The Kingston Frontenac Public Library (KFPL) is holding a Navigating the News talk on Climate Change this month. The live Zoom event is offered twice in December to accommodate schedules.
“Floods, forest fires, drought and heatwaves: climate events are happening frequently, with many conflicting opinions and perspectives in media. How can we tell what is factual and what is false?” the library asked in a media release.
KFPL invites interested patrons to join Geoff Hendry from Sustainable Kingston for a helpful introduction to navigating the news around climate change. Sustainable Kingston’s mission is to enhance the livability and resiliency of Kingston, sharing knowledge and providing programs that drive community action.
During Navigating the News: Climate Change, participants will learn who is conducting climate change research and how reliable their findings are, the library said. “Explore how trustworthy reporting and interpretation of that climate research is, when filtered through news outlets, pundits and governments. Having these conversations with friends and family can be especially polarizing so this seminar will also touch on how to talk to others with different views,” KFPL stated.
Hendry is offering two identical presentations at different times so interested participants can choose the event that works for their needs. Register online at https://calendar.kfpl.ca/event/5885954 for the talk at 7 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 13. To participate in the 2 p.m. talk on Saturday, Dec. 18, register at https://calendar.kfpl.ca/event/5886007. Alternatively, patrons can register by phone at (613) 549-8888.
Registration for both programs opens on Saturday, Dec. 4, 2021. Participants will be emailed the Zoom link immediately upon registration and will need to download Zoom in advance.
This Navigating the News session is a great introduction to the 2022 Kingston Climate Change Symposium coming in January, the library said. The continuing series, Navigating the News, focuses on how to inform oneself on complex topics and how to distinguish between reliable sources and misinformation, according to KFPL. For more information about this event, visit www.kfpl.ca or call your local branch.
“On January 13 join Sustainable Kingston at the 2022 Kingston Climate Change Symposium and hear from an incredible lineup of speakers from across Canada,” Hendry shared. “This year, we welcome Nobel Peace Prize Award nominee and climate activist Sheila Watt-Cloutier; meteorologist, science reporter, and author Johanna Wagstaffe; and broadcaster Ali Hassan as our host. This event is taking place online. To register please visit https://www.sustainablekingston.com/2022-climate-change-symposium.”