The Sarasota Institute will focus on climate change at its Feb. 29 meeting, the second in its series of symposiums about the big questions facing Sarasota, the U.S. and the world. The symposium, titled “A Leap Year Look at Climate Change,” will run from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at Neel Auditorium on the Bradenton campus of State College of Florida. The symposium will feature a series of keynote speakers addressing what can and must be done to successfully face the challenges presented by climate change. They include Tim Rumage, planetary ethicist, field biologist and director of Environmental Studies at Ringling College of Art & Design; Dr. Harold Wanless, professor of geography and regional studies at the University of Miami; David Houle, futurist, co-founder and co-managing director of The Sarasota Institute; Mike Shatzkin, climate change activist; Ashley Hollern, biology teacher and instructor for the NASA Endeavor STEM Program; and Christopher Tucker, chairman of the American Geographical Society. Advance registration is required; for more information, click here. The symposium will also be live-streamed at

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