Last night I was thrilled to have an audience of over 100 people at the Crandall Public Library in Glens Falls, New York join together to learn about climate change and what we can all do to adapt and mitigate its impacts. The event was advertised by the Saratoga-Glens Falls Chapter of the Adirondack Mountain Club which did a real nice job marketing the program. It’s always satisfying to present Climate Reality sessions, and I also appreciate the opportunity to briefly let people know about the SUNY Plattsburgh at Queensbury Branch Campus before beginning the presentation.
The message about climate change is not a pleasant one, and I caution folks before the presentation that the news isn’t good, though we can make a difference and manage the inevitable changes if we act now and with urgency. Last night I was preaching to the choir. The folks who attended were aware of the problem and had great ideas and strategies. However, there were also a few moments of downright melancholy. When you start to really process the depth of change occurring in weather patterns, melting arctic ice, severe droughts, torrential precipitation events…., it can be depressing. These are moments when it is easier to just ignore the problem and hope it goes away. After all, it’s so painful to see a planet one loves under such human-induced pressures.
I try to remind people that we can’t let the problems overwhelm us. Rather, we have to see the solutions, and celebrate our successes. We must have conversations about the issue with those that deny the problem, and we must also use our votes and the mighty dollar as leverage for change. Where there’s a will, there’s a way.
Below is a simple Top Five Suggestions for Battling Climate Change. Short and sweet.