What:   Aaron Mair, President of the National Sierra Club, will speak on Climate Justice at the Sierra Club Niagara Group’s Annual Awards Dinner

When:  Saturday, October 15, 2016

Time: 6:00 pm

Place: Temple Beth Zion, 805 Delaware Avenue, Buffalo, NY

Contacts:

Lynda Schneekloth, Sierra Club Niagara Group

716 883 4075; 560 1594   lhs1@buffalo.edu

Pamela Hughes, Chair Sierra Club Niagara Group

716 864 6802   <sierratrailblazer@gmail.com>

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Aaron Mair, President of the National Sierra Club, will be speaking at the Annual Awards Dinner of the Sierra Club Niagara Group on Saturday, Oct. 15 at Temple Beth Zion, 805 Delaware Avenue, Buffalo.  There will be a press conference starting at 5:50 in advance of the dinner with speaker Aaron Mair, President of the National Sierra Club, at Temple Beth Zion.

Mair will speak on Climate Justice and the current situation regarding climate change and its differential impact on people on the frontlines – whether because of rising sea levels and the drowning of their nations, or because of economic inequalities that leaves them with fewer resources to take climate action. Pamela Hughes, Chair of the Sierra Club Niagara Group, commented that “climate change is also unjust to future generations who will inherit a much less habitable planet.” Mair will also address the NY Renews Campaign, a coalition of environmental groups, economic justice organizations, unions and the Working Families Party which is pushing for NYS to lead in climate justice.

In addition to Aaron Mair’s address, the Niagara Group will be presenting its yearly awards. This year’s Bruce Kershner Award for Conservation goes to the people who have led the campaign to remove the Robert Moses Parkway: PAUL DYSTER, Mayor, City of Niagara Falls; THOMAS DESANTIS, Senior Planner, City of Niagara Falls; and BOB BAXTER, Niagara Heritage Partnership. Lynda Schneekloth of the Niagara Group is clear that “[T]hese three people worked for decades to restore the magnificent Niagara Gorge and return it to the people. “

The group will also award the Blake Reeves Award for Environmental Leadership to individuals and organizations that have exhibited strong leadership in addressing a critical environmental issue.  Roger Cook will present this award to TODD HOBLER, Vice President of 1199 SEIU Healthcare Workers United East, for his leadership to protect Seneca Lake and DEBORAH HAYES, Area Director of the Communication Workers of America, WNY District office for her leadership within CWA in building a partnership between her International union and the Sierra Club. “These leaders and their unions have been in the forefront of forging an alliance and partnership between their unions and the Sierra Club in support of climate justice,” reports Cook.

Aaron Mair, President of the National Sierra Club and guest speaker at the dinner, is from Schenectady, NY, and is an epidemiological-spatial analyst with the New York State Department of Health. His background and experience includes more than three decades of environmental activism and over 25 years as a Sierra Club volunteer leader, where he has worked diligently and passionately for environmental justice.

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