Draft Brochure 12.11.14 - Alison Hawthorne Deming

Curious about climate change? Interested
in knowing what climate change science is
telling us about our future? Want to know
the psychology underlying climate change
Climate Reality 2015
Hope, Resilience, Action
fears, denialism, and skepticism? Worried
how we will feed eight billion mouths
through smart agriculture? Wondering what
climate justice looks and feels like, or how
poetry and the arts restore the climate
change-embattled soul? Well, then this daylong conference is for you!
For more information:
To register for this conference:
Regional Higher Education Center
640 Bay Road
Queensbury, NY 12804
Phone: 518-792-5425
Fax: 518-792-3868
[email protected]
Saturday March 21, 2015
9:00 am—5:00 pm
Welcome and Opening comments by Stephen Danna
Songs and Pictures, Juxtapoze (Tim Ellifritz, Vinnie Leddick & Michelle Howland)
Mr. Jerry Jenkins**
Climate Change in the Adirondacks: The Path to
Ecologist, Wildlife
Conservation Society
A path to sustainable living is complex in a warming
world. "The natural and human communities of the
Adirondacks, like many others around the world, are in
grave danger." Yet we have the tools and
understandings necessary to wean ourselves off of fossil
fuels. What's needed is the desire and drive to use these
tools and lead the way for a more sustainable way of
Dr. Eddy Sturman
Evolutionary Perspectives on Contributing Factors to
Professor of Psychology,
Climate Change
SUNY Plattsburgh
What is the ultimate explanation for the behaviors we
know contribute to global warming? By taking an
evolutionary perspective we can unravel how basic
human nature drives us towards overconsumption,
overpopulation, and wasteful practices. With such
understanding we can devise tactics to curb
overconsumption and promote cooperative behaviors.
Dr. Jeremy Grabbe
Professor of Psychology,
SUNY Plattsburgh
Climate change beliefs as a result of reputation of
information sources in decision making.
Climate change denial is linked to faulty decision
making. This talk will focus on an empirical study of how
people of different views on climate change (deniers vs.
nondeniers) approach information sources as
trustworthy or not, and how such perceptions impact
rational decision making regarding climate change.
Dr. Jeanine Pfeiffer
Climate Change and It’s Impact on Indiginous Cultures
Native cultures are at the forefront of climate change:
the first to notice, yet oftentimes the last to be
consulted. An ethnoecologist with over twenty-five
years’ experience working with native peoples in the
Americas, Asia, and the Pacific Northwest, Dr. Pfeiffer
will present a comprehensive overview of how climate
change translates into cultural change, and how native
communities worldwide are responding to challenges
their ancestors predicted centuries ago.
Working Toward Agricultural Resilience Under Climate
Change in New York
Using New York State as a case study, this presentation
will discuss how a region might identify critical aspects
and new strategies for agriculture under climate
change. Strategies are likely to include utilization of new
drought and flood tolerant crop varieties and species,
relocation of farms to more favorable locations,
responding to increased demand for agricultural
products locally and nationally, and adoption of new
management practices to optimize water, nutrients,
and soil health.
Dr. Michelle McCauley
Getting Green with a Little Help From Our Friends: The
Professor of Psychology,
Role of Belonging on Pro Environmental Actions.
Middlebury College
Even people who care often make poor environmental
choices. So why do some people seem more consistently
principled in their actions than others? This session will
explore the impact of social connection and belonging
on people’s environmental attitudes and actions.
Understanding this mechanism will help us motivate
both personal action and policy support to fight climate
Brainstorming Small Group Session: discover solutions and actions to fight climate
Report Out, Plenary
Dr. Alison Hawthorne
Creating the Future: the Arts and Climate Change
Exciting new relationships between art and science are
Agnese Nelms Haury
developing in a wide range of settings in the face of the
Chair in Environment
grand challenge before us. How do poetry and the arts
and Social Justice,
restore the climate change embattled soul? Poet and
University of Arizona
essayist, Alison Hawthorne Deming, whose newest
books is Zoologies: On Animals and the Human Spirit,
will discuss how we must join the sensual and aesthetic
textures of the arts with the critical discernments of
science in taking on the challenge of climate change.
**Keynote Speaker
Lunch Provided
Dr. Stephen Danna
Dean, SUNY Plattsburgh
12:30- 1:15
Dr. Tim Scherbatskoy
Professor, SUNY
Climate Reality
Whether it is severe storms such as Hurricane Sandy,
extreme flooding, increasing global temperatures,
ocean acidification, expanding droughts, or melting ice
and rising sea levels, climate change is having an
increasingly adverse impact on our planet. Dr. Stephen
Danna, a Climate Reality Leader, will present
information about Climate Change's causes, problems,
impacts, and solutions
You must be the change you
wish to see in the world.
~Mahatma Ghandi