Climate Corner Webinars- UMD Climate Extension

Free Climate Corner webinars occur every other Wednesday from 4-5:30pm, hosted by Dr. Sara Via, Professor and Climate Extension Specialist at the University of Maryland College Park. Learn more! 

Human impacts on insects and native plants: Restoring biodiversity

June 23, 2021 

Climate change is causing a biodiversity crisis as habitats shrink and become degraded.  Why does this matter and what can we do to protect & restore the biodiversity on which we all depend?  How will it help to conserve 30% of the nation’s land by 2030, and what can you do in your own yard to be a biodiversity booster?


Natural climate solutions: Letting plants reduce atmospheric CO2-

July 7, 2021

Part of the carbon that plants remove from the atmosphere during photosynthesis is stored in wood and/or soil.  How large is the impact of these natural climate solutions and how can we use them most effectively?


Don’t mess with the carbon cycle & the path(s) to “net-zero”-

July 21, 2021 

To get us out of the serious trouble caused by altering the climate cycle, governments and corporations are promising to reach “net-zero” by 2050.  What do those promises mean, what actions are being taken and will they work? This is a time for great optimism, yet challenges remain. Learn how each of us can help.


Your carbon footprint and how to shrink it

Aug. 4, 2021 

It can be sobering to realize how our personal actions contribute to climate change, yet the first step to making a difference is knowing what these impacts are.  Learn how your carbon footprint compares to others nationwide and in your community and check out 25 ways to reduce your impact.


Taming residential food waste

Aug. 18, 2021 

Up to 40% of all food produced in the US is wasted and the majority of food waste occurs in our homes.  This means that we can each really make a difference.  Learn some easy ways to reduce food waste at your house, and while you help save the planet, you’ll save some money too.


Moderation in all things: Moving toward a plant-based diet- 

Sept. 1, 2021

Dietary choices are often steeped in family and cultural traditions & can become part of one’s identity.  How can we make our diets more climate-friendly (and healthier) without rocking the boat too much?  Change doesn’t have to be instantaneous or “all or nothing” to make a difference; learn some easy ways to transition your diet.


How well do different policies work to curb climate change? 

Sept. 15, 2021

Test your favorite policy solutions with the EnROADS climate simulator- Many policies have been suggested to curb climate change—putting a price on carbon, planting trees, using electric cars, increasing energy efficiency, etc.  But how much difference is each policy likely to make?  Using the EnROADS climate simulator from MIT and Climate Interactive like a time machine, we can test how well your favorite policies work to keep global temperature increase below the all-important 1.5oC. You may be surprised!