Middleton Public Library
Address: 7425 Hubbard Avenue, Middleton, WI 53562
Phone: 608-831-5564     Email: info@midlibrary.org

Solving the Climate Crisis

Thursday, May 12, at 6:30pm    Add this event to your calendar
Location: In the downstairs Archer Room (through the lobby stairwell)
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How and why have our climate and the weather changed through the years and what does it mean?  What can we do and where is there hope? Join 350 Madison's Middleton Community Working Group, Middleton's Sustainability Committee, CCL Madison, and the Friends of the Pheasant Branch Conservancy to hear it from the perspective of Bob Lindmeier, Chief meteorologist for WKOW-TV.

*Come as early as 6 PM if you'd like to learn more about one or more of this event's participating organizations.*

Bob's presentation on climate change begins with the science. He looks at how climate scientists have determined that we are in a climate crisis. Bob will look at how the warming climate has supercharged our atmosphere which has resulted in more frequent and more intense extreme weather events. Next, he will discuss the consequences from climate change that we're experiencing now, with an emphasis on how the climate has changed locally and the problems that these changes are causing in our lives. Bob will show projections of how much more the climate will change through the end of the century if we continue to burn fossil fuels at the rate we are now. The projections will show how urgent it is to transition to renewable energy quickly, otherwise our children and grandchildren will live their adult lives in a climate much different (and much worse) than the one we have lived. Finally, Bob will look at solutions, including ways to reduce your carbon footprint and the absolute need to put a price on carbon with bills now in congress. The solution is there, the question is do we have the political will to enact these changes?

Bob earned his degree in Meteorology from the University of Wisconsin at Madison and started his career in 1980 at Weather Central, a weather consulting firm based in Madison. While at Weather Central Bob was involved with the debut of the first television graphics system based on one of the first Apple personal computers. Over the years at Weather Central he would witness the rapid development of new generations of weather graphics systems that revolutionized the television broadcast industry. Weather Central also provided broadcast services to WKOW-TV in Madison, Wisconsin. He became the Chief Meteorologist at WKOW in 1989, a position he has held ever since. Bob is in his 41st year at WKOW.  In 2019 he was presented with the Wisconsin Silver Circle lifetime achievement award by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Bob believes strongly in climate change education, and has given numerous presentations to school, civic, and faith-based groups. He Chair-Elect of the American Meteorological Society Station Scientist Committee, which encourages broadcast meteorologists to speak out about climate change.  Bob is a member of Citizens' Climate Lobby, a non-profit and non-partisan organization focused on national policies to address climate change.