Agenda Williamstown Selectmen March 12

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Agenda Williamstown Board of Selectmen March 12, 2007 7 p.m. Chairman's Opening Statement Feb. 26 Meeting Minutes Petitioner's Request Licenses And Permits: A. Request for Public Address System and Use of Town Green on Saturday, April 14 for National Day of Action “COOL Noon” in front of the First Congregational Church sponsored by members of clergy, congregants from local faith communities and Williamstown COOL Committee. B. Set Public Hearing date for a request from Cozy Corner Restaurant for a transfer of stock and a change of manager. For Selectmen's Consideration: A. Green Riverfront Conservation Restriction B. 2007 Annual Town Meeting Draft Warrant C. Water and Sewer Warrant Other Business Adjourn
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Williams Anthropologist Receives Grant to Support Climate Change Research

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Kim Gutschow, lecturer in religion and anthropology at Williams College, has been awarded a $100,000 grant from the National Geographic Society to fund a project titled "Climate Change Adaptation: By the People & For the People" in the Ladakh region of India.

The grant was co-written and co-conceived with Robin Sears, research associate in anthropology at Williams, and includes an international team comprised of Gutschow, Sears and four Ladakhi individuals who have been active in climate change adaptation and social justice work for the past 30 years.

Climate change and modernization have introduced unprecedented risk in high-altitude Himalayan societies such as Ladakh, which spans the upper Indus watershed. Gutschow and Sears will direct a team of Ladakhi youth and women to conduct research and advocate for specific interventions that can best address the local impacts of climate change in their region, such as water shortages from variably shrinking glaciers and reduced snowfall; declining food security due to rising temperatures and more frequent locust plagues; and occasional glacial lake outburst floods (GLOFs) or floods from extreme cloudbursts.

The project examines local strategies for coping with the effects of climate change and modernization as men and youth have left villages to seek jobs and education in urban centers, leaving the bulk of farming in the hands of women and the elderly.

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