Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Late Night for the Planet tackles winter recreation

By Cinara Marquis

 

Every month, SUNY Plattsburgh students host a game show that aims to raise awareness of environmental issues.

Late Night for the Planet is a fully student-run show that educates Plattsburgh students and the community about the local environment on Feb. 13 from 8 to 9 p.m at Olive Ridley’s, a bar and restaurant in downtown Plattsburgh.

The show was about winter recreation in the face of climate change. Student Taylor Towne was the host and guests included skiers and backcountry enthusiasts Ron Konowitz, Caitlin Kelly and Nate Trachte. They spoke about the future of winter recreation and climate change’s effects on the Adirondacks. 

After their speeches, the hosts played environmental games based on fun facts and surprising statistics with the audience.

“These events allow us to bring local guests up to educate others on our region, including environmental initiatives and concerns,” Towne wrote over email. “Through engaging conversations and games, Late Night for the Planet guests have the ability to feel connected to the environmental concerns and projects in their region.” 

Late Night started in 2019 when a group of SUNY Plattsburgh students were connecting over the best way to educate locals about the environment. The group came up with the idea of a new game show based on education about the natural world.

Late Night for the Planet is a great tool for starting conversations about environmental awareness and action.

“We believe that educating others is the best way to spread awareness.” Towne explained.

The group especially tackles topics about the relationship between the environment and society– issues that aren’t often addressed.

“With this, it’s clear that environmental action begins with environmental education.” Towne said.

The group wants to inspire other communities to do similar events to educate people in an engaging way and “spark more initiative and care towards our land,” Towne said.

The next show will be on April 10 at 8 p.m. at Olive Ridley’s. All are welcome.

 

Learn more about Late Night for the Planet by contacting Taylor Towne at ttown003@plattsburgh.edu.

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