How Forests Will Define the Future of Our Climate
February 28 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Join us for a talk by internationally renowned climate scientist Dr. Bill Moomaw: Forests, the Critical Component for Addressing Long-Term Climate Change.
Human civilization evolved in a global climate that enabled us to thrive over the past 10,000 years. Unfortunately, this relatively benign climate is being dramatically disrupted because of human activities. Science tells us that to slow or reverse this trend, it’s essential that we quickly reduce heat-trapping gas emissions, and begin removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. What role do forests play in all of this?
On Wednesday, February 28 at 7 p.m. at Smith College in Northampton, join Dr. Bill Moomaw, Professor Emeritus of International Environmental Policy at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, for a discussion of how our forests can help mitigate global climate change. Dr. Moomaw will present his perspective on a crucial part of the solution — how the protection and restoration of forests, wetlands, and grasslands could enable us to sequester carbon dioxide for many centuries to come. He will also share his insights on the drawbacks of using bioenergy as an alternative to fossil fuels. There will be time for a facilitated Q&A session after the presentation.
“The forests of Western Massachusetts are among the most carbon dense in the northeast region, and can remove significant additional carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.”
Dr. Moomaw lives in the Berkshires and brings an international perspective to a very real local challenge, and provides compelling solutions to inspire change based on his work as:
- Professor Emeritus of International Environmental Policy, The Fletcher School, Tufts University
- Founding Director, Center for International Environment and Resource Policy, The Fletcher School, Tufts University
- Co-Director, Global Development and Environment Institute, Tufts University
- Co-author, Massachusetts state report on Visioning Forest Futures (2010) and Climate Change Adaptation (2011)
- Lead author of five Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Reports. The IPCC shared the Nobel Peace Prize for its climate work in 2007.
This event is co-sponsored by Kestrel Land Trust and Smith College Center for Environment, Ecological Design & Sustainability (CEEDS). It will take place at the Weinstein Auditorium in Wright Hall at Smith College.
Free and open to the public, but registration is strongly encouraged. Donations are greatly appreciated to support this special program.