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Climate change focus of Bradford Woods Conservancy program

Tony LaRussa
| Monday, Oct. 2, 2017, 9:00 p.m.

The Bradford Woods Conservancy is playing host to a town-hall style program titled “The Many Realities of Climate Change.”

The free event at Northland Public Library on Oct. 12 at 7 p.m. will assemble a panel of five people to lead the discussion.

“We'll take a look at the symptoms of climate change, including extreme weather events, melting ice and rising sea levels,” said JC Kasten, a retired registered nurse with experience in psychological and mental health, hematology and oncology and integrated medicine.

The group also will discuss how climate relates to human physical and mental health, the global economy and the potential impact climate change could have on the nation's national defense.

“We'll talk about what we know to be fact and how we've come to know it, and solutions, including actions that need to be taken to move us all in a positive direction for the future,” said Kasten, who was a member of Vice President Al Gore's Climate Reality Project Leadership Corp.

The program will be moderated by Clare M. Bello, a senior vice president with Cannon Cochran Management Service Inc.

In addition to Kasten, the panel will consist of:

• Ward Allebach, adjunct professor of Environmental Advocacy, Communication, Sustainability and Agriculture at the University of Pittsburgh, Allebach also is the current president of the Bradford Woods Conservancy.

• Rod Elder, a retired electrical engineer with a professional career in the nuclear reactor and scientific supercomputing fields. Elder also was a member of Gore's climate group.

• Soren Fanning, associate professor of world history at Robert Morris University, where he also teaches Soviet history, world geography and secondary pedagogy.

• Larry Schweiger, president and CEO of PennFuture, past president of The National Wildlife Federation and author of “Last Chance: Preserving Life on Earth.”

Tony LaRussa is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 724-772-6368 or or via Twitter @TonyLaRussaTrib.

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