The UN Conference on Climate Change in Paris was in the news a lot at the end of 2015.  The topic is a complicated one, and to help clarify it, we’re hosting one of the Conference attendees at the library on Tuesday, April 19 at 7pm.

George Heartwell is a familiar name in West Michigan after his twelve-year tenure of mayor of Grand Rapids. He’s been an advocate for sustainability and education throughout that time, receiving the ‘Climate Protection Award’ from the U.S. Conference of Mayors in 2013 and having Grand Rapids named as the ‘Nation’s Most Sustainable City’ by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

At SLDL, Heartwell will share his thoughts about the UN Conference in Paris, the negotiations that led to the Climate Accord, and the likelihood of the Accord’s success.  He’ll also talk about the role local governments will be forced to play to address the challenges presented by climate change.