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GRASS VALLEY, Calif. July 31, 2017 – Climate change is real, according to the overwhelming consensus of the world’s scientists, and its effects are already being felt in Nevada County.

What do experts who live and work here have to say about it? On Tuesday August 1 “Bringing Climate Change Home,” the Nevada County Democrats will present a panel discussion featuring six prominent local experts, who will present six different perspectives on the local effects of climate change and what can be done to mitigate its effects.

Consultant Joanne Fites will discuss forests and forest fires. Farmer Reed Hamilton will talk about agriculture. NID General Manager Rem Scherzinger will address climate effects on water. Denise Della Santina of the Sierra Streams Institute will speak on phenology. Rachel Hutchinson of the South Yuba Citizens League will discuss meadow restoration. Don Rivenes of the Nevada County Climate Coalition will present his group’s plan for shifting Nevada County to more sustainable energy sources. Questions will be taken from the audience.

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According to Bob Branstrom, the event’s coordinator and moderator, “climate change is too often viewed as something that affects other people but doesn’t affect us. The purpose of this discussion is to bring climate change home to Nevada County, so people understand how it is affecting us and what we can do about it.”

The forum will be held at the Peace Lutheran Church, 828 W. Main St, Grass Valley, beginning with a social period and food service at 5:30 pm. Pizza and salad will be provided and beverages will be available for purchase. This event is free and open to the public as part of Nevada County Democrats’ continuing First Tuesday Educational Forum series. For more information click on: http://nevadacountydemocrats.com/ or phone 530-265-3367(265-DEMS)