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Community Issues Forum: ‘Young People and Government Responses to Climate Change’

Event organizer: Hannah Cyrus
Event Date & Time: June 12, 2019 6:30 pm
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BLUE HILL — The Blue Hill Public Library’s Community Issues Forum will continue 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 12, at 5 Parker Point Road with “Fresh Start: Young People and the Changing Government Response to Climate Change.” Panelists will include Nell Herrmann, science teacher at Blue Hill Consolidated School (BHCS) and Sean Birkel of the University of Maine Climate Change Institute.

This forum will focus on the impact of climate change on the state of Maine and the role of young people in galvanizing public opinion and having a political impact on future developments. Audience input will be encouraged.

Nell Herrmann has first-hand research experience in Antarctica, Greenland and onboard Exploration Vessel Nautilus, which she shared with her classroom in real time. She also works with the Gulf of Maine Research Institute and Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory to help BHCS kids conduct investigations about such topics as arsenic in local well water and invasive green crabs on the Blue Hill peninsula.

Sean Birkel is the Maine State Climatologist, and a researcher at the University of Maine Climate Change Institute, with expertise in climate and glacier modeling.   Although most of Sean’s work is computer based, he has also participated in field research projects in Antarctica, New Zealand, Iceland, the western U.S. and Maine.

The series is organized and moderated by retired history professor, Dr. Gregory Bush. This event is sponsored by the library, and is free and open to everyone. For more information contact the library at 207-374-5515.