Climate and environment experts from Texas Tech University recently spoke at a symposium to about 150 homeowners, students and members of the media about how making smart choices now can help the South Plains community adapt to future extremes in West Texas.

The forum, titled Our Climate Challenge: Solutions on the South Plains, featured Katharine Hayhoe, director of the Climate Science Center; Ken Rainwater, director of the Water Resources Center; and Pat Westbrook, assistant professor in Department of Landscape Architecture.

We’re holding this event to start the conversation about our changing climate, its future effects on us and what we can do about it,” Hayhoe said. “Talking about the future isn’t a scare tactic to frighten us. It’s a chance to make some smart choices now so we can successfully cope with future change. We’re hoping to start talking about these issues now so we can adapt to changing climate extremes in a sensible and sustainable way.”

Watch the symposium here: