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Museum hosts photographic journey through the world of global warming

Bangla Bhola - photo by Gary GraaschJoin us for a visual tour of the places in the world most affected by climate change, from the poles to mountains and our cities, when explorer and photojournalist Gary Braasch presents “Climate Change Now: A Photographer Explores the World of Global Warming” at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in downtown Raleigh on Monday, October 3, 7pm. Free.

Braasch presents a compelling and inspiring view of the world today through his exploration of our planet as rapid climate change becomes more and more evident. He is an environmental photojournalist who brings nature, science and our relationship with them into focus through a reporter’s eye and engaging photographs. His presentation draws on 30 years on assignment to alpine peaks, tropical forests and coral reefs for the world’s greatest magazines.

“As a witness to climate change,” Braasch says, “I have felt the chill as huge icebergs separated from an ice shelf in Antarctica. I have seen the jagged fronts of receding Greenland glaciers and observed subtle changes on the tundra.  Along the coasts I have seen rising tides and heavy storms erode beaches. I have heard the anguish in the voices of native Alaskans as they describe their village being washed away, seen Chinese farmers facing famine caused by drought, and spoken with Pacific Islanders driven from their homes by increasingly high tides.”

These observations are part of a photographic project called “World View of Global Warming,” during which Braasch traveled to 22 nations and seven continents, following scientists to their study sites and locations of rapid change. He saw the effects of rising sea levels, melting glaciers and plant and animal changes on landscapes, water supplies and the lives of people in the Arctic, China, Bangladesh, Australia and the United States. He presents a broad review of the implications of rapid climate change for our daily lives, corporations, cities and international relations, and creates a vision of how we can slow global warming and improve the lives of people everywhere.

Braasch’s 2007 book on climate change, Earth Under Fire: How Global Warming is Changing the World (University of California Press; updated edition 2009) was named one of the 50 Best Environmental Books and Media by Vanity Fair. He has also received the Ansel Adams Award for conservation photography by the Sierra Club and named Outstanding Nature Photographer by the North American Nature Photography Association.

From 6 to 7pm you can also: meet the author and buy a signed copy of Braasch’s Earth Under Fire or his children’s book How We Know What We Know About Our Changing Climate; view research posters from graduate and undergraduate students of the NC State Initiative for Maximizing Student Diversity (IMSD) program; or enjoy light fare and beverages from the Acro Café.

This presentation is sponsored by “EARTH: The Operators Manual,” a PBS documentary on climate change — hosted by geologist Richard Alley — that presents an objective, accessible assessment of the Earth’s problems and possibilities that will leave viewers informed, energized and optimistic.