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Climate change workshop open to community

July 20, 2017 - 9:15am

WAIMEA — As part of the HI-MEET teacher training next week at Waimea Middle School, Dr. Chip Fletcher from UH-Manoa will present a compelling climate change talk open to the public from 3–5 p.m. July 25 at Waimea Elementary School’s cafeteria. The talk will also be broadcast live on The Kohala Center’s Facebook page.

The purpose will be to share with residents, that climate change profoundly influences island communities.

The name of the talk is “Climate change: How is it impacting Hawaii?” Fletcher works in UH-Manoa’s School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology.

He will discuss various aspects of climate change in the interactive discussion, followed by a Q&A session in clear, understandable terms. Topics will include extreme weather, sea-level rise, reef bleaching, ecosystem impacts, declining rainfall, El Niño, Hawaii’s weather system and natural climate change.

“This is also a great starting point for educators interested in incorporating climate-change science into their curricula,” Ilene Grossman said, The Kohala Center’s environmental education coordinator.

The Kohala Center’s HI-MEET (Hawaii Island Meaningful Environmental Education for Teachers) Program is funded by NOAA’s BWET (Bay and Watershed Education Training) program that emphasizes climate change education and helping Pacific Island communities become resilient to climate change impacts.

Light refreshments will be served. No RSVP is required. A video of the talk will also be posted on The Kohala Center website later that week.

Info: Contact Ilene Grossman at or call 887-6411

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