report.

Sen. Chris Van HollenEarlier this week Senator Chris Van Hollen came to Annapolis to assure Mayor Gavin Buckley and County Executive Steuart Pittman that federal money will be coming our way for mitigation projects such as raising the City Dock area another six feet. He also announced introduction of his Polluters Pay Climate Fund Act that will “require the largest U.S.-based fossil fuel extractors and oil refiners and foreign-owned companies doing business in the U.S. to pay into a Polluters Pay Climate Fund based on a percentage of their global emissions. The Fund would then be used to finance a wide range of efforts to tackle climate change.” Read The Capital story on the visit.

There is hope.

The IPCC report is not all doom and gloom. It also states that there is still a little bit of time for the nations of the world to get together and act. Political leaders must be made to understand that this crisis transcends borders and politics. It is about our own self-interest and, frankly, survival of some semblance of the life we know now.

While the big steps to pull us off the brink of Climate Catastrophe have to be taken by governments and pollution emitting corporations, we can all influence what happens with our wallets and our pens.

First, be informed. There is information about Climate Change everywhere. Annapolis Green’s environmental book club, Green Reads is currently reading The End of Ice: Bearing Witness and Finding Meaning in the Path of Climate Disruption by Dahr Jamail. That, along with another book we read, The Future We Choose: Surviving the Climate Crisis by Christiana Figueres and Tom Rivett-Carnac are good places to start.

Second, take small steps in your life that protect the Earth. Reduce your use of plastic as much as possible. Drink water from the tap — not from single plastic bottles. Use cloth instead of paper to clean your house. Take your own bottle to the coffee shop. Grow some of your own food — maybe just one tomato plant in a pot. Compost your food scraps and feed your garden with compost instead of synthetic fertilizers. Don’t use pesticides; they kill beneficial insects and are harmful to your own health. Eat less meat or none at all. Plant natives. Buy shampoo in cakes instead of plastic bottles. Drive an electric car. Plant native trees. Support organizations that are taking action.

You’ve heard all this from us before. Be willing to be inconvenienced for the sake of the planet.

Third, write! Let your representatives know that our planet is important to you: “You want my vote? Support the environment.” Write to corporations to tell them that you will NOT buy their products because they are over-packaged in plastic. Tell your favorite winemaker who uses plastic stoppers instead of cork that you won’t buy that wine again because the Earth is drowning in plastic. And if all of this writing is in social media posts too, even better.

We can all do something. Big movements have small actions at their core. Think of Mothers Against Drunk Driving and how that movement changed our culture. Here’s a heartwarming story about a young shepherd in Belgium who is doing his small part.

We can all do something. We have to. We are at Code Red.

Elvia Thompson

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Up to 40% of all food produced in the United States is wasted and the majority of food waste occurs in our homes. This means that we can each really make a difference. Learn some easy ways to reduce food waste at your house, and while you help save the planet, you’ll save some money too.
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Sara Via, Ph.D., Professor and Climate Extension Specialist at the University of Maryland College Park, is once again offering free webinars on issues related to Climate Change. Learn more about Dr. Via and the 2021 lectures. Webinars are free, and will be held every other Wednesday. Register for as many as you like. All registrants will be sent a link to the video soon after each webinar.

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It can be sobering to realize how our personal actions contribute to climate change, yet the first step to making a difference is knowing what these impacts are. Learn how your carbon footprint compares to others nationwide and in your community and check out 25 ways to reduce your impact. Register.

Sara Via, Ph.D., Professor and Climate Extension Specialist at the University of Maryland College Park, is once again offering free webinars on issues related to Climate Change. Learn more about Dr. Via and the 2021 lectures. Webinars are free, and will be held every other Wednesday. Register for as many as you like. All registrants will be sent a link to the video soon after each webinar.

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To get us out of the serious trouble caused by altering the climate cycle, governments and corporations are promising to reach “net-zero” by 2050. What do those promises mean, what actions are being taken and will they work? This is a time for great optimism, yet challenges remain. Learn how each of us can help. Register.

Sara Via, Ph.D., Professor and Climate Extension Specialist at the University of Maryland College Park, is once again offering free webinars on issues related to Climate Change. Learn more about Dr. Via and the 2021 lectures. Webinars are free, and will be held every other Wednesday. Register for as many as you like. All registrants will be sent a link to the video soon after each webinar.

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Part of the carbon that plants remove from the atmosphere during photosynthesis is stored in wood and/or soil. How large is the impact of these natural climate solutions and how can we use them most effectively? Register.

Sara Via, Ph.D., Professor and Climate Extension Specialist at the University of Maryland College Park, is once again offering free webinars on issues related to Climate Change. Learn more about Dr. Via and the 2021 lectures. Webinars are free, and will be held every other Wednesday. Register for as many as you like. All registrants will be sent a link to the video soon after each webinar.

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Climate change is causing a biodiversity crisis as habitats shrink and become degraded. Why does this matter and what can we do to protect & restore the biodiversity on which we all depend? How will it help to conserve 30% of the nation’s land by 2030, and what can you do in your own yard to be a biodiversity booster? Register.

Sara Via, Ph.D., Professor and Climate Extension Specialist at the University of Maryland College Park, is once again offering free webinars on issues related to Climate Change. Learn more about Dr. Via and the 2021 lectures. Webinars are free, and will be held every other Wednesday. Register for as many as you like. All registrants will be sent a link to the video soon after each webinar.

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smithsonian environmental research centerThe Smithsonian Environmental Research Center presents a talk by Alice Hill of the Council on Foreign Relations.

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused a crisis unlike any other in living memory. It has also exposed the consequences of failing to prepare for catastrophic risk on a global scale. Both pandemics and climate change act as threat multipliers, amplifying risks to global stability, the economy and social welfare. Alice Hill will explore the vast similarities between Climate Change and pandemics, and reveal how the world’s response to COVID-19 offers critical insights into how countries and communities can prepare for the accelerating impacts of climate change.

This webinar will be recorded. Sign up on Zoom, join in live and receive a link to the recording in your inbox as soon as it’s ready.

Bonus: When you sign up online, you’ll automatically be entered to win a free copy of Ms. Hill’s book, Building A Resilient Tomorrow: How To Prepare for the Coming Climate Disruption. If you would like to join the webinar but opt out of the drawing, email Kristen Minogue.

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A thought-provoking read: Half-Earth

The Green Reads book group discussed E.O. Wilson’s Half-Earth: Our Planet’s Fight for Life. What a thought-provoking read from a highly respected biologist and renowned naturalist.

half earthHe methodically laid out facts and observations in a way that reminded me of a spider weaving a web. Next thing I knew I was the meal at the center being devoured by the truth of our human limitations and the Earth’s need for more natural space. This wasn’t even new information to me so I’ve yet to discern why I felt so ensnared. If you are looking for a scientifically sound and comprehensive read on the condition of the natural world, this could be a great read.

His proposition is that we need to set aside half of the Earth in order to save the natural world. One member of our group thought of it as the adult version of Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax. The time we are living in has been termed the Anthropocene age and we discussed the appropriateness of the description. Is the goal of setting aside half of the Earth a good idea and a realistic one? We discussed that as well. Human fallibility was thoroughly acknowledged in this book. We need to resolve to do no harm to the flora and fauna around us which for us humans means leaving it alone!

In order to set aside half of the Earth, a global effort is required. There are plenty of global issues that are mentioned in the book and that we discussed, including population control and education. We also worry about how many people are separated from nature in their daily lives and how that can limit effective stewardship.

Our next book is going to be on environmental justice. If we are to reach people where they are and build a community doing our best to confront Climate Change, we need to have an appreciation of where they are! Perhaps Black Faces, White Spaces: Reimagining the Relationship of African Americans to the Great Outdoors by Carolyn Finney will give us some insights and actionable steps in expanding our perspective and our reach.

I just finished an excellent novel, The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett, and one point that came up was the white privilege of just assuming that you can join and belong in a social group of interest and that systemic racism in our country has prevented others from feeling that way. If you are a person of color (or not female or under 50 years of age), we really need you to help make this a more diverse group. Please contact me if you are interested in joining in the discussion.

–Karen Grumbles

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Annapolis Green President & Co-founder Elvia Thompson will present a talk about Climate Change, bringing global issues home to the Chesapeake Bay area, and addressing what individuals can do about this existential threat to the health of our planet and ourselves.

This talk is presented by the Eastport Yacht Club’s Environmental Committee and, via Zoom, is open to the public.

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PAXCON imageJoin colleagues from across the Patuxent River Watershed every Thursday between October 29 and November 19 for weekly talks on one of four topics that the community has listed as most interesting: Science Communication, Climate Change, Streams, and Wetlands.

The planning committee is finalizing the speaker schedule and will send registration information for these webinars by the end of September.

PAXCON planners are always looking to grow the network of people interested in learning more about the Patuxent River and look forward to connecting virtually in the coming weeks!

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PAXCON imageJoin colleagues from across the Patuxent River Watershed every Thursday between October 29 and November 19 for weekly talks on one of four topics that the community has listed as most interesting: Science Communication, Climate Change, Streams, and Wetlands.

The planning committee is finalizing the speaker schedule and will send registration information for these webinars by the end of September.

PAXCON planners are always looking to grow the network of people interested in learning more about the Patuxent River and look forward to connecting virtually in the coming weeks!

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Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum logoPart of Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum’s
Fall Speaker Series: Climate Change in the Chesapeake

About this session: As sea level rises, temperatures warm, and precipitation patterns change, it is imperative that we protect land and natural resources across the Delmarva Peninsula. Jim Bass, Coastal Resilience Program Manager at Eastern Shore Land Conservancy (ESLC), will discuss the role of land conservation in the region’s climate adaptation work, which forms the cornerstone of ESLC’s newest and largest initiative: Delmarva Oasis.

About the series: With climate change a global reality, the Chesapeake is one of the most vulnerable areas to warming temperatures, rising sea levels, and increased storm intensities. This series explores the connection between science and culture, looking at how communities are adapting to build climate resilience.

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PAXCON imageJoin colleagues from across the Patuxent River Watershed every Thursday between October 29 and November 19 for weekly talks on one of four topics that the community has listed as most interesting: Science Communication, Climate Change, Streams, and Wetlands.

The planning committee is finalizing the speaker schedule and will send registration information for these webinars by the end of September.

PAXCON planners are always looking to grow the network of people interested in learning more about the Patuxent River and look forward to connecting virtually in the coming weeks!

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PAXCON imageJoin colleagues from across the Patuxent River Watershed every Thursday between October 29 and November 19 for weekly talks on one of four topics that the community has listed as most interesting: Science Communication, Climate Change, Streams, and Wetlands.

The planning committee is finalizing the speaker schedule and will send registration information for these webinars by the end of September.

PAXCON planners are always looking to grow the network of people interested in learning more about the Patuxent River and look forward to connecting virtually in the coming weeks!

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Join us for a Countdown to the Future presentation, part of a worldwide, 24-hour conversation to explore the future we want and how we get there.

Climate Change is at the center of every other issue we face: social upheaval, ocean health, food supply, population growth, public health, pollution, habitat loss, species extinction, and financial viability.

Now is the time to talk about what comes next.

Climate Reality Project Presenters:
Ron Kaltenbaugh & Elvia Thompson

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Inside ScienceMeeting the shock and awe of extreme floods, droughts, storms, and fires from California and the Mississippi to Venice and the Caribbean calls for plans and action. As the planet faces changes in climate and increased extreme weather events, adaptation is higher than ever before on the global agenda.

As these events unfold, scientists and policy makers alike are challenged with making choices about disaster risk reduction and securing opportunities for long-term sustainability. Countries, communities, and businesses are demanding access to authoritative, usable scientific and risk-assessment information for making both immediate and long-term decisions in the face of changing weather and climate trends and extremes.

Roger S. Pulwarty, the senior scientist in the physical sciences division at NOAA’s Earth System Research Laboratory, brings his research, practice and perspectives to address these issues. What are the ongoing and projected risks? What can we learn from significant weather events across the globe? What are the options, challenges, and opportunities for adapting to, and through, changing climates? What information can be shared regionally and locally to support smart practices and decision-making? What is needed to successfully manage climate-related risk across economies, ecosystems, and communities?

This is a presentation of the Smithsonian Institution’s Inside Science series.

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The final presentation in a series of presentations on Climate & Sustainability by Sara Via, Ph.D., Professor, University of Maryland.

Because food, individual transportation and residential energy use cause at least 30% of US carbon emissions, individuals can make a difference when it comes to climate change! In this webinar, Dr. Via will discuss five ways to lower your carbon footprint by reducing residential energy use, covering the remaining power needs with renewables even if you don’t have a suitable roof, reducing miles traveled in your car and increasing miles per gallon, reducing food waste, and adopting a mostly plant-based diet. Many of these actions are free or low cost to implement and most will save you money.

Dr. Via was one of the speakers at our Climate Change and Your Food Supply talk last July. Read more.

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smithsonian environmental research centerPresented by the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center. Tens of millions of Americans make their homes in coastal cities. How these cities adapt to rising seas will determine their futures in the 21st century. Three experts from cities on the East and West Coasts of the United States will share stories and ideas about how coastal communities can build resiliently in the face of sea level rise. Join for an evening of cross-country dialogue, with built-in time for audience questions.
Panelists:
Zoe Johnson, Co- Chair, Annapolis City Dock Resiliency Workgroup
Jason Toft, University of  Washington
Chela Zabin, Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC) – San Francisco Branch
Moderator:
Kristen Minogue, SERC
Advance registration is required.

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One in a series of presentations on Climate & Sustainability by Sara Via, Ph.D., Professor, University of Maryland. She will address:

The similarities between the failed US responses to COVID-19 and Climate Change are remarkable, right down to the role of politics. How can we use lessons learned during this pandemic to motivate people to take climate change seriously, to recognize the importance of early action, to focus on science-based solutions and to see the need to advance social equity?

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One in a series of presentations on Climate & Sustainability by Sara Via, Ph.D., Professor, University of Maryland. In this seminar Dr. Via will address questions such as:

  • How can you grow your own food successfully?
  • What strategies will help you adapt to changes already occurring from Climate Change, and how can your gardening methods help to reduce future climate change?

Dr. Via was one of the speakers at our Climate Change and Your Food Supply talk last July. Read more.

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annapolis green readsJoin Annapolis Green for the inaugural meeting of our environmental book club, Annapolis Green Reads, to grow your appreciation for the environment while benefiting from the collective wisdom of many authors who write about our natural world and to connect with others!

All you need is an interest in reading books (or listening to the audio version) about our environment and our place in it. No expertise on these issues is necessary, although we welcome those who have some to participate and contribute.

For the moment, our club will meet virtually on Zoom so we can see each other and have a meaningful discussion not only of the book described below, but also of what we want this club to be moving forward.

We will begin with The Future We Choose: Surviving the Climate Crisis by Christiana Figueres and Tom Rivett-Carnac. They have written this book recently and it is both cautionary and hopeful. Given that we are already dealing with so much uncertainty in our lives, a more optimistic first read with suggestions for actions that we can take seems like a good first discussion. More about the book.

We’re excited to introduce you to Karen Grumbles who will lead our book club and first discussion on Wednesday, April 29 at 7 pm via Zoom.

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Drive Electric Virtual Earth Day

Join Annapolis Green to learn VIRTUALLY about about driving electric — one of the best things you can do to mitigate the effects of Climate Change. The EV Earth Day Showcase was to have been presented by Annapolis Green during the Severna Park Earth Day Festival and as part of the national Drive Electric Earth Day event but we’re going virtual instead.

Click to see our video, produced with the Electric Vehicle Association of Greater DC (EVADC).

Then join us on Tuesday, April 28, for a Zoom event designed to answer all your questions about driving electric. Details posted here.

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Eastport Yacht Club’s Environmental Committee presents a talk by Dr. Rita Colwell, Distinguished Professor, University of Maryland and Johns Hopkins University and environmental microbiologist specializing in infectious diseases. She is a former director of the National Science Foundation.

Dr. Colwell will discuss the link between Climate Change and human health at the global and local level and answer questions about infectious diseases such as COVID-19.

To participate in the meeting, please register at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0a44adad2ea0fe3-earth

You will be sent meeting information with ID and password in advance of the event.

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Spend an evening with marine biologist Jane Lubchenco, Ph.D., the first female administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

In this talk, Dr. Lubchenco will highlight solutions that are already underway to create a healthier ocean, and reveal how our health and prosperity are tied to the ocean’s.

A dessert reception will be held at 6pm. The lecture begins at 7pm followed by a Q&A session.  Free and open to all.

because of her story logoThis project received support from the Smithsonian American Women’s History Initiative.

About Dr. Lubchenco: She is a world renowned environmental scientist who has deep experience in the worlds of science, academia, and government and is a champion of science and of the stronger engagement of scientists with society. Dr. Lubchenco was Nominated by President Obama in December 2008 as part of his “Science Dream Team.” She served as Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and as the first U.S. State Department Envoy for the Ocean. Dr. Lubcheno is a marine ecologist and environmental scientist by training, with expertise in oceans, climate change, and interactions between the smithsonian environmental research centerenvironment and human well-being. To introduce her to his Senate colleagues for her confirmation hearing, Senator Ron Wyden called Lubchenco “the bionic woman of good science.” She currently serves as a University Distinguished Professor at Oregon State University.

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smithsonian environmental research centerA Smithsonian Environmental Research Center monthly evening lecture. Speaker: Jennifer Biddle, University of Delaware. She will discuss Horseshoe crabs, a species that has been inhabiting Delaware Bay for millions of years, but faces new threats from pollution, land use and climate change. However, invisible to the naked eye, an army of microbes has formed quiet partnerships with the crabs. In this talk, marine biologist Jen Biddle will explore world of horseshoe crabs and their microbes, and the clues these organisms hold for new medicines and the crabs’ changing place in the environment.

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Tread Lightly on the Earth: Climate Change & You

July 2019 Climate Change and Our Food Supply

Townhall Discussion & Green Drinks Annapolis
Tuesday, July 16, 2019
5:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Mathias Laboratory Atrium
Smithsonian Environmental Research Center
647 Contees Wharf Road, Edgewater

Annapolis Green and Presenting Sponsor *Hannon Armstrong invite you to the second in a year-long series of townhall-style talks on Climate Change. The talk will focus on the effect of Climate Change on our food supply.

green drinks annapolisThe talk will be followed by Green Drinks Annapolis, where we will continue the conversation about this important topic over a cocktail (or soft drink) and hors d’oeuvres.

It is clear that the climate is changing rapidly. The Chesapeake is already being affected by sea level rise, severe weather and other aspects of Climate Change. But what does this mean to you? How will this affect what we eat? What do we need to know?

Expert speakers will explain how the accelerated pace of Climate Change is affecting our food supply—on land and in the Bay and oceans—in easy to understand presentations. They will address the topics of adaptation and resiliency, answer questions, and engage in a two-way discussion with the audience. The goal is to inform and leave attendees with optimism about how the right policies and practices can mitigate the impact of Climate Change on themselves, their families and their communities.

Speakers

  • Anna Chaney, farmer, chef and caterer
  • Bert Drake, Ph.D., Smithsonian scientist emeritus
  • Sara Via, Ph.D., Professor, University of Maryland
  • Bruce Vogt, Ecosystem Science & Synthesis Manager, NOAA Chesapeake Bay Office
  • Moderator: Dave Buemi, Post Carbon Institute & Climate Change Reality Project

About Our Speakers

Anna Chaney – Ms. Chaney is a CPA, entrepreneur, certified in Permaculture Theory and Design, Earthkeeper as Initiated by the Shamans of the Andes in Peru, Regenerative Agriculture Farmer, Herbalist and Shamanic Energy Healer. She founded, owns, and operates a local catering and event company located at an eco-lifestyle marina resort on the Chesapeake Bay. Ms. Chaney and her family have preserved over 1500 acres in agricultural and historic preservation in Anne Arundel County and Northern Calvert County. She lives on and care-takes a 160-acre permaculture farm located in Lothian, Maryland, where she and her son grow and produce native fruits and nuts, and make herbal plant-based tinctures and syrups. Their focus is healing the soil; which feeds the plants and nourishes the people. They are also participating in the Maryland Hemp Research Program with Morgan State University and are growing hemp for value-added CBD products. Ms. Chaney has spent the last decade training and working with contemporary and traditional shamans from North and Central America. She offers healing sessions at her farm which can include Forest Bathing, energy healing, and food and supplement consultations. Her passion is aligned with Hippocrates’ insofar as her dedication to growing nutrient dense food and medicine for people: “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.”

Bert Drake, Ph.D. – Dr. Drake, a Plant Physiologist, retired as Senior Scientist from the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center. He led two major ecosystem projects on the impacts of rising atmospheric CO2 and climate change on the capacity of land ecosystems to assimilate carbon dioxide. The Chesapeake Bay wetland study is the longest-running experiment of its type ever undertaken, expanded in 1996 to include similar studies at the wildlife refuge at the Kennedy Space Center, Florida, and resulting in more than 100 publications. Dr. Drake was designated the Smithsonian 2005 Distinguished Science Lecturer for his long record of research and public outreach.

Sara Via, Ph.D. – Dr. Via is Professor and Climate Extension Specialist at the University of Maryland, College Park. When she came to Maryland in 1997 from Cornell University, her research focused on the evolutionary genetics of insect crop pests. By 2014, however, she was so worried about climate change that she changed her emphasis to climate extension. Now Dr. Via teaches Marylanders across the state about Climate Change impacts and solutions. She also conducts extensive soil health outreach. Her presentations for farmers and technical service providers emphasize the crucial role of microbes in soil health and how healthy soil increases climate resilience on farms by reducing the impacts of floods & drought. Dr. Via is currently working with the Maryland Department of Agriculture on a program to incentivize Maryland’s farmers to increase the use of science-based strategies that boost soil health and sequester carbon. This program will be part of Maryland’s 2020 Greenhouse Gas Reduction Act Plan.

Bruce Vogt – Mr. Vogt is Ecosystem Science & Synthesis Manager at NOAA’s Chesapeake Bay Program Office. He oversees the NOAA Chesapeake Bay Program Office’s science portfolio including oysters, fisheries and environmental observations. Mr. Vogt works to develop science products and applications that support living resource management in the Chesapeake Bay and is the Coordinator of the Chesapeake Bay Program’s Sustainable Fisheries Goal Implementation Team. He also chairs the Invasive Catfish Task Force and Forage Action Team, working with state and federal offices and other organizations to evaluate science needs, develop projects and deliver products to policy makers.

Dave P. Buemi, Moderator – Mr. Buemi is Managing Director of Prescient Energy Consulting and is Post Carbon Institute & Climate Reality Project commissioned. The Post Carbon Institute is focused on providing communities with solutions to meet the Climate Change challenge at the local level. His work over the last 22 years in solar and renewable energy globally provides a unique perspective on the challenge of energy as the main driver of climate change.

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Anna Chaney, Dr. Bert Drake, Dr. Sara Via, Bruce Vogt, Dave Buemi

Green Drinks hor’s d’oeuvres provided by Herrington-on-the-Bay

Pre-discussion nibbles at 5:30

Hemp balls with organic peanut butter and local honey
White bean hummus topped with house made Curtido

Green Drinks appetizers at 7:30

Beet and Arugula skewer with Chevre goat cheese and balsamic glaze
Asian style Chicken Bone broth shots with fresh ginger and lemongrass
Chicken Satay in Belgian Endive cups with Thai peppers and sweet basil
Invasive Blue Catfish (Preparation & presentation will be a surprise!)
Sweet Potato Pudding with Pepita crunch and candied nuts

Beer, wine, and soft drinks will be available. Cash bar.


The “Tread Lightly” series began in March 2019 with “Climate 101,” a talk that covered basic information about Climate Change and its effect on public health. See below.

Future topics in the series may include:

  • Climate Change as a National Security Issue
  • Climate Change and the Economy
  • What Our State, County, and City Governments are Doing to Address Climate Change

hannon armstrong*We are grateful to series Presenting Sponsor Hannon Armstrong (NYSE: HASI), which focuses on making investments in climate change solutions by providing capital to the leading companies in the energy efficiency, renewable energy and other sustainable infrastructure markets. Hannon Armstrong is only New York Stock Exchange listed company headquartered in Annapolis, and is the first U.S. public company solely dedicated to investments that reduce carbon emissions or increase resilience to climate change.

Support for the July talk also is provided by our host, the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center SERC, along with the Chesapeake Conservancy and the Climate Stewards of Greater Annapolis.

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A Smithsonian Environmental Research Center monthly evening lecture. Some of the most powerful solutions to climate change are right at our fingertips. Changing how we manage our land—through methods like sustainable farming, reforestation and restoring wetlands—could save up to a fifth of U.S. carbon emissions each year. That’s more powerful than taking every car in the U.S. off the road. Speakers: Susan Cook-Patton (The Nature Conservancy) and Ariana Sutton-Grier (University of Maryland), two scientists who helped highlight 21 “natural climate solutions” in a recent study from The Nature Conservancy, the Smithsonian and other organizations around the world. Discover how nature can help us conquer climate change, and how these solutions can be win-wins for the environment, business and human health. | Read more about 21 natural climate solutions | Full report in Science Advances
Free and open to all. Held in the Schmidt Conference Center. No RSVP required.
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