Tuesday, June 22, 2010

River. Air. Action. -- Perspectives on local environmental issues

...and how you can make a difference

This summer, Friends of Beattie-Powers Place provides an insider's view of critical environmental issues that affect us all, with a series designed to inspire thought and action. While our speakers will focus on local concerns, the national and global implications of what is happening in our own "backyard" will be apparent. With perhaps the greatest environmental disaster in our country’s history occurring right now in the Gulf, this series is particularly timely – and guaranteed to be as provocative as it is enlightening. Space is limited, so please reserve your seat now by calling 518.943.3064 or email beattiepowersplace@gmail.org . Following each presentation, expect refreshments and lively discussion.

Beattie-Powers Place Prospect Ave. and Bridge St., Catskill, NY 12414

* Saturday, July 10th at 2 pm

David Gargill on GE and The Myth of Healing the Hudson

Noted journalist David Gargill spent much of last year investigating the Hudson River cleanup, and his report on the subject (The General Electric Superfraud: Why the Hudson River Will Never Run Clean) was Harper’s December 2009 cover story (available at www.davidgargill.com). Join us as Mr. Gargill presents his findings and provides an update on remediation efforts. Mr. Gargill has written for Harper's Magazine, GQ, The National, Our Town, and other publications.

* Sunday, July 18th at 2 pm

Michael O’Hara on Climate Change Effects and Actions for Our Region

The international scientific community has compiled their research and agrees that the earth is warming -- with potentially disastrous consequences. Human activity can be identified as the cause; changes in human activity may provide solutions. Mr. O’Hara will discuss changes in policy, technology and behaviors that are being implemented at the regional, national and international level, and how we can take a proactive role in doing our part. Mr. O’Hara is the Operations Director for Sustainable Hudson Valley, a Kingston-based environmental consultancy.

* Sunday, August 8th at 2 pm

Susan Falzon on Industry in Our Midst: A Citizen’s Guide

Susan Falzon has been active in local and national environmental issues since 1998 and Director of Friends of Hudson since August 2005. Using the proposed Ravena Cement Plant modernization as an example, Ms. Falzon will discuss opportunities for individual and community involvement that could positively impact the manner in which such an industry operates in our communities, to the benefit of the people as well as corporations.

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