Climate Change's Impact on Bay Area Ecosystems and Communities Focus of Thursday, March 14 Club Meeting

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.

Tri-Valley Democratic Club's February 18 Meeting Features Conversation about Putting Climate Change on the Front Burner

The Tri-Valley Democratic Club's Monday, February 18, meeting will feature a conversation about "Putting climate change on the front burner." Join the discussion with Erica Stephen from Al Gore's Climate Reality Project, Judy Pope of & Jim Donnelly, an Environmental, Health & Safety consultant.

The Tri-Valley Democrats meet at the IBEW Hall, 6250 Village Parkway, in Dublin at 7 p.m. For more information, please visit the club's web site.

Diablo Valley Democratic Club's February 15 Meeting Features Discussion About Climate Change: Scientific Progress, Global Politics

The Diablo Valley Democratic Club's Wednesday, February 15, meeting will feature a discussion about Climate Change: Scientific Progress, Global Politics.

The meeting's program will feature Sam Chapman of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, who will highlight the lab's team approach to climate change challenges and Justin Gerdes, a journalist reporting on global climate issues. They will discuss the international politics around global climate negotiations.

The DVDC meets from 7-9 p.m. at the Ygnacio Valley Library, 2661 Oak Grove Road, Walnut Creek. Please park on Deerpark Drive, the first right after the library, unless you have difficulty walking. For more information, call 925-946-0469 or visit the club's web site.

Democrats of Rossmoor to Host Annual Dinner on February 23

Berkeley Professor John Harte will discuss climate change at the February 23 Democrats of Rossmoor dinner meeting. The dinner will be held at the Fireside Room at Rossmoor, with the social hour to begin at 5 p.m. and Professor Harte's presentation beginning at 7 p.m.

Professor Harte‘s research focuses on the effects of human actions on, and the linkages among, biodiversity, ecosystem structure and function, and climate. Two specific goals of his research are to understand the nature and causes of patterns in the distribution and abundance of species and to understand the extent to which ecosystem responses to climate change may result in feedbacks to climate that can either ameliorate or exacerbate global warming.

Professor Harte has received both national and international recognition for his work and authored 170 scientific publications, including six books. Members wishing to learn more about his research can read or download his new book, Cool the Earth, Save the Economy, which he wrote with his wife Mel, free of charge at