Climate Change Event Coming June 24

The Amherst League of Women Voters is cosponsoring an event intended to build on the public hunger for opportunities to talk openly about climate change which was showcased by the packed Town Meeting recently held by Congressman McGovern and Senator Ed Markey in Northampton. This event is designed to promote such talk and to offer resources to anyone who wants to take their first or hundredth step toward addressing climate change.

The event, to be held from 4-8 p.m. on June 24 at the Amherst Regional Middle School Auditorium, begins (at 4) with a documentary film, Unfractured, featuring Sandra Steingraber, New York biologist and ecologist, currently a distinguished scholar in residence at Ithaca College (click here for her impressive bio.)

After a break, the event continues at 6 with an address by Dr Ray Bradley, climatologist and University Distinguished Professor in the Department of Geosciences at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where he is also research director of the Climate System Research Center. Dr. Bradley will discuss the good news and the bad news about global warming.

The lecture will be followed by at 7 p.m. by a panel discussion with panelists Congressman James McGovern, Dr. Bradley, and Berkshire Environmental Action Team (BEAT) executive director Jane Winn. Panel moderator and host for the evening's event will be LWV Amherst's Kathy Campbell.

This event has been organized by one concerned individual, Kay Jones, who began addressing the causes of climate change after she was arrested at Seabrook Nuclear Plant in the 1970's and realized she needed to do more than just say 'NO.' Jones was inspired to organize this event by the story of shy Sandra Steingraber's transformation into a formidable environmental activist, by the climate research of Ray Bradley, and by Congressman Jim McGovern's immediate and strong support for the Green New Deal.  According to Kay Jones, The assistance and technical skill of Rosemary Wessel and members of the League of Women Voters of Northampton and Amherst have been invaluable. This event is evidence of what a dedicated individual can do.

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