October 30, 2019

Forum will examine energy-influenced climate and ecosystem challenges

by Tim Crosby

CARBONDALE, Ill. — The relationship between energy, climate change and the environment is the topic of the latest Saluki Energy Forum event set for next month.

The event, presented by the Saluki Energy Focus Group, is set for 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 14 at Guyon Auditorium and the first floor rotunda at Morris Library. Participants will learn about energy-influenced climate and ecosystem challenges, as well as the campus and community organizations working toward solutions.

Gary Kolb, professor emeritus in the College of Mass Communication and Media Arts, will kick the day off at 10 a.m. in the Guyon Auditorium with a presentation titled “Antarctic Dreams." The presentation is a visual exploration of the antarctic cryosphere. 

Marjorie Brooks, associate professor of zoology and James Lovvorn, professor of zoology, will deliver a keynote presentation at 11 a.m. in the Guyon Auditorium. The presentation is titled “Sea Ice Loss, Marine Heat Waves and Changing Weather: Global and Local Effects on Animals and People.” The presentation will also examine some findings from the new IPCC Special Report on Oceans and the Cryosphere in a Changing Climate.

Participants can learn about campus and community organizations that are working solutions to climate change and protecting water supplies. Those groups include the Saluki Energy Focus Group, the SIU Sustainability Office, SIU Plant and Service Operations and SENSE, a student RSO.

Light snacks will be served at noon. Streaming service is available. For more information, contact Amy McMorrow Hunter at amcmorrow@siu.edu.