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Voices of Climate Change and Conservation: A Panel Discussion January 9th, 2018

The National Tropical Botanical Garden (NTBG) and Kaua‘i Community College (KCC) partnership continues in January 2018 with first event in their collaborative Earth Matters Public Lecture Series.

On Tuesday, January 9 at 5:30 p.m. in the KCC Campus Center Cafeteria, join a panel of seven experts for Voices of Climate Change and Conservation: A Panel Discussion. Representing decades of professional experience and diverse backgrounds in science and environmental policy and planning, the panel will examine the connections between climate change and conservation in Hawai‘i.

Issues like coral bleaching, coastal erosion, sea level rise, and drought will be discussed as they relate to rare plant and bird conservation, invasive species, the protection of watersheds, forests, and marine ecosystems. The panel will also address threats to man-made and natural coastal environments and efforts to create a more sustainable future for Hawai‘i.

The panel includes:

Dr. Chuck Blay, Sedimentary Geologist

Dr. Lisa “Cali” Crampton, Kaua‘i Forest Bird Recovery Project, Project Leader

Katie Nalasere, Hawai‘i Department of Aquatic Resources

Ruby Pap, Coastal Land Use Extension Agent, University of Hawai‘i, Sea Grant College Program

Dr. Maggie Sporck-Koehler, Statewide Research Botanist, Department of Land and Natural Resources, Division of Forestry and Wildlife

Ben Sullivan, Kaua‘i County Energy & Sustainability Coordinator

Jan TenBruggencate, Vice Chair, Board of Directors, Kaua‘i Island Utility Cooperative

The Earth Matters public lecture series is being offered at the KCC Campus Center Cafeteria (behind the Performing Arts Center), Kaua‘i Community College, 3-1901 Kaumuali‘i Hwy., Līhu‘e, Hawai‘i. For questions about accessibility or to request special accommodations, please contact: Margaret Clark at (808) 332-7324 Ext 225 at least ten days in advance.

Earth Matters is one of many collaborations between the National Tropical Botanical Garden and Kaua‘i Community College. Both NTBG and KCC share a common goal of quality education to truly change lives. NTBG is a not-for-profit institution, headquartered in Kalāheo. KCC, which is part of the University of Hawai‘i system, operates a large campus in Līhu‘e.

Voice of Climate Change