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Longmont Museum and Sustainable Resilient Longmont to Co-host Climate Sustainability Roundtable

Post Date:04/11/2019 12:15 PM

The Longmont Museum is collaborating with Sustainable Resilient Longmont to bring a robust program to the community on climate change. The Climate Sustainability Roundtable will take place Thursday, April 18 from 6:30-8:30 pm at the Longmont Museum’s Stewart Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.

This dynamic, interactive event will explore the link between our global climate crisis and local sustainability efforts. Speakers will present about the science of climate change and actions being taken at the state and local level. Guests will be encouraged to find out more about what they can do to promote environmental conservation and sustainability. Speakers include:

  • Dr. James Butler, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  • Elise Jones, Boulder County Commissioner and Air Quality Control Commission
  • Magnolia Landa-Posas, Just Transitions Collaborative, University of Colorado at Boulder
  • Joan Peck, Longmont City Council
  • Emily Gedeon, Colorado Sierra Club
  • Karen Dike, Sustainable Resilient Longmont

The event will be moderated by Liz Lane, producer and news host at KGNU Community Radio.

“We’re thrilled to partner with Sustainable Resilient Longmont to present such an important conversation to the people of Longmont and the region. As a center for culture in Northern Colorado, it’s essential that we provide a forum for people to listen and exchange ideas around the key issues we face as community,” said Justin Veach, manager of the Longmont Museum’s Stewart Auditorium. 

“From floods and fires to heat waves and droughts, climate change is something we have felt the very real effects of here in Longmont. I am pleased that Sustainable Resilient Longmont can help bring this conversation to the forefront as we celebrate Earth Day and explore how we can make a positive impact in our community,” added Abby Driscoll, Board Chair of Sustainable Resilient Longmont.

Dr. James Butler is director of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Global Monitoring Division, which provides long-term records of all greenhouse gases, stratospheric ozone and ozone-depleting gases, aerosols and radiation at Earth’s surface. At this event, he will present a brief history of the primary greenhouse gas that regulates our climate, identify its link to human civilization, highlight its changes in past years, and underscore the impacts we can anticipate in coming years.

“A major part of NOAA’s mission is ‘to monitor the pulse of the planet’ so that we can know where we are and plan for the future,” said Dr. Butler.

Elise Jones, Boulder County Commissioner and Member of the Colorado Air Quality Control Commission said, “Boulder County’s Sustainability Program is committed to addressing the link between climate and sustainability through several innovative programs and initiatives to reduce pollution, save energy and transition our economy towards a clean energy future.”

“I’m committed to supporting local initiatives in Longmont to pave the way towards a more sustainable future for our community,” added Longmont Councilwoman Joan Peck. “That means not only environmental protection, but also affordable housing, reducing pollution from greenhouse gases emitted from automobiles by increasing options for public transit, limiting waste headed to our landfills, and thinking creatively about how we go about planning for the future in a growing City. We can do this but we have to be proactive.”

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