2021 Climate Change & Sustainability Webinars

  Webinars are all finished for this summer.

See the links below to view the videos.

June 23, 2021

Human impacts on insects and native plants: Restoring biodiversity

Climate change is causing a biodiversity crisis as habitats shrink and become degraded.  Why does this matter and what can we do to protect & restore the biodiversity on which we all depend?  How will it help to conserve 30% of the nation’s land by 2030, and what can you do in your own yard to be a biodiversity booster?

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July 7, 2021

Natural climate solutions:  Letting plants reduce atmospheric CO2

Part of the carbon that plants remove from the atmosphere during photosynthesis is stored in wood and/or soil.  How large is the impact of these natural climate solutions and how can we use them most effectively?

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July 21, 2021

Don’t mess with the carbon cycle & the path(s) to “net-zero”

To get us out of the serious trouble caused by altering the climate cycle, governments and corporations are promising to reach “net-zero” by 2050.  What do those promises mean, what actions are being taken and will they work? This is a time for great optimism, yet challenges remain. Learn how each of us can help.

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Aug. 4, 2021

Your carbon footprint and how to shrink it

It can be sobering to realize how our personal actions contribute to climate change, yet the first step to making a difference is knowing what these impacts are.  Learn how your carbon footprint compares to others nation-wide and in your community and check out 25 ways to reduce your impact.

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Aug. 18, 2021

Taming residential food waste

Up to 40% of all food produced in the US is wasted and the majority of food waste occurs in our homes.  This means that we can each really make a difference.  Learn some easy ways to reduce food waste at your house, and while you help save the planet, you’ll save some money too.

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Sept. 1, 2021

Moderation in all things: Moving toward a plant-based diet

Dietary choices are often steeped in family and cultural traditions & can become part of one’s identity, making them hard to change. Yet the current average American diet has demonstrably negative impacts on our health and the environment.  Reducing meat in the diet is one of the biggest things individuals can do to slow climate change and reduce the incidence of heart disease, obesity and some cancers. How can we make our diets healthier and more climate-friendly without rocking the boat too much?  Change doesn’t have to be instantaneous or “all or nothing” to make a difference. Learn some easy ways to transition your diet and get a feeling for what’s involved in designing a set of global dietary guidelines that are healthy, equitable, and sustainable.

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Sept. 15, 2021

How well do different policies work to curb climate change? Test your favorite policy solutions with the EnROADS climate simulator

Many policies have been suggested to curb climate change—putting a price on carbon, planting trees, using electric cars, increasing energy efficiency, etc.  But how much difference is each policy likely to make?  Using the EnROADS climate simulator from MIT and Climate Interactive like a time machine, we can test how well your favorite policies work to keep global temperature increase below the all-important 1.5oC. You may be surprised!

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