9/20: Presentation: Conservation for a Changing Climate

Simsbury Land Trust Climate Change Speaker Series

Conservation for a Changing Climate: The Role of Land Trusts

When:  Thursday, September 20, 2018; 6:45 – 8:30pm

Where:  Simsbury Public Library Program Room, 725 Hopmeadow St., Simsbury, CT 06070

Speakers:  Keri Enright-Kato and Amy Blaymore Paterson

Join the Simsbury Land Trust for the first of three programs about Climate Change.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the internationally accepted authority on climate change, continues to reiterate that scientific evidence with greater than 95% probability demonstrates that the Earth's current warming trend is caused by human activity since the mid-20th century and proceeding at a rate that is unprecedented over decades to millennia. Climate change impacts, such as sea level rise and increased flooding, extreme storm events, decrease snow cover, and increase in vector-borne illnesses like Lyme disease, are predicted to worsen as greenhouse gases continue to accumulate in the atmosphere unless strong actions are taken to curtail such emissions. Connecticut along with jurisdictions around the world are acting to reduce emissions, and are looking to partners, like land trusts, to help identify opportunities and implement strategies to avoid, mitigate and adapt to impacts of climate change in different ways. Join us as we learn about some of the basic science behind climate change, discuss some examples of the impacts it is having in Connecticut, and talk together about how land trusts can play a part in addressing the challenges presented by a changing climate.

Thanks to Simsbury Land Trust event co-sponsors Reid and Riege and Simsbury Clean Energy Task Force.

Keri Enright-Kato is the Director of the Office of Climate Change, Technology and Research at the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP). In her role as Director, Keri leads the development of Connecticut policies and programs aimed at addressing climate change. This work includes coordinating the Governor’s Council on Climate Change (GC3) and developing strategies to integrate a climate change focus into the decision making of local governments, public and private institutions, businesses and individuals. Her office also works on several regional and national climate change initiatives such as the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), the Transportation and Climate Initiative, and the U.S. Climate Alliance.

Amy Blaymore Paterson joined the Connecticut Land Conservation Council (CLCC) in 2010 as its first Executive Director. Working with the CLCC Board of Directors and Advisory Council, Amy provides the Connecticut land conservation community with technical assistance, training, and advocacy to further advance permanent land conservation across the state. Before joining CLCC, Amy served as a Project Manager for The Trust for Public Land, overseeing several complex conservation transactions, and worked for over twenty years as an attorney, concentrating her practice in land preservation and environmental protection. Prior to moving to Connecticut, Amy was an attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice. She received a BA from Franklin & Marshall College and her law degree from the University of Denver. Amy lives with her family in Vernon, CT. An avid trail runner, when Amy isn't helping to conserve land, she's outside enjoying it!