Climate scientist to discuss landmark and heritage preservation at Flagler College

landmark and heritage preservation
January 14, 2016

St. Augustine, Fla. – Flagler College continues its 2015-2016 Ideas & Images series this month with an examination of the threat from climate change to our region’s landmarks and heritage sites. Climate scientist Brenda Ekwurzel will discuss “Our Coastal Heritage: Communities Tackling Rising Seas” on Tuesday, Jan. 26, at 7 p.m. at Lewis Auditorium in downtown St. Augustine. The event is free and open to the public.

Brenda Ekwurzel, Ph.D., is a senior climate scientist with the Climate & Energy Program at the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS). She leads UCS’s climate science education work aimed at strengthening support for sound U.S. climate policies. A widely quoted expert on climate change, Dr. Ekwurzel has appeared on ABC News, Good Morning America, CNN, the Fox News Channel and The Colbert Report, and has been cited by the Washington Post, USA Today, the Associated Press and Reuters.

During her presentation, Ekwurzel will address the question of how to approach potential risk to historic landmarks in a warming world.

“We’ll look at examples from around the world,” she said, “and look at choices that are being made in regards to sites that represent history and heritage. Some groups are looking at ways to preserve, and some are just letting sites go. I want to examine how important it is to archive our coastal heritage in the face of risk from rising seas — because what we’re addressing here is not just preservation of a landmark, but preservation of a region’s entire history and heritage.”

“I’d also be interested in hearing from others,” she continued. “What regional sites do you cherish? Do you think they are facing risk, and what steps would you like to see taken to try and preserve them?” Ekwurzel will conclude the lecture with information on steps people can take, both individually and collectively, to help slow the pace of rising seas.

The lecture takes place on Jan. 26 at 7 p.m. at Lewis Auditorium, 14 Granada Street, St. Augustine. Admission is free.

This year’s Ideas & Images series is titled “Heritage at Risk: Climate Change, Coastal Communities & Cultural Resources.” For a full listing of events, please visit: The series is made possible through sponsors including: Flagler College, Joy McCann Foundation, Schultz Foundation, St. Johns County Tourist Development Council, Florida Humanities Council, St. Johns Cultural Council, St. Johns County Visitor and Convention Bureau, St. Augustine Foundation and the Historic St. Augustine Research Institute, Casa Monica Hotel, Margaret Domini, Flagler College Bookstore and the Hilton St. Augustine Historic Bayfront Hotel.

If you are a person with a disability and need reasonable accommodations, please contact Lynn Francisco at 904-819-6460. Sign Language Interpreters are available upon request with a minimum of three days’ notice.