Friday, May 19, 2017

Portage Library to host "Sea Change: Addressing Climate Change on Lake Superior" May 22; local Citizens' Climate Lobby chapter to meet

The Portage Lake District Library will host "Sea Change: Addressing Climate Change on Lake Superior" with the Gordon family and crew at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, May 22. Their boat will be docked near the library between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. on Tuesday, May 23, for tours. The local chapter of Citizens' Climate Lobby will meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the library. (Poster courtesy Citizens' Climate Lobby)

HOUGHTON -- The Gordon family -- Mark and Katya Gordon and their two daughters, Cedar and Lamar -- return to Houghton for another presentation on "Sea Change: Addressing Climate Change on Lake Superior" at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, May 22, 2017, in the Portage Lake District Library community room. At 7:30 p.m. the local chapter of Citizens' Climate Lobby will join the discussion and hold a meeting. All are welcome.

Sea Change is an ambitious three-year sailing and community-building project that takes youth sailing around Lake Superior in order to enhance climate change awareness and education, do citizen science, and build alliances in communities around the shores of Lake Superior.

The Gordons will share the story of their liveaboard sailing experiences and discuss climate science as it relates to the changing eco-systems of Lake Superior and its surrounding coasts. They will also suggest climate solutions including carbon pricing.

The public is invited to go on board the Gordons' custom-built 40 ft. steel sailboat, Amicus II, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, May 23. The sailboat will be docked at the Houghton public docks.

Since 2010 the Gordons have been taking youth and young adults sailing with them on voyages lasting from four days to three months. Students experience the immensity and wildness of Lake Superior while they study, collect, and record data to support climate change research on the lake.

Click here to learn more about their Sea Change Expeditions.

Following the Gordons' presentation on Monday, members of the Citizens' Climate Lobby will join the discussion about climate change and hold their monthly meeting. Citizens' Climate Lobby is a non-profit, non-partisan, grassroots advocacy organization focused on national policies to address climate change. They train and support volunteers to engage elected officials, the media, and the public in order to generate the political will necessary for passage of their Carbon Fee and Dividend proposal.*

* Watch for an article on the Citizens' Climate Lobby, coming soon.

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