Sturgeon Bay, Wis. (July 21, 2022) – On Friday, July 22, at 6 pm, the Climate Change Coalition will bring Dr. Joel Charles, chair of the Wisconsin Health Professionals for Climate Action, to Crossroads to present a program on the health impacts climate change and fossil fuel use are having on people. Also on Friday night, Crossroads will sponsor “Words in the Woods,” our popular family program involving songs, stories and s’mores! Both of these events are made possible with support from the Door County Medical Center.
Then, on Wednesday, July 27, as a part of our Land Restoration School’s Public Talk Series, Jason Miller, of Silver Creek Ecological Services, will present, “The Ecology of Native Orchids.” Wild orchids are beloved, yet remarkably unique native plants. Because Jason has been one of the restoration specialists involved in implementing Crossroads’ ecological restoration plan, we are especially excited to host his talk.
Just a couple weeks ago, a friend told me that she really didn’t worry all that much about climate change. She said she was mostly focused on health issues. I suppose what she meant was that she didn’t worry about hungry polar bears, failing Florida apartment complexes and sinking tropical islands. But climate change will – in fact, already is – affecting many things right here in Wisconsin: winter recreation, the fishing industry, tourism, housing prices and alas, for those focused on health issues, health.
And my friends who are involved in social justice and equity issues must also be concerned about climate change, which will be more serious for vulnerable and less affluent populations.
The lecture, “Good Medicine: How Health Professionals and Systems Can Make Their Patients and Communities Healthier While Fighting Climate Change,” will discuss the impact of climate change on human health and health professionals’ role in addressing it. Charles also will discuss the impact fossil fuel use has on patients’ health and the significant health opportunities of transitioning to clean energy. He will explore how health professionals and systems can engage on this critical issue and describe the work being done by Wisconsin Health Professionals for Climate Action.
Our family nature programs will continue Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday mornings at 10:00. On Thursday, July 28, at 6:30 p.m., our Summer Explorers will take a Stream Stroll. All of these programs are free and open to learners of all ages. No pre-registration required.
Crossroads at Big Creek Learning Center and Nature Preserve is located at 2041 Michigan. Crossroads is a 501(c)3 organization committed to offering education, conducting research and restoration, and providing outdoor experiences to inspire environmental stewardship in learners of all ages and from all backgrounds. We welcome your support! Become a member of Crossroads by mailing a contribution to P.O. Box 608, Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235, or donate online at crossroadsatbigcreek.org