It feels really good when your work is used to pay it back to people like Tom Karl and pay it forward to the next generation of climate leaders. I think Dick Goin would be proud.

On Saturday, September 9th at 6PM, hundreds of people came to The Collider in Asheville, NC, to watch THE MEMORY OF FISH. The sold-out event raised over $11K for The Collider’s climate internship program. Many thanks to WLOS ABC 13, 103.3 AshevilleFM/Slumber Party on 103.3FM, Asheville Citizen-Times, MountainX, and science writer James Hrynyshyn for generating attention with great TV-radio-press coverage.

The Thomas R. Karl Internship Program was established to develop the next generation of leaders in climate science and services. Created in honor of Tom Karl upon his retirement as Director of NOAA's National Centers for Environmental Information, this internship provides semester-long internships for undergraduates seeking to enter this growing field.

The evening was incredible, bringing people together who might not otherwise have been in the same room. The film was projected simultaneously onto three jumbo screens followed by a thoughtful Q+A led by Brett McCall. Every audience member departed with a Chinook Angler’s Pint that Karen and Ret Talbot designed especially for the event. More about these gorgeous Chinook glasses here.

Asheville is known as "Climate City" and my time there was a reminder that good things happen when people come together. Big thanks to The Collider’s staff for the critical work that they do and to Preston Davitt for spearheading this extraordinary event. Extra special thanks go out to sponsors: Hunter Subaru, Preston & Dennis Davitt, Metro Wines, Oskar Blues Brewery, Teague Natural Farms, Whole Foods Greenlife, AC Hotel Asheville Downtown, Deerfield Retirement Community, and the National Parks Conservation Association.

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