Dutchess County Thinks Differently (Aired on February 27, 2022)

Dr. Toni-Marie Ciarfella, Deputy Commissioner for Special Needs of Dutchess County, comes to RadioRotary’s microphone with news of the county’s several programs available for people with special needs. The campaign, which includes local businesses as well as the county, is called Think Differently. Related to it are the awards and events dealing with employment, called Think Jobs, and an educational program run by Dutchess Community College called Think Ahead. Some fifteen local agencies, such a New Horizons, ARC, the Anderson Center for Autism, and the Down
Syndrome Association of the Hudson Valley are part of the effort, which was started by Country Executive Marcus Molinaro in 2015. The Anderson Center is central to the program, which focuses much of its energy on making the county a place where those on the autism spectrum can be comfortable.

Learn More:
Think Differently: https://www.thinkdifferently.net/
Think Jobs: https://thinkdutchess.com/about-us/careers/
Think Ahead: https://www.sunydutchess.edu/academics/academicsupport/opportunityprograms/think_ahead.html
Anderson Center for Autism: https://www.andersoncenterforautism.org/
Dutchess Country Department of Children and Family Services: https://www.dutchessny.gov/Departments/Community-Family-Services/Community-and-Family-Services.htm

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Clean Power for New York (Aired on November 28, 2021)

Clean-Power-Fellow Brynn Fuller-Becker visits RadioRotary from Brooklyn via Zoom to describe to work that New Yorkers for Clean Power (NYCP) is doing to make the state a leader in renewable energy. The state has a goal of transitioning away from fossil fuels, coal mainly but also natural gas, and replacing those energy sources with wind, solar, hydroelectric, and possibly nuclear power. Some more exotic power sources may also come on line, such as tidal or geothermal power. One of the necessities of this plan is to improve the grid used to distribute power around the state. In the effort to reach net-zero carbon, in addition to the power sources and a green frid, we need to use batteries better, including those in electric vehicles.

Learn more:
New Yorkers for Clean Power: https://nyforcleanpower.org/
New York State’s Energy Profile: https://www.eia.gov/state/?sid=NY
Renewable Energy: https://www.nrdc.org/stories/renewable-energy-clean-facts
Global Climate Change: https://climate.nasa.gov/news/?page=0&per_page=40&order=publish_date+desc%2C+created_at+desc&search=&category=19%2C98

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December 5, 2021 · Posted in Environment, Health, Quality of Life  

Fall Prevention Week 2021 (Aired on September 19, 2021)

Jill Bubel, Trauma Injury Prevention Coordinator at Vassar Hospital, visits RadioRotary to promote the 2021 Fall Prevention Week, which begins with a picnic at Poughkeepsie’s Bowdoin Park. sponsored by the Dutchess Country Office for the Aging. The event includes a balance class based on cognitive restructuring, Tai Chi, information about making homes safer, and more, including the introduction of Bingo-cise, which combines competitive Bingo with light exercise. Some 34,000 persons die each year as a result of falls, most of which could be prevented by steps such as providing safe homes, checking with a doctor or pharmacist on drug interactions, and exercising to keep the legs strong.

Learn More:
Dutchess Office for the Aging Events: https://www.dutchessny.gov/Calendar-Page.htm?&myselectedDeptid=214
Nuvance Health Fall Awareness: https://www.nuvancehealth.org/services-and-treatments/surgical-services/injury-prevention/fall-awareness
Association for Community Living: https://aclnys.org/
Fall Prevention from National Institute on Aging: https://www.nia.nih.gov/health/prevent-falls-and-fractures
Rebuilding Together Dutchess County: http://www.rebuildingtogetherdutchess.org/
Rhinebeck Rotary: https://portal.clubrunner.ca/2252

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September 24, 2021 · Posted in Aging, Events, Health, Quality of Life  

Climate Crisis and Climate Justice (Aired on August 8, 2021)

Ugandan Climate Crisis activist Vanessa Nakate visits RadioRotary from Africa via Zoom for an essential account of how climate change has become a crisis, and about the need for Climate Justice. Her home nation of Uganda, in East Africa along Lake Victoria, has been ravaged by climate-induced floods in the east and west and climate-induced drought in the north. While major lakes in the western United States are drying up, Lake Victoria has risen to the highest level in 120 years, flooding homes and infrastructure along the shore. The same disasters that are injuring Uganda are occurring across the globe as well as fires in the U.S., Europe, and Asia. Africa, which contributes only 3% of the atmospheric gases that are causing the Climate Crisis, is just as endangered as the Western nations, China, and Japan, which produce about half of the carbon dioxide and methane globally. Climate Justice is a movement to equalize the attempts are remediation.

Learn more:
Vanessa Nakate on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Vanessa-Nakate-106155294113113
Vanessa Nakate at Rotary Convention 2020: https://rotarynewsonline.org/world-leaders-must-take-africas-climate-crisis-seriously-vanessa-nakate/
UN Climate Change Conference, Glasgow 2021: https://ukcop26.org/
Rise Up: https://www.riseupmovementafrica.org/

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August 12, 2021 · Posted in Environment, Quality of Life, Rotary International, United Nations  

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