Earth Day Forum Protecting Our Planet

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On the eve of Earth Day 2019, join two distinguished experts – Barbara Moran, WBUR’s Senior Producer for Environmental Reporting and Boston University Professor Richard Primack, author of Walden Warming: Climate Change Comes to Thoreau’s Woods for a stimulating conversation about environmental challenges facing our times. Edward W. Kane Concord Museum Executive Director Tom Putnam will moderate this thought-provoking Earth Day forum on Thursday, April 18, 7:00pm to 8:00pm at the Janet and Churchill Franklin Lyceum.

Barbara Moran is an award-winning science journalist who has written for many publications, including New Scientist, Invention & Technology, Technology Review, and the Boston Globe. Her television documentary credits include the PBS series Frontline, The American Experience, and NOVA, as well as the History and Discovery Channels. A graduate of the University of Notre Dame and Boston University’s graduate program in science and medical reporting, she received a Knight Science Journalism Fellowship at MIT in 2001. Her first book, The Day We Lost the H-bomb is a nonfiction account of the worst nuclear weapons accident in history. (Random House, 2009)

Richard B. Primack, Professor of Biology at Boston University, is currently investigating the impact of climate change on the flowering and leafing out times of plants: the spring arrival of birds and the flight times of insects in Massachusetts, Japan, and South Korea; and the potential for ecological mismatches among species caused by climate change. The main geographical focus is Concord, Massachusetts, due to the availability of extensive phrenological records kept by Henry David Thoreau and later naturalists. He is using Concord as a living laboratory to determine the effects of climate change species, and land use changes on the population dynamics of native and non-native species. He is also comparing results from Concord with long-term changes at Acadia National Park in Maine. An ongoing activity is producing conservation biology textbooks and working with co-authors to produce textbooks in other languages. Dr. Primack serves as Editor-in-Chief of the international journal Biological Conservation and in 2013, he served as Guest Scholar for the Concord Museum’s groundbreaking exhibition, Early Spring: Henry Thoreau and Climate Change.

Members $5, Nonmembers $10. To register go to Or call 978-369-9763 x216.

“Protecting our Planet” is part of the Concord Museum Forums, which are a series of public programs held in the Churchill and Janet Franklin Lyceum to foster dialogue on a diverse range of historical, contemporary, and cultural topics that resonate with Concord’s history.

This program is supported in part by the Sally Lanagan Fund and grants from the Concord Cultural Council, the Lexington Council for the Arts, and the Lincoln Cultural Council – local agencies which are supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.



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