Forum on Climate and Energy; Creating a Resilient Community – Sat, Oct 11

350 Central Colorado, partnering with the Greater Arkansas River Nature Association (GARNA) and Colorado Humanists will present a public forum on Oct. 11 at the Salida Community Center on our changing climate and what other communities are doing to mitigate the environmental and economic impacts of this change and improve energy strategies.

The program at the Salida Community Center, 305 F Street, will begin at 1 p.m. and feature presentations by faculty from Western State University in Gunnison, including:

Dr. Corrine Knapp

Knapp, who will be an assistant professor of Environment and Sustainability and coordinator for Integrative Land Management, has considerable experience in research and shared ideas on climate-adaptation planning in the Gunnison Basin. She holds a PhD in Human Ecology from the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. Knapp will present a case study of recent efforts in the Gunnison Valley to engage the rural community in the establishment of a plan to mitigate the economic effects of a changing climate.

Dr. Abel Chavez

Chavez is an assistant professor of Environment and Sustainability and coordinator of a program in Sustainable and Resilient Communities. Chavez comes to Western from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research in Germany. He has led community-based, climate-action planning for cities as diverse as Delhi, India, Broomfield and Ouray. He will speak on mitigation and adaptation to likely changes in regional environmental and economic conditions and his experience in doing so in communities around the world.

Katherine Clark

Clark, is a PhD candidate in Environmental Social Sciences, with an emphasis in Environmental Sociology. Clark is a past recipient of the Annual Serving Communities Award, from the Institute for Ethical and Civic Engagement at the University of Colorado at Boulder.

She will speak about her involvement with the City of Boulder to develop a strategy to minimize the energy footprint in the community.

Micah Parkin, Executive Director of 350 Colorado will act as moderator for the forum.

Discussion groups with the program presenters will be a major feature of the program for the public. 350 Central Colorado will effort to learn from participants at the forum about their needs and desires in learning more about these issues, and to solicit membership and support.

For more information visit the 350 Central Colorado web site or call Mel Strawn at 539-2637.

The Citizen is happy to provide a forum for comments and discussion. Please be civil, truthful, and relevant. Please suggest removal of comments that violate these standards. Real names are appreciated.

2 Responses to “Forum on Climate and Energy; Creating a Resilient Community – Sat, Oct 11”

  1. Daniel Smith

    Despite this event's press release being severely edited, shortened and given short shrift by the Mountain Mail - excluding even the topics the speakers will talk about, for instance and their photographs, we hope our local community will come out Saturday, Oct. 11th at 1:00 p.m. At the Salida Community Center for an educational program and public forum on climate change and energy. 350 Central Colorado, partnering with GARNA and the Central Colorado Humanists, has worked very hard to bring a quality presentation for the public. Come and join the discussion.

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  2. Robert Parker

    Thank you Salida Citizens for making this Forum an excellent success. There were approximately 125 friends and neighbors who attended. Every chair at the Community Building was filled and a few had to stand. Mel Strawn opened the session and then introduced the Moderator, Micah Parkin, Executive Director of 350 Colorado. From that point Micah had firm control of the crowd, the timing and of course the speakers.

    Micah explained why she personally is so involved with fighting Climate Change; she and her family were victims of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans; were threatened by wildfires in their new home of Boulder Colorado; were threatened again by last year’s massive flooding in and around Boulder. She also explained the meaning behind 350.0rg. The 350 represents the number of parts per million of CO2 that the atmosphere will tolerate before Climate Change begins happening in earnest. We are well over 400 parts per million CO2 at present.

    Katherine Clark, a professor at Western State University, picked up the space perfectly, telling how Boulder, CO is working hard to form their own citizen owned public utility which would put Excel Energy out of a job in Boulder. She also discussed many other sustainability projects happening in the Boulder area.

    Dr. Chavez, another professor at Western State University, started with a basic introduction to the science of CO2 and its impact on the environment. He then used graphics to compare energy resource usage between systems and cities and projects throughout Colorado, the United States and even the World, as he has spent serious time in India.

    Dr. Corrine Knapp was forced to cancel at the last minute do to unforeseen major medical issues. We missed her presentation and wish her a full and complete recovery.

    Each participant was given a questionnaire to share their views about climate change impact, possible solutions and mitigations and what they would like to see in terms of further programs from 350 Central Colorado and our co-sponsors GARNA and the Central Colorado Humanists.
    Upon completion of the primary lectures those who wished to remain formed in to 3 groups each led by Parkin, Clark or Chavez. The discussions were serious and intense. Each group came up with suggestions and directions Salida and Central Colorado can take to on a local level not only help reverse Climate Change but help our local communities take a more sustainable direction that will at least partially mitigate the coming intensities of our changing climate.

    This was a definitive effort by members of our communities and much more will blossom from Saturday's Forum.

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