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Greenbelt Annual Meeting: CLIMATE CHANGE

  • Neighborhood Congregational Church 340 St. Ann's Drive Laguna Beach (map)

Climate Change: Orange County, CA

This event is free and open to the public.

It has been said that “We are the first generation to feel the sting of Climate Change, and we are the last generation to be able to do something about it.”  This presentation will focus on climate change globally, and specifically Orange County.  Already native oak and sycamore trees are dying in our open spaces, the City of Newport Beach is expanding sea walls around its islands to prepare for sea level rise, and 2018 was the hottest year on record for our oceans.  Please attend this event to hear these respected experts and see how we can help our planet.

Moderated by Toni Iseman, Laguna Beach City Council, the three noted speakers will be Geoff Shester, Ph.D., Senior Scientist and California Campaign Director, OCEANA, Monterey, CA; Allan Schoenherr, Ph.D. , Emeritus Professor of Ecology, author, lecturer, and naturalist; and Tom Osborne, Ph.D. , History Professor, author, and public policy expert .

Geoff Shester is Oceana’s California Campaign Director and Senior Scientist at their Monterey, CA office.  Oceana was founded in 2001, and is the largest international advocacy organization focused solely on ocean conservation.  They seek to achieve measurable outcomes that will make our oceans more bio-diverse and abundant.  Dr. Shester has served as Expedition Leader for numerous undersea explorations along the western coast of the United States to gather footage of never-before-seen seafloor habitats with remotely operated vehicles.

Allan Schoenherr is Emeritus Professor of Ecology at Fullerton College, and has taught at various other colleges and universities.  A recognized authority on California’s natural history, he has written major books and scientific articles in professional journals.  Dr. Schoenherr is an avid lover of the outdoors and has traveled, hiked, and photographed all over the world.  He has been the resident naturalist on many international shipboard excursions, teaching biology and ecology.  He was awarded “Teacher of the Year” by the faculty and students of Fullerton College in 2000.

Tom Osborne served on the Laguna Beach Environmental Committee and in 2008 received the city’s Environmental Award for his work on the Climate Protection Action Plan.  He was named Distinguished Faculty Lecturer at Santa Ana College in 1988, and has authored several books on California history.  Dr. Osborne has received fellowships from the Ford Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the University of California’s “Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation.”  His current book is  Coastal Sage: Peter Douglas and the Fight to Save Califronia’s Shore.

Earlier Event: February 28
Design Review Board
Later Event: March 1