Southampton’s Rogers Memorial Library is teaming up this month with Drawdown East End for a series of online forums on “Drawdown the Future: A Conversation for our Changing Times.”

Drawdown East End is a community group looking to implement the strategies of “Project Drawdown,” a comprehensive series of personal, collective, civic, business and government actions that will remove carbon from the atmosphere and prevent catastrophic climate change. 

“What are your ideas about a thriving, regenerative future?” asks Drawdown East End co-founder Darr Reilly. “Join us in this exciting, informative four-panel series. “We designed these events to start a community conversation about ways we can create the future we want, and how we can start now to take actions that transition us into a regenerative, circular economy for all.”

On Tuesday evenings in February, Drawdown East End’s founders, steering team and guests will hold a series of Zoom panels.

On Tuesday, Feb. 2, Ms. Reilly and Krae Van Sickle will discuss “Eating for the Future,” addressing “how our food choices can be the single most powerful tool in the world for reversing greenhouse gases” from 7 to 8 p.m. 

On Feb. 9, Mark Haubner & Ellen Bialo will discuss “Lawn and Landscape for the Future” from 6:30 to 8 p.m. 

“Information leads to education leads to awareness: Our current lawn and landscaping practices are not sustainable with regard to water quantity or quality and we will be talking about all the best management practices available to us to change this for the better,” said Mr. Haubner.

On Feb. 16 from 7 to 8 p.m., Diane Shapiro and Mary Morgan will discuss “Seafood for the Future.”

“Regeneration is the theme for Seafood for the Future, as we will be talking about ways fishing and aquaculture can be done that renews our oceans and bays so we all benefit,” said Ms. Shapiro.

Inga Eriksdotti & Mary Morgan will discuss “Fashion and Fabrics for the Future” on Feb. 23 from 7 to 8 p.m., about “how the fashion industry is getting into recycling, reusing, and repurposing,” said Ms. Eriksdotti.

Panelists include Sean Barrett, founder of Dock to Dish, Montauk and board member of GreenWave, a regenerative ocean farm in Connecticut;  Karen Rivara, founder of Aeros Cultured Oyster Company, Southold; Joe Realmuto, executive chef for Nick & Toni’s, Rowdy Hall, La Fondita and Townline BBQ; and Coche Comedor, a member of Dock to Dish.  Beth Fiteni, author of the Green Wardrobe Guide and Lizzy Sweigart, owner of The Times Vintage Shop in Greenport will be talking about eco fashion and thrifting. 

Register online for these Zoom sessions at

Founded by Darr Reilly, Mary Morgan and Krae Van Sickle, Drawdown East End is a grassroots, non-partisan organization that inspires and supports our communities to actively engage in solutions that reduce greenhouse gases and achieve Drawdown. You can learn more at 

Drawdown is the point at which atmospheric greenhouse gas concentrations start to decline annually. Edited by Paul Hawken, the best-selling book “Drawdown” outlines 80 scientifically valid, economically viable and commonly available solutions and technologies that, when brought to scale, can reverse global warming and provide cascading economic, health and security benefits.  

Beth Young
Beth Young is an award-winning local journalist who has been covering the East End since the 1990s. She began her career at the Sag Harbor Express and, after receiving her Masters from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, has reported for the Southampton Press, the East Hampton Press and the Times/Review Media Group. She founded the East End Beacon website in 2013, and a print edition in 2017. Beth was born and raised on the North Fork. In her spare time, she tinkers with bicycles, tries not to drown in the Peconic Bay and hopes to grow the perfect tomato. You can send her a message at

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