Global warming to be discussed

Posted: Monday, January 07, 2008

From the plight of polar bears challenged by shrinking ice, to rising sea levels effecting Bering Sea coastal communities, it's tough go very long in Alaska without getting news related to global warming.

"You can't go more than a week without hearing something about it," said Jan Yaeger, educational coordinator for the Kenai River Center, which is the reason the next event in the center's Winter Speaker Series will be titled "Climate Change on the Kenai."

"It's a timely topic, and since this effects everyone, I think now is a good time for people to come, listen and learn about global warming," Yaeger said.

The speaker for this topic will be Deborah Williams, president of Alaska Conservation Solutions.

"She's a very dynamic speaker with an impressive background," Yaeger said.

Williams has served as Special Assistant to the Secretary of the Interior for Alaska, the Exxon Valdez Trustee Council and as Executive Director of the Alaska Conservation Foundation. She has degrees in biology and economics, and is a graduate of Harvard Law School, where she was the principal founder and co-editor-in-chief of the Harvard Environmental Law Review.

"She really knows her stuff," Yaeger said.

Being so well versed on such a comprehensive topic can make it challenging to get a clear message across to the layman, but Yaeger said Williams knows her target audience.

"She'll be focusing on examining the evidence that's out there, and discussing the effects we can expect to see locally. It'll be science based, but not over anyone's head. She gears it toward the general public," she said.

"She'll also be speaking about what we can do about global warming, and actions we can take. We all play a role, so the more we learn about this topic the better," Yaeger added.

Williams presentation will be Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the Kenai River Center, located at Mile 1.6 of Funny River Road.

"And as with all of the lectures in our Winter Speaker Series, this event is free and open to the public and refreshments will be served," Yaeger said.

For more information about Williams', visit the Alaska Conservation Solutions Web site at

For more information about the Kenai River Center's Winter Speaker Series, call 260-4882, ext. 238.

Joseph Robertia can be reached at

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