Tuesday, March 10th
Education Workshop: 6:30 pm
Happy Half Hour: 6:30 – 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
ALAN LOCKWOOD: EFFECTS OF CLIMATE CHANGE ON PUBLIC HEALTH
Alan Lockwood is a retired MD and UB Professor Emeritus in the Neurology Dept. In addition to over 200 scientific publications including on environmental toxins, Alan authored a book about the health effects of the coal industry titled “The Silent Epidemic: Coal and Hidden Threat to Health”. Recognized as an expert in his field, Alan has testified before Congress on the public health impacts of fossil fuel emissions. According to Alan, “Climate Change is the greatest public health threat of this century”. Reducing greenhouse gas emissions will prevent hundreds of thousands of asthma attacks and reduce our national health care expenditures. It is imperative for the general public to be informed about the dire impacts of burning fossil fuels, so they can pressure leaders and policy makers to shift to renewable sources of energy, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and create policies to benefit the well-being of humans and the planet. Alan lives in Buffalo, and is a graduate of Cornell University and its Medical College. He is also on the Board of Directors of Physicians for Social Responsibility, studying the public health impacts of pollution, climate change and nuclear proliferation. This Nobel Peace Prize-winning group works towards a healthier and safer world. In addition, Alan is a Clean Air Ambassador with earthjustice.org, and is involved with court cases and policy decisions. Earth Justice’s slogan is: “Because the Earth Needs a Good Lawyer”. We are grateful to Alan for sharing his time and expertise with ADK.
EDUCATION WORKSHOP: HYPOTHERMIA (6:30pm prior to main meeting)
During our next education workshop Teresa Corrigan will discuss the topic of hypothermia- the potentially fatal condition that happens when the human body loses heat faster than it can produce it. We have deliberately scheduled this workshop as we approach the spring, summer, and fall seasons. Hikers, paddlers, and cyclists are at risk for this condition year round, yes, even in summer! Learn how to prevent , recognize and safely and effectively treat hypothermia We will learn all about the “umbles”, and other symptoms, and exactly why cotton kills. We’ll have some help for this workshop from our own Bob Van Hise who will discuss the best ways to protect your body on the water, and in case of capsize. Don’t miss this chance to be an educated, proactive outdoors person.
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FEBRUARY PROGRAM REVIEW: HAIL TO OUR PRESIDENT JOHN GILEWICZ
At our February meeting, ADK President John Gilewicz led us on a narrative journey that started with the history of the Adirondack Mountain Club, our local chapter’s formation, the development of ADK facilities and programs, and his vision for a ambitious and inspiring future. Our Niagara Frontier Chapter is the third largest out of 27 ADK chapters in the state. A tribute to our region, John is the 3rd ADK President to originate from our local chapter. John reviewed the noble history of the Adirondack Mountain Club which began in 1922 to protect wild lands and waters through environmental advocacy. He reviewed the pillars of ADK CARES, including Conservation, Advocacy, Recreation, Education and Stewardship. Under John’s leadership ADK is modernizing the Loj/Heart Lake facilities, hoping to accommodate requests that have been made for group events, including weddings and receptions. Other plans include expansion of the camp store to serve hikers who need last minute supplies, and hosting larger college groups to savor what this area has to offer. Passionate about protecting the pristine resources of the Adirondack State Park, John discussed proposals for oil-carrying rail tanker cars that travel in the area to be spill-resistant and explosion proof. He also reviewed the implementation of renewable energy sources throughout ADK facilities. Closer to home, John discussed the complicated arrangement of natural gas storage tanks in Allegany State Park, and what he realistically hopes will be the best outcome for a clean and safe future for the area. We are blessed to have such bright and dedicated ADK President, who travels to the Lake George ADK Headquarters about nine times throughout the year to advocate for the ambitious and innovative projects he envisions. We are grateful to John for sharing his time and ideas with us. One ADK member stated that “after hearing John’s talk it made me really proud to be part of ADK”. Well said. Submitted by Janet Kowalski.
UPCOMING ADK PROGRAMS FOR 2015!
April 14: Julia Goren, ADK Summit Steward Program, protection of High Peak summit ecosystems 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