Montana Climate Assessment presentation planned

Cathy Whitlock

Cathy Whitlock

A presentation on the 2017 Montana Climate Assessment is scheduled for Thursday, May 24, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Royal Johnson Community Room of the Billings Public Library, 510 N. Broadway.

The Billings Chapter of Citizens’ Climate Lobby, the Billings League of Women Voters and the Better Billings Sustainability Committee of the Yellowstone Valley Citizens Council are sponsoring the event.

The Montana Climate Assessment, published last September, is a product of the Montana University System’s Montana Institute on Ecosystems. The presentation will be given by the lead author of the assessment, Cathy Whitlock. The assessment describes past and future climate trends that affect three sectors of the Montana economy: agriculture, water and forestry.

“The central goal of this effort was to create a product that would be useful to Montanans in planning for and adapting to a changing climate,” Whitlock said.”The assessment’s findings foresee a hotter future for Montana, but it is the specific details about what this means that we hope citizens will find useful.”

The event will open with light refreshments and introductions at 6:30, with Whitlock speaking at 7. Attendees will have access to information about how each of these three community groups is working to address the changing climate. The event is free and open to the public.

Whitlock gave a similar presentation in Columbus last month.

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