Soup and Sandwich Seminar: Papa Chimborazo is Not Like He Was Before: A Story of Climate Change Writ Local

February 15, 2017 at 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.Calendar Icon

TimeFebruary 15, 2017 at 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Presenter: Jeff La Frenierre, Assistant Professor of Geography

"Papa eChimborazo, a 20,500-foot, glacier-covered volcano in Ecuador, is one of the tallest peaks in the great Andean Mountains. It is at once a highly symbolic feature of Ecuador's cultural landscape and a highly visible manifestation of the local climate. Its glaciers, which tower above an agrarian landscape of colorful fields, tidy pastures and tranquil villages " and serve as headwaters for the area's four rivers " wax and wane with small variations in temperature and precipitation. In recent decades, Chimborazo's glaciers have been in ever-faster retreat, and the people who live nearby express nearly universal concern for what this means for their future lives and livelihoods. Together, we will explore exactly how Chimborazo's glaciers are changing, what is causing these changes, the impacts these changes are having on regional water supplies, and what this means for the people who live below the mountain. This is a story of climate change writ local, where the impacts of a global crisis are already being felt by real people, people who have had very little role in creating the problems they now face.


*Meal served at 11:30am. Talk begins at 12:00pm and is over by 1:00pm.

Cost is $8 for Arboretum Members, $9 for non-members.

Credit card: Go to or call the Ticketing Office at 933-7590 to register.

Check: Mail to Shirley Mellema, Linnaeus Arboretum, 800 West College Ave., St. Peter, MN 56082

Questions? Please contact or call 933-6181.

PostedApr 17, 2019