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Capital District Humanist Society

The Capital District Humanist Society provides a supportive community for exchanging ideas, heightening our knowledge of the world and ourselves, fostering moral and ethical growth, and promoting the principles of secular humanism.

CDHS is a member organization for individuals who share humanist values and who reside in the Capital District region of New York State and neighboring areas. Our values include commitment to free inquiry, rational thought, life-long education, democracy, social concern, and fellowship.

The Society provides various activities including monthly speakers, socials, book discussions, and a newsletter.

The Capital District Humanist Society presents:



Mark Lowery:

 Hell and High Water:
New York Responds to Climate Change

Climate change has already affected New York State's natural resources, infrastructure, communities and residents. New York State has established a goal of reducing its greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent by 2050 and launched several programs to prepare the state for the consequences of climate change. Mark Lowery will describe anticipated future effects of climate change, the level of greenhouse gas emissions reductions needed to avoid catastrophic effects, and New York State programs to reduce greenhouse emissions and adapt to unavoidable effects of climate change. The program will include a description of the stateís Climate Smart Communities program, which supports local climate action, and ways for individuals to be involved.

A 29-year veteran of NYSDEC, Mark Lowery has served as a climate policy analyst in DECís Office of Climate Change since 2007. He previously worked as a wildlife biologist, citizen participation specialist and chief of Public Outreach. He oversees the Climate Smart Communities program and coordination of the implementation of the Community Risk and Resiliency Act, and serves on numerous state-level teams focused support of local climate action and adaptation to climate change. He holds a bachelorís degree in biology from Franklin and Marshall College, and a masterís degree in environmental and forest biology from the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry.

Sunday, July 9th, 2017


  • Refreshments 12:30; Program 1:15 p.m.
  • Room 224, Campus Center, Sage Colleges Albany Campus
  • New Scotland Ave. at Academy Road, Albany
  • Admission: Free.

  • The Public is Cordially Invited to Attend!

Presented by The Capital District Humanist Society

Details and directions: 518.533.2666, or our directions page

Monthly meetings

CDHS meets on the second Sunday of each month in Room 224 of the Campus Center at the Albany campus of the Sage Colleges, at New Scotland Avenue and Academy Road.

We gather at 12:30 pm. Program starts at 1:15. Light refreshments are provided.

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Other Activities

In addition to monthly speaker presentations, we hold monthly social events, and sponsor a reading group, and a discussion group.


CDHS is affiliated with the three major humanist organizations:



Members and subscribers receive our publication, The Humanist Monthly. If you are interested in more information about CDHS, give us your name and email address, and we will send a sample copy or two with no obligation.

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