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Climate Change and the Next Generation of Wildlife
May 21, 2014 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
DATE: Wednesday, May 21st TIME: 1:30 p
A Warming World Threatens North Carolina’s Wildlife Legacy
Our parents and grandparents inspired us to love wildlife and wild places, from taking us fishing on Lake Norman to showing us our first Eastern Tiger Swallowtail in the backyard, and they’ve worked to protect this outdoor heritage for future generations. But with Mother’s Day just having been celebrated and Fathers Day just ahead of us, parenting is becoming increasingly stressful in the world of wildlife. Our changing climate is impacting young wildlife, essential breeding habitat, and threatening the survival of future generations of wildlife.
A press event will be held at the Charlotte Nature Museum next Wednesday May 21st at 1:30 PM to unveil Wildlife Legacy: Climate Change and the Next Generation of Wildlife, a new report detailing examples of North Carolina’s fish and wildlife species struggling to adapt to the climate crisis. The report also recommends steps to cut climate-disrupting carbon pollution and to protect wildlife and our communities from the changes already happening.
Wildlife Legacy: Climate Change and the Next Generation of Wildlife
Link to the report:
WHAT: Release of Wildlife Legacy: Climate Change and the Next Generation of Wildlife
WHEN: Wednesday, May 21st at 1:30 pm
WHERE: Charlotte Nature Museum: Early Beginnings area at the front of the Museum
1658 Sterling Rd, Charlotte, NC
INTERACTIVE MAP OF THE MUSEUM: http://www.
- G. Richard Mode, Budweiser’s 2007 national Sportsmen Conservationist of the year and NWF
- Tim Gestwicki, CEO of North Carolina Wildlife Federation
- Dr. Kathy Shea, Senior Advisor to NC Interfaith Power & Light, practicing pediatrician and a member of Medical Advocates for Healthy Air
- June Blotnick, Executive Director of Clean Air Carolina
VISUALS: Naturalists with live animals from NC and surrounding states that are highlighted in the report, including a young American Alligator, turtles and other baby animals. After the press conference the butterfly pavilion will be available for one-on-one interviews with speakers and organizational leads from these organizations and of course other great photo ops with the butterflies and other animals at the museum.
BACKGROUND: Climate change fueled by industrial carbon pollution has already changed the playing field for wildlife and poses the 21st century’s biggest threat to America’s wildlife and natural resources. Warming temperatures, changing precipitation patterns, stronger storms, more intense wildfires and rising sea levels are leading to significant shifts in the species and habitats that we know today. That’s on top of the threats that animals, birds, plants and fish are already contending with, such as major habitat losses, overharvesting of fish and timber, pollution, and invasive species. Fortunately, we know what’s causing these changes and we know what needs to be done to chart a better course for the future.
National Wildlife Federation and its Affiliate North Carolina Wildlife Federation, Clean Air Carolina and North Carolina Interfaith Power and Light will detail the need to cure the root cause of climate change for our wildlife heritage and how those changes in America’s energy policy will benefit our health and our moral responsibility to take action for our children’s future.