Climate Change: Where We Are, How We Got Here, and Where We Are Going
Connie Mutel will present Climate Change: Where We Are, How We Got Here, and Where We Are Going at the Old Capital Museum Senate Chamber on November 12th.
Billions of passenger pigeons once darkened U.S. skies; yet, under human pressure, the species evaporated a century ago. Today we face equally immense and incomprehensible species and ecosystem declines, with climate change threatening to multiply existing environmental pressures. Come hear Connie Mutel trace the evolution of climate change and its effects, interweaving our understanding of climate science, Iowa’s landscape transformation, and current environmental problems. Where do we stand now, and what prospects await us humans, our civilization, and the lives of other species? Hopeful answers remain, but only if we attend to the muted voices of species no longer with us because of past human actions.
Connie Mutel has written several books about Iowa’s natural history and ecological restoration, including The Emerald Horizon: The History of Nature in Iowa(2008); A Watershed Year: Anatomy of the Iowa Floods of 2008(2010); A Sugar Creek Chronicle: Observing Climate Change from a Midwestern Woodland(2016); and Fragile Giants: A Natural History of the Loess Hills(1989). Before her retirement, she was Senior Science Writer at the University’s IIHR-Hydroscience & Engineering, College of Engineering.
Companion exhibit: Passenger Pigeon Project, Old Capitol Museum Hanson Gallery