Greetings from Lexington’s

Global Warming Action Coalition (GWAC).

(Lexington Minuteman – January 5, 2006)


Lexington GWAC has been formed as an outgrowth of last year’s successful Lexington Reads program which featured The Future of Life, by Lexington’s own Edward O. Wilson.


Lexington GWAC’s mission is to educate and to raise awareness about global warming and climate change, as well as to promote actions that we can take both as individual citizens and as a community to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and develop sustainable practices. Look for our bi-weekly column on topics related to these issues in subsequent editions of the Minuteman.


Activities sponsored by Lexington GWAC will include a lecture series on topics related to global warming and climate change. The first of these events took place on October 16 with a talk by Dr. Ted McIntyre entitled, “Global Warming Demystified”, and the second on November 5 with Matt Palmer from Clean Energy Now, who spoke on the subject entitled, “Wind Power and the Nantucket Sound Wind Farm.” Videos of both talks can be borrowed from the library.


The next lecture in the series will take place on January 22 at 7:30 p.m. at Cary Hall and will feature Dr. Mark Bowen, local scientist, science writer and experienced high altitude mountain climber. Dr. Bowen will be discussing the implications of worldwide rapid glacial melting based on his own extensive personal experiences accompanying expeditions that have been collecting ice core samples from high altitude glaciers around the world in an effort to more fully understand the earth’s climate change history. This lecture and all future talks will also be broadcast on Lexington’s local cable channel.


Schedule for future lectures:


Sunday January 22, 7:30 p.m. – “Thin Ice – Unlocking the Secrets of Climate in the World’s Highest Mountains”, Dr. Mark Bowen, Cary Hall

Thursday February 9, 7 p.m. – Green Roundtable Presentation: Sustainable Design & Construction, Cary Library

Thursday, March 16, 7 p.m. – “Gardening in a Warmer Climate”, a talk by Teri Dunn, gardening author, Cary Library

Sunday, April 30, 7:30 p.m. “The Global Warming Crisis and the Importance of Action at the Local, State and Regional Level ” with Seth Kaplan from Conservation Law Foundation, in connection with Earth Day. Hancock Church


A monthly film series is also being planned to complement the lecture series. Screenings will be held at the Cary Memorial Library. The first film entitled “Global Warming: The Signs and the Science”, scheduled for 7 pm on January 17, takes viewers across America to meet people from every walk of life using their words and stories to uncover the reality of climate change as experienced in this country. See our website (http://www.lexgwac.org/) where listings of these and other current and future activities may be found along with additional information.


In addition to the lecture and film series, Lexington GWAC will also be engaged in ongoing efforts to distribute information and promote actions that we as individuals and as a town can take to reduce our community’s greenhouse gas emissions. The Cary Memorial Library is currently featuring an informational display created by Lexington GWAC on the subject of climate change and global warming.


To learn more about Lexington GWAC or to get involved in GWAC’s activities, please visit the Lexington GWAC web site. And watch this space in coming weeks for facts and ideas that you can use to address the challenge of global warming and climate change.


Did you know: Glaciers all over the world are rapidly disappearing. Read our next column to find out why this is important to not only seacoast communities like Boston but communities and populations far removed from sea coast areas around the world.


Brought to you by Lexington Global Warming Action Coalition. Contact us at www.lexgwac.org