Climate Change and Food Security

Date(s) - Tuesday, Apr 16, 2019
7:00 pm

Audubon Library


A discussion of “Climate Change and Food Security” will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 16 in Audubon Library, 350 John James Audubon Parkway, Amherst.

The speaker will be Jack Kanack, owner of Weathermedic Inc., a weather consulting and applied climatology business.  He is the vice president of the Western New York Chapter of the American Meteorological Society. His radio weather show is on WBNY (91.3 FM) from noon to 1 p.m. Mondays.

The talk is free, but please register by calling 716-689-4922 or sign up at the librarian’s desk.

Climate change is having an ever-increasing impact on people’s sense of food security. Kanack will stress
the urgency for an immediate end to all fossil fuel use, while giving numerous examples of how climate change impacts our planet. The audience will hear about the greenhouse effect, greenhouse gases, and how temperatures are responding to gas increases. There will also be discussion of how the jet stream is affected by climate change.

Closer to home, the audience will hear about how the Northeastern states and Western New York will be affected by temperature and precipitation trends. Also there will be discussion about agriculture and food security concerns, along with introducing and explaining “chilling degree hours” and how we are entering the Earth’s sixth great mass extinction and why we should be worried.

The discussion will wrap up with positive talk about how we may mitigate some of the effects of Climate Change, as we take a look at the Solutions Project and Paul Hawken’s book Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive
Plan Ever Proposed to Reduce Global Warming.