~ PVN staff report
The Page County Public Forum plans to host its second virtual forum later this month. Four speakers are lined up for the next installment in the forum series — “Climate Action” is set for 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 26.
“Feeling confused (maybe even a bit heated?) during discussions with friends? Come to the Forum to learn about what is being done and how you can take action,” reads the Forum’s flyer promoting the event. “You might be surprised to learn that you’ve already taken some important steps.”
The non-profit, grassroots organization relies strictly on volunteers and cooperation, both among members and their guests. Several times a year, the group coordinates informational sessions with a panel of experts on a given topic. Previous forums have focused on solar energy, substance abuse, economic development and the COVID-19 pandemic (last month).
“The Page County Public Forum is dedicated to remaining of service to our community, especially during these isolated days,” stated Forum co-chair Nancy Boyer in a recent letter to members and the public. “Our important topic is climate change actions which we all need to be discussing. An excellent panel, moderated by Dr. Leslie Grady, along with Dr. Wayne Teel, Dr. Colin Greene and Rev. Sara Galindo will offer a broad range of expertise on the many issues concerning climate changes.”
- Dr. Leslie Grady is a licensed professional engineer who taught environmental engineering at Purdue and Clemson universities and engaged in private practice with CH2M Hill, the world’s largest environmental engineering consulting firm. Since his retirement, he has devoted much of his time to climate science and global warming.
- Dr. Wayne Teel, professor, Integrated Science and Technology, James Madison University, received his Ph.D from the Natural Resources Department at Cornell University specializing in Agroforestry. In 1999, he moved into a self-designed straw bale house with a solar hot water system in Keezletown, Va. In recent years, he has focused on ways to address climate change.
- Dr. Colin Greene, Lord Fairfax Health District Director, Virginia Department of Health (VDH), will address the health impacts of climate change.
- Rev. Sara Galindo, a resident of Luray for nearly four years and pastor of the Luray Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), will discuss the faith-based approach to climate action.
To attend the “Climate Action” forum on May 26, go to this link to join Zoom meeting:
Meeting ID: 834 6347 8075