NORTH CASCADES INSTITUTE AND THE WHATCOM MUSEUM PRESENT:
Whatcom Museum Old City Hall, 121 Prospect Street, Bellingham
In partnership with the Whatcom Museum and upcoming exhibition Vanishing Ice: Alpine and Polar Landscapes in Art 1775-2012, we're excited to present conversations on climate change in Bellingham.
Generous support provided by Humanities Washington and The Hugh and Jane Ferguson Foundation
ETHICAL ACTION FOR A PLANET IN PERIL
Kathleen Dean Moore, author
Saturday, November 9, 2013, 2-4 pm
“Although climate change is an economic and scientific issue, it is fundamentally a moral issue, and it calls for a moral response.”
This is the thesis explored in Moral Ground: Ethical Action for a Planet in Peril, a book that explains, in plain and poignant language, the many reasons why we have a moral obligation to the future to leave a world as rich in possibilities as our own. It is a call to ethical action, in the words of moral leaders all around the world.
Kathleen Dean Moore, co-author of Moral Ground, will lead an interactive presentation incorporating art and small-group conversations that explores answers to values-based questions related to climate change. Moore is Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at Oregon State University, where she teaches environmental ethics and philosophy of nature, and the author of the essay collections Riverwalking, Holdfast, The Pine Island Paradox and Wild Mercy.
AT THE CORE:
DISCOVERING THE HISTORY OF ICE AND CLIMATE CHANGE
Anna McKee, artist in Vanishing Ice and Eric Steig, isotope geochemist
Saturday, December 7, 2013, 2-3:30 pm
The history of our planet’s climate is coming into clearer focus thanks to an 11,171-foot ice core collected by West Antarctic Ice Sheet Divide scientists.
University of Washington Professor of Glaciology and Geochemistry Eric Steig, who has researched polar regions for more than 20 years, is part of this pioneering project that is allowing scientists to peer back 100,000 years into the past.
Expeditionary artist Anna McKee also has a fascination for frozen places, and that curiosity led her to visit the Antarctic research site on a National Science Foundation grant. Her paintings and prints reveal characteristics of snow and ice that may not be obvious: “There's something about the quality of freezing and capturing things like atmosphere, capturing somebody's breath. I had all these fantasies: does it catch the voices and hold those?"
McKee and Steig will share their experiences with the WAIS Divide Ice Core Project and lead a discussion about how collaborations among artists and scientists enrich each discipline and deepen our connection to the natural world.
"I'm really interested in looking at the world and figuring out 'what is this?,'” explains McKee. “Scientists in a very different way, with very different tools, are asking the same questions: what is around us? How do we understand it?"
ICE, WATER AND CLIMATE:
WHY ICE MATTERS
Henry Pollack, geophysicist, author and Nobel laureate
Sunday, December 8, 2013, 2-4 pm
Why should we care about vanishing glaciers and melting polar icecaps? Henry Pollack, author ofA World Without Ice, explains how the history—and future—of global civilization are inextricably linked to our planet’s ice and water. Globally, the distribution of ice and water is critical in setting the temperature of Earth’s atmosphere, governing major weather patterns, regulating sea levels and dramatically affecting agriculture, transportation, commerce and geopolitics.
Dr. Henry Pollack has been a professor of geophysics at the University of Michigan for more than forty years, travels regularly to Antarctica and has conducted scientific research on all seven continents. He and his colleagues on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize with former Vice President Al Gore.
During the past three centuries, rapid population growth and the rise of industrial economies have pushed the relationship between ice and people to a tipping point. Soon, for the first time in human history, we may live on a planet without ice. Pollack will answer questions about this pending crisis and lay out steps we must take to avoid serious impacts on the planet we call home.
IMAGING THE ARCTIC:
CLIMATE SCIENCE THROUGH ART
Maria Coryell-Martin, expeditionary artist and Kristin Laidre, marine mammal biologist
Saturday, January 11, 2014, 2-3:30 pm
How can science and art work together to provide our society with a more comprehensive understanding of our warming planet?
Expeditionary artist Maria Coryell-Martin and Arctic biologist Kristin Laidre will share their process of collaboration in communicating the impact of sea ice loss on narwhals and polar bears in Greenland.
Laidre is a research scientist for the University of Washington’s Polar Science Center studying how environmental factors change the movement and behavior of top marine predators. Coryell-Martin works in the tradition of traveling artists as naturalists and educators. She supports scientific outreach and education through art, to cultivate observation, scientific inquiry, and environmental awareness.