Living with Climate Change in Northern New England: 2/16 Environmental History Seminar at the MHS

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Living with Climate Change in Northern New England

Author: Emma C. Moesswilde, Georgetown University

Comment: Christopher M. Parsons, Northeastern University

Thursday, 16 February

5:00 PM

with an in-person reception at 4:30 PM

Free, Hybrid Event - hosted by the Massachusetts Historical Society


In the early modern centuries, natural variabilities in Earth’s climate disrupted the seasonal rhythms that governed landscapes and livelihoods in the Northern Atlantic world. This paper uncovers the impacts of and responses to the changing meteorological and material realities of seasons in rural New England communities. Emma C. Moesswilde’s research explores how farmers and fishers have long responded flexibly and creatively to climate change. She contends that living with variable climate change on seasonal scales facilitated multiscalar adaptations across rural agro-ecologies, which can provide new perspectives on how rural populations can adapt to global warming today.

The Environmental History Seminar invites you to join the conversation on Thursday, 16 February at 5:00 PM. The seminar brings together a diverse group of scholars and members of the public to discuss aspects of American environmental history from prehistory to the present day. Presenters come from a variety of disciplines including history, urban planning, and environmental management. All are encouraged to ask questions, provide feedback on the circulated essay, and discuss the topic at hand. Our sessions are free and open to everyone.

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