Boulder is addressing some interesting questions this week. How do native plants and animals survive the winter? How could we better assess strategies for dealing with climate change? On Thanksgiving, save room for a Colorado Bioneers Salon Friday potluck and join the discussion on what Frances Moore Lappé — a giant of the environmental movement — thinks the biggest challenge is to human survival.
“Winter’s Coming!” hosted by the City of Boulder’s Open Space & Mountain Parks (OSMP), November 20.
What? Species have a variety of strategies for surviving winter’s challenges. Enjoy an easy hike through local wetlands with Naturalist Lynne Sullivan and learn how native plants and animals survive the changing of the seasons. OSMP recommends bringing water, snacks and appropriate clothes.
Where? Meet at Sawhill Ponds
Time? 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
“Reflections on Next Steps in Integrated Assessment of Climate Change,” hosted by the National Corporation of Atmospheric Research (NCAR) and the University Corporation of Atmospheric Research (UCAR), November 22.
What? Integrated Assessment Models (IAMs) are a common tool for assessing strategies to address climate change. However, IAMs could be improved. To better understand the impact of climate change policies and emission trends, IAMs need to account for distinct social and economic classes and the models need higher spatial resolution. Professor Arnulf Grübler will present these and other challenges to IAMs and “next steps” for integrated assessments of climate change at this NCAR / UCAR seminar. Grübler is lead and contributing author for the Second, Third and Fourth Assessment Reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC),
Where? Mesa Lab, Main Seminar Room. Map
Time? 3:30 p.m.
“Colorado Bioneers Salon: Explore EcoMind,” hosted by the CU-Boulder’s Environmental Center, November 26.
What? “EcoMind,” a new book by Frances Moore Lappé, confronts accepted wisdom of environmentalism. Drawing on her own field experience and anthropology and neuroscience research, Lappé argues that the biggest challenge to human survival is not environmental crises themselves, such as fossil fuel dependency and melting glaciers, but the faulty way we think about these crises. Doug Dupler, researcher for the book, will present ideas from “EcoMind.”
“Revolutionizing K-12 Education with Sustainability in Mind,” by Karen Brown, will also be presented. Brown is the creative director of the Center for Ecoliteracy and has lectured throughout the U.S., Europe, and Japan on the human and environmental consequences of design. Brown’s work has been featured in The New York Times and Architectural Digest. This event is a potluck. The Colorado Bioneers Salon is a monthly event for sharing “the nourishment” of conversation and ideas.
Where? Arborwood Condominiums Clubhouse, 3250 O’Neal Circle
Time? 6:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.