BELFAST — Belfast Free Library will host a virtual talk with Emma C. Moesswilde, “Living with Thin Ice: Past Perspectives on Climate Change in Belfast, Maine,” on Tuesday, May 10, at 6:30 p.m.
The presentation is part of a series of programs for All of Belfast Climate Dialogues. This project is a part of Belfast Free Library. Registration for this virtual presentation is available at belfastlibrary.org/abcd-events.
What was the impact of climate change on Mainers in the past? What can this past tell us about the future and present in light of the current climate crisis. This talk recounts the history of climate change and its impacts on Maine’s people and landscapes.
Moesswilde will use historical records and data from climate scientists to highlight the Maine’s long and varied history in adaptations to extreme weather. He will also share stories about past experiences with climate change. The talk will use the Midcoast Maine and Belfast examples to show how and why climate history can provide valuable perspectives on climate change and what lessons it might have for current climate change discussions.
Moesswilde is currently a doctoral student in the Department of History, Georgetown University. Her dissertation examines the relationship between climate change, agricultural practice, and rural experiences of seasonal variability in the British Northern Atlantic between 1540 and 1816.
Moesswilde was raised in Midcoast Maine and has lived and worked in rural environments and communities for most of her adult life. This includes projects with Maine Farmland Trust (Maine Conservation Voters) and Maine Farmland Trust (Maine Farmland Trust).
In 2018, she graduated from Bowdoin College with a Bachelor of Arts in History and Environmental Studies. She also holds a Master of Arts in History from Georgetown. Her scholarly work has been published in Nature and H-Environment, and featured in Active History as well as NiCHE. Moesswilde is also the host of Climate History. She resides in Washington, D.C.