Garden Club sets symposium on climate change

C-Change Conversations

The Garden Club of Evanston will host a free symposium on climate change on Thursday,  April 19,  from 6:30 to 9 p.m., at Rotary International, 1560 Sherman Ave.

The program, called “C-Change: Climate Conversations – Get on Board!” will feature a presentation from C-Change Conversations, a nonpartisan organization focused on clarifying climate change issues and removing politics from the conversation.

“Separating the dialogue about climate change from its political edges is an overriding focus,” said lead spokeswoman Kathleen Biggins, who will present the program.

“Our overriding goal is to encourage everyone to understand, care more, and make the issue bipartisan again,” she said.

The grassroots, New Jersey-based team launched C-Change Conversations four years ago and created this climate change presentation in consultation with scientists, educators, and public policy experts from Princeton-based “Climate Central” -- an independent organization of scientists and journalists researching and reporting the facts about the changing climate -- and the Yale Program for Climate Communications.

“The quality of research and visual production is exceptional,” said Fern Allison, president of the Garden Club of Evanston. “It is a program not to be missed, designed for adults and students of all ages. In fact, we’ve invited high school and middle school students throughout the area to attend.”

Featured speakers will be Biggins and Evanston Mayor Steve Hagerty and Evanston Sustainability Coordinator Kumar Jensen, who will discuss Evanston’s climate change programs and opportunities for citizen involvement.

Representatives of a dozen local civic organizations, as well as representatives of Evanston’s Climate Action and Resilience Plan and new composting service, will talk with visitors and offer take-away materials before and after the production.

For attendees, Rotary International has allocated free Rotary-marked parking spaces on the fourth and fifth floors of its attached garage

Apr 19 2018 - 6:30pm