Wednesday, May 31, 2017

International expert on climate change and national security comes to The Collider - June 9

WHAT: Retired U.S. Navy Rear Admiral David W. Titley will be at The Collider in Asheville on June 9 for a daylong series of meetings and events that will feature his expertise in climate, the Arctic, and national security. These include talks with federal, academic, and business leaders, as well as a public reception and talk titled, "Climate Risk & National Security: People, Not Polar Bears." There is no charge for this event, but donations will be accepted at the door.

Friday, June 9 at 5:30pm is the free public talk (doors open at 5pm). Up until then, Admiral Titley will be at The Collider meeting with business leaders and the climate services community. The Admiral is available for media interviews by phone prior to June 9, or at The Collider at a scheduled time on June 9 before the 5pm public event. Please contact Kathi Petersen to make arrangements.

WHO: Admiral Titley (see bio here) is central in The Climate and Security Advisory Group, a non-partisan security and foreign policy institute with a distinguished Advisory Board of military, security and foreign policy experts that envisions a climate-resilient international security landscape. In September 2016, the group published The Climate and Security Advisory Group (CSAG): Briefing Book for a New Administration - Recommended Policies & Practices for Addressing the Security Risks of a Changing Climate.

The visit by Admiral Titley is sponsored by The Collider, an Asheville-based nonprofit, non-partisan, non-advocacy innovation center focused on solutions for climate change. The events are co-sponsored by the Citizens' Climate Lobby, a nonprofit, non-partisan, grassroots advocacy organization focused on national policies to address climate change. A capacity crowd of 150-200 is expected for the public event.
WHERE: All events take place at The Collider, located on the top floor of the Wells Fargo building at 1 Haywood St. in downtown Asheville, across from Pritchard Park. Parking for media and the public is available in nearby city-operated decks and garages or in metered spaces on the street.

WHY: Ranking members of the United States military believe climate is a severe threat to national safety. This is an opportunity to meet and learn from a foremost expert on national security.  

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