The Lamorinda Democratic Club's Thursday, March 14, meeting will feature a discussion about the impact of climate change on Bay Area ecosystems and communities with Dr. Andrew Gunther, the Executive Coordinator of the Bay Area Ecosystems Climate Change Consortium and the Executive Director of the Center for Ecosystem Management and Restoration.

The club's meeting will be held at the Lafayette Library and Learning Center, 3491 Mt. Diablo Blvd, in Lafayette. The club's social hour will begin at 7:00 p.m., with a business meeting beginning between 7:15-7:30 p.m. depending on the length of our agenda. There is a $5 charge at the door to help the club cover meeting expenses.

The Bay Area Ecosystems Climate Change Consortium brings together natural resource managers, scientists, and others to collaboratively understand and reduce the negative impacts of climate change on Bay Area ecosystems and communities.  

Dr. Gunther will address what the vast majority of researchers tell us about the status of climate change, what the United States is doing about it, what are the obstacles to taking action, and what we can do as individuals that can make the most difference.

During the club's business meeting prior to Dr. Gunther's presentation, the club will hear a presentation from Kim Castaneda, Regional Development Director, Volunteers of America Northern California and Northern Nevada. The Volunteers of America are a national nonprofit serving the most vulnerable groups in the Bay Area. They provide community re-entry programs, prevention and health services, job and life skills resources, and a variety of programs for current and former foster youth aimed at helping them successfully transition into adult lives. Castaneda share information about who they are and how they serve the community.

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