The Adirondack Council’s Forever Adirondacks Campaign Director Aaron Mair was recently in Egypt for the COP27 climate meeting. Mair said it was great to hear from Indigenous communities, but also noted that this COP meeting was highly attended by non-renewable energy concerns. But Mair came back more determined to have a positive impact on the climate change front.
Reports of harmful algae blooms rose over the past year, and include water bodies that have never before had an HAB reported. There could be many causes for the HABs around the Saranac Lake area, including warmer waters from climate change, but increased public knowledge and testing could also play a factor.
Last year, a hunter shot what he thought was a coyote, but in fact, turned out to be a wolf. Apex predators, such as wolves, can play an integral role in wildlife ecology, and wolves would help control the state’s large deer population. Ideally, if wolves were to return to New York with and form viable packs, it would happen through natural migration.
New York state voters approved a $4.2 billion environmental bond act in early November, which will provide huge investments in fighting climate change, meeting the state’s 30×30 goal, and creating green collar jobs. The bond act was overwhelmingly passed by a roughly 2 to 1 margin state-wide, with 8 of the 12 Adirondack Counties also passing it.
The Adirondack Council had employees all around the world in November, with Aaron Mair at COP27 in Egypt, and Deputy Director Rocci Aguirre and Director of Government Relations Kevin Chlad at Somos in Puerto Rico. The Adirondack Park is ecologically and climatologically important on a global scale, and meeting with the likes of Gov. Kathy Hochul and former Vice President Al Gore reinforces the importance of the Adirondacks to the international community.
This round-up of Adirondack conservation news is a collection of the most current events taking place in New York’s Adirondack Park, a unique national treasure and legacy we inherited over 100 years ago that we must protect for future generations. This regular feature provided by the Adirondack Council highlights threats and opportunities concerning the Park’s ecological integrity, wild character, and community vibrancy.
Photos, from above: Forever Adirondacks Campaign Director Aaron Mair in Egypt for the COP27 climate meeting; harmful algal bloom; gray wolf courtesy USFWS; and Aaron Mair at COP27 in Egypt.