As part of the ongoing Brown Bag Speaker’s Forum, Andrew Gunther gave a slideshow and talk about Global Warming. Gunther trained with Al Gore and most of the photographs he presented were from Gore.
The talk was sobering. He began with the 3 factors that are contributing to global warming: the population explosion, the scientific and technological revolution and our way of thinking – we are not really thinking about what we are doing. Perhaps the best quote he gave was from a June 26, 2006 letter from 43 top economists from across California to Governor Schwarznegger: “…The most expensive thing we can do is nothing.”
Two tips he had for immediate changes we can make were: Unplug items when they’re not in use – like cell phone chargers; and change all your light bulbs to fluorescent ones. Whatever we do, he told us, the real question is: When people look back on this generation, “are we going to be cursed as the most selfish or revered as the most generous?”
The Brown Bag Speaker’s Forum is a collaboration between the Albany Library and the Albany YMCA. This ongoing monthly event is free and no registration is required. The next one is at 12:30 on October 15 and it will feature renowned musicologist Joseph Kerman. More information about this series and other events at the Library can be found on our website at www.aclibrary.org.