Frank Lowenstein, climate change adaptation strategy leader for The Nature Conservancy, will talk about the latest international climate change negotiations and impacts on the Berkshires at 3:30 p.m., April 22, at First Congregational Church in Williamstown. Presented by the Williamstown COOL Committee, the event is free and open to the public. First Congregational Church is located at 906 Main Street.
Lowenstein recently attended the 18th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Durban, South Africa, where participating nations agreed to reduce their carbon emissions.
The convention underscored the tension between industrialized nations, whose economies generated most pollution in the past, and developing nations, whose growth will generate most pollution in the future. How do these faraway negotiations impact us in the Berkshires?
Lowenstein will put global climate change policy and politics into local perspective and share strategies for coping with disruptions in water cycles and extreme weather events.
Lowenstein will be introduced by Williamstown resident Elizabeth Kolbert who has written about climate change in a variety of outlets, including The New Yorker and her book, Field Notes from a Catastrophe.
The Nature Conservancy is the leading conservation organization working around the world to protect the lands and waters on which all life depends. In his role as climate adaptation strategy leader for the Conservancy’s Global Climate Change Team, Lowenstein leads the organization’s work on how natural systems can contribute to helping people adapt to climate change.
A Harvard University graduate, Lowenstein received his master’s degree in botany from the University of Vermont. He lives in Sheffield with his wife, Sheryl Lechner, and their three sons. He serves on the board of directors of Project Native, a horticultural farm and wildlife sanctuary in Housatonic, Mass., which provides landscape restoration services using native plants.
The Williamstown COOL Committee is a group of Williamstown volunteers working to implement the town's Climate Action Plan.
Organizations co-sponsoring the event include the Berkshire Environmental Action Team (B.E.A.T), Center for EcoTechnology, Northern Berkshire Transition, Project Native, The Nature Conservancy, Wild Oats Community Market, Williams College for Environmental Studies, Williams College Zilkha Center for Environmental Initiatives, and Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation.
The Nature Conservancy is a leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people. The Conservancy and its more than 1 million members have protected nearly 120 million acres worldwide. Visit The Nature Conservancy on the Web at www.nature.org.
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