New Yorkers are feeling the effects of climate change now. For some, climate change is a business, environmental or public-health concern. Others ponder the implications of a warming world for their children and the world’s most vulnerable populations. Many of us are wondering “Why Is climate action urgent?” and “What can I do?”
On Thursday April 21, 2016, 5:30-7:30 pm, The Catskill Center, in Arkville NY invites the public to hear from two speakers who will address these questions.
Jan E. Storm, Ph.D., an environmental scientist affiliated with Citizens’ Climate Education (CCE) and Citizens’ Climate Lobby (CCL), will speak about “Why Climate is a Big Deal & What Is Already Being Done About It.” Understanding why climate action is needed, and what solutions are available that protect and even grow the economy is a challenge for even the most sophisticated voter. Dr. Storm’s presentation will help interested citizens better understand these issues so they can be informed voters, and possibly become active in helping to build political will for climate action. Her remarks will focus on the Catskill region and on energy and legislative solutions to climate change.
Mark D. Lowery, a climate policy analyst with the New York State (NYS) Department of Environmental Conservation Office of Climate Change, will speak about NYS energy reform and renewable incentives, the State Climate Smart Community program and other NYS climate and energy initiatives. Climate Smart Communities is a free and voluntary program that provides technical guidance and other resources to support local action to reduce energy use and greenhouse gas emissions, and adapt to changing climatic conditions. More than 170 communities across NYS participate but none in Delaware County. Mr. Lowery will describe how communities can participate, the benefits of the program and how community residents can be involved.
The Catskill Center is located at 43355 Rt 28 (next to the Arkville Fire Station) in Arkville, NY. The program will begin at 5:30 pm, and light refreshments will be served. Ample time for discussion will be provided.