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Doug Tallamy to Speak at Monmouth University

Dr. Doug Tallamy photographed by Rob Cardillio

On Tuesday January 23 2024, at 7 PM in Pollak Theater, best selling Author Dr.  Doug Tallamy  professor of Entomology at University of Delaware and author of Nature’s Best Hope and the Nature of Oaks will present on what you can do in your own yard or balcony to fight climate change, create climate resiliency, and create beauty in your own backyard. Fighting Climate Change at Home: Homegrown National Park will present listeners with a road map on how to fight climate change and create a more ecologically resilient landscape.

Today there are more than 44 million acres of turf grass in the US, an area larger than New England. Turf grass is the worst plant choice for fighting climate change because it is the worst option for sequestering carbon.Our parks, preserves, and remaining wildlands – no matter how grand in scale – are too small to sequester the amount of carbon needed to impact climate change. Moreover, they are also too small and separated from one another to sustain the native trees, plants, insects, and animals on which our ecosystems depend. These systems must be resilient if we are to have climate resiliency.  We now must store carbon outside of parks and preserves, largely on private property.  where we live, work, shop, and farm. Thus, the concept for Homegrown National Park: a national challenge to create diverse ecosystems in our yards, communities, and surrounding lands by reducing lawn, planting natives, and removing invasive plants, and in so doing, fight the biodiversity crisis and climate change simultaneously.  

The talk will be followed by Q & A and a book signing. The public is encouraged to bring their own copies of Tallamy books for signature. This will be the first presentation of the 2024 Climate Crisis Teach-in.