Climate Change Forum on May 18 to Focus on the Positive

The sixth Door County Climate Change Forum will take place at Stone Harbor Resort and Conference Center in Sturgeon Bay on May 18.

Although the news about climate change is often discouraging, this forum will focus not only on the science and projected impacts of climate change, but also on the many encouraging actions that businesses, communities and individuals are taking that are making a real difference.

Buddy Huffaker, president and CEO of the Aldo Leopold Foundation, will talk about what it means to adhere to Leopold’s Land Ethic in the face of global warming and describe what the foundation is doing in Baraboo – together with the DNR and private landowners – to live that ethic in the context of a warming planet.

Eric Chapman, who leads the Climate Resilience Initiative of the Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians, will describe this impressive initiative and its relationship to a tribal culture that commits to the health of the natural environment and the well-being of future generations.

Finally, Rosalyn Pertzborn from UW-Madison will talk about the new, three-year program that the UW’s Nelson Institute and the Space and Science Engineering Center have embarked on to enhance climate-change education in rural Wisconsin schools. She will highlight the citizen-science program that has taken root in schools globally, at all levels, and Wisconsin’s opportunity to participate in it.