Iris Wagner Conservation Lecture
Thanks to the generosity of Iris and Ted Wagner, Seattle Garden Club is collaborating with the Seattle Aquarium and C-Change Conversations based at the Princeton, NJ to present an evening cocktail reception and talk. The event will take place at the Aquarium on Tuesday, January 23rd. Bob Davidson from the Aquarium will give us a brief overview of the health of Puget Sound and then Kathleen Biggins from the Princeton GC will present her research about the causes of our current climate disruptions and answer questions about how we can help.
All interested in learning the latest information on the causes of climate change and how these changes to our planet are impacting the health and livelihood of future generations are encouraged to attend. Please come, bring friends - and enrich one another via this lively conversation and opportunity to better understand what we can do to abate climate change. The cost is $30.00 person for cocktails, hors d'oeuvres and the talk.
On a blustery day in February 2013, Kathleen Biggins came in from the train station, put her bags by the kitchen table and sat down to do some research. She had just returned home to Princeton, NJ from the annual Garden Club of America National Affairs and Legislation conference in Washington, DC. She was a changed woman, newly determined to make a difference in her childrens future. Up until the 2013 GCA conference, I had heard about climate change, and I understood that it was an issue. But what I learned in Washington that year helped me to understand the urgency of the situation. I finally realized that the quality of our childrens lives is in peril on a profound level unless we act decisively now, says Kathleen. I wanted to do something about all that I had heard. Kathleen immersed herself in the topic, learning about the opportunities and limitations of wind, solar and hydropower, the pros and cons of natural gas and nuclear power and the economic theories behind the carbon tax. She also read about why it was so hard to move people on the issue and how much misinformation there is among the general public.
As Kathleen researched climate change, she discovered another surprise. Not all of the news out there is doom and gloom! There are tremendous economic opportunities to be found in tackling climate change. Armed with her passion, her newly found knowledge and the drive to articulate both she looked around for a way to convey the information to her community. All the research shows that people are most likely to have their minds changed on an issueany issueby someone they know, someone they think is like thema member of their tribe, says Biggins, a former journalist and a current member of the Garden Club of Princeton. Many members of my tribe tend to be conservative, well-educated, affluent professionals, and I had to think carefully about how to reach out to them, since this was such a politically charged issue.
Educator Kathleen Biggins and several GCA friends founded C-Change Conversations after attending the annual Garden Club of America National Affairs and Legislative conference in 2014. The group is committed to moving climate change discussions out of the political arena and into local communities. Biggins has lived in the Princeton area since 1990 and been involved in a wide range of not-for-profits in both the environmental area and in the arts. Her background is in journalism and advertising. She was a reporter for the Times-Picayune in New Orleans and Genius Country in Princeton, and is currently a co-host of The Green Hour, an internet radio show that explores environmental issues in the greater Delaware Valley. She worked at Ogilvy and Mather in New York City in advertising, and in marketing and promotions at QLM Marketing.
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