Linda Swift, who worked as a geologist with Chevron Corp. for 23 years, will speak on climate change at a breakfast gathering of the League of Women Voters of Billings at 9 a.m. July 18.

The talk, open to the public, will be held at McCormick Cafe, 2419 Montana Ave.

“We’ve seen the data and we now realize that climate change is real and caused primarily by our own burning of fossil fuels,” Swift said in a news release. “But what now? Should we crawl under a rock and hide?

“Although that has some appeal, we really need now to have all hands on deck. We have many options, and many — very very many — innovative people on the planet.

“There are lots of ways to work together to beat this — the challenge of our species.”

Swift, who was born and raised in Great Falls, earned a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Montana and master’s and doctoral degrees in geology from the University of Washington.

At Chevron, she was general manager of Integrated Laboratory Technologies, serving the energy company with research and development and technical laboratory support for physical and chemical science and technology.

She also worked underground as a geologist for Billings-based Stillwater Mining Company and as planning adviser for the Kansas-based Pittsburg and Midway Coal Co.

In 2009 she spoke at Montana State University Billings as a Chancellor Distinguished Lecturer.

For the past four years, she has been a guest lecturer on climate change and business at the New York University Stern Business School.

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