Sturgeon Bay, Wis. (April 9, 2021) – Katharine Hayhoe, a globally known climate scientist and a prominent evangelical, will headline the Climate Change Coalition of Door County’s 2021 Season of Action at 11 am Wednesday, April 21, in a Zoom talk titled “Using Data to Change People’s Minds on Climate Change.” To register, click here: www.climatechangedoorcounty.com/upcoming-events.
Hayhoe suggests that by sharing data that connects directly with the values people hold, we can offer a positive message and tangible, practical solutions to the climate crisis.
Katharine Hayhoe is an atmospheric scientist whose research focuses on understanding what climate change means for people and the places where we live. She is chief scientist for The Nature Conservancy and Paul W. Horn Distinguished Professor and the Political Science Endowed Professor in public policy and public law at Texas Tech University.
Her book, Saving Us: A Climate Scientist’s Case for Hope and Healing in a Divided World, will be released in September 2021. Hayhoe also hosts the PBS digital series Global Weirding, currently in its fifth season. TIME Magazine named her one of its 100 Most Influential People. She is a United Nations Champion of the Environment and the World Evangelical Alliance’s Climate Ambassador.
The Climate Change Coalition and the Citizens’ Climate Lobby-Wisconsin are co-hosting Hayhoe’s presentation.
The day after Hayhoe’s talk, The Door County Big Plant begins, a broad collaboration among 20 service clubs, faith groups, municipalities, health care providers, non-profits and individuals in a month-long, county-wide tree planting extravaganza. Groups will organize their own activities under the CCC umbrella, with a goal of planting more than 12,000 trees between April 22 and May 23. CCC itself will oversee the planting of 2,021 trees, working with schools across the county and other groups. The Nature Conservancy plans to plant more than 7,000 trees on its properties.
The Season of Action continues throughout the spring and summer. It includes two additional speakers:
- Bruce Nilles, executive director of Climate Imperative, will address the critical need to electrify our economy with clean, renewable power in a talk titled “The Urgent Need to Stop Burning Gas.” Nilles will speak via Zoom at 7 pm Wednesday, May 5.
- Steve Vavrus, senior scientist at the Nelson Institute Center for Climatic Research, UW-Madison, will bring the discussion home at 7 pm Wednesday, June 2, in a virtual talk titled “How Will Wisconsin and Door County Be Affected by the Climate Crisis? What Does the Latest Research Tell Us?” Vavrus is co-director of the Wisconsin Initiative on Climate Change Impacts, a collaborative project of the Nelson Institute and the Department of Natural Resources.
The Season of Action also offers educational field trips from June through September, focusing on local flora and fauna, sustainable farming, and wetland preservation. Numbers are limited, though they might expand as CDC guidelines allow. Registration is required, through Nicole Matson, 715-330-4660. Cost is $40/person. Trips include:
- Saturday, June 5 & Saturday, Aug. 7, 10:30 am-12:30 pm: Waseda Farms Tour with members of the Waseda Farms family. Learn how Waseda Farms works to inspire better eating and better living and benefit the Earth.
- Wednesday, June 16 & Wednesday, Aug. 18, 1 – 3 pm: Climate Impacts on Local Flora and Fauna at The Ridges Sanctuary with Katie Krouse, The Ridges Program Manager.
- Saturday, July 31 & Saturday, Sept. 25, 10 AM – Noon: Ephraim Swamp ecology and the expected changes as the climate continues to warm with Lee Frelich, director of the University of Minnesota Center for Forest Ecology.
For more information, click here. The Climate Change Coalition’s website and Facebook page also have more information and will post updates as they are available.