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How Are We Adapting—and How Should We Adapt—to a Changing Climate? Explore the Answers at “Weathering the Storm: Boston’s Future Climate”

On June 9, The Nature Conservancy and WBUR host four expert panelists to look at the challenges of a changing climate and how we’re addressing them in New England and beyond.

BOSTON | May 30, 2014

Heat waves, sea-level rise, coastal and river flooding: These are just some of the challenges projected to threaten people, economies and infrastructure as our climate continues to change.

While an increasing number of states and cities have started considering climate change as they plan for the future, actual on-the-ground measures tend to lag behind, according to a recently released climate assessment for the United States. The threats are significant, and the needed actions are numerous.

What will climate change mean for Boston and other coastal cities? How can we adapt to the impacts of climate change, even as we work to mitigate greenhouse gases emissions in the future? How can New England be more resilient in the face of sea level rise and stronger storms? What can we learn from other cities and communities?

On Monday, June 9 join The Nature Conservancy, WBUR and leading climate-change adaptation thinkers from throughout the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic corridor at the third and final event of the Future of Nature 2014 Boston Speaker Series: “Weathering the Storm: Boston’s Future Climate.”

Tickets can be purchased at

Time: 5:30 p.m.-8 p.m. (Reception starts at 5:30 p.m.; discussion at 6:30 p.m.)
Location: Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts, Wimberly Theatre, 527 Tremont Street, Boston


  • Vicki Arroyo, executive director, Georgetown Climate Center at Georgetown Law. Arroyo oversees the Center’s work at the nexus of climate and energy policy, supervising work on climate mitigation and adaptation. She is also director of the Environmental Law Program and professor of practice at Georgetown Law. Arroyo previously served at the Pew Center on Global Climate Change, most recently as vice president for domestic policy and general counsel.
  • Adam Freed, deputy managing director, Global Water, The Nature Conservancy. With the Conservancy, Freed develops and implements sustainable environmental, social and economic actions to provide water for people and nature. He previously served as deputy director of former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s Office of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability, where he developed and managed the city’s climate resilience program.
  • Vivien Li, president, The Boston Harbor Association. The Boston Harbor Association is a nonprofit public interest organization founded by the League of Women Voters and the Boston Shipping Association to promote a clean, alive and accessible Boston Harbor. The association convened the first-ever “Boston Harbor Sea Level Rise Forum” in 2010, and Li was recently named by Boston Mayor Marty Walsh to be co-chair of the City's Climate Action Plan Steering Committee.
  • Brian Swett, chief of Environment, Energy and Open Space, City of Boston. Swett has led a variety of major policy and program initiatives including developing and passing a building energy disclosure ordinance and kicking off Climate Ready Boston, a set of climate preparedness initiatives focused on Boston’s built and natural environment. He is starting efforts to update the City’s Climate Action Plan, which is due in 2014.

Bruce Gellerman, reporter, WBUR. Gellerman is award winning journalist covering science, business, technology and environment.

Each night of The Future of Nature features leaders in their fields discussing some of our most critical conservation challenges and opportunities.

Each event includes a pre-event reception with refreshments and conversation and information from community groups working on these important issues.

Tickets are $25 per event and can be purchased online via Tickets will not be sold at the door.

You can also join the conversation by tweeting your hopes and concerns, using the hashtag #futureofnature. What does the future of nature look like? Follow what your neighbors have to say at @Nature_NE.

The Nature Conservancy is a leading conservation organization working around the world to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends. The Conservancy and its more than 1 million members have protected nearly 120 million acres worldwide. Visit The Nature Conservancy on the Web at

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