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City Manager to address climate change symposium April 17

Post Date:02/14/2018 11:46 AM

Contact:  Jan Thornburg, Sr. Communications Manager   941-954-2613          


City Manager to address climate change symposium April 17

Sarasota, FL:  City Manager Tom Barwin will be a guest speaker during the Suncoast Climate Change Symposium: “Climate in Crisis” on Tuesday, April 17 from 5 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at the Sarasota Municipal Auditorium, 801 N. Tamiami Trail.


With sustainability a top priority for the City Commission, which recently adopted a Climate Adaptation Plan, Mr. Barwin will discuss the City’s forward thinking on its approach to climate change and job growth opportunities in the renewable energy realm.

 “As a coastal community, climate change is an especially significant concern for Sarasota,” said City Manager Tom Barwin.  “I look forward to discussing the positive economic and jobClimate Change Symposium creating potential renewable energy has for our community and country.  For example, approximately 130,000 individuals are part of the clean energy economy in Florida alone.  With two featured national speakers offering insights on this far reaching issue of climate change, which will affect generations to come, I anticipate the symposium will be an enlightening, educational and engaging event.”

 The symposium will feature:

  • Dr. Stuart L. Pimm, a professor at Duke University who is world renowned for his study of present day extinctions and what can be done to prevent them.  
  • Dick Russell, a New York Times bestselling author, who has published over a dozen books on a variety of issues from natural history to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.  His book “Horsemen of the Apocalypse:  The Men Who are Destroying Life on Earth and What It Means for Our Children” is an exposé of energy titans and how their actions will dramatically affect future generations.

“There are many facets with climate change and its impact,” said Brian Hunter, symposium organizer.  “This symposium is designed to educate the citizens of Sarasota about the looming crisis of animal extinctions and the powerful influence of the fossil fuel industry in our state and national legislatures.  Anyone interested in learning more about the tremendous impact of these issues should attend.”

 Tickets are $20 and $10 for students.  Admission includes two featured lectures, choices of meat or vegetarian wraps from Toasted Mango Café, a book signing with Dick Russell, a professional photograph of the guest with a speaker, and music by singer/pianist Bob Teesdale.

For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit 

Media requests should be directed to the event organizer, Brian Hunter, BDH Associates, LLC:



About the City of Sarasota:  Distinguished by Google as a Digital Capital in the U.S., the City of Sarasota is a diverse community located on Florida’s Suncoast with 53,000 year-round residents, several internationally recognized cultural arts venues, stunning sunsets along Lido Beach, a 45-hole municipal golf course at the historic Bobby Jones Golf Club, and Major League spring training baseball with the Baltimore Orioles.  Learn more about us at SarasotaFL.Gov


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