Martha Christine is a member of the local chapter of the Citizens Climate Lobby, a national organization that empowers residents to build the political will needed to solve the climate crisis. She’s here to talk about CCL-LV and their local kickoff event on Sunday, September 22 from 1 to 4 pm at the Fox Environmental Center at Illick’s Mill in Bethlehem.
Annie: My guest today is Ed Perry. He is the outreach coordinator for the National Wildlife Federation’s climate change campaign. He is here in Bethlehem to arrange for a roundtable discussion about how climate change is affecting wildlife, natural systems and public health. Ed, could you tell us about the upcoming event and what it is about?
Bruce: My guest today is Karen Dolan, Executive Director and CEO of the Gertrude B. Fox Environmental Center at 100 Illick’s Mill Road, as well as a Bethlehem City Councilwoman. I remember when you were teaching English and History; how did you transition from full-time teacher to CEO of a nature center?
Martha Christine is the team leader of the Bethlehem Backyards for Wildlife, a group of volunteers working as a subcommittee of the Bethlehem Environmental Advisory Council. Bethlehem Backyards for Wildlife recently obtained Community Wildlife Habitat certification from the National Wildlife Federation for the city of Bethlehem. Can you tell us about how you obtained this?
Karen Feridun is the founder of Berks Gas Truth, a grassroots community group fighting shale gas drilling in Pennsylvania. Her organization is one of the co-sponsors of a special screening of the new documentary Gasland, Part 2 on June 17th at the Broughal Middle School in Bethlehem.
Farmer’s Markets in the Lehigh Valley begin opening throughout this month of May. These are a wonderful resource for those of us that value knowing the source of our food and want to support local food producers. All of these markets provide a unique shopping experience where customers can sample many of the foods, develop relationships with the vendors, discover unique varieties of foods and plants and learn healthy cooking tips at a fun, family-oriented destination.
Today on Living Green in the Lehigh Valley we are featuring a recurring event on renewable energy and sustainability, a monthly lecture series presented by the Mid-Atlantic Renewable Energy Association or MAREA. We have as our guest, Philip Jones, a MAREA board member. Phil, tell us a little about the lecture series.