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York College to host Earth Day climate change panel discussion on April 24

April 12, 2019
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York College will host an April 24 panel discussion of the climate change crisis, global action and climate literacy in the United States to celebrate Earth Day. The event will begin at 7 p.m. in Weinstock Lecture Hall, Willman Business Center, and is open to the public free of charge.

Panelists will include senior biology major Zachary Snier of New Park, Pa., and senior forensic chemistry major Aerial Kendrick of York, chemistry professor Gregory Foy, and York Suburban High School teacher Leigh Foy.

Snier and Kendrick served as Student Ambassadors representing the American Chemical Society (ACS) at annual United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP). Snier participated at COP23 in Bonn, Germany, in 2017, and Kendrick participated at COP24 in Katowice, Poland, in 2018. Both presented outcomes of their observations at ACS national meetings. Snier authored a chapter to be published in the forthcoming book “Global Consensus on Climate Change: Paris Agreement and the Path Beyond.” These two students will offer a youth perspective on the climate crisis.  

Leigh and Greg Foy were recognized on April 2, 2019, with a national award for “Incorporating Sustainability into Chemistry Education” at the Spring National Meeting of the ACS in Orlando, Fla. Leigh participated at COP21 in Paris in 2015, where the Paris Agreement was adopted. Greg has participated in all COPs during the previous decade. The couple recently coauthored two book chapters on climate change literacy and education. Greg is also coeditor of three recent books addressing climate science, education, social justice, economics, global treaties, and more.

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