Climate change changes Wisconsin life and culture — Nov. 12 panel includes three from CALS

Patty Loew, Michelle Miller and Stan Temple will be part of a panel discussion on how climate change is changing Wisconsin life and culture on Nov. 12, at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art. Loew, a professor of Life Sciences Communication, author and former WPT host, moderates the discussion. Free and open to  the public, the panel discussion starts at 7:00 pm.  Panelists include:

  • Michelle Miller : Associate Director, Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems, CALS. Miller discusses changes in agriculture, with stories of orcharders, growers, and grazers whose multi-generational cultivation of crops such as cherries, apples, and cranberries are faced with increasingly extreme weather and other climate-related challenges.
  • Jim St. Arnold : Program Director/Traditional Ecological Knowledge Coordinator, Great Lakes Indian Fish & Wildlife Commission. St. Arnold shares the story of the challenges the Ojibwe face in continuing traditions of gathering wild rice, harvesting birch bark, and making maple syrup that are central to their culture, food sources, spiritual practice, and economic stability.
  • Stanley Temple : Beers-Bascom Professor Emeritus in Conservation, CALS, and Senior Fellow, Aldo Leopold Foundation. Temple frames the discussion with a description of what climate change adaptation and mitigation looks like through the lens of ecology, ethics, and economics, including how hunting, fishing, and other outdoor recreation is affected by a changing climate.

In addition to addressing questions from the audience, panelists will explore strategies for cultivating resilience in the face of rapid change, from shoring up food systems to conserving habitats that support vulnerable species.

Hosted by the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts, & Letters, this panel discussion is free and open to the public with online registration at Please register in advance for this talk to ensure adequate seating. An informal reception will follow in the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art lobby immediately after the talk.

For those who cannot attend, this talk will also be live-streamed beginning at 7:00 pm. Follow this link to tune in to the live stream, or visit this link afterward for archived video of this Wisconsin Academy talk:


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