Earth Day Program: Walden Warming - Climate Change Comes to Thoreau's ConcordMonday April 13, 2020
7:00 PM until 8:30 PM
This evening there will be a talk to celebrate Earth Day called "Walden Warming: Climate Change Comes to Thoreau's Concord" by Professor Richard Primack, which is jointly sponsored by the Milton Public Library and the Wakefield Estate. Henry David Thoreau was a climate change scientist! For the past 17 years, Professor Primack and his team have been using Thoreau’s records from the 1850s and other Massachusetts data sources to document the earlier flowering and leafing out times of plants, the earlier flight times of butterflies, and the more variable response of migratory birds. Most noteworthy, plants in Concord are also changing in abundance due to a warming climate. This work has received extensive media coverage as an example of the biological effects of climate change, and is now being extended to the neglected autumn season. What would Thoreau tell us to do about global warming if he were alive today?
Richard Primack is a Professor of Biology at Boston University with a specialization in plant ecology, conservation biology, tropical rain forest ecology, and climate change biology. He is the author of three widely used conservation biology textbooks; local co-authors have helped to produce 36 translations of these books with local examples. For nine years, he was the Editor-in-Chief of the journal Biological Conservation, and served as the President of the Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation. His research has appeared in the New York Times, the Boston Globe, National Geographic, and other publications, and he is often interviewed on National Public Radio. Primack also frequently gives talks and writes for the general public on issues of climate change and ecology, most recently the popular book Walden Warming: Climate Change Comes to Thoreau’s Woods.
Please join us for a fascinating program!
Location: Keys Community Room
to go to the Milton Public Library