A UN Climate panelist, a Pulitzer Prize-winning climate author and a zero carbon chair will discuss the fallout from the recent UN conference on the climate crisis, held in Glasgow, Scotland.
The Hoosic River Watershed Association and the First Congregational Church, Williamstown, are co-sponsoring “Glasgow on the Hoosic: The Climate Crisis after COP26,” a Zoom meeting also available live on the town’s public broadcast station, 10 a.m. January 15, 2022. The public is invited to attend by Zoom. Register at least 24 hours in advance for this meeting:
William R. Moomaw was a member of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change that won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007. An emeritus professor at Tufts University and founder of its Center for International Environment and Resource Policy, Moomaw previously was professor of chemistry at Williams College and Director of the Center for Environmental Studies. He will speak on the international ramifications of the recent Conference of the Parties.
Elizabeth Kolbert, staff writer at The New Yorker, has written numerous articles on climate change for that magazine, including “The Climate of Man,” which won many awards. Among her several books, “The Sixth Extinction” won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for general nonfiction. She will discuss U.S. national climate policy.
Wendy Penner chairs Williamstown’s innovative COOL (CO2 Lowering) Committee. COOL brought a resolution to pursue a Net Zero greenhouse gas emissions goal to Town Meeting last July, which passed it overwhelmingly. She will describe how a town can respond.
Berkshire Eagle columnist and HooRWA board member Lauren R. Stevens will moderate the panel, which will take questions submitted on-line from meeting participants. The 1.5 hour event will also be broadcast live on WilliNet and rebroadcast later on.