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Join a compelling panel of scientific experts and community activists to discuss the challenges and actions being taken to protect forests globally and close to home — and get tips on what you can do in your community to help address these challenges. Sabrina Shankman, climate reporter for The Boston Globe, will moderate. Joining Sabrina will be Susan Masino, Vernon D. Roosa Professor of Applied Science at Trinity College; Janet Sinclair, co-founder of Save Massachusetts Forests; and David Meshoulam, co-founder and executive director of Speak for the Trees Boston. Senior Producer/Writer Bonnie Waltch will introduce the film.
Forests play a significant role in reducing the risk of natural disasters, including floods, droughts, landslides, heat waves and other extreme events. They mitigate climate change through carbon sequestration, contribute to the balance of oxygen, carbon dioxide and humidity in the air, and protect watersheds, which supply 75% of freshwater worldwide. Trees also provide vital shade in urban spaces threatened by heat island effects, and deepen human connections with the natural world.
The primary aims of this event are to:
- Increase awareness of the impact and importance of the sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, specifically forests.
- Engage with an expert panel on efforts in the Statehouse and other initiatives underway to protect Massachusetts’s forests and trees and use these examples in any community.
- Enable event participants to commit to individual actions to support these initiatives.