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Shreveport Garden Study Club to Host Non-Partisan Introduction to Climate Change

January 17, 2020

Primer Answers Questions Most Americans Have about Climate Change

Kathleen Biggins founded C-Change Conversations to bring moderates and conservatives into the conversation about climate change. Seeking to deepen her community's understanding of the issue, Kathleen worked with climate and energy experts to develop a non-partisan, scientifically-based presentation—the C-Change Primer—providing a 360° view of the issue's scientific, economic and policy ramifications.

The Shreveport Garden Study Club, in conjunction with Shreveport Green and Louisiana State University Shreveport is sponsoring an event to explore one of the most urgent issues of our time: climate change. The C-Change Primer is an engaging and compelling program that uses visual data, charts, and photographs to provide an accessible overview of the science behind climate change and a clear-eyed assessment of the potential risks ahead. Kathleen Biggins, the founder of C-Change Conversations, will present The Primer on Monday, February 10 from 10-11 a.m. in the LSUS University Center Theatre.

“For many of us, no matter where we fall on the political spectrum, our understanding of climate change is influenced by partisan fervor and affiliation, rather than science and economic reality,” says Biggins. “This can prevent us, whatever side we sit on, from fully understanding the scope, complexity, and urgency of the issue. Reactions to The Primer have been overwhelmingly positive from conservatives and liberals alike.”

C-Change Conversations, a New Jersey-based nonprofit organization, developed The Primer in consultation with independent climate scientists and public policy specialists and has presented it to thousands of people nationwide. It answers many of the questions most Americans have about climate change, such as: How do we know climate change is real and is caused by humans? What is the scientific consensus? What are the dangers? Is there hope?

The Primer presents clear, unbiased information that helps people understand how climate change will affect them personally, with an emphasis on how our changing environment is affecting our health, national security, and the global economy. It has been widely hailed as an intelligent, dispassionate introduction to and the illumination of the topic.

One of The Primer’s standout features is its focus on the interplay of science, economics, and policy (including the benefits of moving to a low-carbon economy), rather than depicting climate change as an environmental or political issue. The 50-minute presentation was developed with input from Climate Central and the Yale Program on Climate Change Communications.

“Climate change is something we all need to know more about,” says Judy Roemer, Shreveport Garden Study Club Conservation Chair. “The Primer delivers an introduction to a serious issue that impacts all of us, but without stirring up partisan resentment. Most people who have seen The Primer wish they’d brought friends along; it’s that compelling.”

To reserve a spot for this event, go to climatechangeshreveport.eventbrite.com

The Shreveport Garden Study Club is a member club of The Garden Clubs of America. One of the main projects of the SGSC is the restoration and maintenance of The Greenwood Cemetery including the new Educational Pavilion, pond, and fountain as well as student field trips to study this historic cemetery. The Shreveport Garden Study Club is a 501(C)(3) organization.

C-Change Conversations is led by volunteers with diverse political points of view who are deeply committed to promoting productive, non-partisan discussion about the risks and opportunities associated with climate change. Learn more about The Primer and the C-Change Conversations Lecture Series at www.c-changeconversations.org

For more information contact: Judy Roemer (318) 465-0000

 
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