Chemainus United Church Outreach is sponsoring a three-part Global Warming Lecture series.
“They are directed to the community at large and not just the congregation,” noted John Silins.
Geoff Strong, a retired climate scientist and author, will be delivering the lectures on Oct. 10, 12 and 19 at 7 p.m. at the Chemainus United Church.
The first part is entitled ‘Global Warming – The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly’ or ‘What have we done and what can we do about it?’ The second lecture is entitled ‘Global Warming – Is it as bad as they say?’ and the third installment is tabbed as ‘The Impacts of Global Warming: Future Shock.’
While Arctic regions have been warming faster than anywhere else on Earth, the impacts of global warming on humans has been most severe over the sub-tropics where more than 50 per cent of the human race lives. One of the most disturbing global warming impacts is the desertification of the sub-tropics caused by the expansion of Earth’s great deserts, especially in Africa and the Middle East. This has led to severe prolonged droughts and famines rivalling any in recorded history.
This series of three talks will first describe how the atmosphere works, and how nature maintains a natural balance on Earth system processes, especially weather systems. In the second talk, the differences between ‘natural’ climate change and anthropogenic (human-caused) global warming is examined.
This includes an explanation of how greenhouse gases work, why they are not pollutants, how the excessive use of fossil fuels has disrupted the natural balance of GHGs and solar heating, and why this is such a threat to all living things on Earth, including mankind.
The third talk provides a summary inspection of the physical, social and political impacts of global warming on Earth with just 1ºC of warming in the past century. Disastrous impacts can be expected if a further 2-4ºC of warming is allowed, and suggestions will be offered on what can be done, individually and collectively, to solve the most important threat ever to mankind.
A fourth session is proposed, consisting of a panel discussion by 4-6 experts, followed by questions and comments from the audience. The date for the panel discussion on ‘What Does Future Global Warming Mean to our Region’ is yet to be determined.
Strong has been an atmospheric scientist for more than 50 years in a career encompassing weather forecasting, atmospheric research, consulting and teaching with Environment Canada, the Alberta Research Council and several universities. He holds Ph.D and M.Sc degrees in atmospheric science from the University of Alberta and his areas of expertise include thunderstorms, evaporation, prairie drought and climate cycles.
Strong’s primary work in recent years involved aid to developing countries and providing public education on global warming and its impacts. He gives invited talks and writes occasional media articles on the multiple impacts of climate change.
Strong recently published a novel on the same topic titled ‘Convenient Mistruths’, and has even developed a bible study at both the Anglican and United Churches in Duncan. His volunteer efforts reflect his concerns for future generations, validated by the science.