Understanding Climate Action Plans and Planning Panel Discussion

As part of the week of climate : CHANGE events, guests Jerry Jenkins, Hal Thomas and Jon Montan, join St. Lawrence professor Amanda Lavigne for a panel discussion on understanding climate action plans and planning.

Jerry Jenkins is the author of "Climate Change in the Adirondacks: the Path to Sustainability" (Cornell University Press, 2010); "Acid Rain in the Adirondacks: An Environmental History," and "The Adirondack Atlas: A Geographic Portrait of the Adirondack Park."  More than any other person, Jerry Jenkins has used his vast knowledge from many branches of science to plot the future for the Adirondacks.  Jenkins lives in White Creek, N.Y. where he is the founder and director of the White Creek Field School.  He was trained in physics and philosophy, and has worked as a botanist and geographer for forty years. He has done botanical work in all 254 towns in Vermont, inventoried some 500,000 acres of Adirondack land that are now under conservation easements or in the Forest Preserve, and written extensively about plant identification and natural resource geography.  He has taught at Williams College.

Hal Thomas (SLU '74) is an environmental prosecutor for California Department of Fish and Game.  He was an attorney on the landmark case that forced the water utility agency for Los Angeles (LA Water and Power) to return water to streams of the Eastern Sierra to preserve fish habitat.  He has prosecuted many types of environmental crime.  He is an expert on the history of the development of the California legal code that entrusts protection of wildlife and its habitat to the State.  He can speak knowledgeably about the politics and realities of enforcing environmental laws.  He is also able to explain the California state climate action plan, Assembly Bill 32

Jon Montan (SLU '72) has been working for St. Lawrence County for over 30 years, in the Planning Office mostly on environmental topics and issues.  His working life has coincided with the rise in environmental awareness, beginning with Earth Day in 1970 and now focusing on climate change, peak oil and species extinctions resulting from human overpopulation.

See the full schedule of events for the week or print a PDF copy of the schedule.

The event is being supported by a grant from the Mellon Foundation.