The science of climate change and how the weather figures into it is the topic of a Rosenmeier Center for State and Local Government forum at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 4, at Lutheran Church of the Cross in Nisswa.

The forum, free and open to the public, will feature nationally recognized meteorologist Paul Douglas speaking on "Tracking Changes in Weather and Climate in the Brainerd Lakes Area."

Douglas will describe the changes in weather and climate he has witnessed over the last few decades and how slow warming is already flavoring some of the weather patterns in the Brainerd lakes area.

No matter the causes of change, he will describe the benefits of transitioning to a clean energy economy for homes, businesses and cities. He is the co-author of "Caring for Creation: An Evangelical's Guide to Climate Change and a Healthy Environment" (co-authored with Mitch Hescox in 2016). Douglas presents the state of the science, the impact on lakes and quality of life, and steps to take not only to adapt, but mitigate the effects of a warmer, more volatile climate.

Douglas has more than 40 years of television and radio experience and is senior meteorologist and founder of Media Logic Group. He and a team of meteorologists provide weather services for various media and corporate interests at Praedictix. Developers and engineers create streams of weather data, imagery and APIs via AerisWeather. He files print and online updates for Star Tribune and co-hosts a radio program with Jordana Green weekdays on WCCO Radio.

Douglas is on the board of the Evangelical Environmental Network, focused on stewardship and creation care. His speaking engagements take him around the Midwest with a message of continuous experimentation and reinvention. He is the public face of "SAVE," Suicide Awareness, Voices of Education, based in Bloomington. Douglas and his wife live in the western suburbs of Minneapolis.

The Gordon Rosenmeier Center for State and Local Government is a nonpartisan organization affiliated with Central Lakes College that's stated mission is to educate and encourage participation of citizens in effective government and the political process. It is the legacy of the late state Sen. Gordon Rosenmeier, a Little Falls attorney and influential lawmaker who represented Crow Wing and Morrison counties in the Legislature from 1941 to 1970.