NORTH DEER ISLE, Maine – Acclaimed climatologist, glaciologist and Director of University of Maine’s Climate Change Institute, Paul Mayewski, will be the guest speaker at Island Heritage Trust’s annual membership meeting at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, July 16, in the hall at St Brendan’s Episcopal Church on Route 15 in North Deer Isle. The annual business meeting, which is open to the public, will be preceded by a social hour at 5 p.m. with wine and hors d’oeuvres.
Mayewski’s illustrated lecture, “Journey Into Climate,” begins at 7 p.m. and includes a discussion of the present challenges and realities of climate change, as well as predictions and opportunities for positive human intervention. A Castine resident, he has led more than 50 scientific expeditions to remote and polar regions of the globe. Mayewski is acclaimed internationally for his breakthrough exploration and research, in particular his decades of work with ice cores. Polar and glacial ice is an undisturbed repository of continuous data, going back more than 100,000 years. These ice core records have revolutionized our understanding of climate change, providing fascinating data about climate trends and mankind’s footprint on the planet, in particular. Mayewski will discuss the implications of his findings for Maine and offer his thoughts on how we can mitigate the adverse effects of climate change.
Island Heritage Trust is dedicated to natural resource and habitat conservation that offers public benefit and preserves the character of the Deer Isle area. Environmental education for all ages is key to sound stewardship of the island and its waters. A schedule of IHT’s education programs is available at www.islandheritagetrust.org, or call 348-2455.
All programs are open to the public.