The Sawyer Free Library to host lecture Manchester by the Sea Environmental Advocate to Share Stories and Insight from Arctic Expedition and on Climate Change


As a coastal community, Cape Ann is hugely vulnerable to the effects of extreme weather events and the sea level rising happening near and far. To discuss the developments in Antarctica, the critical issue of the Rising Ocean, and its impact locally, the SAWYER FREE LIBRARY will be hosting a virtual presentation for the public on Saturday, March 20, from 2:00 - 4:00 pm by environmental Attorney and Diver MICHAEL CARVALHO. He will share his experiences from a 2018 Expedition to Antarctica. The lecture, "Antarctica; Lessons from the Bottom of the World," will cover the history of Antarctic exploration, scuba diving with icebergs, seals, sea birds, whales, and penguins. It will also discuss the role of climate change and its impacts from pole to pole, including on Cape Ann and the Gulf of Maine.

Manchester-by-the-Sea resident, Michael Carvalho has been practicing Environmental law nationally and internationally for over 25 years, representing clients in transactional, regulatory, and litigation matters. Carvalho is the former Chair of the Board of Directors for the National Council for Science and the Environment (NCSE). In 2019, he represented the United Nations Environment Program for North America as a Delegate at the UNEA-4 Conference in Nairobi, Kenya. Carvalho is currently a Member of the Board of Directors for Salem Sound Coastwatch and a Trustee with the Manchester-Essex Conservation Trust. An avid scuba diver with over 2,500 dives on six continents, he obtained his Open Water SCUBA certification in 1978 in Rockport, MA, and currently holds a PADI Divemaster rating.

"Antarctica; Lessons from the Bottom of the World," will be on Saturday, March 20, from 2–4:00 pm. This is a Zoom presentation. Once registered, a Zoom link will be emailed. To register or for more information about the lecture or the Sawyer Free Library, visit