Climate change – it’s more crucial than ever to stay informed!

Your Library is proud to bring you two more eye-opening events as part of the lecture series, Climate Change: Arizona's New Reality.

First up, Dr. Derek Lemoine will present Designing Policy to Control Climate Change on Sat, Sep 29 from 3–4:30 pm. On Sat, Oct 20 from 3–4:30 pm, Dr. Katharine Jacobs will wrap up the series with Adapting to Climate Change. Both events will be held at Joel D. Valdez Main Library.

Here's what they hope you'll take away. Plus, they offer a few simple steps people can take to put the brakes on climate change and learn ways to deal with a hotter future.

What are the most important things you hope people will take away from your presentation?

Dr. Jacobs says...

  • Adaptation (also known as risk management) and mitigation (also known as limiting greenhouse gas emissions) are two sides of the same coin. We need to be working on both, since climate impacts are already occurring.
  • An important path to managing risk is understanding the intersection of climate "drivers" with existing sources of vulnerability in communities.

Dr. Lemoine says...

  • Further climate change is unavoidable, but our current decisions can still affect how much climate change we will experience. 
  • Pricing carbon emissions evens out the playing field between energy sources by removing a hidden subsidy. It makes renewables and nuclear more attractive relative to fossil fuels, makes natural gas more attractive relative to coal, and could make electric cars more attractive relative to oil-powered cars.

Why do you think the Library is a good place for people to turn to for climate change information? 

Dr. Jacobs says...

  • Libraries represent knowledge, and science-based knowledge has never been more directly challenged. Facts are important and need to be treated with respect. Climate information is accessible online (for example, through the official US National Climate Assessment and the 2017 Climate Science Special Report.
  • Libraries symbolize community and it is critical that the community works together to prepare for climate-related challenges as well as many underlying sources of stress.

Dr. Lemoine says...

  • The internet has placed so much information at our fingertips, but by lowering the cost of producing information, it has also made it harder to distinguish information from misinformation and to sort information by importance. The library can provide the skills to manage online information and houses the books that can serve as a check on cheap misinformation.

How can people put the brakes on climate change and also learn ways to deal with a hotter future?

Dr. Jacobs says...

  • "Putting the brakes on climate change" is really about limiting emissions, so use of renewable energy (i.e. solar), reducing energy use in the home (i.e. improving insulation or limiting use of air conditioning and heating), and commuting by bicycle, public transportation, or electric vehicles can make a big difference. However, it is also important to think about managing the risks associated with the climate change that is already "baked in" to the system, which is where adaptation/risk management comes in.

Dr. Lemoine says...

  • Climate change is such a large-scale problem that policy will be essential to slowing it. If you care about climate change, the most important thing you can do is make climate change an issue that people vote on. That means interacting with your federal, state, and local elected officials, and it also means talking to your friends and neighbors about the challenge and the solutions.  Politicians will eventually provide the policies if enough people want them.

Want to learn more? Check out these book lists that will help you stay informed!

Climate Change

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Books about climate change and the effects of human activity on the environment.

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