Wilson to students: Climate is personal

LIMA — Aaron Wilson, who is a state climatologist, an assistant professor of ag weather with OSU Extension, and a principal investigator at the Byrd Polar and Climate Research spoke to students from Lima Senior High School as well as students from South Science and Technology Magnet School in the Martha W. Farmer Theatre for the Performing Arts on the Ohio State-Lima campus as part of the 2023 Fowler Science Series. Wilson spoke on the topic “How weather extremes affect us all.”

Wilson summarized what he wanted the students to take away from the session. “Who doesn’t like talking about the weather and climate? It affects us all. It’s personal. The one thing I want students to hear is how personal it is. And also what opportunities there are and how it impacts our careers, the economy, so many different things. As they think about their future, where they might fit in in terms of climate solutions.”

Wilson offers steps that can be taken as individuals. “When we think about climate impacts, one of the first steps is just understanding what’s happening locally. What are the local changes that are impacting you where you live? From there you can start to prioritize how those impacts affect different things that you do and then you can prioritize your actions.”

The William Fowler Science Series is a cross-disciplinary program for the community and local middle and high school students. The Lima City Schools, in collaboration with outstanding Ohio State faculty and leaders, focus a portion of their fall semester’s science curriculum on the science series’ topic of the year.

Reach Dean Brown at 567-242-0409

Dean Brown joined The Lima News in 2022 as a reporter. Prior to The Lima News, Brown was an English teacher in Allen County for 38 years, with stops at Perry, Shawnee, Spencerville and Heir Force Community School. So they figured he could throw a few sentences together about education and business in the area. An award-winning photographer, Brown likes watching old black and white movies, his dog, his wife and kids, and the four grandkids - not necessarily in that order. Reach him at [email protected] or 567-242-0409.