WHAT: Sierra Club – Rochester Regional Group’s 14th Annual Environmental Forum:
Our Water’s Fragile Future: Hydrofracking, Climate Change & Privatization
WHEN: Thursday, April 19, 2012; 5:30-9pm; 5:30pm-Networking; 7pm-Program
WHERE: First Unitarian Church of Rochester, 220 Winton Road South
Celebrate Earth Day a few days early at the 14th Annual Environmental Forum, where the future of upstate New York’s clean water is the topic of discussion. This annual event, sponsored by the Sierra Club’s Rochester Regional Group, features a presentation by dynamic speaker, Jim Olson, the foremost U.S. legal expert on the challenges of protecting our nation’s fresh water.
We in the Rochester region share a vital connection to the fresh water around us, from the Great Lakes to the Finger Lakes. Yet here at home and around the world, clean water is under threat from a variety of sources. If hydrofracking is permitted in NY State, where will the 3-9 million gallons of water needed to hydrofrack each of the thousands of wells come from? Where will the toxic wastewater go? How is climate change, and its attendant droughts, storms, and floods impacting our water supply? And what are the effects on everyday citizens—in western NY and across the world-- when corporations own the rights to drinking water supplies? Jim Olson will discuss these issues and others, as he shares his experience with protecting the Great Lakes through the legal defense of the Public Trust, protecting water as a “common good.”
Chairperson Linda Isaacson Fedele says “We are privileged to have a speaker this year as engaging and inspiring as Mr. Olson, who is known throughout the country in the ‘water world’ as a superstar. He’ll show how climate change, hydrofracking, and our increasingly scarce fresh water supplies are inextricably connected. I’m extremely excited-- as is Mr. Olson. This is the Sierra Club Forum not to miss.”
The Forum begins at 5:30 p.m. with a public networking session featuring more than 30 environmental organizations from around the region. Sustainably-produced food and beverages are available for purchase from local vendors. At 7 p.m., Mr. Olson shares his wisdom gleaned from 40 years as an environmental attorney.
Following the presentation is an audience question-and-answer session featuring Olson, Sierra Club Atlantic Chapter Conservation Program Director Roger Downs, and WNY Drilling Defense founder Rita Yelda.
The event is free and open to the public, though donations to help cover costs are greatly appreciated.