League of Women Voters Minneapolis "Getting Real About Climate Change" Healthy Legacy Forum

  • March 14, 2013
  • 5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Mayflower Congregational Church, 35W & Diamond Lake Road, South Minneapolis
A public forum on Climate Change
Wednesday, March 14, 5:30-9PM
Mayflower Church
106 East Diamond Lake Road at 35W exit

The forum is the fifth in the Healthy Legacy series the Minneapolis League has presented.

Many devastating events have occurred in the recent past, including hurricanes with major flooding, droughts affecting food production, oppressive heat and wildfires, threats to oceans andmarine life, sea level rise affecting low lying land masses, and more. The forum will explore and discuss reasons for climate change and measures to consider in dealing with it.

Presenters include:
  • Mark Seeley, University of Minnesota climatologist, will describe the effects of climate change on Minnesota.
  • J. Drake Hamilton of Fresh Energy will address the health effects of our changing climate and the sources of carbon pollution in Minnesota, and she will suggest policies we can support and ways to move the policies forward.
  • Paul Aasen, Minneapolis City Coordinator, will show how climate change fits into the Minneapolis sustainability project and how the city leads in those efforts.
  • Gayle Prest, City of Minneapolis Sustainability Coordinator, will show sources of local greenhouse gas emissions and the status of the city's Climate Action Plan.
  • Reverend Gretchen Deeg, Mayflower Church, will describe some of the many efforts by Minnesota faith-based organizations to reduce carbon emissions, including Mayflower's initiative to become carbon neutral by 2020. These presentations will be followed by a panel discussion with audience participation.

Many organizations with connections and interest in the Climate Change effort will be present the hour before the forum with information on their groups.

The groups include the MN Environmental Partnership, U.S. Green Building Council, the MN Solar Industry Assn., the MN Renewable Energy Association, CenterPoint Energy, Xcel Energy, and many others.

Local restaurants and caterers will provide food samples.


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