Frank Lowenstein on "Confronting Climate Change"

Wednesday, February 15, 2012 (All day)

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American International College

"Confronting Climate Change: NGOs, Politics, and Dissent in the 21st Century," will be held Wednesday, February 15, 7:00 p.m. in the West Wing of the Karen Sprague Cultural Arts Center. The event, sponsored by the AIC Honors Program, is open to the public free of charge.

Lowenstein is Climate Adaptation Strategy Leader for The Nature Conservancy's Global Climate Change Team. In this role he heads up the organization's work on how natural systems can contribute to helping people adapt to climate change.

During his 17 years with The Nature Conservancy Frank has worked to conserve forests and wetlands in many diverse habitats, including the Selva Maya of Mexico, the Tumbesian dry forests of Ecuador, pine forests of the Bahamas and the deciduous forests of the Northeastern U.S.

Gary Jones, assistant professor of History at AIC, said the event is both timely and relevant. "I would say that climate change is the most fundamental threat the United States (and the world) faces today. Continued failure to address that threat in an effective manner could be catastrophic. The way to respond to climate change is through our democratic political system. Hence the significance of our Presidents Day speaker, Frank Lowenstein, who is a climate change specialist," he said.

Lowenstein is a coauthor of two popular books, "Bugs: Insects, Spiders, Centipedes, Millipedes and Other Closely Related Arthropods," and "Voices of Protest: Documents of Courage and Dissent," as well as numerous scientific journal, magazine and newspaper articles.

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