Monthly Membership Meetings

Second Tuesday of the Month, September Through May

TIME: 7:30 P.M.

PLACE: Freeport Memorial Library

144 W. Merrick Rd.

(at S. Ocean Ave.)


DATE: Tuesday, February 10, 2015

SPEAKER: Justin Shapiro

TOPIC: The Hurricane Sandy Connection: Climate Change and the Superstorm

Our next monthly meeting will include a program about the link between extreme weather and climate change, specifically regarding Hurricane Sandy, and the continued relevance of climate change for today and the future. Our guest speaker, perhaps the youngest in SSAS’s nearly 45-year history, is in his senior year at John F. Kennedy High School in Bellmore. Justin is one of 300 nationwide Intel Science Talent Search semifinalists, for a project he did with Harvard University researchers, “An Analysis of Corporate Response to Climate Change.” He is a student who finds issues that he is passionate about and takes a position of leadership to create the change he wishes to see in the world. As a sixth grader, Justin was elected president of his elementary school student council and followed through on a campaign promise by starting a school-wide recycling program, for which he was given a citation by the Town of Hempstead for “exemplary citizenship.”

Justin has used the skills developed at Climate Reality Leadership training to continue his activism on the climate crisis by giving presentations and speeches on the politics of climate change in his community, and by writing for local newspapers. As one of the few high school students selected to become a Climate Reality Leader, he utilizes his relative youth to connect with his peers, those who will ultimately determine our response to the climate crisis. The Climate Reality Project was founded by former Vice President Al Gore in 2006, the year that his film "An Inconvenient Truth" won the Academy Award for best documentary. The Project has certified nearly 7000 adults and teenagers throughout the world, who have attended one of its training sessions and fulfilled subsequent requirements to become Climate Reality Leaders. Join us!

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