Lewis County Public Library and Archives' Summer Reading Program
June 23, 2022
As a part of Lewis County Public Library and Archives' Summer Reading Program "Oceans of Possibilities: Streaming through Lewis County," Vincent Valetutti spoke to program participants about sea level rise.
Mr. Valetutti, a retired engineer, brought a thirty-foot ruler that he created to help attendees visualize the scale at which sea levels are predicted to change. He spoke about the history of sea level rise, recorded almost continuously in Amsterdam since 1683. "The sea level rise over the last 200+ years, from 1807, is now more than 27 cm, or about 11 inches. In the 125 years before that, there was no rise at all," Mr. Valetutti said. Part of the reason for this rise is an increase in sea water temperature. For example, the temperature below Thwaites Glacier in Antarctica is two degrees above freezing – which is not so good for a glacier. Mr. Valetutti proposes a Virgin Material Conservation Program to help reduce fossil fuel use and cool global temperatures and sea water temperatures back down stopping the rise of sea levels. The idea is explained in Mr. Valetutti's book "If I were President: 29 alternative ideas for solving global problems" which will be available soon at the library.
To find out more about Summer Reading events visit lewislibrary.readsquared.com, or contact the Lewis County Public Library and Archives at 931-796-5365.