The Berkshire Athenaeum, Pittsfield’s Public Library, will host a climate change preparedness forum and Q & A 5:30 -7:30 p.m. Today Thursday, Sept. 26 in the library’s auditorium.

The program, which is free and open to the public, will feature area professionals specializing on this topic, with a specific focus on major storm events and drainage. The event will include a discussion on existing work to prepare for the effects of climate change-related weather, and ways in which citizens can support these efforts.

Forum participants include experts from the Berkshire Environmental Action Team (BEAT), Housatonic Valley Association (HVA), and the Berkshire Regional Planning Commission (BRPC).

“Climate change is affecting everyone, and people in Pittsfield should know what’s being done and how they can prepare,” said Outreach Librarian Samuel Reggio. “Folks rely on the library to connect them with authoritative, current, meaningful information in a trusted, safe space and we’re pleased to serve our community in this capacity.”

This event is part of Climate Preparedness Week, sponsored by Communities Responding to Extreme Weather (CREW), a group of local leaders building grassroots climate resilience.

For more information, please contact Reggio at 499-9480, Ext. 202.