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Climate change forum planned Saturday afternoon at state Capitol

OlympianOctober 2, 2013 

Steve Hall


A Thurston County affiliate of Organizing for Action plans a public forum on climate change issues facing south Puget Sound on Saturday at the Legislative Building in Olympia. Speakers include Olympia city manager Steve Hall, climate specialist Patty Glick of the National Wildlife Federation and Lon Wyrick of the Thurston Regional Planning Council.

The free event takes place from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. event in the Columbia Room, located on the ground floor of the Capitol. Organizers say their series of panel discussions are aimed at outlining the kind of climate changes expected in South Sound, planning under way by government agencies to prepare for it, ongoing innovations in the building trades and ways residents can reduce their contribution to greenhouse gases linked to global warming.

The event is designed to be nonpartisan, according to spokeswoman and co-organizer Carol Wilson. She said Organizing for Action is a nonprofit group that generally supports President Obama’s agenda on climate, health care, education, immigration and other issues.

The schedule includes:

  • 12:35 p.m. - An overview of global warming’s causes and impacts;
  • 1 p.m. - A panel on the regional consequences of climate change;
  • 2 p.m. - Challenges and responses the city of Olympia is undertaking in the face of climate changes;
  • 2:30 p.m. - Innovations in the building trades;
  • 2:45 p.m. - The importance of citizen involvement;
  • 3 to 3:30 p.m. - Questions and answers.
For details call Ruth King at 360-413-7083 or Carol Wilson at 360-459-7383.

Update: The full agenda is now uploaded to Document Cloud.

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