Friday evening the Climate Ambassadors were welcomed to St. Agnes Church at Lake Placid. The parishioners served us a Lenten Friday night meal and we gave them some short presentations regarding the Pope’s encyclical and Climate work in the church.
Saturday we had some great interactive workshops on using slides and incorporating the encyclical into climate presentations. We also practiced facilitated dialogues. Throughout the day high school and college aged youth who are part of the Adirondack Youth Climate Summit joined us.
Their energy and commitment gave us all hope as the student leaders presented their work, and shared their hopes and dreams. They stated what it means to them to be the first generation growing up with the knowledge of climate change and, they believe, the last generation with a chance to change things. They also shared the fears of people in the Adirondack area who rely on winter tourism since there is not even enough snow this year for local cross country skiing.
Saturday evening the Climate Ambassadors each gave a short presentation to a local audience that included students in environmental science, local residents and the press. Afterwards there was time for dialogue and questions before a social hour. Our host from the college told us that it was one of their largest crowds ever, and the buzz of conversation and questions afterwards was amazing.
We had breakfast together before leaving for the train station today.
It has been 0 degrees Fahrenheit when I get up in the morning. Lake Clear by the Lodge where we stayed was frozen over and gorgeous. Yesterday I walked out on the Lake. It was strange to walk on water!