Brewster, MA, September 24, 2016 — On Sunday, October 2, 2016, the Paul Hush Memorial Forum Series will host “Oceans: Too Big to Fail?”, a presentation on climate change and its effects on oceans world-wide, and on Cape Cod. The event will take place at the First Parish Unitarian Universalist Meeting House, 1969 Main Street, Brewster, MA from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Richard Delaney, President and CEO, Center for Coastal Studies and co-founder of the Global Ocean Forum, is Guest Speaker. Delaney, who attended the historic Paris Accord in December 2015, will be discussing the state of the world’s oceans and climate change, and why oceans are critically important to the health of the planet. Mr. Delaney—a recent attendee of the Our Oceans conference in Washington, D.C. sponsored by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and attended by representatives of 60 countries—will discuss high points important results of that conference. He will also discuss the newly formed Cape Cod Climate Change Collaborative (CCCCC), a regional network of businesses, institutions and nonprofits committed, along the lines of the Paris Accord, to transparent, incremental and quantifiable measures to mitigate climate change. The ultimate goal of this important presentation is to educate the public and inspire public activism at all levels to mitigate the effects of climate change.
A full house is expected, so early arrival is recommended. Journalist/ photographers and radio stations are considered invited guests and every effort will be made to accommodate last-minute arrivals due to tight deadlines.
Richard Delaney has endeavored to put oceans on the international agenda for over 30 years. He was founding Director of the Urban Harbors Institute at the University of Massachusetts; served as Assistant Secretary of Environmental Affairs in Massachusetts; was National Chair of the Coastal States Organization in Washington, D.C. representing the Governors of 35 coastal states, Great Lake states and U.S. territories on legislative and budgetary matters before Congress.
The Center for Coastal Studies (CCS), established in 1976, is a private non-profit organization whose mission is to better understand and conserve coastal environments and ocean ecosystems through scientific research, education and outreach, and public policy dialogues.
The Paul Hush Memorial Forum Series was created several years ago by First Parish Brewster UU member, political activist and community leader Paul Hush. His aim was to bring information on timely topics of interest, free of charge, to the greater Cape Cod community. Some past Forum presentations have included discussions of economic inequality on Cape Cod, the dangers posed by the Pilgrim Nuclear Plant in Plymouth, the history of Transcendentalism, aging on Cape Cod, and mindfulness and meditation.
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