Johnson to talk about preparing for climate change

SOUTHWEST HARBOR — Tora Johnson will discuss the current and future impacts of climate change in the area and what communities can do to prepare and prosper when she speaks at the Southwest Harbor Public Library on Tuesday, June 12, from 5:30-7 p.m.

Johnson will share free, interactive maps and online tools that can help with local planning. In addition, she will talk about causes of conflict over climate issues and ways communities can manage disagreements and come together to meet a changing future.

Johnson is an associate professor of geographic information systems (GIS) and environmental studies at the University of Maine at Machias, where she serves as the director of the GIS Laboratory and Service Center. She holds a doctorate in natural resource policy from the University of Maine.

Before her son was born in 1996, Johnson made a career of teaching and crewing aboard several of the large sailing vessels that ply the coast of New England, as well as commercial fishing in Alaska. Her current social and spatial science research focuses on supporting sustainable and prosperous rural communities in a changing world. She also has collaborated with installation artists and sculptors on community-based and place-based installation art projects.

Johnson’s award-winning book, “Entanglements: The Intertwined Fates of Whales and Fishermen,” was released in 2005.

Call the library at 244-7065.


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