The Duke Farms Climate Change Short Course will provide a plain-spoken primer for the general public on the basic science behind climate change and the impacts at global and local scales. Leading NJ experts in the field will offer lectures and provide ample opportunities for audience Q&A.
The course will be held at Duke Farms on four consecutive Wednesday evenings in March from 6:00-7:30pm, featuring the following topics and speakers:
March 9- “The Basic Science of Climate Change”
(Bruce Taterka- AP Environmental Science Teacher at West Morris Mendham High School, National Science Foundation Funded PolarTREC Teacher)
This interactive session will introduce the basic science of climate change, discuss the evidence for a warming earth, and examine the role of human activity and natural causes on climate.
March 16- “Going Global: Oceans and Climate – and What Happens Next”
(Tony MacDonald, Director of the Urban Coast Institute, Monmouth University)
At the Paris Climate Summit there was an emerging recognition that low lying coastal countries, coastal areas and ocean ecosystems are vulnerable to some of the most severe impacts of climate change. This session will provide an overview of the international commitments made in Paris and will address future actions that we must take to protect our oceans and enhance the resilience of coastal communities.
March 23- "New Jersey Climate Change and Its Likely Impacts"
(David Robinson- NJ State Climatologist, Professor of Geography, Rutgers University)
This session will examine climate variability and change in New Jersey, past, present and future. The impacts of changes that are underway and expected to intensify as this century progresses will be discussed across a number of sectors, such as health, agriculture, ecology, transportation and tourism.
March 30- “Getting Ready for Climate Change Here in New Jersey: Adaptation, Mitigation, and Resilience”
(Michael Catania- Executive Director of Duke Farms and Jeanne Herb Associate Director Bloustein School. Michael serves as Co-chair of the NJ Climate Adaptation Alliance, and Jeanne serves as the coordinator of that effort.)
This session will examine the range of things that New Jersey needs to do to be ready to deal with climate change, especially in the areas of the state and for the categories of people that are particularly vulnerable. Come learn firsthand what a coalition of leaders from a wide variety of sectors – local government, emergency response, environment, agriculture, health officials, transportation, utilities and other sectors – have recommended so that the Garden State can be prepared to deal with the adverse aspects of climate change. We will also discuss the difference between mitigation and adaptation, as well as what is meant by becoming more resilient.
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$40 per person for the entire series.
$20 per teacher or student for the entire series.