“Sea levels rise and intensified storms give those of us with beach houses cause for pause,” noted Carl Safina, Board Trustee at South Fork Natural History Museum (SoFo). “Whether we barricade ourselves or stage a managed retreat to higher ground, the sea isn’t what it used to be. Neither is the future.”
South Fork Natural History Museum, the only state-of-the-art natural history museum on the South Fork of Long Island, is hosting its first Annual Climate Change Forum & Benefit, “Climate Change: What It Means for the East End,” on Saturday, June 6th. The evening will kickoff with a cocktail reception from 5 to 6 p.m., featuring wine donated by Channing Daughters Winery and beer donated by the Montauk Brewing Company. A panel discussion from 6 to 7 p.m. will follow.
“What we do will come down to money and policies,” said Safina. “But first, we need the best information on what might happen, and likelihoods of it happening, so we can plan contingencies and ‘what if’ scenarios.”
SoFo is holding the event to share research and discuss creative solutions related to global climate change impacts on the East End, specifically in regards to marine environments, mitigation (reducing greenhouse gas emissions) and adaptation. The evening will support the Museum’s new Climate Change programming, which will launch this fall.
“Climate Change: What It Means for the East End” speakers will include Michael B. Gerrard, Andrew Sabin Professor of Professional Practice at Columbia Law School and director of the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law; Carl Safina, who was named by Audubon Magazine among “100
Notable Conservationists of the 20th Century;” Jack Rivkin, Chief Investment Officer of Altegris Group, an alternative investment firm headquartered in La Jolla, CA, Rivkin has had a longtime involvement with the Climate Change movement; Assemblyman Steve Englebright, who helped pioneer the effort to preserve the Long Island Pine Barrens in the early 1980s and is credited with articulating the connection between the preservation of the Pine Barrens ecosystem and protection of the sole source aquifer which it overlays as a public health imperative to safeguard the drinking water of 1.5 million; and Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele, Jr., a New York State Assemblyman representing New York’s 1st Assembly District, which includes the Towns of East Hampton, Southampton, Shelter Island, and eastern Brookhaven.
“SoFo is very excited to host this groundbreaking event focusing on the important topic of climate change,” expressed Frank Quevedo, Executive Director of SoFo. “We invite everyone from the community to join our discussion as we work together to protect our planet.”
Tickets begin at $150 and $75 for students. A VIP ticket, which include a post event dinner with the featured speakers and special guests, hosted by SoFo Founder and President Andy Sabin, is available for $500.
South Fork Natural History Museum & Nature Center is located at 377 Bridgehampton-Sag Harbor Turnpike in Bridgehampton. For more information, call 631-537-9735 or visit www.sofo.org.