Climate Speaker Series
The dangers brought on, at least in part, by our warming climate are too numerous to ignore. Mount Auburn’s Climate Speaker Series provides a platform for local researchers, academics, public officials, business and non-profit leaders, and volunteer organizations to share with the public their work to investigate, mitigate, and adapt to the threats of our warming climate.
View recordings of our previous Climate Speakers following the links below.
Local Climate Change Preparedness
In conversation with Kara Runsten, John Bolduc, and Laurel Schwab
This panel discussion with three local and state climate leaders includes an overview of the Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness (MVP) Program and the efforts of Watertown and Cambridge to conduct vulnerability assessments and implement climate change preparedness and resiliency plans. Panelists also discuss the role of the urban forest and green infrastructure in addressing heat and flood risks.
This event was held on February 10, 2021. View the recorded event >>>
Climate Change & Henry David Thoreau
In conversation with Richard Primack
Henry David Thoreau was a climate change scientist! For the past 17 years, Professor Richard Primack and his team have been using Thoreau’s records from the 1850s and other Massachusetts data sources to document the earlier flowering and leafing out times of plants, the earlier flight times of butterflies, and the more variable response of migratory birds. Most noteworthy, plants in Concord are also changing in abundance due to a warming climate. This work has received extensive media coverage as an example of the biological effects of climate change and is now being extended to the neglected autumn season. What would Thoreau tell us to do about global warming if he were alive today?
This event was held on October 6, 2020. View the recorded event >>>
Funding for the Climate Speaker Series is provided in part by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.