Help the Lewisboro Land Trust and Westchester Land Trust inaugurate the first annual Leon Levy Winter Walk and Environmental Symposium by participating in two great events on the weekend of February 28-March 1.
On Saturday afternoon, February 28, Andrew C. Revkin, the New York Times science reporter, will discuss global warming, sustainability, the news media and land preservation in a talk called “DOT EARTH: 9 Billion People + 1 Planet = ?” at the first Leon Levy Environmental Symposium.
It will be held in the Carriage House of the Waccabuc Country Club, from 4 to 6 p.m.
The next day – Sunday, March 1 – join us at the Leon Levy Preserve for a winter walk through the woods.
Both events are in honor of the late philanthropist Leon Levy. The Winter Walk and Environmental Symposium are being organized by Westchester Land Trust and its local chapter, the Lewisboro Land Trust, and are generously sponsored by the Jerome Levy Foundation, of which Leon Levy was the primary benefactor.
Both are free and open to the public, although seating is limited at the Environmental Symposium and reservations are recommended. For a reservation, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
In addition to Andrew Revkin, the symposium will feature two local experts – Paul Gallagher and Guy Hodges – who will give a brief history of the preserve. Revkin’s talk will follow.
Revkin, who lives in Garrison, has vast experience in covering science and the environment, for the Times and other publications. Here’s his bio:
“One of America’s most honored science writers, Andrew C. Revkin has spent a quarter century providing ground-breaking coverage of subjects ranging from the Asian tsunami to the assault on the Amazon, from the politics of climate to science at the North Pole. He has been an environment reporter for The New York Times since 1995. His coverage of climate change was honored with the John Chancellor Award for sustained journalistic excellence in 2008, and won the inaugural National Academies Communication Award for print journalism, presented by the National Academy of Sciences, the United States’ preeminent scientific body. He has twice won the Science Journalism Award of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and, along with other prizes, has won an Investigative Reporters & Editors Award.
He is a pioneer in multimedia journalism, filing audio, video, and award-winning photography along with his stories from far-flung places. With his Dot Earth blog (nytimes.com/dotearth), which Time Magazine calls a “must read,” Revkin has become what the magazine says is the “de factor moderator” of the national discourse on global warming.
Revkin has written several books, including The Burning Season, on the murder of Amazon defender Chico Mendes, which was awarded the Sidney Hillman Foundation Book Prize and a Robert F. Kennedy Book Award and was made into the HBO film of the same name, which won three Golden Globes and two Emmys. His newest book, and first for younger readers, is The North Pole Was Here: Puzzles and Perils at the Top of the World, on the once and future Arctic. He has a biology degree from Brown University and a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia. He has taught at Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism and Bard College.
In scraps of spare time, Mr. Revkin is also a performing songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. He accompanies Pete Seeger on occasion at regional shows and performs with his own rural-roots band, Uncle Wade (myspace.com/unclewade). He lives in the Hudson Valley with his wife, who is a science educator, and two sons.”
The Sunday walk of the Leon Levy Preserve will honor Leon Levy and give a nod of thanks to the Lewisboro residents who, in the late 1990s, staged winter walks of the 386-acre tract, known then as the Bell property, as a way to build support for public acquisition. The Town of Lewisboro bought the property in 2005, with the help of the Jerome Levy Foundation, the Dextra Baldwin McGonagle Foundation, New York City and Westchester Land Trust.
Westchester Land Trust and Lewisboro Land Trust send their sincere thanks to the Jerome Levy Foundation and to Shelby White, whose late husband, Leon Levy, was the foundation’s primary benefactor.