Let's Talk About Climate Change (Online)

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This is something you want to be part of.

This session will feature Special Guest Speakers Helga Luest and Dr. Frances Stewart. 

Climate change seems to be everywhere in the news these days. You might also be hearing about it from people in your family, at work or in your social network. Maybe everything you hear makes perfect sense, or maybe you have questions. Wherever you are on the topic, you will find these discussions interesting and helpful.

This is a group where you can learn what we know about climate change in plain language and get all of your lingering questions answered. We’ll discuss how we know climate change is real, why scientists think we need to curb global temperature increase to less than 2oC, how climate change is already impacting our community, and other key questions.

In our monthly meetings, you will learn about the whole range of climate impacts and solutions in a friendly atmosphere with plenty of time for discussion.

Each month we’ll have a brief roundup of recent climate news, then a speaker from our community will discuss a climate-related topic. Finally, we’ll talk about one or more climate actions that we can use to help make a difference.

Our monthly discussions will be an easy way to get informed, get involved and become part of the solution with a group of like-minded folks from our community.


About the Organizers:

Agostino Schito, Climate Reality Leader: Originally from Italy, Agostino has lived with his wife and 2 daughters in Ellicott City since 2005. In 2019 Agostino and his wife Pamela joined the Climate Reality Project, an organization founded by former US vice president Al Gore, and trained to become a Climate Reality Leaders. Since then, Agostino has presented multiple Climate Reality events organized in collaboration with Howard County Library System.

Dr. Sara Via, Professor & Climate Extension Specialist, University of Maryland College Park; Climate Reality Leader: Sara is a biologist and frequent speaker on climate change and its impacts on ecosystems, biodiversity, suburban landscapes, gardens, health, and agriculture. She began her climate work through University of Maryland Extension in 2015 after a 35 year research career in insect genetics. Before coming to University of Maryland in 1997, Sara held faculty positions at the University of Iowa and Cornell University. She is currently offering a popular webinar series; descriptions and videos of the webinars, along with other climate-related resources can be found on her website at www.climatecorner.org.


Have a question related to climate change? Email climate@hclibrary.org


SCHEDULE : Every third Tuesday of the month.

Tuesday Sep. 21: The science of global warming and climate change. We cover facts and evidence answering some of the most frequently asked questions about climate change. 

Tuesday Oct. 19: Man made carbon pollution is bad for us and the planet: How can we eliminate it? During this conversation we'll explore the most important contributors to man made carbon pollution in the energy and transportation sectors, and some of the solutions that we can use to eliminate this pollution transitioning to clean energy.

Tuesday Nov. 16: What do people in Maryland and Howard County think about climate change?

Tuesday Dec. 14: Climate change connections with environmental justice

Tuesday Jan. 18: How climate change is messing with the weather in every season


Please register with an email address to receive an immediate registration confirmation with a link to join the class/event. This email will also contain the dial-in information if you wish to participate by telephone.

Presented with support from  Prince George's County Memorial Library System, Ruth Enlow Library of Garrett County, and Worchester Public Library.