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Saturday, February 23

10:15am CST

The Climate Reality Project: Climate Advocacy in the Midwest
The Climate Reality Project is a non-profit organization involved in education and advocacy related to climate change. Lucia Whalen was trained in 2015 as a Climate Reality Leader and gives climate change awareness presentations to college classrooms, community organizations, and youth programs. The Climate Reality presentation provides a holistic explanation of the causes and effects of climate change.


Lucia H Whalen

Climate Reality Leadership Corps

Saturday February 23, 2019 10:15am - 11:00am CST
rms. 42, 43

11:15am CST

Dismantling Climate Deniers' Arguments
Trying to have a conversation with someone who denies that climate change is real can be frustrating. This interactive presentation will use role-play to help you deconstruct the denier's argument, point by point. You might not make a believer out of them in one encounter, but you will be able to deliver your message about the reality of climate change, calmly and decisively.


Julie Sacco

Climate Reality Project, Chicago Chapter

Saturday February 23, 2019 11:15am - 12:00pm CST
rm. 45

12:30pm CST

Evidence-based hope for the future: The human population bottleneck & conservation reserves as re-wilding centers
We live in an era of rapid human population growth. However, demographics suggest that population growth will not only slow in the coming century but will actually reverse! For uplifting reasons (like empowerment of women) the human population will likely be smaller than it is today in only a few hundred years. The conservation reserves of today will serve as the re-wilding centers of the future.

NOTE: Lunch Session times and durations may change. Please check back before conference day to confirm.

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Ray Dybzinski

Loyola University Chicago, Institute of Environmental Sustainability

Saturday February 23, 2019 12:30pm - 1:15pm CST
rm. 22

1:30pm CST

Conservation Areas Mapping in the ON TO 2050 Regional Plan
For the ON TO 2050 Plan, CMAP developed a conservation areas map to help stakeholders pursue policies that advance regional goals for conserving natural resources and their ecosystem services. The session will present the map, which provides spatial data on natural resources that is easy to understand and use, reflective of local priorities, and based on data that is regionwide and regularly updated.

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Brian Daly

Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning

Saturday February 23, 2019 1:30pm - 2:00pm CST
rms. 55,57

2:10pm CST

Climate Change: A Tale for Our Time
The story of anthropocentric climate change needs to be told. But in this era of indifference and denial, how can we make the tale comprehensible and compelling? Can it have a happy ending? Bring your ideas for communication and story-telling to this interactive session, and we’ll offer suggestions for participants to feel confident while speaking truth to power.

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Cynthia Linton

Cynthia Linton is a former journalist who lives in Chicago. After 20 years with community newspapers, she taught for two decades at Medill School of Journalism, Northwestern. She’s been active with the Sierra Club for 12 years and in 2017 was trained by Al Gore and his Climate Reality... Read More →
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Gregory Rajsky

Principal / Consulting Naturalist, True Nature Consulting
Helping property owners to discover the true nature of their holdings through ecological assessment, habitat enhancement, education, and restoration.

Saturday February 23, 2019 2:10pm - 2:40pm CST
rm. 46

2:10pm CST

From Prairies to Rain Gardens: Climate Change Adaptation for Chicago Wilderness Grasslands
Insights gathered from climate change adaptation planning for Chicago Wilderness prairies, conducted by the Field Museum and partners. Three workshops in 2018 resulted in specified strategies for a gradient of habitats - large prairies to created urban spaces. The project also examined how challenges are translated into approaches that conform to unique local perspectives while meeting regional goals.

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Katherine Moore Powell

Climate Change Ecologist, The Field Museum
As an ecohydrologist, I'm interested in how water moves through the ecosystem, and specifically how fluxes of carbon, water, and energy respond to precipitation that is becoming characterized by seasonal shifts, larger events, and longer dry periods. I have conducted research in grasslands... Read More →

Douglas F. Stotz

Field Museum

Saturday February 23, 2019 2:10pm - 2:40pm CST
rm. 47

2:50pm CST

Climate Change in the Chicago Area
Human-induced climate change is already occurring in the Chicago area with significant impacts for the rest of the 21st century and beyond. Besides temperature and precipitation trends, we are experiencing shifts in extremes and more variability. These will be discussed as well as an overview of the National Climate Assessment released in December 2018.

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Jim Angel

Climate Scientist
Climate scientist with Ph.D. and 34 years experience of the climate of the Midwest, specializing in ag and water resources.

Saturday February 23, 2019 2:50pm - 3:20pm CST
rm. 47

3:30pm CST

Building A Weather-Ready Nation
This presentation will provide an overview of National Weather Service operations and information. We will also discuss safety and preparedness information pertinent to those spending time outside.


Mike Bardou

Field Museum Affliate

Saturday February 23, 2019 3:30pm - 4:00pm CST
rm. 50