Climate change at local level is focus of talk in Andover

Courtesy photoDr. Amy Weidensaul

Everybody, it seems, is talking about climate change.

Presidential candidates toss the issue around at debates. Scientists warn of the risks to our planet if nations fail to quickly adopt methods to fight it.

Local kids study it in current events and science classes.

And now members of the local Garden Club plan to discuss the effects of climate change on plants in Andover and the region.

Dr. Amy Weidensaul, director of Mass Audubon’s Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary who has more than 20 years of experience in the environmental field, will speak about the effects of climate change at the next Andover Garden Club meeting.

The meeting is Tuesday, Feb. 4, at 10 a.m. at South Church, 41 Central St., Andover.

Weidensaul will speak about the effects climate change has had on local flora and fauna. In addition, she will provide suggestions on how people can reduce their carbon footprints.

Prior to her current position, Weidensaul served as deputy director for conservation and education at Audubon Pennsylvania and was director of the Shehan Audubon Center at Audubon Maryland-D.C.

She has served as the outdoor center director of South Mountain YMCA near Reading, Pennsylvania. She has also been involved in environmental issues at the state level in Pennsylvania.

In 2011, she received the Together Green Fellowship for conservation leadership.

Weidensaul has a bachelor's degree in biology from the University of New Hampshire, a master's degree in education from Lehigh University and a PhD in environmental studies from Antioch University.

The Garden Club event where she appears will begin with a social gathering and refreshments, followed by a brief business meeting and the program.

The public is welcome. A $10 donation from nonmembers is requested. That covers the cost of refreshments for them.



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