Lija Treibergs and other participants play Adirondack-themed Pictionary at Paul Smith’s College VIC through Late Evening for the Planet. Photo by Chloe Bennett

Student-run climate game show “Late Evening for the Planet” combines enjoyable, games and some general levity

By Chloe Bennett

Most science events do not start out with a banjo and a fiddle. But final Wednesday evening at Paul Smith’s College, the Adirondack band Higher on the Hog showed off string instrument dexterity with classic nation music. Band members Marion Hoelzel, Bill Chamberlain and Tyler Dezago mixed some modern tunes into the nostalgic set, targeting an audience of younger and older people today interested in understanding additional about the warming Earth. 

College students and faculty filled about 40 seats through an hour of interviews and games about climate modify.

A band plays music with a fiddle and other instruments on stage at the VIC.Higher on the Hog, comprised of Bill Chamberlain, Tyler Dezago, and Marion Hoelze, played classic nation songs at the Late Evening for the Planet game show. Photo by Chloe Bennett

They have been participating in Late Evening for the Planet. It debuted in 2019 just after two former SUNY Plattsburgh students, Charlie Olsen and Michala Hendrick, decided to take climate education outdoors of the classroom. The show’s household base is at Olive Ridley’s Taphouse &amp Grill, a Plattsburgh haunt that provides some informality to the broad subject of climate modify. 

“Their two circumstances have been (that) it not come about in a classroom, and that it be in a incredibly public spot that had booze involved,” mentioned SUNY Plattsburgh professor Curt Gervich, a show organizer. 

Wednesday’s occasion was the very first road trip for the game show, which was hosted by graduate student Kayleen Snyder and undergraduate Gabe Thatcher. 


Scientists Lija Treibergs and Brendan Wiltse talked about their perform with the Adirondack Watershed Institute.

Wiltse noted that road salt is seeping into groundwater and that ice on Adirondack waters is disappearing from larger temperatures. In the future, Wiltse recommended, maybe a scientist can examine the existing state of the climate to acid rain in previous decades, which has enhanced with regulations. 

“Hopefully somebody can sit exactly where I am and say we passed legislation that addressed climate modify,” Wiltse mentioned. 

Treibergs, who researched climate modify and lake ecosystems this winter in Antarctica, shared her encounter.

“I feel when I inform people today that I spent a handful of months in Antarctica, they have this vision of living in a tiny yellow tent surrounded by nothing at all but ice and blowing snow and a go to from the occasional penguin,” she mentioned. 

For these questioning about her living quarters, the investigation associate mentioned it wasn’t as remote as most would feel. Treibergs lived with other scientists at the McMurdo Station, the biggest investigation center of its type on the continent. “So it is definitely like a mini college campus in a way,” she mentioned. 

A question on a slideshow asks participants to order five of the highest peaks in the Adirondacks by highest to lowest elevation.A trivia query through Late Evening for the Planet expected attendees to perform with each other. Photo by Chloe Bennett

Just after a game of Adirondack-themed Pictionary, Aiden Ripp, a Paul Smith’s College student and Nordic skier, told the crowd that he worried about the future of snow and ice. 

Speaking with knowledgeable ski jumpers, Ripp mentioned he discovered that locations such as Chicago applied to host skiing events. But that ended for the reason that of the lack of snow in the city. 

Avoiding dread about the planet’s future is crucial to the game show, which occurs after a month through the fall and spring semesters. Gervich mentioned most attendees stroll away additional optimistic than they have been prior to attending Late Evening, according to a survey administered by the organizers. 

“I’m definitely proud of the students for the reason that this is not some thing that they’re educated to do,” Gervich mentioned. “We’re not a group of theater students or performers. They’re all environmental science students who have a passion for science communication and it is fairly courageous what they’re undertaking.”

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