Climate change?

TEDxUWLaCrosse Salon Series discusses climate crisis

The TEDxUWLaCrosse Salon Series will present “We’re doomed…maybe! So why aren’t we talking about our climate crisis?” from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, May 18, at the La Crosse Public Library Auditorium, 800 Main St.

The event, free and open to all, begins with a presentation and group discussion facilitated by Casey Meehan, Sustainability Coordinator at Western Technical College.

At TEDx Salons, attendees watch TED Talks, listen to speakers and have discussions about the talks they witnessed. Salons re-engage the audience in the presentation model through the critical element of lively discussions, allowing attendees to actively participate in the event and shape the conversation.

In this TEDxUWLaCrosse Salon participants will watch TED talks by Katharine Hayhoe and Per Espen Stoknes and will have the opportunity to reflect on, develop and practice sharing their own climate story — one grounded in lived experience where they are the experts.

“Climate crisis may be the story of our times,” says Meeham. “We hear repeatedly from climate experts that humanity will suffer greatly if we don’t act soon, yet our everyday conversations remain remarkably void of discussions about climate change. Why? How might having regular discussions about climate with our friends, families, co-workers and neighbors move us toward the future we want? How do you broach such a fraught topic, and what do you talk about?”

Meehan calls himself “a proud Wisconsinite.” He loves the vibe and culture of the upper Midwest and the Great Lakes. He’s on a mission to make sense of what climate change means for communities and the region, inspire others to take part in the conversation in their own way and elevate the creative responses that emerge. A former high school teacher, he received a doctorate in curriculum and instruction from UW-Madison.

This event is presented through a partnership between the UW-La Crosse and the La Crosse Public Library.

If you go—

What: TEDxUWLaCrosse Salon Series: “We’re doomed…maybe! So why aren’t we talking about our climate crisis?”

When: 1-3 p.m. Saturday, May 18

Where: the La Crosse Public Library Auditorium, 800 Main St.

Admission: Free