FCWC accepts the conclusions of the 97% of our climate scientists who believe that climate change is underway, that human beings are the dominant reason for it, and that its effects are already being felt. Those of us in Westchester who experienced "Super Storm Sandy" can testify to the damage done to our coastlines by the storm's waves, now at higher elevations than ever due to the sea level rise. We are also experiencing more destructive and extreme weather patterns – wind storms, droughts, floods, and greater summer heat - all caused by climate change. FCWC acknowledges that Climate Change is the major environmental challenge of our time.
FCWC believes that individual human actions, like cutting our greenhouse gas emissions (carbon dioxide and methane particularly), can make a difference in reducing climate change effects. Therefore, we support steps in reducing emissions from our vehicles, our power plants, businesses, and our homes. And we encourage changes in behavior of all kinds. Whether your contribution is drying clothes on lines rather than using an energy intensive electric dryer; or taking a larger step by choosing hybrid or electric cars over fueled ones, or installing solar panels or wind turbines - all actions taken are important.
On the governmental level, FCWC advocates for changing our energy system to one using renewable energy and working to "cap" our carbon emissions. We also urge attention to the resiliency of our communities, our infrastructure, and here in Westchester, our coastlines, in the face of the anticipated results of climate change.
For many years FCWC has endorsed the phrase, "Think Globally, Act Locally"; this phrase is now imbued with increased urgency. To act on our concerns, FCWC conducted a "Westchester Climate Change Summit" in conjunction with Pace University Law School (and Sustainable Westchester) in September 2014. FCWC is following this conference with workshops on topics raised by the Summit throughout 2015. The first was a roundtable on The Future of Westchester Parks, Sanctuaries, and Nature Centers.
One of FCWC’s main goals is education, and this summit was the ideal forum for that purpose. The event allowed for the dissemination of information, sharing of ideas, and learning from national experts about what solutions are available to municipalities.
As an issue, climate change is snarled in a knot of misconceptions, political maneuverings, and ideological fallacies – hindering public support for important climate legislation. FCWC’s role is to shed light on the facts.
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COP21: United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change
In 2015 the world's nations will be converging in Paris to discuss the greatest challenge of our time - Climate Change.
From November 30th to December 11th 50,000 world leaders from over 190 nations will meet in Paris for the COP21 Paris Climate Conference with the aim of achieving a new international agreement on the climate, applicable to all countries, with the target of keeping global warming below 2°C.
The United Nations Foundations has created an internet campaign to help individuals voice what THEY want to see out of this conference. Tell the world's leaders to make bold commitments to combat climate change. Share a video or a photo by November 22nd using the hashtag #EarthToParis.
Learn more at www.cop21.gouv.fr/en
What is FCWC doing on this topic?
FCWC provides the public with tangible actions they can take on climate change through workshops and other programs. Here are a couple of highlights:
Workshop on Communicating the Science of Climate Change
As many of us know, one of the biggest challenges with working on climate change is that the topic includes some highly technical data that can be difficult to communicate.
After the 2018 Federation Meeting, a two hour workshop was conducted by the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science to enable FCWC members and other interested conservationists to improve their skills in communicating the science of climate change to mixed audiences. Learn more here.
Dealing with Climate Change in Your Landscape
Climate change is here and it is impacting our landscapes – increased flooding, more frequent droughts, more extreme weather events and increasing temperatures. Want to help fight climate change at home?
Over 25 attendees braved the torrential rain and thunder to continue the discussion started at our “Birds, Bugs, and Bushes: The Effects of Climate Change on Local Flora and Fauna” event to learn about how the plants you choose and the landscape practices you use can help reduce the impacts of climate change and improve the environment around you. Learn more here.
FCWC continues to advocate for climate change action with local legislators and organizations:
Conversation with County Executive George Latimer
We were honored to have a wide-ranging discussion on environmental issues in Westchester with County Executive George Latimer.
We were joined by Teatown, Greenburgh Nature Center, Sierra Club, Scarsdale Sustainability Committee, Bronx River Sound Shore Audubon, Grassroots Environmental, Bedford 2020, and Port Chester Cares.
Learn more about the issues that were brought up, including some related to climate change.
Conservation Cafés, Rallies, and more to Oppose Privatization of Westchester County Airport
Expansion of the Westchester County Airport could increase our contributions to greenhouse gas emissions. Learn more here about our efforts on this topic over the past few decades.
Want to know what FCWC has previously done on this topic?
On September 12th, 2014 Pace University Law School's Center for Environmental Legal Studies and Federated Conservationists of Westchester County (FCWC) presented an all day conference on Climate Change.
The sold out conference featured experts, including keynote speakers Dr. Cynthia Rosenzweig of the NASA Goddard Space Center and Professor Michael Gerrard of the Center for Climate Change Law at Columbia Law School. Dicussion centered around the formidable threats of climate change to the County and outlined solutions and strategies available to municipalities to address these threats.
Check out the 2014 Westchester Climate Change Summit page.
"Peekskill to Paris" Global Climate Rally at the Peekskill Riverfront
On Saturday, November 28th FCWC co-sponsored a kick-off rally for the COP21 climate talks in Paris.
We demand our leaders to take BOLD action on climate change.
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