Climate Change Issues Presented at NAPS Leap Day Program/Annual Meeting (with Slideshow)
More than sixty people attended a climate change information program hosted by the Northumberland Association for Progressive Stewardship (NAPS) on Saturday, February 29, 2020, in the Fellowship Hall at Heathsville United Methodist Church.
The program named “Leap Into a New Decade of Climate Change Awareness and Action” included presentations on how citizens can reduce their carbon footprint, mitigate the effects of climate change, and advocate for clean energy policies.
NAPS members greeted attendees at the door offering reusable NAPS grocery bags along with the event program. A spread of refreshments and snacks was provided by NAPS members.
NAPS president Mike Ahart introduced the program and presented an overview of the scientific consensus on causes and effects of climate change. Energy generation must continue to swing toward renewable sources, but “we also need to take action on a personal and local level…it’s time to start treating energy like a precious resource and end the era of disposable everything,” Ahart said.
Charlene Talcott, lifelong environmentalist and retired Chief Ranger Interpreter for the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, spoke about the local effects of climate change and sea level rise. “As John Muir stated, ‘When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world.’ All of our actions affect so much more than that ‘one thing’ we are trying to change. We need to look at the big picture beyond what we think we are doing,” stated Talcott.
Dr. Lynton S. Land shared his experience of having a solar array installed at his residence, lowering his electric bill substantially. The 25-year warrantied system “should pay for itself in about ten years,” Land explained.
Marine biologist Dr. Judith Lang explained her work as Scientific Coordinator of the AGRRA (Atlantic and Gulf Rapid Reef Assessment). “Coral reefs all over the world are at high risk of dying” due to ocean acidification and warming temperatures caused by the rise of carbon dioxide levels. Although her organization’s work requires air travel, it now limits it to the minimum necessary and offsets the carbon emissions most recently through a program with COOLEFFECT.org, using the online mileage and carbon emissions calculator at ICAO.org. “This year we donated to their Renewable Energy Wind Turbines project…in Los Santos, one of Costa Rica’s windiest regions, to generate 12.75 MW of energy, provide electricity to 50,000 people and save 11,000 tonnes of carbon emissions each year,” Lang said.