(Editor’s note: These two talks are part of an original four-part series, with the first episode having occurred earlier this spring and the last segment to take place in July. The details of the final episode will be announced at MountainTrue.org.)
Local conservation organization MountainTrue will host two upcoming webinars on the impacts of climate change on the communities and ecology of the Southern Blue Ridge as part of its MountainTrue University virtual program. Each session will explore anticipated climate impacts to the region and ways communities can minimize those impacts or successfully adapt to future changes.
On May 20, from 11 a.m. to noon, “Climate Change in our Mountains and Strategies for Mitigation and Adaptation” will feature MountainTrue Ecologist Bob Gale and MountainTrue Field Biologist Josh Kelly.
Gale and Kelly will provide an overview of the likely effects of global climate change on the people and ecosystems of the Blue Ridge Mountains and discuss the adaptation and mitigation strategies needed to maintain the resilience of our mountain home.
Then, on June 23, from noon to 1 p.m., “Community Powered Solar in the Fight Against Climate Change” will be led by MountainTrue Organizer and Communications Manager Eliza Stokes.
Stokes will discuss MountainTrue’s local advocacy for 100% renewable energy in our region. She will focus on the power of two recent collaborative solar energy purchasing efforts in Buncombe County and how similar campaigns could build momentum for renewable energy in other communities in our region.
MountainTrue champions resilient forests, clean waters and healthy communities. The organization is committed to keeping the mountain region a beautiful place to live, work and play. Members protect forests, clean up rivers, plan livable communities and advocate for a sound and sustainable future for all.
MountainTrue is active in the Broad, French Broad, Green, Hiwassee, Little Tennessee, New and Watauga watersheds, and is home to the Broad Riverkeeper, French Broad Riverkeeper, Green Riverkeeper, and Watauga Riverkeeper.
The series on climate change, along with all MountainTrue University sessions, are available on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eDaPZ7Fvqv8.