MANGROVES, The Vanishing Rainforests of the Sea – Lecture

On Friday, Jan 24, 7-9pm Alfredo Quarto, Executive Director and Co-Founder of the Mangrove Action Project will be giving a talk at Quimper Unitarian Universalist Fellowship. His presentation will take viewers on a journey through the verdant mangrove forests of the tropics and sub-tropics, from Latin America to SE Asia, from S. Asia to Africa.

Mangrove forests are one of the most bio-diverse and productive wetland ecosystems on Earth, they act as the “life support system” for countless marine, land and plant species.

Mangroves are also an important line of defense against climate change, as they sequester and store more carbon than any other plant species. Their rich resources have also supported the livelihoods of indigenous coastal populations for centuries.

Initial images of healthy mangrove forests are followed by visual realities of their destruction. Nearly 15 million hectares of coastal mangrove areas have been cleared to make way for various human enterprises. This presentation will elaborate on these related issues, offering some relevant perspectives into possible solutions which we can all help implement on our own initiative.

Alfredo Quarto resides in Port Angeles but has over 35 years experience working on international environmental and social justice issues. He is a veteran campaigner and has spoken on mangrove conservation issues at the UN, international meetings and workshops, the American Museum of Natural History and many educational institutions. Quimper Unitarian is located at: 2333 San Juan Avenue in Port Townsend.

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