Conversations on Climate Change Take Place in Ocean City

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Roughly 100 people made their way to the Ocean City Free Public Library on Wednesday, September 12th, for a climate change presentation by representatives with C-Change Conversations.

The nonpartisan lecture series discusses the science and effects of climate change around the world.

“The climate has always been changing," said Kathleen Biggins, co-founder, C-Change Conversations, as she began the presentation. "We’ve had crocodiles in the arctic [and] we’ve had ice ages. But this time, scientists say it’s different.”

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According to Biggins, C-Change's mission is to "wake people up."

"The risk of climate change is significant and we aren’t addressing it or handling it the way we would any other risk in our lives," said Biggins.

Biggins said that climate change is an issue that will impact every aspect of life including health, jobs, and geopolitics.

“The changes that are happening now are happening so fast, in a way that never happens in nature," said Biggins.

C-Change representatives are looking to combat what they are saying has already negatively impacted the environment with some minor to major lifestyle changes.

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“There are actions we can take in our own lives whether we lower our own carbon footprint by buying more efficient appliances, getting a smart thermostat, moving to driving an electric car, or also even looking at simple things like changing out light bulbs or reducing our food waste," said Biggins.

“We have a lot of short things we can work on now [and] a lot of things in the future," said Ralph Cooper, co-chair of the Atlantic and Cape May County Sustainable Jersey Hub. "But the takeaway is now we have a contact list with more people who came tonight and hopefully we can gauge them on local projects here in Ocean City and Cape May County." 

The presentation was arranged by officials with the Sustainable Jersey Hub for Atlantic and Cape May Counties.

Many people in attendance applauded the use of facts and statistics to support claims while also having the opportunity to discuss thoughts as well as doubts.

“I appreciate the approach where you sort of take the emotion out of it and talk about the facts because when you start getting into personalities, it doesn’t work," said Clarence F. Lear III, mayor of Cape May. "This is a good approach."

For more information on C-Change Conversations, go to their website, C-ChangeConversations.org.

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