Noted area college administrator Stephen Danna gives a lecture recently on the subject of climate change, its impact on our lives — and ways society and individuals can mitigate the consequences.
A program examining the reality of global climate change is to be presented by college administrator Stephen Danna from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 23 at St. Cecilia’s Church, 3802 Main St. in Warrensburg.
Danna, the Dean of SUNY Plattsburgh’s branch campus in Queensbury, has studied the science behind climate change and he has been certified as a lecturer on this topic by the international organization, Climate Reality Project.
Danna notes that the severe storms, historic flooding events, increasing global temperatures, expanding droughts, melting ice and rising sea levels demonstrate scientists’ conclusions that climate change is having an increasingly adverse impact on Earth.
In this March 23 session, Danna will present introductory information about climate change’s causes, problematic consequences — and ways both societies and individuals can minimize the problem which is likely to have great impact on the lives of the world’s population and generations to come. The illustrated talk documents how glaciers are rapidly receding, oceans are becoming warmer causing a rise in sea level and flooding, as well as salinization of soils. If change isn’t enacted soon, carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere will climb to levels not experienced on earth for one million years, Danna said. Already, climate change has fostered proliferation of destructive parasites and insects like deer ticks, crop pests, and mosquitoes that spread malaria and West Nile virus, while curtailing food production through drought and heat stress, he said.
“This trend just isn’t going to stop by itself,” he said. “Consequences are dire if we don’t make changes.”
Danna, who has a Doctorate degree in Educational Leadership, started out decades ago involved in biology and marine life which led him to a degree in oceanography and a stint with the U.S. government as an oceanographer. Danna is a Warrensburg resident.
A conversation on the effects of hydraulic fracturing, commonly known as “fracking,” will follow the session on climate change.
“This issue matters!” a representative of St. Cecilia’s said this week while inviting everyone in the region to attend Danna’s talk. “The future of our grandchildren depends on our choices.”