On Thursday, Nov. 21, at 5:45 p.m., Orange Environment Inc. (OEI) will hosting an evening of speakers on the effects of climate change at the C. J. Hooker Middle School Auditorium, 41 Lincoln Ave. in Goshen.
“The Great Reckoning: Understanding and Meeting the Challenge of the Climate Crisis” is part of the 24 Hours of Reality effort to bring attention to the seriousness of this issue. Planned and hosted by Dr. Michael Edelstein, president emeritus of OEI and a Climate Reality Leader, this program is the first in a series of public events on this topic.
Speakers include a roster of local and international leaders working toward sustainable solutions to remedy the effects of climate change:
William Makofske, Ph.D. and Professor Emeritus of Energy Physics at Ramapo College and founder-director of the Ramapo College Alternative Energy Center for 25 years, will discuss “The Science of Climate Change: Its Global and Local Implications.” He lives in a net-zero energy efficient home and works on energy and climate projects for Sustainable Warwick.
Ambassador Thilmeeza Hussein will speak on “Maldive’s Climate: A Crisis for the World’s Vulnerable Populations.” As a past governor of the northern region of the Maldives, she oversaw relocations of people affected by climate change. She is also a founder of the NGO Voices of Women and was recently appointed Ambassador to the US and the UN from the Maldives.
Michael Edelstein, Ph.D. and head of the Sustainability and Environmental Studies program at Ramapo College, presents “What the Climate Crisis Means to Current and Future Generations.” He’s a researcher and expert witness on the psycho-social effects of environmental contamination, member of the Solve Climate by 2030 Speakers Network, and founder of OEI and served as president for 35 years.
Fadoua Brour is founder and president of the Moroccan Youth Climate Movement. She is a lawyer, leading climate activist in the Middle East and North Africa, and organizer and chair of the UN Conference on Youth meeting that preceded the Marrakesh Climate Negotiations in 2016. Her comments will focus on “Climate: A Crisis for the World’s Youth.”
Orange Environment invites you to join them in the “24 Hours of [Local] Reality” and the importance of facing up to this challenge. Future programs will focus on how parents can talk to their children about climate change and steps everyone can take to address the climate crisis.
For more information on how to combat Climate Change, other regional environmental issues, or how to start an environmental club at your school, contact orangeenvironment.com or OEI’s Facebook page (Orange Environment).