While most of the schools represented at the summit are in the Adirondacks, students also traveled from other places including Brooklyn, Troy, Utica and Canton.
Wild Center’s Youth Climate Summit encourages students to bring plans home to their schools and communities
“The research shows that most people in northern New York State understand that climate change is happening, but it can be really hard for people to connect with solutions.”
The report determined that 64 percent of North American bird species are at risk of extinction from climate change. On a more hopeful note, the study found that acting to hold warming to no more than 2.7 degrees Fahrenheit since pre-industrial levels—the most ambitious of three scenarios considered in the report—could reduce the vulnerability of 70 percent of these at-risk species.
On Friday, Sept. 20, adults are being called on to join schoolchildren who have been skipping class on Fridays to protest a lack of action to stop climate change.
“The most important scientific fact about climate change is that it’s a timed test. If we don’t get it right quickly, then we will never get it right.”
This winter, when the National Weather Service reported that Champlain finally froze all the way across to Vermont on March 8, it was like hearing that a steamboat had crossed the lake: typical in the 19th century, improbable in the 21st. The lake ice officially “closed” in almost every year of the 1800s and the first half of the 1900s, but has done so only 11 times since 1990.
Conservationists complain of a federal government now more welcoming of pollutants, including carbon dioxide, as the Adirondack region’s forests and snowy winters are changing with a warmer climate.
For the past five years, biologist Lee Ann Sporn and a team of Paul Smith’s College students and Adirondack Watershed Institute stewards have monitored the rapid spread of tick-borne diseases—especially those rarely found this far north or at these elevations—throughout the region.
Winter is shortening and getting less predictable, with yearlong consequences that will intensify as the century moves along, according to the authors of the regional chapter of the National Climate Assessment.
Some parts of the world, including much of North America, outpace the global average in large part because much of the planet is covered by water and it takes more energy to warm oceans than land. That explains how the Adirondacks can be so far ahead of global change.