Here’s where and when you can learn more about the impacts of climate change. And, it’s free

Free event looks at climate change and offshore oil drilling

Joe Bouchard, left, will speak at Friday's event. Here he address a crowd during the Hands Across the Sand event in Virginia Beach on May 19 (Rami Yoakum/Southside Daily)
Joe Bouchard, left, will speak at Friday’s event. Here he address a crowd during the Hands Across the Sand event in Virginia Beach on May 19. (Rami Yoakum/Southside Daily)

VIRGINIA BEACH — Climate change and its impacts on coastal areas are a hot topic right now, especially in places like Virginia Beach and Norfolk, where recurring flooding threatens personal property, military installations, and the local economy.

In an effort to further educate the public, Friday at 5:30 p.m., the Virginia League of Conservation Voters and Commonwealth Brewing Company are hosting “Keep it Beachy: The Climate and Drilling Impacts on Our Community and Military.”

Those who attend will learn more about how climate change and the potential for offshore drilling is currently impacting the area, and what the future could bring.

“With continuing storms causing flash flood watches across Hampton Roads, an increase in extreme weather events, and the potential expansion of offshore drilling off Virginia’s coast, community members have asked what can be done to address these issues,” said Becca Summers, advocacy manager with the Virginia League of Conservation Voters.

She said speakers for the event will include Joe Bouchard, retired Navy captain and former delegate in the 83rd District, who will cover offshore drilling impacts to the economy and military concerns; and Rear Adm. Ann Phillips, retired Navy and Center for Climate and Security’s Advisory Board, who will cover climate change impacts such as sea level rise and mitigation efforts.

Organizers hope that attendees will walk away with digestible talking points and clear, solution-based action items to take to help their community address climate change and stop drilling along Virginia’s Atlantic coastline.

The event is free, but attendees can RSVP online.

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