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New exhibition highlights the effects of climate change on the Central and South Coasts

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A new exhibition on climate change in the Ojai Valley has opened.

Did you know a study shows that Ventura County is the fastest warming county in the country?

It’s not just affecting polar ice-caps and coral reefs.

The effects of global warming are also being felt here on the central and south coast.

A new exhibition – called Ojai Warming – is bringing to life the impact of climate change on the flora and fauna in Ventura County.

"Ventura County is the fastest warming county in the country, we are in a long term extended drought and we have had the Thomas and Woolsey Wildfires here in Ventura County," said Phil White, who curated the exhibition at Ojai Valley Museum.

White showed stunning images of animals and plants in our region, which are threatened by climate change.

There's a spectacular California Condor hanging from the ceiling of the main gallery.

He said the purpose of the exhibition isn’t just to focus on the threat, but to give visitors the opportunity to consider what actions they could take.

"Yes, it's education but it's also encouraging people to take action.

"Two of the main themes are 'what do we stand to lose?' and 'what can you do about it?'" said White.

Wendy Barker, the director of Ojai Valley Museum says the exhibition is an opportunity to examine climate change through the lens of local rare and endangered plants and animals.

"This brings it home, this is local and about what's happening here in our own backyard," explained Barker.

"It's focused on the Ojai Valley but the impact is universal," she said.

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The exhibition is at Ojai Valley Museum

The exhibition also features a series of “Town Talks” with experts.

Both Town Talks will take place on Sundays, from 4:30 to 6 pm at the museum.

Tickets are available online through Eventbrite for $5. Tickets must be purchased in advance.

Links to purchase tickets are available on the museum’s website, OjaiValleyMuseum.org.

The Ojai Valley Museum is located at 130 W. Ojai Avenue in Ojai. Free parking is available behind the museum, enter from Blanche Street. The Museum is open Friday from 1-7 pm, (First Fridays until 8 pm) Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 4 pm. Suggested admission is $5 per adult, $1 for children 5-18. Facemasks are required inside the museum.