Earth Day event gratitude

To the editor:

On behalf of Tri-Lakes 350.org, I am extending our deep appreciation to the many people and organizations which helped bring the Earth Day event to the public on Sunday, April 22 in the Harrietstown Town Hall. Sunday was the 48th annual celebration of Earth Day, and much has changed since the first Earth Day in 1970. Today the negative impact humanity has on many different facets of this world’s environment has been observed and studied for years. Unfortunately, the research shows we must begin significant changes now if we as a human race want to keep a viable sustainable environment for future generations. That is why an event like this, sharing solutions and ideas, is so important.

With great thanks we acknowledge the following people, organizations and groups for participating in presenting an afternoon of information, knowledge, conversation, music, art and fun:

¯ SPEAKERS: Richard Brandt, Dan Plumley, Lance Clark, Curt Stager, Youth Climate Summit students

¯ TABLE HOSTS: Adirondack Action Pollinator Project, Adirondack Invasive Species Project, Adirondack Center for Loon Conservation, Adirondack Chapter of Nature Conservancy, Adirondack Council, Adirondack Farm to School Initiative, Adirondack Mountain Club, Adirondack Watershed Institute, Adirondack Wild, Adirondack North Country Association, Anti-Plastic Project Tri-Lakes 350.Org, Apex Solar, Ausable River Association, Lake Placid High School Environmental Club, Lake Placid Land Conservancy, North Country Community College Environmental Club, Northern Forest Center, Paul Smith’s Center For Campus Sustainability, Paul Smith’s Visitor Interpretive Center, Wild Center, Slow Fashion, Voters for Change voter registration table, Whiteface Mountain Field Center, Youth Climate Summit

¯ MUSICIANS: Partridge in the Pines, Barb and Sarah Curtis

¯ MIDDLE SCHOOL TEACHERS: Maria DeAngelo, Sandy Huber

¯ ART JUDGES: Chris WInters, Noreen Sadue and Sandy Hildreth

¯ Joe Dockery, who did the sound

¯ A special thank-you to Harrietstown Hall staff, Jen Rush and John Wheeler for their support and assistance.

While much has to be done, we should continue to make the changes needed to provide for the current generations living in this wondrous Adirondack region of New York state and also for generations that follow. It is with the same spirit of cooperation that caused Sunday’s event to happen that, as a region, state, nation and world, we can alter the impact of our mismanagement and mistakes creating a sustainable future.

Thank you,

Steve DeHond

Tri-Lakes 350.org

Saranac Lake

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