Climate Change & Coasts Webinar Series

Climate Change and Coasts: The MAINE Reason to Act

3-Part Summer Webinar Series

May 26 • June 23 • July 30 — Attend one or all!

Temperatures in the Northeast are rising faster than in much of the rest of the U.S., which is predicted to lead to increased high-tide flooding, shorter and milder winters, and an increase in heat-related deaths, tick-borne diseases, asthma, and allergies.

Join us for a virtual Broadwalk experience to learn about the impacts of climate change on coastal ecosystems. We’ve re-imagined the event into a series of three one-hour webinars with regional experts to give you a taste of what you would learn at the live event.

These webinars are free to current members and up to 100 people may register!

Tuesday, May 26

2 pm MDT • 4 pm EDT

“Climate Change and Advocacy”

Presented by Lance Tapley

The Gulf of Maine is warming faster than almost anywhere on Earth. With this comes many changes: sea level rise, flora and fauna shifts, and fish and marine life threatened. Lance will walk us through his experiences researching and writing about the climate crisis and how to join the climate advocacy community, influence politics in an election year, and be a part of positive change.

Lance Tapley is a freelance investigative and political writer and environmental activist. In recent years he has written regularly for The Free Press in Camden and the Portland Phoenix. In 2019, he wrote an 8-part Free Press series, Confronting the End of Everything, about Maine and the climate crisis.

His activism has included directing Maine’s statewide referendum campaign to preserve the Bigelow Mountain Range, preventing its development into “the Aspen of the East,” a giant ski resort.

His writing has appeared in many national publications, including the Washington Post, The Nation, Christian Science Monitor, and Sierra. He has been a consultant to BBC TV. His articles on American prisons were instrumental in dramatically reducing prisoner solitary confinement in Maine and several other states.

He has won many writing awards, including a national first place from the Association of Alternative Newsmedia. A coastal Maine native, he began his reporting career at the Portland Press Herald, then worked at the Providence Journal and San Francisco Chronicle.

Tuesday, June 23

2 pm MDT • 4 pm EDT

You are the Advocates We Need!”

Presented by Dr. Lisa Pohlmann

CEO, Natural Resources Council of Maine (NRCM)

Lisa will share some of the major campaigns that the Natural Resources Council of Maine (NRCM) has led and discuss ways in which citizens were crucial to their success.

Lisa Pohlmann is the CEO of the NRCM. It is the state’s leading environmental advocacy organization with more than 20,000 members and supporters in Maine and beyond. Founded in 1959, NRCM is actively engaged in policy making and works statewide to protect Maine’s woods, waters, and wildlife. Lisa has worked at and led advocacy organizations throughout her 38-year career. She has a Ph.D. from the Muskie School of Public Service at the University of Southern Maine. A resident of Belfast, Lisa has had a lifelong love of the outdoors, and regularly kayaks, hikes, skis, and camps across Maine.

Thursday, July 30

2 pm MDT • 4 pm EDT

“Climate Change and the Ocean”

Presented by Dr. Deborah Bronk

President and CEO Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences

One unintended consequence of a society powered by fossil fuels is a massive alteration of Earth’s atmosphere. These alterations affect the ocean in many ways. Join us for a conversation about how the ocean is changing and what we can do about it.

Deborah Bronk joined Bigelow Laboratory in February 2018 as its president and CEO. She earned a Ph.D. in marine-estuarine and environmental sciences from the University of Maryland, and she has more than two decades of experience as a professor and an oceanographer. During that time, she has conducted more than 50 research cruises and field studies in freshwater and marine environments that stretch from pole to pole.

Most recently, Deborah was the Moses D. Nunnally Distinguished Professor of Marine Sciences and department chair at Virginia Institute of Marine Sciences. She previously served as director for the National Science Foundation’s Division of Ocean Science and as president of the Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography.

Once you are registered and your membership is confirmed, we’ll send you the information you need to log into the online seminars.

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