A day-long meeting Thursday in Marshfield will look at what communities need to do to adapt to climate change, sponsored by ICLEI, the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives.
“ICLEI is an organization that works with local communities getting them ready for climate change–helping them reduce green house gass emissions, and also adapt to potential changes in our climate,” said Kathy Baskin of the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental affairs.
Baskin said she’ll speak about a report, expected to be released soon, conducted by 200 volunteers on behalf of the Massachusetts Climate Change Adaptation Advisory Committee . The committee was set up by the legislature, requiring the Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs to convene a group of experts to consider strategies to deal with predicted climate change.
“What might be a range of predictions, in terms of sea level rise, temperature, how many days of snow were going to have, and how many days of temperatures over 90 degrees,” said Baskin. “Then ask experts in a number of fields to basically brainstorm what they think might happen to their systems; so those fields would be transportation, energy generation, land conservation.”
Baskin said there will also be a number of panels and speakers.
The day-long meeting kicks off at 9:30a.m. and runs until 3:30 p.m. at the Seth Ventress Building on South River Street, on the second floor.