Global Warming comes to Garnet Hill

The local event, part of a national observance, will build on the slogan Save Our Snow, a concern for many in the area whose livelihoods are dependent on outdoor winter tourism. In support of the event, the Johnsburg Town Board passed a resolution supporting Step It Up at its last board meeting. The vote, however, was not unanimous. Board Member Arnold Stevens said he acknowledges that global warming is a fact. But he said his research is unable to conclude if global warming is a phenomenon that is influenced by human activity or whether it simply part of a natural cycle. The truth is, we dont know what is causing it, he said. Johnsburg Town Supervisor Bill Thomas will speak at the event, he said, because I believe in it. Nancy Slack will show a slide presentation entitled "85 Acres of arctic-alpine plants in the Adirondacks." The slides feature photos of species that are endangered locally by global warming after surviving for 10,000 years. A panel discussion will look at the science of global warming followed by five-minute presentations on a half dozen topics regarding what each can do to lower our "carbon footprints. Too Hot Not to Handle, a DVD with scientists with various expertise speaking and excellent graphics, will be playing in the lodge during the day. The Garnet Hill event joins a grassroots movement of other Step It Up events planned in all 50 states. The national Step It Up movement is spearheaded by Bill McKibben. McKibben is an American environmentalist and writer who frequently writes about global warming, alternative energy, and the risks associated with human genetic engineering. Beginning in the summer of 2006, he led the organization of the largest demonstrations against global warming in American history. McKibben grew up in suburban Lexington, Massachusetts. He was president of the Harvard Crimson newspaper in college. Immediately after college he joined the New Yorker magazine as a staff writer, and wrote much of the Talk of the Town column from 1982 to early 1987. He quit the magazine when its longtime editor William Shawn was forced out of his job, and soon moved to the Adirondack Mountains of upstate New York. Those wishing to carpool to the event will meet in North Creek at 10 a.m. Participants will gather for a group photo at 11 that will be sent to Congress as part of a package from Step It Up events across the country. The photo will be followed by a host of activities including skiing, snowshoeing and indoor activities as well. For additional information, go to www.stepitup2007.org or call Garnet Hill Lodge at 251-2444.

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