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Sustainability Initiative to Host Fossil Fuels, Climate Crisis Discussion

After a successful Seed Library launch party, the South Pasadena Public Library’s Sowing South Pasadena initiative is in full swing, with sustainability-themed programs lined up from now through May.
Next up, on Tuesday, March 19, at 7 p.m. in the Library Community Room (1115 El Centro St.), John Fleming, senior scientist with the Center for Biological Diversity, will present a discussion on fossil fuels and the climate crisis.
Overwhelming scientific consensus has shown that without deep and rapid reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, global warming will exceed 1.5 degrees Celsius, a level beyond which will bring catastrophic damage around the world.
Fleming will discuss his scientific work to support legal and grassroots campaigns to protect people, wildlife and ecosystems from climate change while working to speed the transition from greenhouse gas-emitting fossil fuels to clean, renewable energy sources. Dr. Fleming graduated with a bachelor’s in geosciences and a certificate in environmental studies from Princeton University and received a doctorate in geological sciences from USC. During his time at USC, he conducted research exploring the links between aspects of climate change and biological oxygen demand in marine waters off the Los Angeles coast.
The Library’s Sowing South Pasadena initiative, which includes a series of programs and activities from January through May that celebrate sustainability and promote community engagement, is supported in whole or in part by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the state librarian.
Community members can mark their calendars now for the upcoming Sowing South Pasadena events, and plan to visit the newly launched Seed Library on the library’s first floor to get your free seed packets.

First published in the March 15 print issue of the South Pasadena Review.

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