University of Vermont


Ecologist & Author Amy Seidl to Address City Adaptation

Wednesday, February 8, 2012 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Fletcher Free Library, 235 College Street


Ecologist & Author Amy Seidl to Address City Adaptation in the Face of Climate Change and Disasters.

Burlington, VT. Amy Seidl, ecologist and author, will speak to the Greater Burlington community at the Fletcher Free Library on February 8, 2012 at 7:00 pm. Seidl’s lecture will focus on her most recent book, Finding Higher Ground: Adaptation in the Age of Warming, and discuss how we can increase our capacity for resilience in the face of climate change, drawing on examples ranging from Vermont communities to the natural world.

The devastation following Irene focused attention on the urgency for adapting to a changing climate, as scientists warn that increasingly frequent and violent storms and weather events will be among the effects of climate change. As the City of Burlington and local universities work to develop their Climate Action Plans, opportunities for citizen education and dialogue are increasingly important.

Finding Higher Ground evaluates current climate science and introduces proactive solutions to oncoming changes the planet will face with climate change. The book combines accessible and in-depth science with the author’s personal narrative about the warming world, and features stories of adaptation that human and natural communities are already beginning to make. “While mitigating climate change is essential,” Seidl writes, “adapting to and through centuries of warming is paramount.”

Seidl will speak in the Fletcher Room at the Fletcher Free Library, 235 College Street, Burlington, VT from 7-8:30 pm. This event is free and open to the public.

Hosted by the City of Burlington, UVM Office of Sustainability, Clean Energy Fund, Fletcher Free Library, and the Burlington Sustainability Action Team.

About the speaker:

Amy Seidl is an ecologist, author, and educator who teaches in the Environmental Studies Programs at the University of Vermont, and is currently a Research Scholar at Middlebury. She is also the author of Early Spring: An Ecologist and Her Children Wake to a Warming World and was the host of awarding-winning show, Emerging Science, on Vermont Public Television.

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