D&R Greenway and Green Hour Partner for New Lecture Series, Framing the Future: Seeking Solutions to Environmental Challenges

Princeton University Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and former Director, Princeton Environmental Institute Dr. Steve Pacala

D&R Greenway Land Trust and the Green Hour Radio announce the launch of a new lecture series, Framing the Future: Seeking Solutions to Environmental Challenges. These quarterly conversations will bring together leading experts to discuss key issues and engage audience participation.

The first talk will be January 28, 2016, with Exploring the Outcome of 21st Climate Change Conference (COP21). Princeton University Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and former Director, Princeton Environmental Institute Steve Pacala; Professor Anthony Broccoli, Co-Director, Rutgers Climate Institute; and Jeanne Herb, Associate Director of the Environmental Analysis and Communications Group at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, will discuss the outcome of COP21, the latest scientific consensus on climate change, the significance of  the 2-degree target, and the likely impact of climate change on our region.

Almost 200 world leaders gathered in Paris, in early December, to attend COP21 and determine the best way to keep the world from getting warmer. Did they succeed? Was enough progress made? Are contradictory analyses confusing?  Panelists will analyze these questions, give an overview of the latest scientific thinking on climate change and look at the likely impact of climate change on our region.

Dr. Pacala is interested in the processes that govern ecological communities, the interplay between community and ecosystem-level processes, and the interactions between the global biosphere and climate. He co-directs Princeton’s Carbon Mitigation Initiative and his research focuses on all aspects of the global carbon cycle.

Dr. Broccoli studies changes in climate, both past and future, with the goal of better understanding the mechanisms responsible for climate change.  He joined the Rutgers faculty in 2003 after 21 years at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory, one of the world’s leading climate modeling centers.

Ms. Herb’s work focuses on state and local level policy targeted at reducing greenhouse gas emissions and preparing for impacts of climate change. Prior to joining the Bloustein School, she served more than 20 years in senior positions in state government and the NGO community focused on state, local and federal environmental policy innovation.

“This is an opportunity for people to learn from experts who discuss all sides of a topic and then decide for themselves what actions they will take on the issue,” said D&R Greenway President & CEO Linda Mead.  “Our goal at D&R Greenway is to inspire a conservation ethic by providing ideas and knowledge.”

Gery Juleff, ex-British Diplomat and radio host, and John Gattuso, NJ Environment News editor and radio host, will moderate the discussion.

Future discussions will look at the future of energy in our region (May 24), and ethical and political leadership, or lack thereof, on important environmental issues (October 24).

For Exploring the Outcome of COP21, on Thursday, January 28, 2016, doors open 5:30 p.m., discussion 6-8 p.m., at D&R Greenway’s Johnson Education Center, One Preservation Place, Princeton. Free, please register at rsvp@drgreenway.org, 609-924-4646, www.drgreenway.org.

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