Week ahead: Events for the week of Monday, April 18


Industrial agriculture generates a substantial amount of greenhouse gas emissions, which means it plays a role in climate change. But the topic isn’t widely talked about, says Peter Debes, chair of the Rochester Sierra Club chapter.

“It’s a message that’s being suppressed,” he says. “There’s a big industry that doesn’t want people to hear about this.”

The local Sierra Club chapter will focus on agriculture and its roles in contributing to and addressing climate change during its annual environmental forum. The program is at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 21, at First Universalist Church, 150 South Clinton Avenue. Speakers include Keegan Kuhn, co-director of the acclaimed documentary “Cowspiracy,” and organic farmers Klass and Mary-Howell Martens.

The program will also explore how exploitation of the land ties in to exploitation of migrant workers. Carly Fox, a farmworkers’ rights advocate, will speak on the issue.

The overlap between agricultural practices and climate change will only become more serious in coming years, Debes says, as developing countries consume more meat and land is cleared for livestock operations.

New York State’s presidential primary is Tuesday, April 19. Polls are open to registered Democrats and Republicans from noon to 9 p.m.

Democrats will choose between former secretary of state Hillary Clinton and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders. In polls of Democratic voters, Clinton has consistently held a lead over Sanders, with the latest Wall Street Journal – NBC News – Marist poll giving her a lead of 17 percentage points.

Businessman Donald Trump, Texas Senator Ted Cruz, Ohio Governor John Kasich, and retired pediatric neurosurgeon Ben Carson are on the Republican ballot; though Carson has dropped out and endorsed Trump.

Polls consistently show Trump in the lead among New York Republican voters, and by a big margin. About half of surveyed voters have said that they’ll back him. Roughly a quarter of those surveyed support Kasich, and around 15 percent say Cruz is their guy. BY JEREMY MOULE

The University of Rochester’s Humanities Center will host “Language, Creativity, and the Limits of Understanding,” a lecture by Noam Chomsky, at 5 p.m. on Thursday, April 21.

Chomsky is a linguist, social critic, and American scholar. His views on a variety of subjects are often fiery and controversial.

The event will be held at the UR’s Interfaith Chapel Sanctuary on the River Campus. The event is free and open to the public and seating is first come, first served. BY TIM LOUIS MACALUSO