Tuesday, April 14
Education Workshop cancelled this month
Happy Half Hour 7 – 7:30
General Meeting 7:30 – 9:00
77 Washington Highway, Snyder Amherst Community Church
NOTE: Please park in rear and enter through back door.
PROGRAM: RARE, FRAGILE, HARDY: THE ADIRONDACK ALPINE ZONE
Above treeline on Adirondack high peaks we find sweeping vistas, stunning views, and New York’s rarest ecosystem-the alpine zone. This ecosystem has been in place since the glaciers retreated, shaping the landscape we know today. Explore the incredible adaptations that alpine plants have to meet the challenges of this harsh climate. Learn about the Summit Steward program’s efforts to protect this fragile environment and new research suggesting what the future may hold for New York’s “islands in the sky”.
Our speaker Julia Goren is the coordinator of the High Peaks Summit Steward program, a position she has held since 2008, and the ADK Education Director. Julia has a BA in Medieval History from Williams College and her MS in Environmental Studies from Antioch University New England. She has been a farmer, park ranger, environmental educator, firefighter, guide, and field botanist. She grew up hiking in the Adirondacks, finished her 46 in 2005, and considers herself very fortunate to make a career of doing the things she loves best.
EDUCATION WORKSHOP: There will be no Education Workshop in April
MARCH PROGRAM REVIEW: ALAN LOCKWOOD PRESENTS A REALITY JOLT ON CLIMATE CHANGE
Alan Lockwood, retired MD and Professor Emeritus, is devoted to educating the public about the scientific realities of climate change and how public health and the people of the world will be impacted.
The world’s top climate scientists in the International Panel on Climate Change have stated unequivocally that climate change is real and is mainly caused by human activities. Burning fossil fuels is causing a global rise in carbon dioxide levels and temperature. Oceans are warming, and ice sheets, icecaps and glaciers are melting. Sea levels are rising threatening coastal areas in the United States and throughout the world. Weather events are becoming more extreme, damaging and expensive, as in the cases of Tropical Storm Irene and Hurricane Sandy.
Rising temperatures are also causing severe increases of heat stroke and heat-related deaths around the world. Higher temperatures will also facilitate the spread of mosquito-borne diseases such as malaria and Dengue Fever, currently localized in tropical areas. Droughts will be more frequent, and dramatically effect agriculture and the stability of fragile cultures worldwide.
Alan reported that the primary greenhouse gas, carbon dioxide, lasts for many thousands of years in the atmosphere. The best case scenario for our future is to reduce carbon emissions, and transition as quickly as possible to renewable sources of energy such as solar, wind, and water. Alan cited a study showing that New York state could transition to at least 80% renewable energy by the year 2030.
Alan has solar panels on his home to generate electricity. He drives a fuel-efficient hybrid car, uses low energy LED light bulbs, and spreads the word about climate change and possible solutions. What can the rest of us do?
Submitted by Janet Kowalski
UPCOMING ADK PROGRAMS FOR 2015!
May 12: Sam Magavern, 2014 ADK Conservation Award Recipient Greenway Leadership, Public Good, Attorney, Author
June 14: ADK Picnic at Bison City Rod and Gun Club, Ohio St, Buffalo, including: Biking along the Outer Harbo Paddling on the Buffalo River Hiking at nearby Tifft Farm Nature Preserve Beautiful outdoor and indoor facilities