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