A program series partnership with Cook Memorial Library and Chocorua Lake Conservancy

While the effects of climate change may not yet be as dramatic in New Hampshire as in some other places, its impacts are being felt by tourism and other industries, by municipalities, in demographic changes to the state, and by the land and water and all who dwell therein. The goal of this program series is to examine and respond to climate change and adaptation as a community – through conversation, learning from experts, and constructive action at home and in community.

Upcoming Programs in this series:

Community Climate ConversationWednesday, November 30, 2022, 7PM, in person at the Cook Memorial Library

Come take part in a Community Climate Conversation. What would you like to learn about climate change? What will help our community be resilient and able to mitigate and adapt to the effects of climate change here in our state? Your input will help guide Chocorua Lake Conservancy’s and Cook Memorial Library’s plans for the “Climate & Community” program series.

Please sign up ahead of time at bit.ly/CC-113022.


Climate and Health – Tuesday, February 7, 2023, 7:00 PM, a talk by New Hampshire Healthcare Workers for Climate Action, online on Zoom

Solar Energy and Beneficial Electrification – Tuesday, February 21, 2023, 7:00 PM, a talk by Ted Vansant, online on Zoom

Past Programs in this series:

New Hampshire, New NormalWednesday, November 16, 2022, 7PM

“New Hampshire, New Normal,” with New Hampshire State Climatologist Dr. Mary Stampone. This program will provide an overview of climate change in New Hampshire looking at recent past and possible future changes in temperature and precipitation, and offer context for interpreting changing weather patterns in a changing climate. The program will include findings from the New Hampshire Climate Assessment 2021, published in the summer of 2022 by Mary Stampone and colleagues Cameron Wake and Elizabeth Burakowski.

Find a recording of this program and a list of resources mentioned at https://www.chocorualake.org/news/new-hampshire-new-normal.

Climate Book Group Discussions

To go along with the “Climate & Community” series, we are planning book group discussions of titles that examine climate in some way. Join one or more discussions. Borrow books ahead of time at the library.

  • Tuesday, November 29, 2022 at 6:30 PM on Zoom: Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel. This “cli-fi” (climate fiction) title was widely read when published in 2014. How has your reading of it changed (if you’re rereading it) after the COVID-19 pandemic? Borrow a copy ahead of time, and join us for the discussion on Zoom. Register for the link at https://bit.ly/cmlbookgroup22-23.
  • Tuesday, May 23, 2023 at 6:30 PM on Zoom: The Ministry for the Future by Kim Stanley Robinson, discussion led by Karen McCall. One reviewer’s description: Robinson’s “setting is not a desolate, post-apocalyptic world–rather, he imagines a more hopeful future, one where humanity has managed to overcome our challenges and thrive.” Register for the link at https://bit.ly/cmlbookgroup22-23.