My thanks to all who attended; you were a wonderful audience. It was a packed house!
My thanks also to Priscilla Webster, Kathryn Moxhay, and the Friends of the Peaks Island Branch Library who made this possible;
Cynthia Farr-Weinfeld of CFW Photography here in Portland who wrote a wonderful Foreword;
and my friends whom I’ve known forever, Debbie Jordan and Dave Stankowicz here on Peaks.
The following photos, courtesy of A.D. Stankowicz:
Here are the references I referred to in my opening remarks:
Barnes & Noble Climate Change Titles (I have no financial or business relationships with Barnes & Noble)
Perhaps the most eloquent speaker for helping us understand our universe was the Cornell University astronomer, Carl Sagan, who hosted the 1980 TV series, Cosmos. A decade later he showed us a humbling photo of Earth (the Blue Dot), taken from Voyager I, and made the point that Earth is the only home we’ll ever have so we better take care of it.
In the 1980s Sagan encouraged a promising 17 year-old boy from New York to pursue astronomy. He invited Neil deGrasse Tyson to Ithaca to see what was going on at the forefront of astronomy. Today, Dr. Tyson is the Director of the Hayden Planetarium in New York City. He hosts Nova Science Now (and others), and resurrected Cosmos in 2014, aired on Fox, and now available on Netflix. Like Sagan, he too emphasizes that we need to globally act to protect our environment, since we now now that the additional CO2 in the atmosphere started to climb since the beginning of the industrial revolution (this CO2 has a fossil fuel signature–meaning, we did it).