Climate change expert urges alumni to adapt
May 31, 2012
Dr. Paul Kirshen’s message was clear: As the climate changes, we must change, too.
More than fifty members of Tufts Environmental Alumni packed Alumnae Lounge on April 25 for Dr. Kirshen’s presentation on Climate Change Impacts and Planning. The talk focused on the environmental effects of climate change, both present and future, as well as the options we have for adapting to them in our changing world.
Kirshen, a professor at the University of New Hampshire and former faculty member in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Tufts, emphasized the variety of effects climate change can have across the world—particularly in and around Boston. The metro area could face a number of challenges such as higher temperatures, poorer air quality, and coastal erosion as a result of rising sea levels.
In his talk, Kirshen proposed to the TEA a multifaceted approach to addressing these problems, including a mix of reactive, proactive, and spontaneous adjustments to how we interact with our environment.
“It was striking to me to see how the conversation around climate change has shifted in the last couple of years from mitigation to adaptation,” says Libby Mahaffy, AG11.