The Beacon Sloop Club’s winter lecture series continues on Thursday February 18th at 7:00 pm with a presentation by Russ Lange entitled, “Working Toward a New Human Ecology in the Hudson Valley”.
Ecology is the science that deals with the relationships between groups of living things and their environments (including humans). For centuries the Hudson River has shaped the way we live work and play. We in turn have shaped the River. Great progress has been made in cleaning up the Hudson River since the Clearwater was launched in 1969.
Almost surprisingly, raising public awareness about the beauty of the Hudson River Valley, and the fragility of its ecosystem resulted in a rising tide of public sentiment and responsible action.
Mr. Lange will argue that today the greatest environmental issue in the Hudson Valley is the state of the environment that the poorest of the valley's residents grow up in, particularly in sections of our riverfront cities. In this talk he will describe some of the factors that have led to our present situation gleaned from research done in support of exhibits at the Hudson River Maritime Museum and the Newburgh Historical Society.
He will make the case that our future needs lie in healthy riverfront cities. Mr. Lange will discuss responses to this crisis that we as not-for- profit organizations might make, expanding our mission from stewards of the environment and history of the river to supporting a sustainable ecology of the Hudson River Valley.
Russ Lange has served as executive director of the Hudson River Maritime Museum from 2005-2010 and again 2104-present. He retired from IBM after 32 years as Vice President of Technology Strategy. He is past president of the Newburgh Historical Society and a volunteer for numerous other non-profit organizations.
This free event will be held on Thursday, Feb. 18th, 7:00 pm at the Beacon Sloop Club, 2 Flynn Dr., Beacon, NY (adjacent to the harbor). In the event on inclement weather check the website at www.beaconsloopclub.org . For further information call, (845) 463-4660 or, (914) 879-1082