Several local groups are teaming up to talk about global warming’s implications.

Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, the San Diego Natural History Museum, the San Diego Foundation and San Diego Regional Energy Office are kicking off a local education campaign on climate change Tuesday night.

The four groups are calling their initiative “Climate Smart,” and will be sponsoring grants, exhibits, film screenings and a six-part lecture series.

The lectures begin Tuesday night and run through April. The first talk features Richard Somerville, a theoretical meteorologist at Scripps, Patti Krebs from the Industrial Environmental Association, Bishop George Dallas McKinney from St. Stephen’s Cathedral and Linda Pratt from the city of San Diego’s environmental services department. The talk at the San Diego Natural History Museum runs from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

At a press conference earlier today, the San Diego Foundation announced it will provide $500,000 in grants during the next three years to encourage the study of climate change’s impacts on San Diego.

The museum will screen “Too Hot Not to Handle,” an HBO documentary, through October and November. Al Gore’s film, “An Inconvenient Truth,” will be shown daily during December and January.

Other speakers due in the series include Princeton’s Michael Oppenheimer, Scripps’ Dan Cayan and Ron Sims, the county executive in King County, Wash.

For more information about the films, check out the museum’s site here.

And for info about the talks, go here.


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