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Climate Change Focus of SUNY Plattsburgh at Queensbury Conference

Aspects of climate change — from areas of science and sustainability to its effect on culture and the arts — is the subject of a one-day conference March 21 at the SUNY Plattsburgh at Queensbury Branch Campus.

Adirondack Climate Reality 2015 is focused on helping people interested in discovering how they can help the environment or wanting to learn more about the state of the environment in the region. It features eight speakers and small-group breakout sessions designed to foster solutions and actions. 

"Whether it is severe storms and extreme flooding or increasing global temperatures and rising sea levels, climate change is having an increasingly adverse impact on our planet," said Dr. Stephen Danna, dean of the branch campus and a speaker at the event.

Including such an event among the array of college programs was an easy call, Danna said, with heightened awareness of climate change effects in the surrounding Adirondacks. Danna and Michelle Howland, assistant to the dean at the branch campus, had planned on hosting a climate change conference in 2015. The challenge was to fill the event with the brightest and most captivating speakers possible.

While attending an environmental writers program last summer, Danna met Alison Hawthorne Deming, an Arizona-based poet and writer in areas of the environment and social justice. The meeting helped spark the idea of having Deming be among the key speakers for the event.

Other presenters include Jerry Jenkins, author of “Climate Change in the Adirondacks: The Path to Sustainability;” Dr. Jeremy Grabbe and Dr. Eddy Sturman, SUNY Plattsburgh psychology professors; Dr. Tim Scherbatskoy, a SUNY Adirondack biology professor; Dr. Michelle McCauley, a Middlebury College psychology professor; and Dr. Jeanine Pfeiffer, a California-based ethnoecologist.

The event runs 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the campus's Regional Higher Education Center. There is no cost to attend but advanced registration is required.

To learn more, call 518-792-5425.

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