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S. David Stoney, Jr., is a native Charlestonian who now resides just up the coast in McClellanville. He did most of his undergraduate work at the University of South Carolina (Psychology, 1962) and received his Ph. D. from Tulane University (Physiology, 1966). Dr. Stoney’s interest in climate change was triggered when, in the mid 1990’s, he began studying the environmental and neurophysiological bases of human consciousness and learned about the earth’s ongoing climate cycle. It was only a small leap to recognize that manmade global warming that was adding to the warming associated with the current interglacial phase posed a huge, difficult challenge to human consciousness and to civilization. “It was then,” Dr. Stoney says, “when I recognized that knowing about climate change was pivotal knowledge, that I became a passionate student of natural and manmade climate change. I even began including information about the earth’s climate cycle and manmade climate change in my lectures for medical and allied health students at the Medical College of Georgia where I worked from 1970 until 2001. There was much eye-rolling when I did this, but I felt an ethical obligation to communicate what looked to me to be information that was critical for the future of our society.” In 2002, after retiring from the Medical College of Georgia, Dr. Stoney moved to McClellanville. One evening in 2007 he and some friends were sitting around the kitchen table when the topic of climate change came up. After a lively discussion someone suggested forming a group to discuss and promote the issue. “What to call ourselves,” someone asked, and the all-volunteer Kitchen Table Climate Study Group (KTCSG) came into existence. The KTCSG focuses on providing information about climate change and clean, sustainable energy to our friends and neighbors. We provide speakers on climate change, hold monthly meetings with movies or with lectures by invited guests, and provide educational materials to our local schools. Through some serendipitous encounters we became affiliated with the South Carolina Wildlife Federation and the National Wildlife Federation and received support for a website. Through our website, talks, meetings and lobbying efforts we plan to continue to provide up-to-date information about climate change and routes for mitigation and adaptation for the residents of our very vulnerable coastal community.

Funding provided by the Climate Program Office, National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration to the University of Wisconsin Sea Grant Institute.
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