Environmentalist with Local Ties Giving Climate Change Talk
FITCHBURG -- To be surrounded by 1,500 people who are dedicated to helping our environment is one of Ariel Hoover’s most significant memories and something that she wants to share with the community.
Her presentation “Got Hope? Climate Change’s Effects on Our Economy; Food and Water Supply and Infectious Diseases and What We Can Do to Mitigate These Effects” will be held on Thursday, Sept. 13, from 6:30 until 8 p.m., including discussion and questions, at the Fitchburg Public Library, located at 610 Main St.
In this presentation, Hoover will explain the causes of climate change and how it impacts our economy, food, and water supply, as well as the surge in infectious diseases.
“Most importantly, this will share hope, because each of us has a role to play to ensure that our country’s future well-being and yours are healthy and sustainable,” said Hoover.
Light refreshments will be served, and this presentation is being offered free of charge since it is a requirement of the Climate Reality Training.
Hoover currently lives in Lincoln and it’s only fitting that she is within walking distance of the lovely Walden Pond, and “can enjoy Henry David Thoreau’s surroundings,” which means so much to her.
She considers Thoreau as our first American environmentalist.
“Indeed, scientists are using his records to document climate changes from his time,” she said, “And it is a lovely spot for contemplation.”
Hoover has many ties to Fitchburg and Ashby, having met her “wonderful” husband there, and having lived in Fitchburg and married at the 4H camp in Ashby.
She had been a public school teacher, as well as an instructor in a special program at Tufts University, from which she retired.
“When I retired, I wanted to volunteer to help people in the most significant and important way I could,” she says.
The first thing she did was volunteer for 12 weeks at the Center for the Rehabilitation for Wildlife, a wildlife rehab hospital in Sanibel, Florida, while she tried to figure out where she would spend most of her volunteer efforts.
“I continue to volunteer at CROW, but I took on the responsibility of offering presentations on various aspects of climate change as my main contribution because it is so important to all of us”, Hoover explained.
To expand her knowledge she trained last year with Al Gore and 1,500 people from around the world on climate change
“It was life-changing,” she says with excitement. “It was as if I had found my ‘tribe’ after feeling that I was slightly out of kilter with most people.”
Hoover believes that we are all our brother’s keeper and that we should help each other and says that this work fulfills that.
“I have always been an environmentalist, even when the word did not exist, because it just made sense to me,” Hoover said. “I have known since the 1960s and Rachel Carson (the author of ‘Silent Spring’ who is credited with advancing the idea of a global environmental movement), that our world was in trouble, and that if we did not change, the people and animals and environs that I love and cherish would perish.”
She decided that focusing on climate change and ways we can mitigate its effects would be the rest of her life’s work “because it is the most important issue that affects every living thing.”
She says she learned so much last year about climate change’s effects on our economy, diseases, water and food threats, as well as what each of us can do to change our path.
“This presentation is full of hope because there is good news in this field,” Hoover said enthusiastically. “We have the technology to change from polluting fossil fuels to renewable energy sources; we just need the sense of urgency to do what we can.”
That is why she does her presentations wherever she can.
“The library is a place to share ideas.It is a place for public discourse on any number of topics. Maybe not everyone will agree with Ms. Hoover’s position, but we hope you will come to hear her, ask questions, and participate in a discussion,” said Sharon A. Bernard, director of the Fitchburg Public Library.
The health of the environment is a responsibility for everyone.Ariel says that she will help us learn what we can do and “what each of us does makes a difference -- good or bad,” said Bernard.
“When my grandkids ask me, ‘What did you do during the time when climate change could have been stopped?,’ I will be able to honestly say, ‘all I could,’” she concludes.
For more information about this or other library programs, please call 978-829-1780 or visit www.FitchburgPublicLibrary.org .