Panel discussion: climate change and its effect on WI life & culture

MADISON—Whether it’s fruit from our orchards, winter recreation, water quality, wildlife habitat, or traditions we  cherish, aspects of life in Wisconsin are changing along with the climate. These changes will profoundly influence the way we live and do business in Wisconsin. 

Free and open to the the public, the panel discussion takes place at 7:00 pm on Tuesday, November 12, at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art lecture hall in Madison.

Patty Loew, author and former co-host of In Wisconsin, moderates a discussion with three panelists:
  • Michelle Miller: Associate Director, Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems, UW–Madison. Miller discusses changes in agriculture, with stories of orcharders, growers, and grazers whose multi-generational cultivation of crops such as cherries, apples, and cranberries are faced with increasingly extreme weather and other climate-related challenges.
  • Jim St. Arnold: Program Director/Traditional Ecological Knowledge Coordinator, Great Lakes Indian Fish & Wildlife Commission. St. Arnold shares the story of the challenges the Ojibwe face in continuing  taditions of gathering wild rice, harvesting birch bark, and making maple syrup that are central to their culture, food sources, spiritual practice, and economic stability.
  • Stanley Temple: Beers-Bascom Professor Emeritus in Conservation, UW–Madison, and Senior Fellow, Aldo Leopold Foundation. Temple frames the discussion with a description of what climate change adaptation and mitigation looks like through the lens of ecology, ethics, and economics, including how hunting, fishing, and other outdoor recreation is affected by a changing climate.
In addition to addressing questions from the audience, panelists will explore strategies for cultivating resilience in the face of rapid change, from shoring up food systems to conserving habitats that support vulnerable species.
Hosted by the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts, & Letters. Please register in advance at www.wisconsinacademy.org/climatepanel
For those who cannot attend, this talk will also be live-streamed beginning at 7:00 pm. Follow this link to tune in to the live stream, or visit this link afterward for archived video: www.wisconsinacademy.org/climatepanelSTREAM.

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