HUDSON — In response to an accelerating climate crisis, Sustainable Hudson Valley announced a week-long series of regional events designed to build momentum for the many climate solutions that are already underway, from clean energy and transportation to regenerative agriculture. Produced in collaboration with Partners for Climate Action HV and Chronogram Media, Hudson Valley Climate Solutions Week will be Oct. 17-24.
To spark the expanded participation that is needed to change our communities’ systems of energy, transportation and resource use, Hudson Valley Climate Solutions Week has set the goal of reaching at least half a million people through the media, online and in-person events. The week will offer events for every learning style, interest and geography: lectures, field experiences, films, workshops, performances and training opportunities. The week will provide a chance to learn more about initiatives happening in the area that people can participate in directly.
This regional partnership brings an unusual opportunity for concerned New Yorkers who are ready to take action. Event hosts include the Climate Reality Leadership Corps of the Hudson Valley and Catskills, Clearwater, Sustainable Westchester, the Dutchess BOCES Center for Sustainability and Climate Education, Bard College, the Mid-Hudson and Catskill-Ramapo Library Systems, Mohonk Preserve, New Yorkers for Cool Refrigerant Management, Cornell Cooperative Extension and the Garrison Institute. The complete list of events is constantly updated at http://www.hvclimatesolutionsweek.org.
A centerpiece of the week is a regional symposium on New York State and Hudson Valley efforts to meet the aggressive goals of the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act passed in 2019. By law, New York must reduce climate pollution across government operations and the economy, reaching 85% of 1990 levels by 2050 and sourcing all its power from renewable sources by 2040. New York has already invested in large offshore wind farms, created an office to deal with local conflicts about solar siting, and created programs to make public electric vehicle chargers almost free. The symposium will unveil a vision and strategy for regional collaboration involving dozens of organizations and agencies. It will bring together noted climate journalist Andrew Revkin; Maureen Leddy, Director of the NYS Office of Climate Change; Sameer Ranade, Environmental Justice advocate at the NYS Energy Research and Development Authority; community resilience expert Cynthia Nikitin; Rev. Gregory Simpson of the Hudson Valley Environmental Justice Coalition, Deputy Ulster County Executive Evelyn Wright and SHV’s Executive Director Melissa Everett.
Designed for everyone who is ready to learn more and get involved, the event is set for 4-6:30 p.m. Oct. 20 at Locust Grove Estate in Poughkeepsie. At the end of the week, the Towne Crier in Beacon is hosting a celebration concert featuring fiddler Bruce Molsky, high-energy balladeer Scott Cook and dance troupe Vanaver Caravan. Presenters, organizers and participants in the week’s events will gather to celebrate their renewed commitment. Tickets are just $20 in advance and $25 at the door via www.Townecrier.com.