Speaker Forum Recap
By Lexie Vining, Outreach and Education Fellow
This past Saturday, CET held its’ first annual speaker forum entitled, “What Can YOU Do About Climate Change?”, which focused on experts from our community that are addressing locally-relevant environmental issues. Speakers discussed innovative and tangible solutions to various challenges associated with climate change through psychological, political and community-based strategies.
To begin the day, there was a tour of the Hitchcock Center, which is considered a living building. Choosing this site as the location for our speaker forum was a natural decision based on the high environmental standard that the building is held to.
According to the International Living Future Institute, Living Buildings are:
- Regenerative buildings that connect occupants to light, air, food, nature, and community
- Self sufficient and remain within the resource limits of their site
- Create a positive impact on the human and natural systems that interact with them
After the tour, we had the honor of hearing from our three speakers, Ezra Markowitz, Nancy Nylen and Solomon Goldstein-Rose. Assistant Professor in the Department of Environmental Conservation at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Ezra Markowitz, talked about behavior change and encouraged the crowd to consider the barriers that they face regarding daily decisions and relate that to environmental decision making. Associate Director at the Center for EcoTechnology, Nancy Nylen shared words on the importance of renewable energy technologies from years ago to current day. Solomon Goldstein-Rose, Massachusetts State Representative for Third Hampshire District spoke about the actions that we, as community members can take in order to help influence policy at a regional and statewide level.
A huge ”thank you” goes out to The Hitchcock Center for hosting our speaker forum, to our speakers for sharing their words with us, and to the community members who came out to listen. We hope that participants learned from our speakers and left this event feeling empowered to impact environmental issues in their everyday lives through the psychological, political, and community-based strategies that we heard about on Saturday.