Next Saturday, August 15, 2015, the second Symposium: Toward A More Diverse Adirondacks will be held at the Adirondack Interpretive Center.
Multiple perspectives will be present, stimulating rich conversations exploring a wide range of human diversity issues within the Adirondack Park. This year’s symposium will focus on youth and diversity, and include panels led by regional high school and college students.
A symposium reflection/summary piece written by Dave Gibson after last year’s event can be found on the Adirondack Almanack.
This year’s Common Ground Alliance (CGA) Forum was held on July 15 in Long Lake. Most of the day was devoted to workgroup activity around 9 topics, one of which was the region’s response to climate change, which we led. Fourteen people participated in our workgroup and we had very productive and creative discussions. The summary report on our discussions is available here.
Of particular note was the “fantasy stretch goal” that we were challenged to come up with by the Forum organizers. Our group put forth the idea that we should set ourselves the goal of doing better than net zero with respect to emissions. We should have net negative emissions. This would come about by the combination of dramatically reducing our emissions, in line with what everyone should be doing to combat climate change, and strengthening the health and carbon storage capabilities of our forests and soils through the latest forest management and agricultural practices. That’s a strategy that we can sign up for!
On June 15 & 16 we held the second scenario development workshop in our new series on how the region responds to the threat of disruptive climate change. The full report on the workshop is now available. A diverse and engaged group of 29 people came together for the workshop and really advanced our thinking on these issues. We encourage you to read the report. We will continue the discussion at the CGA Forum on July 15 in Long Lake. Please join our workgroup at the Forum. The details on how to register are in the previous post.
The 2015 Common Ground Alliance Forum details and registration information have been released. It will be at the same Long Lake location as usual on July 15.
Click here to go to the registration and information page.
Jim and I will be there to lead the working group considering how the ADK region might think about responding to climate change. We have held 2 full two day workshops on the topic – one at Paul Smiths College during a snowstorm last December, another just this week, June 15 and 16 in Chestertown. Also we held the prototype of a 3-4 hour version of this with a sustainability class at Paul Smiths in May, just before finals, on Sunday, and 50+ students came. We also worked in the Southwest this past winter, with the Dept of Interior Climate Science Center in Tuscon and learned a lot about how the west is handling the impacts of climate change on large scale conservation landscapes. So we will have a lot of information to offer for consideration by people who come to our working group.
Hope to see you on July 15. There are a number of other work group too, don’t read this and think the Forum is only about climate change. Click on the link above and find out about the whole agenda.
If you have not seen it, please note we have been monitoring what our region is actually doing vs the ADK Futures scenarios. You can see what progress is being made here where more than 734 items of evidence show substantial progress toward realizing the vision laid out for our sustainable future. More evidence is added all the time.
Recall that we were surprised by the strength and depth of the aligned intentions of most people in the region? Well, if you were surprised by that, the progress since then is actually astonishing, and I encourage you to take a look at the breadth and depth of actions already taken. Encouragingly, no single person is organizing and driving all this activity. The progress is made by by hundreds of people in a distributed fashion. It is clear that the region is making real progress toward what it identified as its desirable and attainable goals.
It is a good news reading, you’ll enjoy it. Look here and click on the header called ‘category’. Then you can look through each category and see what’s been going on.
We are accepting registrations for the next two-day workshop on Adirondack Regional Responses to Climate Change to be held on June 15 and 16 at the Chestertown Town Hall. This workshop requires pre-registration. It offers the opportunity dig deeply into the issues that climate change presents for our region and the possible responses we might make. The report on the previous workshop can be found in an earlier blog post. If you are interested please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Adirondack Diversity Advisory Council (ADAC) is holding a training workshop at the Wild Center on Saturday May 16 from 9:30am to 1:30pm. The workshop is designed to hep participants provide a more welcoming environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people who want to live in or visit the Adirondack Park. The workshop will be led by well known author and educator Brian McNaught. This is part of a growing effort to raise awareness of diversity issues in the Park and to take steps to be more welcoming to a broader set of visitors and new residents.
Dave and I know Brian personally and can say that he is really good. You may think that you are fine with gays, etc., but are you really aware of the issues that transgender people face? There is a lot for us all to learn. We will be there and hope to see you there.