Ahh the luxury of hindsight. If only those folks could have seen what was coming. How might they have prepared and invested their time, talents and resources differently?
Likewise, what will folks 30-40 years from now say when looking back at the early 21st century? Rapidly advancing technology is making free energy sources (wind, solar and geothermal) economical and available. At the same time there is scientific consensus that greenhouse gases from carbon-based fuels are altering our climate with financial and environmentally detrimental effect. Given these combined forces it just might be that we are on the cusp of a transition away from a petroleum fuel based economy.
Fortunately, we can avoid the hapless fate of the sail maker and blacksmith by taking a look at what’s to come. Check out the forum series being held at the Iowa Co. Health & Human Services Building, 303 W. Chapel, Dodgeville – alternate Wednesdays in January and February - 6:00 – 8:00 pm.
Jan. 8 – An Introduction to Wisconsin’s Changing Climate – David Liebel of UW Extension and the Dept. of Engineering Pro. Dev. will speak about the findings of the Wisconsin Initiative on Climate Change Impacts (WICCI).
Jan. 22 – Energy Use – Our Footprint and What We Might do to Change That – Learn about the potential cost savings that low-emission fuels and conservation could have for Wisconsin homes and businesses from Sherrie Gruder – UW Ext. and LEED and Sustainable Design Specialist.
Feb. 12 – Trends in Wisconsin’s Climate – How will climate trends affect Wisconsin’s agriculture, water resources and habitats? Prof. Joe Young Emeritus & Director of the Wisconsin State Climatology Office will share his perspective.
Feb. 26 – Film – Earth…the Operator’s Manual
Don’t be caught with your sails unfurled and your horseshoes rusting. Take a glimpse into the future so you can help shape a prosperous life and a vibrant world. It’s the only home we’ll ever know. We are and always will be…Earthbound.