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Originally published in Castine Patriot, June 27, 2019 and Island Ad-Vantages, June 27, 2019 and The Weekly Packet, June 27, 2019
Climate conference takes shape in Blue Hill

by Faith DeAmbrose

On July 20 it will be all about climate science in Blue Hill as the Brooksville-based Reversing Falls Sanctuary hosts a day-long Climate Convergence Conference on the grounds of George Stevens Academy.

“With all the floods, forest fires, hurricanes, typhoons, and droughts of unprecedented magnitude, isn’t it time to try science-based climate policy?” ask organizers.

The conference aims to bring together different generations, the physical and social sciences, and organizations willing to champion science, said Tony Ferrara of the Reversing Falls Sanctuary, who is one of a number of local residents working to bring this to Blue Hill.

There will be four distinct tracks of information throughout the day: science, mitigation, adaption and the psycho-social.

The keynote speaker will be state Rep. Chloe Maxmin.

Speakers in the science track include Brooklin resident Paul Mayewski, director of the Climate Change Institute at the University of Maine; Robin Alden and Ted Ames, Stonington residents and co-founders of what is now called Maine Center for Coastal Fisheries; and Dr. Jeremy Jackson with the Smithsonian Institution.

The mitigation track will include a talk about solar energy, reducing fossil fuel emissions and a primer on “Agroecology” with Surry’s Florence Reed of Sustainable Harvest International.

Adaptation will look at “home design for a changing climate” and sustainability, while the psycho-social track will examine the stress, the psychology, and the emotions associated with climate change.

The conference will take place on Saturday, July 20, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Advanced registration is appreciated at reversingfalls.org, where complete conference information can be found. Students can attend for free. Bagged lunches will be available for purchase until July 6 at the time of registration.