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      Dinner at the Square: Can Sea Level Rise Be Stopped? Ultimately Who Will Pay For It? in Fort Lauderdale

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      May 1, 2019

      Wednesday   6:45 PM

      1201 NE 38th Street
      Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33334

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      Dinner at the Square: Can Sea Level Rise Be Stopped? Ultimately Who Will Pay For It?

      Can Sea Level Rise Be Stopped? Ultimately Who Will Pay For It? This past October, the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released what has become known as its “Doomsday” report, describing a looming catastrophe that demands aggressive global response now to avert its devastating consequences in the next twenty to thirty years. The enormity and complexity of the issue has had paralyzing effects, leading to complacency or outright refutation of the facts.  Add to this the scientific uncertainties and mysteries that keep us from facing the realities.  David Wallace Wells, New York Times Deputy Editor, wrote in his recent New York Times opinion column, “We are all living in delusion, unable to really process the news from science that climate change amounts to an all-encompassing threat. Indeed, a threat the size of life itself.” While individual action is important, collective political action is necessary to achieve the massive changes that will move us both to (1) the slow-down of global warming from a low-carbon economy, and (2) reduced impacts from the effects of warming already underway.  In his Gates Notes, Bill Gates recently stated that “to stop the planet from getting substantially warmer, we need breakthroughs in how we make things, grow food, and move people and goods—not just how we power our homes and cars.  That massive action takes government, inspired thought leaders, industry, as well as an educated, open-eyed, committed electorate. Sea Level Rise, a by-product of global warming, threatens Broward County because of our low elevation, porous geology, and adjacency to the Atlantic Ocean.  Does Broward County have an ethical responsibility to participate in the global conversation and enlighten its citizens with more urgency? While the nation seems to be paralyzed and behind the eight ball in preparing for sea level rise we, in Broward County are considered national leaders in dealing with these challenges. Can Sea Level Rise be stopped? Ultimately who will pay for it: Federal, State, local government? Coal and oil industry? Homeowners and investors? Are these actions only costs, or is there a positive Return on Investment (ROI)? For reading material and additional information about this event please visit: Panelists: John Morales, Chief Meteorologist WTVJ, NBC-6 Miami Alec Bogdanoff, Ph.D., President & Co-Founder, Brizaga, Inc. Moderator:  Rosemary O'Hara, Editorial Page Editor, Sun Sentinel  Price:     Pre-Registered Guests: $35.   Ticket prices will increase to $45 after 4/17/19     Registered Guests: $45  Event Details: Members of the Village Square ($68 membership) and 1 guest are invited to attend a cocktail reception prior to the panel discussion from 6:00 - 6:45 p.m. You may sign up to become a member on the registration page.Panel discussion will begin promptly at 7:00 p.m. Please arrive by 6:45 p.m. Series Sponsor: Event Sponsors: Greenberg Traurig Event Partners: Florida Water and Climate Alliance The CLEO Institute The Florida Climate Institute Series Partners: 10 Days of Connection Broward County Young Republicans Broward League of Cities Broward Young Democrats Children's Services Council of Broward County Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance About the Village Square: The Village Square is a non-partisan public educational forum on matters of local, state and national importance. We are dedicated to maintaining factual accuracy in civic and political debate by growing civil dialog on divisive issues, and recalling the history and principles at the foundation of our democracy. Dinner at the Square is the signature Village Square event.  These dinners are intended to be educational in a format that is entertaining.  The debate will be spirited but fact-based and civil.  Dinner will be included in your ticket price. The event will start promptly at 6:45 p.m. Refund Policy: If you purchase a ticket to a Dinner at the Square event and can no longer attend the event, we will glady refund your purchase until 7 business days prior to the event. Unfortunately, we are unable to issue refunds after we have sent the venue a final count of guests. Become a Member of the Village Square! As a member, you not only support the mission of the Village Square and help promote the Village Square events, but you will receive an invitation for you and a guest to ALL pre-dinner speaker receptions hosted by The Village Square Advisory Board.  Pre-dinner receptions will be from 6:00 p.m. - 6:45 p.m. followed by the Dinner at the Square from 6:45 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.  You may sign for membership when you register.  Please note that membership does not include the price of the dinners.

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