Noted Oceanographer to Speak in Sunsites

SUNSITES – Oceanographer, researcher, and climate scientist, Dr. Joellen Russell will present Climate & The Deep Blue Sea at the Sunsites Community Center, a talk about climate change and to answer a common question, “what can I, as one person, do?”

Sunsites Community Library is sponsoring Dr. Russell’s presentation on Saturday, Oct. 15, 1p.m.

“She has graciously accepted an invitation to come speak to our community, sharing her knowledge, insights, and vision with us. This event is for people of all ages from kindergarteners to seniors,” said Sharon Arthur, library branch manager.

Dr. Russell is the Thomas R. Brown Distinguished Chair of Integrative Science and professor at the University of Arizona in the Department of Geosciences.

She travels the world collaborating with other top scientists on a variety of projects critical to the future of our planet, currently serving as chair of the NOAA Science Advisory Board’s Climate Working Group, as an Objective Leader for the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research’s AntarcticClimate21.

She is also on the National Center for Atmospheric Research’s Community Earth System Model Advisory Board.

Before joining UA, Professor Russell was a Research Scientist at Princeton University and the National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration’s Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory.

Dr. Russell is also a member of Science Moms, an organization of nonpartisan climate scientists and mothers, working to “give our children the planet they deserve.”

Joellen is the mother of two children, 9 and 13. It was her children and students’ compassion, kindness, and hard work that convinced her that, “when it’s their turn, we’ll all be in good hands.”

They founded Science Moms to help mothers who are concerned about the condition for the planet their children will inherit but aren’t confident in their knowledge about climate change or how they can help.

As scientists, they have collectively spent decades studying the planet and what human activity is doing to it. Science has shown them climate change, global warming, is real, and the future of all children is at risk.

The moms see we are steeped in this reality every day and say that to solve this problem, it will take all of us moms joining forces.

Their aim is to demystify climate science and motivate everyday moms to demand climate change plans and solutions that preserve the planet for our kids.

“Please bring your curiosity, concerns and questions,” Arthur noted.
The Sunsites Community Center is at 1216 Treasure Rd, Pearce, AZ 85625. Please call the library to RSVP (520) 826-3866.