Sunday, August 09, 2020

Energy (and Other) Events - August 9, 2020

Energy (and Other) Events is a weekly mailing list published most Sundays covering events around the Cambridge, MA and greater Boston area that catch the editor's eye.

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What I Do and Why I Do It:  The Story of Energy (and Other) Events
http://hubeventsnotes.blogspot.com/2013/11/what-i-do-and-why-i-do-it.html

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Since almost all events are online now, Energy (and Other) Events is now virtual and can happen anywhere in the world.  If you know of online events that are happening which may be of interest to the editor of this publication, please let me know. People are connecting all across the world and I’d be more than happy to help facilitate more of that.

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Mutual Aid Networks

National
Spreadsheet of mutual aid networks
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/u/1/d/1HEdNpLB5p-sieHVK-CtS8_N7SIUhlMpY6q1e8Je0ToY/htmlview

Mutual Aid Networks to Combat Coronavirus
https://itsgoingdown.org/c19-mutual-aid/

Local
Boston COVID-19 Community Care
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/15GYuPYEzBk9KIyH3C3419aYxIMVAsa7BL7nBl9434Mg/edit?usp=sharing

Boston + MA COVID19 Resources
(This is a different Google Doc with a similar name, compiled by the Asian
American Resource Workshop)
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1-x6vOZKVsla5H363mtdgcyivvLmcx7-f2s6l-O_ba8A/edit?usp=sharing

Cambridge Mutual Aid Network
https://sites.google.com/view/cambridge-nan/home

Mutual Aid Medford and Somerville (MAMAS) network
https://docs.google.com/document/u/0/d/1RtYZ1wc8jxcSKDl555WszWhQWlOlSkNnfjIOYV0wXRA/mobilebasic

Food for Free (for Cambridge and Somerville) volunteers to provide lunches for schoolchildren, elderly, and hungry
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSed0cSIoOc7-Fvoms3VHR1Lc44fjql-vTNknz_a-7T_sKDnrw/viewform

My notes to Rebecca Solnit’s A Paradise Built in Hell:  The Extraordinary Communities That Arise in Disaster, about how people faced with emergency and disaster usually move towards providing mutual aid, at least until elite panic, a term in disaster studies, kicks in, are available at http://hubeventsnotes.blogspot.com/2016/07/notes-on-rebecca-solnits-paradise-built.html

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Details of these events are available when you scroll past the index

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Monday, August 10
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12pm  Online: Let's Talk About The Future
1pm  Thriving Online - A Weekly Workshop
1:30pm  How To Academy presents...Our Future on a Hot Earth with Jelmer Mommers In Conversation With Matthew Stadlen
9pm  How to add climate resilient features to city centres

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Tuesday, August 11
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7:30am  The Future of Energy
8:30am  Entrepreneurship in Challenging Times: Antifragility and Resiliency in Latin America
11:30am  China’s BRI & tackling climate change are they mutually exclusive?
12pm  Women on the Move: Climate-Driven Migration
12pm  The Power of Money in a Sustainable World - A Women in Sustainability event
12:30pm  POLLUTING AND PROVIDING: THE DIRTY ENERGY DILEMMA
1pm  Valuing Resilience in Solar+Storage Microgrids: A New Critical Load Tiering Approach
2pm  Ecomedia Literate Perspectives on Environmental and Racial Justice Panel
2pm  SPOTLIGHT ON: INDIGENOUS LEADERSHIP IN THE U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL AND CLIMATE JUSTICE MOVEMENTS
3pm  Rethinking Readiness Book Launch
3pm  [Solidarity] BlackRock’s Big Problem
4pm  Book Talk: A’Lelia Bundles
4:30pm  A renewables-led recovery: towards a zero-emissions future
5pm  Sustainability Post-Covid 19: Designing + Building for the Future
5:30pm  Exploring Environmental Justice
6pm  Coronavirus Catastrophe: The Mother of All Innovation
6pm  Headed for Extinction and What to Do About It
6:30pm  Understanding & Improving Indoor Air Quality with the Home Efficiency Genie
6:30pm  Harvard Kennedy School Summer Teach-In
6:30pm  Planet Microbes: Environmental Microbiology Discussion Group
8pm  Extinction Rebellion [XR]US Anti-Racism Training

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Wednesday, August 12 – Friday, August 14
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BuildingEnergy Boston 2020 

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Wednesday, August 12
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2am  Hope in Hell: Us and Climate Change with Jonathon Porritt
11am  Along the Betwa: Stories on Rivers in Water Scarce Regions
12pm  Vaccine matters: Can we cure coronavirus?
2pm  Building For the End Times
7:30pm  Turning the Tides: Equity, Justice, and The Oceans

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Thursday, August 13 - Thursday, August 27
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American Climate Leadership Summit 2020 LIVE ONLINE

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Thursday, August 13
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7am  Experience sharing on long-term strategies (LTS) in least developed countries (LDCs)
8am  The Economics of Arrival: Ideas for a Grown Up Economy
10am  America in the World:  A History of U.S. Diplomacy and Foreign Policy
11:30am  Black Households & COVID-19: Impediments to Economic Security
12pm  Municipal Climate Action: A Fireside Chat with Dr. Atyia Martin
12pm  Climate Vision 2050: Moving Towards a Brighter Future
12pm  What Early Stage Startups Need to Know About Funding
1pm  Climate Change and Sustainable Food Futures
1pm  America’s Economic Experience: The Reality of the Rural/Urban Divide
2pm  Wes Jackson and David Orr
4pm  Reindeer, Beaver, and Healing Nature With Nature
6pm  Boston Climate Action Network - Action Team Meeting
7pm  Virtual: Sarah Chayes and Zephyr Teachout
7pm  The Splendid and the Vile: A Saga of Churchill, Family, and Defiance During the Blitz
8pm  The Future Climate: Conversation with Climate Leader Alexandria McBride

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Friday, August 14
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3am  TEDxCanberraCountdown: Flattening the Climate Curve
7:30am  Ecofeminism-Women leading the fight against climate change
11:30am  GLOBALIZATION: PANDEMICS AND PLANNING 
1pm  Beyond Headlines and Hashtags - LIVE Friday Review of Pandemic News
6pm  The Business of Saving the Planet: Voices of Environmental Justice & Activism
8pm  Screening of Concerning Violence (2001)

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Saturday, August 15 - Saturday, August 29
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What is Mine, and Ours, to Do about the Ecological Crisis?

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Saturday, August 15
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12pm  Capitalism and COVID-19: the radical political economics of the pandemic
4pm  Community/Youth Black Out

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Sunday, August 16
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1:30am  Climate Emergency: YOUth Action - "Will There Be Enough Food?”
1pm  Collective Climate Visioning
9pm  Science for Food Security: Making a Global, Career & Personal Difference

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Monday, August 17
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11am  Back to school amid the COVID-19 pandemic: Balancing students’ right to education against public health
1pm  Thriving Online - A Weekly Workshop
2pm  Emergency? What climate emergency?
3pm  Protecting our climate, water, and soil through local to global solutions
6:30pm  For a Sustainable Future: The Centrality of Public Goods
7pm  The Perfect Fascist:  A Story of Love, Power, and Morality in Mussolini’s Italy

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Tuesday, August 18
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9:30am  Indigenious tourism - how it is hurting indigenous communities
2pm  What is Spatial Justice? Principles of Planning for Welcoming Public Spaces
2pm  Stories of loss: The Promontory Fort and climate change
3pm  The Heat is On: The Climate Imperative
5:30pm  Environmental Justice and the Chesapeake Bay Watershed
6pm  Headed for Extinction and What to Do About It
7pm  COVID-19 AND CLIMATE: TECHNOLOGY TO THE RESCUE?
7pm  Final MA Democratic Senate Primary Debate

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My rough notes on some of the events I go to and notes on books I’ve read are at:
http://hubeventsnotes.blogspot.com

Hiroshima
https://hubeventsnotes.blogspot.com/2020/08/hiroshima.html

Editorial Comment:  Today is the anniversary of the atomic bombing of Nagasaki.

20 Years (at Least) Without Election Integrity
https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2020/8/4/1966652/-20-Years-at-least-Without-Election-Integrity

The USA Has Broken Through the 3.5% Rule
https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2020/8/5/1966941/-The-USA-Has-Broken-Through-the-3-5-Rule

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Monday, August 10
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Online: Let's Talk About The Future
Monday, August 10
12:00 PM EDT
Online
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/online-lets-talk-about-the-future-tickets-104531219692

This is an open group and all are welcome to join, with the hope that it will eventually lead to a regular, closed group meeting.

Please register for each meeting you would like to attend, and you will be emailed a link to the Zoom meeting prior to the day.

Before the coronavirus threw us into lockdown, Pam Candea, Joan Herrmann and Cathie Wright led a group at the Salisbury Centre called A Time to Grieve; a Time to Hope, which was starting to attract people who wanted room to be able to talk about how they felt about climate emergency, and the loss of biodiversity. The advent of the coronavirus and the subsequent lockdown have thrown these issues into high relief. Suddenly, we can hear birds, our air is less polluted, and there is a general slowing down. This is not without cost, which will become all to clear as time moves on. This is also an opportunity which is why we want to 'Talk about the Future’.

The group will be facilitated by the three of us, who bring a range of skills from our different professional backgrounds.
Cathie Wright, has worked with many groups over her professional life in mental health work and as a psychotherapist. She trusts that groups can allow a range of feelings and ideas to be expressed that bring hope and energy into topics that can seem really difficult.

Pam Candea has been working with communities to tackle climate change for the last 12 years and facilitates groups taking action on climate change, climate justice, and environmental improvement in general. Key to her group work is that change starts with being able to express emotions in a safe space, and with the support of the group.

Joan Herrmann trained as an ethologist and ornithologist before retraining and qualifying as a child psychotherapist. She is retired from the Glasgow CAMHS and from her role as head of the Scottish (ACP) training in child psychotherapy. She is experienced in working with individuals and groups in the difficult task of finding ways to articulate our deepest, often unconscious feelings. 

If you have any questions, please contact Cathie carw46@yahoo.co.uk

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Thriving Online - A Weekly Workshop
Monday, August 10
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Online
Watch at https://www.earth.columbia.edu/videos/channel/sustain-what 

On Mondays, longtime journalist, author and educator Andy Revkin hosts an open workshop testing paths to impact and sanity in an online information environment that is more overheated, and more important, than ever.

Revkin is the founding director of Columbia University's Earth Institute Initiative on Communication and Sustainability, which works to boost the capacity of scientists, journalists, educators, students and citizens to communicate in ways that can speed progress toward a more sustainable relationship between our species, our planet and each other. Info: http://sustcomm.ei.columbia.edu Contact: andrew.revkin@columbia.edu 
Info: http://sustcomm.ei.columbia.edu Contact: andrew.revkin@columbia.edu

Event Contact Information:  EI Events
events@ei.columbia.edu

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How To Academy presents...Our Future on a Hot Earth with Jelmer Mommers In Conversation With Matthew Stadlen
Monday, August 10
1:30 PM – 2:30 PM EDT
Online
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/our-future-on-a-hot-earth-jelmer-mommers-in-conversation-tickets-111708258408
Cost:  £0 – £15

If climate change is the biggest threat humanity has ever faced, then why are we doing so little? Will the corona pandemic make it worse or better? And where do we go from here?

The story of the climate is the story of the 21st century: the single most important battle that our generation faces. But faced with the scale of the crisis, most people would prefer not to talk or even think about climate change. Most of us cannot help but feel helpless.
Dutch journalist Jelmer Mommers believes that denial and despair are not the only possible responses to the crisis. There is another story, where the consequences of our actions add up – and every contribution is meaningful. 

In this free, livestreamed talk, Jelmer will draw on the latest climate science to help us find hope in the midst of the climate crisis. He will explore the impact of COVID-19 and our responses to it on climate change. And he will describe how we got here, what possible futures await us, and how you can help to truly make a difference. 

Praise for Jelmer Mommers:
'As a journalist, Jelmer Mommers has broken important stories about how we got in our current climate mess; as a thinker, he shows us there may still be some ways out, if we move with grace and speed. A fine account of where we stand, and where we could go if we wanted to!' Bill McKibben, author, environmentalist, activist and founder of 350.org

'I'm not exaggerating when I say this is one of the most important books I've read this year.' Rutger Bregman, author of Utopia for Realists
Jelmer Mommers is a climate journalist based in Amsterdam. Five years in the making, his book How Are We Going To Explain This? became a bestseller in The Netherlands.

Matthew Stadlen is an LBC presenter. Previously he wrote The Matthew Stadlen Interview for the Telegraph and presented the TV series Five Minutes With and On The Road With for the BBC. His book How To See Birds is out now from all good bookshops.

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How to add climate resilient features to city centres
Monday, August 10
9:00 PM – 10:00 PM EDT
Online
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/how-to-add-climate-resilient-features-to-city-centres-tickets-107764925794

A free, public talk on how major urban centres are key contributors to global climate change and how to change this

A free, public talk on how major urban centres are key contributors to global climate change and how to change this.
Hear how supporting a flexible “development points system” can incorporate climate resilient features while balancing mitigation and adaptation measures, with continued economic development.

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Tuesday, August 11
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The Future of Energy
Tuesday, August 11
7:30 – 8:30am EDT
Online
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.hk/e/the-future-of-energy-tickets-115458213625

Scientists agree that human activity is causing serious changes to our climate and that we need to drastically lower our emissions in order to avoid a catastrophic climate breakdown. Getting there will require the world’s largest sector and biggest producer of greenhouse gas emissions to make great changes, involving and affecting businesses and individuals at large.

Join us in an exploration of different approaches, from renewable energy to smart building and energy efficiency and a discussion of public policies, market mechanisms and where Hong Kong finds itself on the pathway towards a clean energy society.

About the speakers:
Max Song, Investor, Data Scientist, Schwarzman Scholar
Max loves problem solving and the thrill of thinking on his feet. A former data scientist and founder of the Global Solutions Festival, he now is a venture partner at PCG, where he conducts research into cutting edge fields and technology, interacts with companies, and looks for ways to build dynamic and valuable relationships. He has recently been focusing his attention on defining sustainability post-Covid19, and the impending climate change crisis, as well as ways to build products and services to address climate change.

Max was selected as part of the first batch of Schwarzman Scholars, where he completed a masters at Tsinghua University, and wrote his thesis on US-China cross border investment opportunities for renewable energy.

Tom Corbin, Founder of 6Degrees, Software Engineer, Architectural Designer
Tom has worked extensively on architectural projects in Singapore, where sustainability is ingrained into the culture. He has since transitioned to software engineering and has founded 6Degrees with the aim of using technology to bring a similar level of awareness and appreciation for the public consciousness in Hong Kong.

Lavine Hemlani, Founder & CEO, Xccelerate
Passionate about pioneering advanced technology education to empower individuals, enterprises and workforces.
Founder and CEO of Xccelerate, a leading ed-tech and future of work start-up headquartered in HK with regional capabilities. Xccelerate is founded on the vision that the greatest opportunity for improving lives is education and aspires to reinvent education to address the colossal talent challenges in Artificial Intelligence, Robotics Process Automation, Software Engineering, Blockchain and Design across Asia.

Xccelerate drives outcomes for individuals, enterprises and governments by leveraging expert instructors, proprietary curriculum and learning software. Prior to Xccelerate, Lavine co-founded FLYR and worked with deep learning startup Thread Genius (acquired by Sotheby’s). Lavine began his career in investment banking in NYC at Lazard’s Mergers & Acquisitions division (M&A) and held investment facing roles at the following funds: Atlas Capital, Marwar Capital and Union Park Capital.
Lavine also serves as Vice President of the Artificial Intelligence Society of HK and on the Board of Directors of the 24 Hour Race, a global non-profit that fights modern slavery.

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Entrepreneurship in Challenging Times: Antifragility and Resiliency in Latin America
Tuesday, August 11
8:30 AM
Online
RSVP at https://mit.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_wwadtNEWTpevgzXVrij9fA

Speakers:
Bill Aulet, Managing Director, Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship 
Travis Hunter, Director, MIT Regional Entrepreneurship Acceleration Program
Dina H. Sherif, Executive Director, MIT Legatum Center for Development & Entrepreneurship
Fernanda de Velasco, Co-founder, Play Business; Legatum Fellow
André Bernardes, Co-Founder, Zippi; Legatum Fellow
Lee Ullmann, Senior Director, MIT Sloan Latin America Office

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China’s BRI & tackling climate change are they mutually exclusive?
Tuesday, August 11
11:30am – 12:30pm EDT
Online
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/chinas-bri-tackling-climate-change-are-they-mutually-exclusive-tickets-115329216792

A webinar to combine two of the most pressing current global issues; boosting the global economy, and tackling climate change.

Prior to the spread of the pandemic China's Belt & Road Initiative ('BRI') was offering a welcome opportunity for the global economy but how can these BRI projects support rather than negate global efforts to tackle climate change? Is it realistic or just ‘green wash’ to hope that BRI projects can be made environmentally sustainable? Will profits be placed before global warming? How has Covid19 impacted the BRI ?

To discuss these issues we have three expert speakers:
Jinny Yan is Managing Director & Chief China Economist for ICBC Standard Bank. Jinny is an experienced China Economist and China product specialist with a demonstrated history of working across client-facing roles of the banking industry. Her work focuses on China macro, fixed income markets, and she initiated the BRI Indices at the Bank in 2017. Jinny is an experienced speaker in the media and at large conferences. 

Alex Clark - Alex is a DPhil candidate in the School of Geography and the Environment, Oxford University, where his research focuses on the identification and transmission of fossil-fuel related stranded asset risks in the public sector, and how governments and their agents should respond to these risks. Alex is a Consultant to the Climate Policy Initiative and the Center on Global Energy Policy (CGEP) at Columbia University

Brian O’Callaghan - Brian is a DPhil (PhD) student at the Smith School for Enterprise and the Environment, the University of Oxford. He is also a Consultant for the Robertson Foundation and on a leave of absence from the Boston Consulting Group. Brian is an Australian Rhodes Scholar.

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Women on the Move: Climate-Driven Migration
Tuesday, August 11
12-1:30pm Eastern time
Online
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-gendered-impacts-of-climate-change-series-tickets-114686359990

Joins us for a panel discussion with Devon Cone, Senior Advocate for the Women and Girls program at Refugees International, Kayly Ober, Senior Advocate and Program Manager at Refugees International, and Amali Tower, Founder and Executive Director at Climate Refugees. We will discuss migration and the impact of climate change and what we can expect if climate change continues to go unaddressed.

The panel will take place on Zoom, August 11, 12-1:30pm Eastern time. Meeting details will be emailed once participants register.

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The Power of Money in a Sustainable World - A Women in Sustainability event
Tuesday, August 11
12:00 – 2:00pm EDT
Online
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-power-of-money-in-a-sustainable-world-a-women-in-sustainability-event-tickets-112652356230
Cost:  £0 – £15

The Power of Money in a Sustainable World How does money have power over you? Do we have the power to change the financial system?

Money - why does it appear to exert so much power over everything? 
It look as though who has the money and how it's used affects what happens locally and globally, with no thought of the long term consequences 

Our speakers Julia Rebholz and Joanna Coull have two very different experiences of money to share. 
We'll connect you to your own relationship with money (however much or little you have)
We'll talk about the financial system and how you have agency to change the system 
We'll discuss where our money needs to be invested so it is in line with the UN sustainable goals
We'll consider how much impact our investments (such as our pensions) can make.
We'll consider 5 things EVERYONE can do to make a difference. 

This online event, led by Thalia Carr, our WINS Oxford Lead, an experienced coach and facilitator in the Sustainability Sector. 

Thalia will be facilitating a lively discussion with our speakers and enabling you to connect and network in small, online breakout rooms.
We might be social distancing, but we can still connect emotionally, finding support and help from one another. So come and join us – read on to find out more!

We're very mindful that many of you are facing financial uncertainty at present. 
If that means you are unable to afford to pay, please do grab a free place to join us for this online event. 
For those who are able to pay, please buy a ticket, as revenues from sales are essential to enable us to provide ongoing support. 

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POLLUTING AND PROVIDING: THE DIRTY ENERGY DILEMMA
Tuesday, August 11
12:30 pm
Online
RSVP at https://commonwealthclub.secure.force.com/ticket/#/instances/a0F3j00001CExsoEAD

SPEAKERS
Derrick Hollie, President, Reaching America
Jacqueline Patterson, Director, NAACP Environmental and Climate Justice Program
Ivan Penn, Alternative Energy Reporter, The New York Times
Vien Truong, Climate Justice Director, Tom Steyer PAC

The cost and health burdens of electricity production have long been higher for low-income communities of color than for wealthy white ones. But when it comes to public engagement and trust, the oil and gas industry is often ahead of its clean energy competitors, presenting a friendly face to the same areas it supplies with jobs, tax dollars, and cheap energy. Is the industry an example of community leadership, manipulative greenwashing — or something in between?

Join us for a conversation with Derrick Hollie, president of Reaching America; Jacqueline Patterson, director of the NAACP Environmental and Climate Justice program; Ivan Penn, alternative energy reporter with The New York Times; and Vien Truong, director of climate justice for Tom Steyer PAC, on hard truths about the energy industry next door. 

We invite you to register for this free online event to receive an email with links to the livestream and a reminder to tune in. If you would like to help support production costs for this event, you may make a donation when you register. There will be an opportunity to submit audience questions to panelists via our YouTube livestream chat box.

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Valuing Resilience in Solar+Storage Microgrids: A New Critical Load Tiering Approach
Tuesday, August 11
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM EDT
Online
RSVP at https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/6394677571848287755


Finding an appropriate way to determine the value of resilience – keeping the lights on, essential loads powered, and critical services up and running – has been a common struggle for microgrid projects, particularly projects providing difficult to quantify community services. Based on real world experience with the design and implementation of solar+storage microgrids, the nonprofit Clean Coalition has developed a standardized and straightforward methodology for valuing resilience.

Clean Coalition’s value-of-resilience (VOR) approach applies to any type of facility and begins with tiering loads into three categories: Tier 1 (critical), Tier 2 (priority), and Tier 3 (discretionary). In this webinar, Clean Coalition Founder and Executive Director Craig Lewis will cover the "VOR123" methodology and provide specific solar+storage microgrid examples. The webinar will cover topics including:  
Tiering loads 
Valuing resilience 
Managing energy storage for resilience and economic optimization
Managing loads via state-of-the-art load management solutions
Evaluating solar+storage microgrid economics

Clean Energy Group Vice President and Project Director Seth Mullendore will host. 

This webinar is presented by Clean Energy Group on behalf of the Resilient Power Project. Learn more at www.resilient-power.org.

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Ecomedia Literate Perspectives on Environmental and Racial Justice Panel
Tuesday, August 11
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM EDT
Online
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ecomedia-literate-perspectives-on-environmental-and-racial-justice-panel-tickets-114816665738

In this hour-long Zoom webinar panel, we'll explore the relationship between climate chaos and racism through an ecomedia literacy lens.

*The Zoom Link will be sent to participants and posted here prior to the event.
Sponsored by UNESCO's Global Alliance for Partnerships on Media and Information Literacy North American Subchapter and The Journal of Media Literacy.

Moderators:
Theresa Redmond is Associate Professor at Appalachian State University. Her scholarship and teaching comprise a hybrid focus on critical media literacy, digital technologies, arts-based research, and curriculum design. Currently, Redmond is investigating the impacts of creative inquiry and expression for engagement, inclusion, and innovation in higher education. https://theresaredmond.com/
Karen Ambrosh is president of the National Telemedia Council and managing editor of The Journal of Media Literacy. She is the Greenfield School District Contemporary Instructional Media and Technology Specialist. Karen taught middle and high school English, Media, and Communication courses in Milwaukee Public Schools for 23 years. She is passionate about creating media literate, global citizens for the 21st century.

Panelists:
Antonio Lopez, Ph.D. is a leading international expert of media education. With a research focus on bridging sustainability with media literacy, he is an experienced curriculum designer, educator, trainer, theorist, researcher and public speaker. As an author and blogger he has written numerous academic articles, essays and three books: Mediacology: A Multicultural Approach to Media Literacy in the 21st Century, The Media Ecosystem: What Ecology Can Teach Us About Responsible Media Practice, and Greening Media Education: Bridging Media Literacy with Green Cultural Citizenship. He is currently Chair and Associate Professor of Communications and Media Studies at John Cabot University in Rome, Italy. Visit his website at: https://antonio-lopez.com/ 
In Absentia - Antonio cannot attend the panel live, but has produced a 14 minute video, introducing his ecomedia literacy framework and outlining his topic of “Are Gadgets Racist.” Please watch the video linked below prior to the Webinar. We will address it briefly in the opening of the panel.
Hop Hopkins is the Director of Strategic Partnerships for the Sierra Club, where he works to ensure that Sierra Club campaigns and programs protect those most affected by climate change and environmental degradation and promote economic justice. Born in Dallas, Texas to working class parents, Hop sharpened his intersectional analysis organizing as an HIV/AIDS organizer and anti-globalization activist during the WTO uprising. In the years since, he has worked in the labor movement, the climate justice movement and the housing justice movement. Hop is also a certified Arborist, a Master Gardener, has his Permaculture Design Certificate and is a certified Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) instructor. Hop works in his community outside of Los Angeles to create a network of residential food forests in order to support the development of stable, human-scale solar self-reliant neighborhood communities integrated with cooperative local economies. Alongside his wife of seventeen years, Hop homeschools their two daughters and maintains a food forest inhabited by their pet Australian shepherds, chickens, honey bees, fruit trees and multiple compost piles. https://www.sierraclub.org/sierra/racism-killing-planet

Wahinkpe Topa (Four Arrows), aka Donald Trent Jacobs, Ph.D., Ed.D. Formerly Dean of Education at Oglala Lakota College and a tenured Associate Professor of Education at Northern Arizona University, Four Arrows is currently a professor with Fielding Graduate University. Selected as one of 27 "Visionaries in Education" for the AERO text, Turning Points, he is author of 21 books on Indigenous Worldview and its applications for education, sustainability, wellness and justice. He is a recipient of a Martin Springer Institute for Holocaust Studies "Moral Courage Award for his activism in behalf of Indigenous Peoples and sovereignty. Co-editor of the Indigenous section of Sage's new International Handbook for Critical Pedagogies, his book, Teaching Truly: A Curriculum to Indigenize Mainstream Education, was selected as one of the top 20 progressive education books along with Paulo Freire, John Dewey and Neil Postman. Other books have been endorsed by Noam Chomksy, Vandana Shiva, Michael Apple, Thom Hartmann, Jon Pilger, Darcia Narvaez, Henry Giroux and other notable educators. Dr. Michael Fisher wrote a book about his work entitled Fearless Engagement of Four Arrows (2018). His newest book is The Red Road: Linking Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives to Indigenous Worldview (in press, IAP). Four Arrows and his mustang Briosos made first alternative to the U.S. Olympic Equestrian Team for 1996. He is also a World Champion "Old Time Piano Player." He lives with his wife in Mexico in the winter and in British Columbia in the summer. https://www.fourarrowsbooks.com 

Jason Corwin is a citizen of the Seneca Nation (Deer Clan), a member of its Watershed Resources Working Group, the Executive Director of Seneca Media and Communications Center, and a lifelong media maker, environmental educator, and advocate for justice. His doctoral research at Cornell University’s Department of Natural Resources focused on three cases studies highlighting the intersection of digital storytelling, Indigenous ways of knowing, and environmental learning. Jason is the co-founder of Green Guerrillas Youth Media Tech Collective, Defend Ohi:yo', and Sustainable Indigenous Futures. He has lived off-grid for 18 years experimenting with renewable energy, green building, and sustainable agriculture. https://www.facebook.com/senecamedia

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SPOTLIGHT ON: INDIGENOUS LEADERSHIP IN THE U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL AND CLIMATE JUSTICE MOVEMENTS
Tuesday, August 11
2–3PM EST
Online
RSVP at https://climaterealityproject.org/learn/spotlight-on-indigenous-leadership

From the Lumbee Nation elders instrumental in stopping the Atlantic Coast Pipeline to the Standing Rock Sioux protestors risking everything to block the Dakota Access Pipeline, Indigenous activists are leading the fight against fossil fuels and for a truly just transition to clean energy across the US. 


Join our next Spotlight On webinar on August 11 from 2-3 PM ET to hear how four Indigenous activists who’ve been on the front lines of this fight stood up to fossil fuel giants and won. 

Our speakers include: 
Donna Chavis, a member of the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina and an activist with over 40 years of service.
Jorden Revels, a member of the Lumbee Tribe who has been an active environmental justice advocate for his community since he first heard about the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline.
Beth Roach, a chair of the environmental issues committee of the Nottoway Indian Tribal Council in Virginia.
Bii Gallardo, a core team member for the International Indigenous Youth Council Los Angeles Chapter.
Space is limited, so please RSVP today! 

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Rethinking Readiness Book Launch
Tuesday, August 11
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Online
RSVP at https://events.columbia.edu/eventregext/uereg/init.do?href=%2Fpublic%2Fcals%2FMainCal%2FCAL-00bb9e24-73b3592b-0173-b4bfb624-00002f29.ics&calsuite=/principals/users/agrp_EI&formName=MailingLists&evcontactemail=events@ei.columbia.edu

Please join us for the launch of Rethinking Readiness, by Jeff Schlegelmilch, which offers an expert introduction to human-made threats and vulnerabilities, with a focus on opportunities to reimagine how we approach disaster preparedness.

Introduction:  Ruth Defries, University Professor; Denning Family Professor of Sustainable Development in the Department of Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Biology; Chair of the Faculty, the Earth Institute

Speakers:  Jeff Schlegelmilch, Director for the National Center for Disaster Preparedness, the Earth Institute
Chloe Demrovsky, President and CEO of Disaster Recovery Institute International 
Jeff Schlegelmilch is a Research Scholar and the Director of the National Center for Disaster Preparedness at Columbia University’s Earth Institute. In this role he oversees the operations and strategic planning for the center. Before becoming director, he served as the center’s deputy director for more than five years. He also oversees projects related to the practice and policy of disaster preparedness, including the multi-award winning Resilient Children / Resilient Communities Initiative. His areas of expertise includes public health preparedness, community resilience and the integration of private and public sector capabilities. Prior his role at Columbia, he was the Manager for the International and Non-Healthcare Business Sector for the Yale New Haven Health System Center for Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Response. He was also previously an epidemiologist and emergency planner for the Boston Public Health Commission. He has advised leaders on preparedness systems and policy at all levels of government. He is an Opinion Contributor with The Hill and is frequently utilized as a subject matter expert for numerous media outlets. 

Chloe Demrovsky is the President and CEO of Disaster Recovery Institute International, the oldest and largest nonprofit that helps organizations around the world prepare for and recover from disasters by providing education, accreditation, and thought leadership in business continuity, disaster recovery, cyber resilience and related fields. Founded in 1988, DRI has certified 15,000+ resilience professionals in 100+ countries and at 95 percent of Fortune 100 companies. In her previous role as Executive Director, she led DRI to a record number of certified professionals with a 42% increase and oversaw the launch of a number of valuable initiatives including the DRI Online Library, the Collegiate Conference Program, the DRI Webinar Program, the Future Vision Thinktank, a new risk management training and certification program, the launch of DRI’s premier organizational certification, and the most substantive revision of DRI’s core training program in the history of the organization. She designed DRI’s international market development strategy operating in over 50 countries. During her tenure, DRI’s conference reached a record level of attendance and the organization launched a series of new committees dedicated to better serving the industry’s diverse needs including Women in Business Continuity, Young Leaders in Resilience, and the Veterans’ Outreach Program. She built the relationship with the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, is a Board Director for the DRI Foundation, and a Certified Business Continuity Vendor (CBCV). She is a senior Forbes contributor, has appeared on Bloomberg TV, MSNBC and Fox and has served as an expert source for The Associated Press, USA Today, LA Times, Conde Nast Traveler, ABC News and more. She has presented at dozens of events across four continents, is a Rockefeller 100 Resilient Cities Subject Matter Advisor, and served as an editor for the 2017 verversion of The Professional Practices for Business Continuity Management and the coordinator for the first International Glossary for Resiliency. She is an adjunct professor at New York University, a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a US-Japan Foundation Scott M. Johnson Fellow and a French-American Foundation 2019-20 Young Leader. She holds a Master’s of Science in International Business from New York University, a Bachelor of Arts from Bard College at Simon’s Rock and speaks four languages. Follow her @ChloeDemrovsky.

Order your book here, or from any fine bookshop: https://cup.columbia.edu/book/rethinking-readiness/9780231190411

For a signed copy, visit: https://www.riverbendbookshop.com/rethinkingreadiness 
Event Contact Information: 
EI Events
events@ei.columbia.edu

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[Solidarity] BlackRock’s Big Problem
Tuesday, August 11
3 p.m.
Union Street Park II, corner of Congress St and North St near Quincy Market/Faneuil Hall, Boston
RSVP at https://xrmass.org/action/solidarity_black_rock_big_problem_200811/

Climate Finance Action is hosting a safe direct action at BlackRock’s office at 60 State Street, Downtown Boston August 11th at 3pm. Meet location will be Union Street Park and we will walk to the BlackRock office. This is in coordination with New York Communities for Change who is staging their own action in Manhattan the same day.

Our message is : - BlackRock is all talk, NO ACTION. - Past presidential administrations have been a revolving door for WALL STREET FAT CATS. This needs to stop now!

We need to close the revolving door between the financial industry and government. We can't let the fox guard the hen house anymore. Personnel is policy: People are paying attention to the people the Biden administration will appoint to key positions. 

We need bold leadership: People like Larry Fink, CEO of BlackRock should not be appointed to key positions, including Treasury Secretary.

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Book Talk: A’Lelia Bundles
Tuesday, August 11
4:00 pm
Online
RSVP at https://www.radcliffe.harvard.edu/event/2020-book-talk-alelia-bundles-virtual

Join us this summer for a series of Virtual Radcliffe Book Talks exploring recent publications whose subjects or authors have a connection with the Radcliffe Institute.
A’Lelia Bundles ’74, author of Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker (originally titled On Her Own Ground: The Life and Times of Madam C.J. Walker [Scribner, 2001])
Reading will be followed by discussion with Dean Tomiko Brown-Nagin and an audience Q and A.

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A renewables-led recovery: towards a zero-emissions future
Tuesday, August 11
4:30 AM – 6:00 AM EDT
Online
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/a-renewables-led-recovery-towards-a-zero-emissions-future-registration-111899869522

Expert speakers discuss the opportunity we have right now to recover from the pandemic and create a safe, healthy, zero-emissions future.

Yarra Council and Yarra Libraries is pleased to present this special event on the need for a renewables-led economic recovery featuring – Amanda McKenzie, CEO of The Climate Council; Zoe Whitton, Board member of the Investor Group on Climate Change and Head of ESG Research at Citi ; and John Iser, retired physician and former chair of the Victorian chapter of Doctors for the Environment.

The speakers will discuss the unique opportunity we have as a nation [Australia] to recover from the pandemic and create a safe, healthy, zero-emissions future. This session will make clear that our planet, health and economy cannot afford a gas-led recovery and that we have a one-time only opportunity to seriously respond to the climate crisis by shifting to renewable energy, creating new jobs and improving public health.

Please note that registered participants will be sent a link to this online panel discussion in the week prior to the event.

This panel discussion is being presented as part of a three part series on a renewables-led recovery as a path towards a safe, healthy, zero emissions future.
Session two will include speakers from Environment Victoria and Australian Conservation Foundation discussing how you can get involved in their campaigns to drive a recovery from the pandemic that responds to the climate and ecological crises. 

Session three will include an expert from Renew with information about the how, why and when to transition from gas to an efficient electric home.

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Sustainability Post-Covid 19: Designing + Building for the Future
Tuesday, August 11
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM EDT
Online
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sustainability-post-covid-19-designing-building-for-the-future-tickets-114602471076

This webinar will help construction professionals, company owners and executives understand the current global state of sustainability.

Join us on August 11, 2020 at 5:00 PM EDT as the M.S. Construction Administration program at Columbia University School of Professional Studies and WSP host leading experts as they share their insights and intelligence on how to design and build with sustainability in mind post-Covid-19.

In this session, we will discuss:
Sustainability paradigms in construction post-Covid19 - have they changed?
Key trends in climate change, society, technology and resources
Decarbonization and operations
Built Ecology / How cities have been approaching sustainability globally during Covid-19

Moderator:  John Parkinson, Lecturer in Discipline - M.S. Construction Administration, Columbia University
Panelists:  Narada Golden, Vice President, Built Ecology Practice, WSP 
Joshua Raddof, Senior Vice President, Built Ecology Practice, WSP
Erika Duran, Senior Sustainability Consultant, WSP
Gonzalo Covarrubias, Country Manager, WSP Peru

Learn more about how WSP is thinking about these topics going forward, the skill sets necessary for sustainability and construction professionals to adapt, and how an MS in Construction Administration from Columbia University School of Professional Studies can contribute a strong foundation for your professional growth. 
Welcome & Introductions: 5:00-5:15
Panels: 5:15-6:30
Networking Breakouts: 6:30-7:00
For additional information about program offerings at Columbia University's School of Professional Studies, please contact Suzanne Wolfinger, Senior Admissions Counselor at 212-854-9666 or sw3441@columbia.edu.

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Exploring Environmental Justice
Tuesday, August 11
5:30 PM – 6:30 PM EDT
Online
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/exploring-environmental-justice-tickets-114686977838

How are Boston area leaders advancing healthy, equitable communities? Join BU Sustainability for a panel on environmental justice.

Boston University Sustainability, in partnership with BU Student Government and the BUMC Climate Action Group, is hosting a virtual panel on environmental justice featuring local practitioners and organizers who can share their expertise and experience in fighting environmental racism. 
Speakers Hajar Logan, Maria Belen Power, and Kalila Barnett will share the campaigns they are working on, their career journeys, and what called them to environmental justice work. Tune in on Tuesday, August 11 at 5:30 pm EDT via Zoom to learn about their work and how you can best support it. 
Zoom details and link to join the webinar will be available closer to the event.

We are not able to provide live captioning for this event, but will record the session and add captions . The recording will be made available on BU Sustainability's website and social media.

Speakers:
Hajar Logan is the Climate and Transit-Oriented Development Director at Alternatives for Community and Environment (ACE) in Roxbury. As a community organizer, Hajar’s work focused on real estate development and civic design that is transforming neighborhoods and displacing families. Hajar builds programs for transit and neighborhood design in Roxbury. Her programs place environmental and climate justice at the forefront, as well as the health and safety of the community. 

Maria Belen Power is the Associate Executive Director at GreenRoots in Chelsea. Maria Belen brings over 15 years of experience in organizing with undocumented immigrants, day laborers, and public housing tenants. She represents GreenRoots in the Green Justice Coalition and other national organizations for environmental and climate justice. Maria Belen oversees GreenRoots’ environmental justice campaigns and works with organizers to help support their work. 
Kalila Barnett is the Program Officer of Climate Resilience at the Barr Foundation. Climate Resilience focuses on preparing for the impacts of climate change by accelerating resilience in policies, plans, and designs. Kalila has over a decade of experience in community organizing around affordable housing, land development, and environmental justice. She served as the Executive Director at Alternatives for Community and Environment (ACE) for eight years. Before joining ACE in 2009, she worked as a Senior Organizer at Community Labor United.

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Coronavirus Catastrophe: The Mother of All Innovation
Tuesday, August 11
6:00pm to 7:00pm
Online
RSVP at https://www.mitforumcambridge.org/event/coronavirus-catastrophe-the-mother-of-all-innovation/
Cost:  $0 - $10

The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted and drastically changed our modern way of living. Due to the speed and nature of the pandemic, economic disruption occurred overnight. However, some of the darkest economic times during our nation’s history have given rise to noteworthy innovation that has revolutionized civilization.

Our panel will discuss innovations that have been brought to life by the COVID-19 pandemic. We will explore new and unconventional approaches to solve virus testing capacity problems, ventilator shortages, and lack of personal protective equipment. We will discuss ways in which companies pivoted to change their business objectives and create a culture of innovation and discovery. Finally, we will delve into possible vaccine options that exist on the horizon

Moderator
Katherine Ann Rubino, Patent Attorney and Chair, Life Sciences Practice Group,Caldwell IP Law
Speakers
Volkmar Frinken, Researcher, Onu Technologies
Ozman Mohiuddin, CEO, SDI Labs
Mitra Mosharraf, CEO, Engimata, Inc

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Headed for Extinction and What to Do About It
Tuesday, August 11
6 p.m.
Online
RSVP at https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZckde6vrz4tHtSRNzlA8Nk1jqN2EmPsLOj2

The planet is in ecological crisis: we are in the midst of the sixth mass extinction event this planet has experienced. Scientists believe we may have entered a period of abrupt climate breakdown. This is an emergency.

In this online talk, climate speakers from Extinction Rebellion will share the latest climate science on where our planet is heading, discuss some of the current psychology around climate change, and offer solutions through the study of social movements.

Everyone is welcome and there will be time to ask questions and discuss afterward. This talk is free. Run time: 6:00 PM 7:30 PM

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Understanding & Improving Indoor Air Quality with the Home Efficiency Genie
Tuesday, August 11
6:30-7:30pm
Online
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/city-of-palo-alto-utilities-virtual-workshop-tickets-114470099148

Join the City of Palo Alto Utilities (CPAU) Home Efficiency Genie for a webinar about indoor air quality in your home.

Many of us are spending more time than ever inside our homes, so it is important to understand what causes poor air quality and what you can do to help improve it now. This presentation will be provided by Tony Jung, our seasoned Genie building science professional, who has performed over 350 in-home assessments in Palo Alto.

The webinar will highlight the principles of building science in which homes are approached as a system, and reveal how indoor air quality is a foundation for a healthy, safe, comfortable and efficient home. You will take away valuable lessons on dangerous and unhealthy conditions like carbon monoxide, asbestos, mold, air infiltration from attics and crawl spaces, and learn how you can protect yourself and your family.

The Genie is your trusted advisor so spend an hour with their expert who can help you have a healthier home!

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Harvard Kennedy School Summer Teach-In
Tuesday, August 11
6:30 – 8 p.m.
Online 
RSVP at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfo_V6-jkbhblZcF3-F-2p8_jvI2PRjrgExqRHo_SDI1b-7ug/viewform

DETAILS  Join us for our third installment of the HKS Summer Teach-In series centered around the topic of taking a look within at Harvard and leveraging our positions to combat racial injustice.

This summer, the IOP, CPL, and WAPPP are convening the Harvard Kennedy School Summer Teach-In series to help members of our community gain understanding and perspective during this historic moment in fighting against racial injustice. Teach-ins transform college and university campuses into political fora in which students, faculty, and community members take collective responsibility for matters of community, national, and global import. Teach-ins originated in the 1960s with the war in Vietnam and continued to be a format used through the 1970s and 1980s to facilitate conversations surrounding the environmental, women's, and anti-nuclear movements.

LaTosha Brown, co-founder of Black Voters Matter Fund and HKS Visiting Fellow, will facilitate the series alongside leading activists, organizers and change-makers.
LINK  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfo_V6-jkbhblZcF3-F-2p8_jvI2PRjrgExqRHo_SDI1b-7ug/viewform
CONTACT INFO cpl_events@hks.harvard.edu

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Planet Microbes: Environmental Microbiology Discussion Group
Tuesday, August 11
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM EDT
Online
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/planet-microbes-environmental-microbiology-discussion-group-tickets-112696747004

Monthly discussion on hot topics in environmental microbiology

Microbes are the invisible engines that keep the planet running. They were the first lifeforms to arise on early Earth 3.5 billion years ago, and they’ll likely exist long after we’re gone...but it's here and now we’re interested in. How do microbes influence our climate, and how are they responding to climate change? Join ocean microbiologist Kyle Frischkorn, Ph.D. for an informal discussion of environmental microbiology research that’s hot off the press. 
This monthly discussion will be centered around a recently published scientific article that delves into environmental microbiology, with a special emphasis on the changing climate. Participants of all backgrounds and experiences are welcome to join the conversation. RSVP here to receive the scientific papers we’ll discuss 48 hours before the event. 

This is a free event, but donations are strongly encouraged if you’re in a position to contribute. 

Kyle Frischkorn’s career as a scientist set sail when he learned that phytoplankton— microscopic plants that live in aquatic environments —are responsible for half the oxygen in every breath we take. The question of how these microbes accomplish this feat, and how they’ll fare in a changing climate, has continually inspired his scientific endeavors. Kyle obtained his PhD in microbial oceanography from the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University and conducted postdoctoral research at the École Normale Supérieure in Paris, France. His research took him to the remote reaches of the tropical oceans, where he studied the bacterium Trichodesmium, a nitrogen-fixing phytoplankton, that hosts a microbiome of other bacteria that work together to survive the high seas and perform the metabolic activities that keep the planet habitable. Kyle is now an associate editor at the scientific journal Nature Communications, where he is responsible for handling research manuscripts in all areas where biology and Earth science intersect.

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Extinction Rebellion [XR]US Anti-Racism Training
Tuesday, August 11
8 p.m.
Online
RSVP at
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEpcemvqD8tHt1KMzUURUcz6kNBs2cRPqBF 

"We Need Each Other: Dismantling Oppression and Building Climate and Ecological Justice"

DESCRIPTION “If you have come here to help me you are wasting your time, but if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together.”

We need each other. Strategically and as human beings, we either all get free or we won’t make it.

We see unlearning the ways in which the powerful have trained us to be divided and learning the ways some of us are systematically valued and supported more as human beings than others - white, cis, heterosexual, able bodied, global north etc - as a lifelong process. Movements and communities survive and thrive when they care for each other through mutual aid and solidarity. But we can't effectively care for each other if we don't learn about the systematic harms that are hurting communities and how those systems operate and are interlinked. We welcome any XR US local group member to this training who is willing to walk the path of unlearning/learning in good faith and to take action to stop this systematic harm. We welcome you into a space of vulnerability and support as we work for our common goals. 

This training is for all XR US local group members. It will be recorded. Run time 8:00 - 10:30 pm EST.

TRAINERS: 1) Dylan Cooke from Catalyst Project https://collectiveliberation.org/our-organization/staff/
2) Peter Dakota Spencer-McElhatton from AORTA http://aorta.coop/peter-dakota/

REQUIRED READING: - Please read pages 4 - 8 before the training. Some of the training content relies on everyone having read these 4 pages before the training. https://drive.google.com/file/d/1VDsJuRLksm_PkUrl4tt1TZUnE6r1fNRU/view?usp=sharing
Strategic Need for Social Justice: Short Video https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/play/v8J8JOyspm43Tt3G4wSDUPN6W9W6fKyshHAWr6AKnhu0BnAEY1D1M7NANOBXa-xRneJoNxfAaiChMTqf?autoplay=true&startTime=1593198622000 Password: 4y$Gc805
Heading for Eco Fascism and What to Do About It - Video https://www.facebook.com/watch/live/?v=647379799436948&ref=watch_permalink
Eyes on the Prize episode #12 https://vimeo.com/49981380
https://jamestracybooks.org/2016/01/28/revolutionary-hillbilly-an-interview-with-hy-thurman-of-the-young-patriots-organization/
Racial Capitalism http://www.kzoo.edu/praxis/racial-capitalism/#_ftn4
Reverse Racism - Video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dw_mRaIHb-M

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Wednesday, August 12 – Friday, August 14
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BuildingEnergy Boston 2020 
Wednesday, August 12 – Friday, August 14
Online
RSVP at https://nesea.org/civicrm/event/register
Cost:  $25 - $500

Take a deep dive into this year's conference theme of Transforming Existing Buildings.

While we can’t shake hands online, we can shake up our brains and spirits with new learning (40 accredited sessions & 8 types of CEUs), inspiration (a galvanizing keynote address), and personal connections (one-on-one and group networking opportunities, an interactive trade show floor, community events, and more).

Trade show on Wednesday, August 12

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Wednesday, August 12
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Hope in Hell: Us and Climate Change with Jonathon Porritt
Wednesday, August 12
2:00 AM – 2:45 AM EDT
Online
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.co.nz/e/hope-in-hell-us-and-climate-change-with-jonathon-porritt-tickets-115297411662
Cost:  $0 – $20

Covid-19 has given us a chance to protect both our environment and democracy. There is hope for the climate, but what does it mean for us?

Jonathon Porritt, the celebrated writer, broadcaster and commentator on sustainable development, has found the "sweet spot" between hopelessness and inaction on climate justice. Our conversation with him draws on his 46 years experience with environmental issues. Tune in to become enlightened by the glimmer of hope, and seize the roles each of us can play.

Jonathon Porritt
Jonathon Porritt is a ‘veteran campaigner’, having been a voice for the environment since 1974. Over four decades he has been a teacher, Green Party advocate, Director of Friends of the Earth, Co-Founder of Forum for the Future, and Chair of the UK Sustainable Development Commission. 
His latest book 'Hope in Hell: A decade to confront the climate emergency', shows us the last glimmer of hope, and explains why it is so important we vote for our future now.

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Along the Betwa: Stories on Rivers in Water Scarce Regions
Wednesday, August 12
11:00am to 12:00pm
Online
RSVP at https://mit.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Bd8kwn3hTLK_NxTiN3wrgg

Join us for a conversation with MIT students Radhika Singh and Shail Joshi (MCP '20) as they share their experiences of their walk along the brought-prone Betwa river, in an attempt to bring awareness to aspects of environment, society, and culture of the people of the region. The event will also launch a virtual exhibition of their work, which will be accessible to the public.

The session will be moderated by Shahana Chattaraj, Director of Research at WRI India (MIT Master's in International Development '03), and panelists will include Ulka Kelkar, Director of Climate at WRI India; Jagdish Krishnaswamy, Senior Fellow at ATREE; and Siddharth Agarwal, Author and Founder at Veditum.

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Vaccine matters: Can we cure coronavirus?
Wednesday, August 12
12:00 p.m. ET
Online
RSVP at https://www.sciencemag.org/custom-publishing/webinars/vaccine-matters-can-we-cure-coronavirus

Speakers
Sarah Gilbert, Ph.D., University of Oxford, Oxford, UK
Kizzmekia Corbett, Ph.D., National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, NIH, Bethesda, MD
Kathryn M. Edwards, M.D., Vanderbilt Vaccine Research Program, Nashville, TN
Jon Cohen, Science/AAAS, San Diego, CA
Moderated by Sean Sanders, Ph.D., Science/AAAS, Washington, DC

Top on the world’s want list right now is a coronavirus vaccine. There is plenty of speculation about how and when this might become a reality, but clear answers are scarce.

Science/AAAS, the world’s leading scientific organization and publisher of the Science family of journals, brings together experts in the field of coronavirus vaccine research to answer the public’s most pressing questions: What vaccines are being developed? When are we likely to get them? Are they safe? And most importantly, will they work? Hear from leading authorities from the U.S. National Institutes of Health, the University of Oxford, and the Vanderbilt Vaccine Research Program, with additional comments from Trevor Mundel, president of Gates Foundation Global Health Division. You cannot miss this webinar.

This webinar will last for approximately 60 minutes.

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Building For the End Times
Wednesday, August 12
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM EDT
Online
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/building-for-the-end-times-bradley-garrett-with-robert-macfarlane-tickets-114448492522
Cost:  £0 – £19.30

How To Academy presents...Building For the End Times | with Bradley Garrett in conversation with Robert Macfarlane

Urban explorer Bradley Garrett and award-winning nature writer Robert Macfarlane explore the growing global movement ‘prepping’ for social and environmental collapse.

When he began his investigation of the men and women building bunkers to survive an apocalypse, Bradley Garrett could not have imagined he would finish it in the early days of a global pandemic, when all of us – whether or not we were prepared – would soon be locked down for months in our own homes.
Today, the bunker has become the extreme expression of our greatest fears: not only of pandemics but climate change and nuclear war. And once you look, it doesn't take long to start seeing bunkers everywhere.

From the 'dread merchants' hustling safe spaces in the American mid-West to eco-fortresses in Thailand, from geoscrapers to armoured mobile bunkers, Bradley joins How To Academy to tell a deeply disturbing story from the frontlines of the way we live now: an illuminating reflection on our age of disquiet and dread that brings it into new, sharp focus.


In this conversation with the award-winning nature writer and Cambridge fellow Robert Macfarlane, Garrett will show us that the bunker is all around us: in malls, airports, gated communities, the vehicles we drive. Most of all, it's in our minds.

This event is held in partnership with 5x15.

Robert Macfarlane is the author of Mountains of the Mind, The Wild Places, The Old Ways, Landmarks, and The Lost Words, co-created with Jackie Morris. Mountains of the Mind won the Guardian First Book Award and the Somerset Maugham Award and The Wild Places won the Boardman-Tasker Award. Both books have been adapted for television by the BBC. The Lost Words won the Books Are My Bag Beautiful Book Award and the Hay Festival Book of the Year. He is a Fellow of Emmanuel College, Cambridge, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. In 2017 he was awarded the E.M. Forster Award for Literature by the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Bradley Garrett is a geographer and urban explorer based at University College Dublin, and is ‘the world’s leading expert on survivalists’ (the Times). His work has been featured on Channel 4, ITV and the BBC. Garrett was a postdoctoral fellow at Wolfson College, Oxford, and has spoken at the Tate Modern and Barbican galleries, the Sydney Opera House and Google. He climbed London’s Shard before it was open to the public.

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Turning the Tides: Equity, Justice, and The Oceans
Wednesday, August 12
7:30 PM – 9:30 PM EDT
Online
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/turning-the-tides-equity-justice-and-the-oceans-tickets-114758068472
Cost:  $10 – US$25

What's under the surface of ocean science? We are all connected to the ocean, so let's talk about it and how we can continue to make change.

On Wednesday, activist and photographer Mo Phùng (she/her) discusses equity, justice, and the oceans and shows how they are so intricately intertwined. Today, it is clear that blue spaces are not accessible to everyone. We dream of a world with diverse and equal representation in marine work and play but we still have a long way to go. As a co-founder of Oceans Week Halifax and the Community Specialist for Ocean Bridge at Ocean Wise, Mo brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in connecting people with the ocean. 

Mo is a second-generation immigrant and settler who was born in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. She is a community advocate, local photographer and ocean activist based in Kjipuktuk (Halifax). Her personal and creative work processes extend into documentary portraiture, visual art, underwater realms and dreamscapes. She is currently working on projects connecting her practices with the complexities of gender identities and existences within the Asian diaspora.

Mo’s work collectively prioritizes and supports those working in QTBIPOC activism, Climate Justice, Anti-Racism, Environmental Racism and 2SLGBTQIA+ Rights and Awareness.

Pay what you can! Proceeds will go towards Mo and her chosen organization, Future Ancestors. Future Ancestors Services Inc. is a Black and Indigenous-owned, youth-led professional services social enterprise that advances climate justice and equity with a lens of ancestral accountability. 
Click here to learn more about Future Ancestors! 

Link will be emailed out after tickets are purchased and the recording will be available for those who cannot join live (with donation). SEA you there!

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Thursday, August 13 - Thursday, August 27
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American Climate Leadership Summit 2020 LIVE ONLINE
Thursday, August 13 - Thursday, August 27
2-5pm ET
Online
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/american-climate-leadership-summit-2020-live-online-tickets-106264140906
Cost:  $0 – $1,000

Join us at ACLS 2020 LIVE ONLINE every Thursday in August from 2:00 - 5:00 pm ET. You only need to register once for all four events.

In an effort to prioritize peoples’ health, safety and wellbeing theAmerican Climate Leadership Summit 2020 (ACLS 2020) will now be a 100% virtual live event! Join us each Thursday during the month of August for a three-hour webcast series featuring thought provoking topics and speakers in an engaging and interactive online experience. This shift gives us an opportunity to greatly expand the diversity of topics, speakers and participants while reducing our carbon footprint. 

If there was ever a time to make a difference on climate change, that time is now. Join to hear from the audience and leaders to help raise awareness, understanding and action on climate change in America.
DAY 1: August 6 - Our Future is Now
Grounding Ourselves: Our Times, Our Call to Action
Session I: Setting the Stage: Where We’re At, Where We Need to Go on Climate
Session II: Start with People: Americans and Climate Culture, Ambition, Politics, Ethics 
Session III: Uncharted Waters: Climate Justice Amidst Compound Crises
Session IV: Climate Scholars: Reporting From The Front Lines 
DAY 2: August 13 - Driving Change
Session V: Multi-Solving: Pandemic, Economy, Racism, Climate Change
Session VI: Driving Change: Health 
Session VII: Driving Change: Our Resilience and Faith
Session VIII: Driving Change: Communities 
Session IX: Driving Change: Youth 
DAY 3: August 20 - Getting to The Future We Want
Session X: Getting to Global Restoration, Challenging the Assumptions 
Session XI: Manifesting Ambitious Vision 
Session XII: Restoring Our Urban, Oceans, Forests, Farms 
Session XIII: Getting to a Just Future: Addressing Climate Disparities
DAY 4: August 27 - Catalyzing Climate Action
Session XIV: The Politics of Climate Change 
Session XV: Climate as a Voting Issue (Polls, Motivations) 
Session XVI: Advocacy in Action: ACLA Celebration 
Session XVII: The Next 60 days 

To see full agenda details including session descriptions and confirmed speakers visit http://ecoamerica.cvent.com

In consideration of the hardships of the pandemic and economic contraction, attendance at ACLS 2020 will now be on a pay-what-you-can basis. However, ecoAmerica still needs financial support to offset the costs of hosting the event, so we are asking attendees to voluntarily contribute at any of the following suggested levels: 
Custom pay-what-you-can option
$0 – Our no-judgement, current-state-of-the-world option
$50 – Our student-rate 
$125 – Covering 50% of the cost of your attendance 
$250 – Fully covering your attendance
$1,000 – Covering the full cost of you +3 others to attend
Note: Recordings from each week’s ACLS Live Online will be posted each Monday in August starting on August 10th. Please be sure to like and subscribe to ecoAmerica’s YouTube channel if you haven't done so already.

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Thursday, August 13
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Experience sharing on long-term strategies (LTS) in least developed countries (LDCs)
Thursday, August 13
7am – 8am EDT
Online
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/experience-sharing-on-long-term-strategies-in-least-developed-countries-tickets-114807586582

Join IIED on Thursday, 13 August for a webinar exploring the experiences of least developed countries (LDCs) as they develop their long-term strategies to address climate change. 

The event will showcase the opportunities coming out of the process and provide a space to discuss challenges and concerns among participants.
The Paris Agreement invites countries to formulate and communicate ‘long-term low greenhouse gas emissions development strategies’ (LTS) and to do so by 2020. The Paris Agreement is flexible on what the LTS should look like, so countries must determine what suits them bestin terms of both content and process. 
For the world’s least developed countries, the proportion of global greenhouse gases they emit is negligible, so their LTS will likely be different to those of industrialised, wealthier countries.

Whereas most long-term strategies submitted so far are directed towards decarbonising the economy, LDCs are not solely focusing their strategies on mitigation activities, but just as prominently on enhancing adaptive capacity, strengthening resilience and reducing vulnerability. As LDCs strive to achieve development priorities, long-term strategies can provide the framework for doing so sustainably over decades to come.

Even more, in the rapidly changing context of the global coronavirus pandemic, the LTS can serve as a guide to development pathways post-COVID-19 that are resilient, sustainable and just.

This webinar is the second in a series focusing on the LDCs and the Paris Agreement: moving from international commitments to national implementation.
It will focus on sharing the experiences of LDCs in the process of developing their LTS to showcase not just the unique opportunities to be reaped in the process, but facilitate dialogue on common challenges and concerns. 

LDC practitioners who are leading their country’s LTS work will share lessons learned and key success factors so far. They will also share context-specific motivations for undergoing this voluntary international commitment.

About the panel
Bubucar Z Jallow is the principal climate change officer for the Ministry of Environment, Climate Change and Natural Resources in The Gambia. He also coordinates the development of the country strategic framework on climate change for the Green Climate Fund under its readiness programme. 
Margaret Barihaihi is the regional manager for Anglophone Africa within the NDC Partnership Support Unit under the UNFCCC Secretariat. She supports Anglophone Africa countries and Mozambique to access technical and financial resources to achieve their national targets towards implementing the Paris Agreement. 
Siddharth Pathak is the director of partnerships at the 2050 Pathways Platform. He has more than a decade of experience working on issues related to climate change and sustainability. Formerly head of political advocacy at CAN International, his experience has taken him from installing renewable energy in remote villages of India to advocating and influencing global negotiations on climate change within the UNFCCC.
Further panellists yet to be confirmed.
Gabrielle Swaby (moderator) is a researcher in IIED's Climate Change research group. Gabrielle has a strong background in international climate politics and the UN climate negotiations, as well as climate diplomacy. She's currently supporting the Least Developed Countries Group in the UNFCCC negotiations and with long-term strategy research.

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The Economics of Arrival: Ideas for a Grown Up Economy
Thursday, August 13
8am – 9am EDT
Online
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-economics-of-arrival-ideas-for-a-grown-up-economy-tickets-113366440074

Join us for this Fresh Ideas Festival discussing a new publication on economics and moving from 'enlarging' the economy to 'improving' it.

Contributor: Dr Katherine Trebeck, Advocacy and Influencing Lead, Wellbeing Economy Alliance
Chair: Sarah Ivory, Lecturer in Climate Change and Business Strategy, University of Edinburgh Business School
What do we want from economic growth? What sort of a society are we aiming for? In everyday economics, there is no such thing as enough, or too much, growth. Yet, in the world's most developed countries, growth has already brought unrivalled prosperity: we have 'arrived’.

As Trebeck and Williams claim in this grounbreaking book, the challenge is now to make ourselves at home with this wealth; to ensure, in the interests of equality, that everyone is included. They explore the possibility of 'Arrival', urging us to move from enlarging the economy to improving it, and the benefits this would bring for all.

Join us as we hear from Katherine on her work and fresh idea for the future, followed by live Q&A.

About the Speaker
Dr Katherine Trebeck is Advocacy and Influencing Lead for the Wellbeing Economy Alliance and co-founder of WEAll Scotland. She is a political economist with over eight years' experience with Oxfam GB and instigated the Wellbeing Economy Governments partnership.

Katherine sits on a range of advisory boards, holds several academic affiliations, and is a Distinguished Fellow of the Schumacher Institute. Katherine is a member of the Scottish Government's Sustainable Renewal Advisory Group and Zero Waste Scotland's Demystifying Decoupling Advisory Group.

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America in the World:  A History of U.S. Diplomacy and Foreign Policy
Thursday, August 13
10:00AM to 10:45AM EDT
Online
RSVP at https://www.gmfus.org/events/america-world

Featured Speaker:  Robert B. Zoellick, Senior Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard University, Moderator
Karen Donfried, President, The German Marshall Fund of the United States

As part of its Future of American Power series, The German Marshall Fund of the United States is pleased to invite you to a conversation with Robert B. Zoellick to discuss his book America in the World: A History of U.S. Diplomacy and Foreign Policy. The book identifies five traditions that have emerged from America's encounters with the world: the importance of North America; the special roles trading, transnational, and technological relations play in defining ties with others; changing attitudes towards alliances; the need for public support; and the belief that American policy should serve a larger purpose. Zoellick’s review of post-Cold War presidencies serve as guideposts for the future. GMF President Karen Donfried will moderate this conversation.

If you have any questions, please contact Laura-Hope Gammell at lgammell@gmfus.org.

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Black Households & COVID-19: Impediments to Economic Security
Thursday, August 13
11:30 a.m. –12:45 p.m.
Online 
RSVP at https://connect.brookings.edu/register-to-watch-black-households-covid-economic-security

The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated racial economic inequality in the United States, leaving many Black Americans—who disproportionately experienced greater economic insecurity before the pandemic—more vulnerable today. The myriad challenges impairing the economic stability of Black households during the pandemic include: adverse labor market outcomes, disparities in educational attainment, greater housing insecurity, and increased levels of stress. Solving those challenges, both in the immediate term and in the longer term, will require bold policy solutions.

On Thursday, August 13, The Hamilton Project at the Brookings Institution will host a webcast examining how COVID-19 has exacerbated racial economic inequality. The webcast will include introductory remarks followed by two panel discussions.

The panel discussions will feature: Maya Rockeymoore Cummings of the Center for Global Policy Solutions, Jevay Grooms of Howard University, Bradley Hardy of American University, Trevon Logan of The Ohio State University, Stephanie Rawlings-Blake the 49th Mayor of Baltimore, and Danyelle Solomon of the Center for American Progress.

The event will coincide with the publication of research examining these topics in a new Hamilton Project essay, authored by Bradley Hardy and Trevon Logan, and in an analysis of new survey findings by Jevay Grooms, Alberto Ortega of Indiana University, and Joaquin Alfredo-Angel Rubalcaba of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 

For updates on the event, follow @HamiltonProj and join the conversation using #CovidEconomy to ask questions or by emailing info@hamiltonproject.org.

Agenda
11:30 a.m. Opening remarks
Robert E. Rubin, Former U.S. Treasury Secretary; Co-Chair Emeritus, Council on Foreign Relations
11:35 a.m. Roundtable discussion: New Research on How COVID-19 has Exacerbated Racial Economic Inequality
Jevay Grooms, Assistant Professor, Howard University
Bradley Hardy, Associate Professor, Department of Public Administration and Policy, American University
Trevon Logan, Hazel C. Youngberg Distinguished Professor of Economics, The Ohio State University
Moderator: Wendy Edelberg, Director, The Hamilton Project; Senior Fellow, The Brookings Institution
12:10 p.m. Roundtable Discussion: Exploring How Racial Economic Inequality has Affected Communities
Maya Rockeymoore Cummings, Founder and CEO, Center for Global Policy Solutions
Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, 49th Mayor of Baltimore
Danyelle Solomon, Vice President, Race and Ethnicity Policy, Center for American Progress
Moderator: Kristen Broady, Policy Director, The Hamilton Project; Fellow, The Brookings Institution
12:45 p.m. Webcast adjourns

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Municipal Climate Action: A Fireside Chat with Dr. Atyia Martin
Thursday, August 13
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EDT
Online
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/municipal-climate-action-a-fireside-chat-with-dr-atyia-martin-tickets-114446205682

Join us for the first event in our new series: “Municipal Voices: On the Frontlines of Climate Resilience and Justice."

We’re excited to kick off the new series “Municipal Voices: On the Frontlines of Climate Resilience and Justice.” This series will bring together leaders and policymakers from municipalities, communities, and urban planning groups to discuss their efforts to build climate change resilience, with a focus on how climatetech startups can get involved.

The first installment of this series features Dr. Atyia Martin, CEO of All Aces, Inc. and former chief resilience officer for the City of Boston. Dr. Martin will share her perspectives as a city emergency management and preparedness officer and a thought leader/change agent for diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Dr. Martin’s experience offers tremendous insight into the inherent challenges and opportunities as we strive to develop climate change solutions in a just, equitable, and inclusive way.

About Dr. Martin:
Dr. Atyia Martin is the CEO and Founder of All Aces, Inc., an alternative to traditional diversity, equity, and inclusion consulting and professional development. Instead, All Aces is a Racial Equity Applied Learning [REAL] Partner for organizations with a mission to activate consciousness, catalyze critical thinking, and transform capabilities that advance racial equity and build resilience. They offer practical professional, personal, and organizational development which includes their online learning community, IntentionallyAct.com. Additionally, Dr. Martin is a Distinguished Senior Fellow at Northeastern University's Global Resilience Institute. She has over 19 years of experience in resilience, applied learning, social and organizational equity, emergency management, public health, and intelligence.

As a certified emergency manager, her previous professional roles include Chief Resilience Officer for the City of Boston, director of the Office of Public Health Preparedness at the Boston Public Health Commission, and adjunct faculty in the Master of Homeland Security and Public Policy programs at Northeastern University. Dr. Martin has also held positions at the Boston Police Department’s Boston Regional Intelligence Center; City of Boston’s Mayor’s Office of Emergency Management; the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI); the Air Force as active duty assigned to the National Security Agency; and the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City.

Dr. Martin and her husband were born and raised in Boston where they currently live. They co-founded Next Leadership Development Corporation, a nonprofit focused on building resilience in Black households and communities. They have five children, two still at home.

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Climate Vision 2050: Moving Towards a Brighter Future
Thursday, August 13
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM EDT
Online
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/climate-vision-2050-moving-towards-a-brighter-future-tickets-116153599543

Join us for our first meeting as we discuss our mission of raising awareness about climate change through youth empowerment and involvement.

Our mission is to empower youth to raise awareness about and take action against climate change as well as advance the goals of the Houston Climate Action Plan. We believe that our youth are the medium for change, and through Climate Vision 2050, we will inspire young leaders and changemakers to take the initiative to increase sustainability in their communities and contribute to a global impact. This organization will provide a vast and diverse community of young activists interested in climate change, resources for sustainability, informative webinars and workshops, and, perhaps most importantly, a platform to advocate for climate change and share our voices on climate issues. Also, check out our website https://climatevision2050.wixsite.com/youthclimateaction and sign up for the mailing list to receive updates!

If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at ClimateVision2050@gmail.com. Glad to have you on board!

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What Early Stage Startups Need to Know About Funding
Thursday, August 13
12:00pm to 1:00pm
Online
RSVP at https://www.mitforumcambridge.org/event/what-early-stage-startups-need-to-know-about-funding/

You have a great idea and a team. As you take the next steps toward building your amazing company, you're thinking about raising capital. Learn more about the fundraising process, including what funders will be looking for, and how to prepare for your initial pitch.

Attendees will learn key considerations for raising funds for their startup. Including:
Highlighting your business model
Protecting your Intellectual Property considerations at each stage of fundraising
Presenting your startup’s technology innovation to potential funders
Attracting angel investors and venture capital
Applying for grants and other science/technology funding
Reviewing a term sheet and evaluating whether a deal is right for you

Moderator
James Coe, Counsel, Hamilton Brook Smith Reynolds
Speakers
Vicky Wu Davis, Executive Director and Founder, Youth CITIES
Stephen Doyle, Partner, TFC Law Group
Vinit Nijhawan, Interim Executive Director, Massachusetts Technology Transfer Center

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Climate Change and Sustainable Food Futures
Thursday, August 13
1:00 – 2:00pm EDT
Online
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/climate-change-and-sustainable-food-futures-tickets-112703242432

Join Impactorum's Amy Hall in conversation with Rebekah Moses, head of Impact Strategy at Impossible Foods.

Rebekah Moses leads Impact Strategy at Impossible Foods, a company addressing climate change and sustainable food futures through plant-based meat. Her work focuses on how product innovation and consumer behavior can maximize environmental outcomes through business growth. Rebekah’s research contributions can be found in journals like the Public Library of Science (PLOS) and Journal of Applied Ecology, as well as via the USAID Water and Livelihoods Initiative online. Join Rebekah in conversation with Amy Hall to learn how Rebekah and Impossible Foods think about impact and a future reliant on plant-based nutrition.

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America’s Economic Experience: The Reality of the Rural/Urban Divide
Thursday, August 13
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EDT 
Online
RSVP at https://forms.shorensteincenter.org/view.php?id=139650
Registration for this event is required, details on how to join the webinar will be sent to registered participants before the event.

Divides – economic, racial, cultural, and educational, to name just a few – exist between communities across the country. But the perceived divide between rural and urban areas have been a lightening rod for our national conversation over the past several years. Setti Warren, in conversation with two journalists working at both ends of this spectrum, a Harvard economist who studies regional economic divides, and author and Senior Fellow at the Shorenstein Center, Tara Westover will dig into what is real about the divide between rural and urban America, and where we actually find more commonalities than differences across these communities. Come hear the real stories of what is happening economically in urban and rural America.

Panelists:
Connor Sheets, investigative reporter for the Alabama Media Group.
Phillip Martin, senior investigative reporter for The WGBH News Center for Investigative Reporting, based in Boston.
Dr. Gordon Hanson, Peter Wertheim Professor in Urban Policy at Harvard Kennedy School
Tara Westover, Author of Educated and a Senior Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School
Setti Warren, Executive Director of the Shorenstein Center and former Mayor of Newton, MA.

Many media organizations and elite institutions continue to promote GDP, stock market and unemployment metrics as leading indicators on the health of the economy. Yet, we know these measures do not reflect the economic reality for millions of people across America. The Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy is kicking off a new initiative to address the gap between how people across the country experience economic opportunity, and how the economy is portrayed and understood by the media, government, and elite institutions. This event is part of a series of events and conversations around these topics planned for this summer and fall. You can find a recording of our first event in the series at https://shorensteincenter.org/event/americas-economic-experience/

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Wes Jackson and David Orr
Thursday, August 13
2pm 
Online
RSVP at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSckhprFbcwOoKACWru-bKbHUh3-lKqE0UzsMEfZetMzj9idQQ/viewform

Wes Jackson is a plant geneticist with the Land Institute in Kansas and has spent decades developing a perennial grain, kernza, for the prairies.
David Orr is a long-standing environmental educator and the driving force behind an environmentally-considerate building at Oberlin College.

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Reindeer, Beaver, and Healing Nature With Nature
Thursday August 13
4:00 PM–5:00 PM
Online
RSVP at https://wgbh.zoom.us/webinar/register/8015959429953/WN_cbALuSieTjSSEjgPqD_34A

Our natural systems are under great stress. However, nature’s inclination is toward healing, and we can work with the logic of ecology to restore landscapes and waterways. Join authors Judith D. Schwartz and Ben Goldfarb as they talk about regenerating landscapes—and the pivotal role of animals in earth healing.

Biodiversity for a Livable Climate is proud to present this virtual event produced by WGBH’s Forum Network. 

Forum Network events are free and available to the public, but you must register for webinar access.

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Boston Climate Action Network - Action Team Meeting
Thursday, August 13
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Online
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/boston-climate-action-network-action-team-meeting-tickets-90456199929

We're working towards fighting climate change through improved energy policy and education at the local level in Boston. The BCAN Action Team meeting is a great way to get directly involved in the effort to combat climate change in the era of Trump. We gather twice per month on the 2nd and 4th Thursday from 6:00-8pm.

Come meet the Communications Team, the Arts Team, and other dedicated climate campaigners to learn how you can help us build support for green buildings in Boston and plan outreach for the Community Choice Energycampaign.
Curious to learn more about Community Choice Energy? Check out our video!

While the meeting begins at 6, the Zoom room will be open at 5:30. Feel free to swing by early to get a feel for the tech or just to say hi to your BCAN buddies. 
You can join by online video or by phone: 312-626-6799. At the prompt for a Meeting ID, enter 657 895 958.

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Virtual: Sarah Chayes and Zephyr Teachout
Thursday, August 13
7:00pm
Online
RSVP at https://www.crowdcast.io/e/breakupcorruption

Porter Square Books is pleased to host a virtual talk with Sarah Chayes, author of On Corruption in America, and Zephyr Teachout, author of Break 'Em Up! This event is hosted on Crowdcast, and is free and open to all to attend.

From the prizewinning journalist, internationally recognized expert on corruption in government networks throughout the world, On Corruption in America is a major, unflinching book that looks homeward to America, exploring the insidious, dangerous networks of corruption of our past, present, and precarious future. Corruption, as Chayes sees it, is an operating system of sophisticated networks in which government officials, key private-sector interests, and out-and-out criminals interweave. Their main objective: not to serve the public but to maximize returns for network members.


From the titans of America’s Gilded Age (Carnegie, Rockefeller, J. P. Morgan, et al.) to the collapse of the stock market in 1929, the Great Depression and FDR’s New Deal; from the Clinton policies of political favors and personal enrichment to Trump’s hydra-headed network of corruption, systematically undoing the Constitution and our laws, Chayes shows how corrupt systems are organized, how they enforce the rules so their crimes are covered legally, how they are overlooked and downplayed–shrugged off with a roll of the eyes–by the richer and better educated, how they become an overt principle determining the shape of our government, affecting all levels of society.


SARAH CHAYES has served as special assistant on corruption to Mike Mullen, former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, as well as having advised David McKiernan and Stanley McChrystal (commanders of the International Security Assistant Force). She has been a reporter for National Public Radio from Paris, covering Europe and the Balkans. Chayes is the author of The Punishment of Virtue: Inside Afghanistan After the Taliban and Thieves of State: Why Corruption Threatens Global Security, winner of the 2016 Los Angeles Times Book Prize. She lives in Paw Paw, West Virginia.

Break 'Em Up is a passionate attack on the monopolies that are throttling American democracy. Every facet of American life is being overtaken by big platform monopolists like Facebook, Google, and Bayer (which has merged with the former agricultural giant Monsanto), resulting in a greater concentration of wealth and power than we've seen since the Gilded Age. They are evolving into political entities that often have more influence than the actual government, bending state and federal legislatures to their will and even creating arbitration courts that circumvent the US justice system. How can we recover our freedom from these giants? Anti-corruption scholar and activist Zephyr Teachout has the answer: Break 'Em Up.

This book is a clarion call for liberals and leftists looking to find a common cause. Teachout makes a compelling case that monopolies are the root cause of many of the issues that today's progressives care about; they drive economic inequality, harm the planet, limit the political power of average citizens, and historically-disenfranchised groups bear the brunt of their shameful and irresponsible business practices. In order to build a better future, we must eradicate monopolies from the private sector and create new safeguards that prevent new ones from seizing power. Teachout offers a concrete path toward thwarting these enemies of working Americans and reclaiming our democracy before it’s too late.

ZEPHYR TEACHOUT is an attorney, political activist, and anti-trust and corruption expert. A rising star on the left, her campaign for New York Attorney General in 2018 was endorsed by Bernie Sanders, the New York Times, and others. She was part of the team of lawyers that sued Donald Trump for allegedly violating the emoluments clause of the Constitution. Teachout sits on the board of directors of the Open Markets Institute, and teaches law at Fordham University. She lives in Clinton, NY.

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The Splendid and the Vile: A Saga of Churchill, Family, and Defiance During the Blitz
Thursday, August 13
7:00 PM
Online
RSVP at https://www.harvard.com/event/erik_larson1/
Cost:  $5 suggested - pay what you can - On Sale Now

Harvard Book Store welcomes celebrated writer ERIK LARSON—author of the bestselling, National Book Award–nominated The Devil in the White City—for a discussion of his latest book, The Splendid and the Vile: A Saga of Churchill, Family, and Defiance During the Blitz. He will be joined in conversation by noted historian NATHANIEL PHILBRICK, author of the bestselling, Pulitzer Prize–nominated Mayflower: A Story of Courage, Community, and War. 
Ticketing

In lieu of our traditional ticketing at this time, we ask that you pay what you can to support our virtual event series and this indie bookstore. We recommend a $5 contribution, or you can support Harvard Book Store by purchasing a copy of The Splendid and the Vile on harvard.com.
We are so excited to be able to continue bringing authors and their books to our community, particularly during such challenging times, and your patronage and enthusiasm are what make that possible.

About The Splendid and the Vile
On Winston Churchill’s first day as prime minister, Adolf Hitler invaded Holland and Belgium. Poland and Czechoslovakia had already fallen, and the Dunkirk evacuation was just two weeks away. For the next twelve months, Hitler would wage a relentless bombing campaign, killing 45,000 Britons. It was up to Churchill to hold his country together and persuade President Franklin Roosevelt that Britain was a worthy ally—and willing to fight to the end.

In The Splendid and the Vile, Erik Larson shows, in cinematic detail, how Churchill taught the British people “the art of being fearless.” It is a story of political brinkmanship, but it’s also an intimate domestic drama, set against the backdrop of Churchill’s prime-ministerial country home, Chequers; his wartime retreat, Ditchley, where he and his entourage go when the moon is brightest and the bombing threat is highest; and of course 10 Downing Street in London. Drawing on diaries, original archival documents, and once-secret intelligence reports—some released only recently—Larson provides a new lens on London’s darkest year through the day-to-day experience of Churchill and his family: his wife, Clementine; their youngest daughter, Mary, who chafes against her parents’ wartime protectiveness; their son, Randolph, and his beautiful, unhappy wife, Pamela; Pamela’s illicit lover, a dashing American emissary; and the advisers in Churchill’s “Secret Circle,” to whom he turns in the hardest moments.

The Splendid and the Vile takes readers out of today’s political dysfunction and back to a time of true leadership, when, in the face of unrelenting horror, Churchill’s eloquence, courage, and perseverance bound a country, and a family, together.

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The Future Climate: Conversation with Climate Leader Alexandria McBride
Thursday, August 13
8:00 PM – 8:30 PM EDT
Online
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-future-climate-conversation-with-climate-leader-alexandria-mcbride-tickets-113552303998

Join us for a candid conversation with climate leader Alexandria McBride of the City of Oakland.

As part of Greenbelt Alliance's Future Climate Webinar Series we invite you to join us as we sit down with notable Bay Area climate leaders. In each 30 minute session you will have the opportunity to connect with these inspiring professionals, hear their stories, and get an inside look into the amazing work that they do on issues relating to climate adaptation planning, equity, community engagement and more.

This week our featured expert is Alexandria McBride, Chief Resilience Officer for the City of Oakland. Alexandria leads city-wide resilience building efforts,with the goal of helping Oakland prepare for, withstand, and bounce back from the “shocks,” of catastrophic events like earthquakes, fires, and floods, and “stresses,” i.e. slow-moving disasters like sea level rise, homelessness, and economic inequality.

Prior to this role, McBride served as director of environment & sustainability at the Information Technology Industry Council in Washington D.C. There, she directed climate and product energy programs and activities on behalf of the tech sector while developing and advocating for positions on domestic and international policies related to product energy efficiency, clean and renewable energy, and climate. She holds a Master of Science in Environmental Policy and Sustainability Management from The New School, Milano School of Policy.

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Friday, August 14
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TEDxCanberraCountdown: Flattening the Climate Curve
Friday, August 14
3:00 AM – 5:00 AM EDT
Online
RSVP at https://hopin.to/events/tedxcanberracountdown-flattening-the-climate-curve

We can change climate change – #JoinTheCountdown to a safer, cleaner, fairer future.

"Flatten the curve!" Our community's motto for dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic has shown what can be accomplished when we act with solidarity, determination and kindness. 

Now, can we come together and use the same spirit to #JoinTheCountdown and change climate change? 

Over the month of July, TEDxCanberra has been inviting young Canberrans to pitch their ideas for solutions to the global climate crisis. Their challenge: to come up with compelling, viable ideas which respond to one of five fundamental questions that help inform a blueprint for a cleaner future. 

On 14 August, the five young Canberrans with the best ideas will present their ideas live on the TEDxCanberra stage. Their pitches will be accompanied by our renowned mix of inspiring talks and performances by the best of Canberra's talent, along with opportunities for audience networking and Q&A with the presenters.

Join us on Hopin and Facebook Live from 5:00-7pm on 14 August 2020 for a magical evening all about 'ideas worth spreading'. Registration is FREE.

Our speakers and performers
In addition to our brilliant youth presenters (to be announced soon!), TEDxCanberraCountdown: Flattening the Climate Curve will also feature talks and performances by:
Sophia Hamblin Wang, Chief Operating Officer of Mineral Carbonation International. A youth leader, sustainability advocate and self-professed Rubik's cube master, Sophia will speak about the importance of diversity and young people's voices when it comes to tackling the climate crisis.
Bec Colvin, social scientist and lecturer at the ANU Crawford School of Public Policy. Bec will discuss how communities can move the climate change discussion beyond politics, drawing on her extensive research into how people interact with each other when it comes to environmental issues.
Liv Li, Canberra singer and The Voice contestant will stun us with her beautiful new singles.

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Ecofeminism-Women leading the fight against climate change
Friday, August 14
7:30am – 8:30am EDT
Online
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/ecofeminism-women-leading-the-fight-against-climate-change-tickets-115851969359

Women leading the fight against climate change?What have we learned from the past and how do we move forward?

In light of current events and effort to fight against climate change , we are hosting a virtual round-table to discuss how climate change will disproportionately affect women and girls. Gender equality and climate action are the United Nations two of out of the 17 Global Goals for sustainable development, so we will be discussing how these two are interlinked. 

We look forward to hosting and having you join us.

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GLOBALIZATION: PANDEMICS AND PLANNING 
Friday, August 14
11:30am-12:30pm 
Online
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/globalization-pandemics-and-planning-tickets-114478068986

William Koehler, PhD, Dean, School of Business and Communication, Regis College; Adjunct Professor
Jim O’Connell, PhD, Adjunct Professor
Webinar followed by Q+A

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Beyond Headlines and Hashtags - LIVE Friday Review of Pandemic News
Friday, August 14
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Online
Watch at https://www.earth.columbia.edu/videos/channel/sustain-what

Another week has passed in the first pandemic of the 21st century, with thousands of new stories posted and printed, yet questions still often outnumbering answers.

Each Friday, the Earth Institute Initiative on Communication and Sustainability hosts a lunchtime review of COVID-19 headlines and next steps featuring different journalists and researchers each week.

Explore more Sustain What episodes on YouTube at j.mp/sustainwhatlive or subscribe on Periscope at pscp.tv/revkin.

Solutions Journalism Network: solutionsjournalism.org

The Earth Institute Initiative: sustcomm.ei.columbia.edu 
Contact Andy Revkin with questions or ideas for future segments: @revkin on Twitter or andrew.revkin@columbia.edu

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The Business of Saving the Planet: Voices of Environmental Justice & Activism
Friday, August 14
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM EDT
Online
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-business-of-saving-the-planet-registration-115199938116

"Voices of Environmental Justice & Activism,” the 3rd panel in our Business of Saving our Planet speaker series, will focus on leadership through activism and how the current pandemic exacerbates the environmental justice divide. Panel topics will include how activism is evolving, as movements and organizations are learning to adapt their tools and systems to mobilize for the current climate, food deserts as environmental justice issues and the innate bias of online grocery delivery, and how social and/environmental inequality has contributed to the impact of Covid-19 on low-income neighborhoods and communities of color.

Moderated by a current student, Scott Atkinson, our panel will feature leaders including:
Mayor Justin Cummings – Justin earned a Ph.D. in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology at the University of California Santa Cruz after receiving a bachelor’s degree in Spanish and Biology in 2006. His Ph.D. focused on understanding how trees used for forest restoration negatively suppressed the regeneration of invasive grass in Panama. After finishing his Ph.D., Justin pursued a two-year post-doc at Florida International University where he studied how water levels and seasonality affect ecosystem carbon flux in the Everglades. In 2015, Justin was hired to be the Director of the UCSC Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program to support conservation efforts around the globe and to educate a new generation of environmental and conservation leaders. A long-time community activist, Justin ran for Mayor of Santa Cruz on a platform of policies including rent control, workers’ rights/living wage, and preserving Santa Cruz’s open spaces. In 2008, Justin made history as Santa Cruz’s first black male mayor, the city’s first millennial mayor, and potentially the first punk-rock-loving mayor.

Jacqui Patterson, Director of the Environmental & Climate Justice Program, NAACP – Jacqui is a leading researcher, program manager, coordinator, advocate, and activist working on environmental and climate justice, women‘s rights, violence against women, racial justice, and economic justice. A Johns Hopkins AAP alum with a master’s degree in public health, Jacqui served as a Senior Women’s Rights Policy Analyst for ActionAid where she integrated a women’s rights lens with the issues of food rights, macroeconomics, and climate change. Her publications include:
“Climate Change is a Civil Rights Issue”
“Disasters, Climate Change Uproot Women of Color”
“Coal Blooded; Putting Profits Before People”
“Just Energy Policies: Reducing Pollution, Creating Jobs”
“And the People Shall Lead: Centralizing Frontline Community Leadership in the Movement Towards a Sustainable Planet”
And a book chapter, “Equity in Disasters: Civil and Human Rights Challenges in the Context of Emergency Events” in the book Building Community Resilience Post-Disaster.

mark! Lopez - Executive Director at East Yard Communities for Environmental Justice and the 2017 Goldman Prize Winner, mark! comes from a family with a long history of activism. He was raised in the Madres del Este de Los Angeles Santa Isabel (Mothers of East LA Santa Isabel – MELASI), an organization co-founded by his grandparents, Juana Beatriz Gutierrez and Ricardo Gutierrez. This set his trajectory as a community activist. He has engaged in a wide array of student activism at UC Santa Cruz where he earned his B.A. in Environmental Studies. In addition, he has taught university courses at UC Santa Cruz, Cal State Northridge, and UCLA Extension. mark! earned his M.A. from the Chicana/o Studies Department at Cal State Northridge, where he completed his Master’s thesis titled ”The Fire: Decolonizing Environmental Justice.” mark! joined East Yard Communities for Environmental Justice as a member three years before joining the staff. After serving as Lead Organizer for East Yard Communities and Co-Director with EYCEJ Co-Founder Angelo Logan, mark! is now the Executive Director. He organizes in the area where he was born, raised, and continues to live. mark! is the 2017 North American Recipient of the Goldman Environmental Prize. Videos of mark! include:
Overview of East Yard Communities for Environmental Justice
Goldman Award Speech Video
Goldman Award Bio Video
This will be an interactive virtual panel where audience members will be able to pose questions to our panelists.

View the first two panels on YouTube here:
Creating a Sustainable Global Food System
Technology, Innovation & Intelligence in Conservation

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Screening of Concerning Violence (2001)
Friday, August 14
8-10pm
A backyard in Somerville, MA 
Register to receive location, and we will be in touch with more details:  http://tinyurl.com/BackyardCinemaUSMBOS
SUGGESTED DONATION: $5-20 per event. No one turned away for lack of funds.
GUIDELINES: Bring your own lawn chair or blanket! We will be outside :) These events are a sober space and will respect social distancing. Please wear a facemask.

Based on the book Wretched of the Earth written by Frantz Fanon. Narrated by Ms. Lauryn Hill. Documentary directed by Gran Hugo Olsson

USM Boston presents Backyard Cinema Series: "Smash Colonial Violence!"

An 8-week series of political education documentaries & presentations about black power, reparations, colonialism and revolutionary African resistance. Hosted by the Boston branch of the Uhuru Solidarity Movement, the organization of white people under the leadership of the African People?s Socialist Party organizing in the white community for reparations to African people.

Fundraiser for the Black Power Blueprint, a black-led economic development program building community centers, housing, gardens, a food economy and the African Independence Workforce Program to train African people being released from colonial prisons into becoming skilled professionals with their own business. Visit blackpowerblueprint.org to learn more and see photos.

CONTACT: usmboston@riseup.net / 781-214-8131 / uhurusolidarity.org
FOLLOW: @uhurusolidarity on Instagram, Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.
Facebook event to share: https://www.facebook.com/events/699252814266328/

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Saturday, August 15 - Saturday, August 29
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What is Mine, and Ours, to Do about the Ecological Crisis?
Saturday, August 15 - Saturday, August 29
3:00 PM – 4:30 PM EDT
Online
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/what-is-mine-and-ours-to-do-about-the-ecological-crisis-tickets-114191858924
Cost:  $0 – $33

A Three-Part Series Hosted by the Kinship Activity Saturdays, August 15, 22 & 29, 3:00 - 4:30 pm EDT

In these 90 minute sessions, we will explore the ecological crisis with diverse co-presenters, breakout groups, full-group discussion, and tie-in with environmental justice. Hosted by Shams Kairys, long-time student of global ecology, and former vice president for Kinship. 

Registration required, with the fee for the three sessions $11-33, sliding scale. All are welcome and no one will be turned away for lack of funds. Some of the funds raised from this event will support the Prison Book Project. If possible, participants are encouraged to attend all three programs.

Session 1: Global Warming and Climate Disruption - August 15
Climate Change 101 features a presentation by Isfandarmuz Maggie Hanna, a geologist with expertise on reducing our environmental footprint and developing a post-carbon future. She will provide a simple, accurate understanding of the basic science of climate change, along with a glimpse of energy systems of the future.

Session 2: What impedes, and supports,  our ability to make personal changes to address the crisis, and to engage others? - August 22
This exploration will include a presentation by Helena Doku, co-founder of Haywanat, a new Inayatiyya network that brings young adults together to seek ways to address the ecological crisis using earthly healing practices and engaging in sacred activism. 

Session 3: What can the Inayatiyya community do to help remedy the ecological crisis, and how can I help bring that about? - August 29
This session features a presentation on Agriculture and Climate Change by Firos Holterman ten Hove, an agricultural engineer specializing in organic methods, and vice president for Ziraat in Europe. 
Registration limited to 200 people.

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Saturday, August 15
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Capitalism and COVID-19: the radical political economics of the pandemic
Saturday, August 15
12:00 PM EDT
Online
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/capitalism-and-covid-19-the-radical-political-economics-of-the-pandemic-registration-116009568743

Did capitalism cause the pandemic or exacerbate its impacts? Are capitalism and health contradictory? How can we fight inequities from both?

We are living through a period of social, political, ecological, and economic unrest. 
This conjuncture gives rise to both radical uncertainty and radical opportunity. 
The intensification of distress calls for reflection, dialogue, and action. With this in mind, the Union for Radical Political Economics (URPE) offers a forum for people to engage in a dialogue about contemporary issues in order to build the progressive future we want. With this series of events we aim to provide space to:
Strengthen connections 
Deepen understanding
Build alliances
Mobilize

Our first discussion will explore how the pandemic has exacerbated the problems caused by capitalism and how capitalism has exacerbated problems caused by the pandemic. We examine the relationships between capitalism and COVID-19 in global historical context to better understand the pandemic and its impacts.
We invite you to join us for a forum on this issue. The session will begin with a brief panel presentation and Q&A followed by open discussion. The people presenting their thoughts on this topic are:

Patrick Bond
Professor at the University of the Western Cape School of Government starting in 2020, specialises in political economy, geopolitics, political ecology (resource extraction, energy, water and climate change), social mobilisation, state-society relations and public policy. 

Jennifer Cohen
Assistant Professor at Miami University and Researcher in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of the Witwatersrand. She specializes in feminist radical political economy and writes about women, work and stress; social determinants of health; racial disparities in health; and the profit motive in health systems. She will discuss the ways capitalism heightens the contradiction between a world shaped by the profit motive and the requirements of public health.

Sanjiv Gupta
Associate Professor in Sociology at UMass-Amherst with research interests in time use, inequality and the welfare state. He is a member of the National Political Education Committee of the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA), and host of the podcast 'Socialism in the time of Corona.' 
The panel will be moderated by Sirisha Naidu, Associate Professor of Economics at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

The event will last 90-180 minutes. The first 45 minutes will be brief talks by our three presenters, after which we will have a Q&A among the presenters, moderator, and attendees. To ask a question or comment, please raise your hand using the zoom function, or chat to the host, who will call on 3 people at a time. Please be as brief as possible to allow for broad participation. After 90 minutes, the space will be open for free discussion among all attendees.

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Community/Youth Black Out
Saturday, August 15
4 p.m.
Danehey Park, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.facebook.com/events/s/communityyouth-black-out/895990807559739/

The Community; For Us By Us collective of Cambridge, MA is organizing a peaceful and safe socially distanced event titled “Community/Youth Black Out” with the purpose of reminding our Black, Brown and low-income youth and families for a day to imagine and reimagine what our communities can look like without police/careral violence. 

We will be hosting this event at Danehy park on August 15th from 4-6PM with stations ranging from art building, to open mics, sports and much more. We will also have catering from Black-owned/accomplice businesses from Cambridge. To ensure safety, there will be PPE stations all around Danehy Park, all led and run by Black and Brown youth of Cambridge, as well as 2-3 volunteer marshals at each station to further enforce social distancing.

We are here to bring members of our community together to enjoy food, socially distanced games, art and much more—to reimagine what safety, fun and community care can look like for us, by us.

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Sunday, August 16
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Climate Emergency: YOUth Action - "Will There Be Enough Food?"
Sunday, August 16
1:30 AM – 3:00 AM EDT
Online
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.sg/e/climate-emergency-youth-action-will-there-be-enough-food-registration-113441193664

How COVID-19 is impacting the global food supply chain and aggravating food security issue.

Despite global economic growth, the world is still facing a variety of challenges including climate emergency, hunger, poverty, environmental degradation, and now, a global disease pandemic that has exacerbated the suffering that humanity is experiencing. Acknowledging the importance of multi-sectoral partnerships and collaborations, Tzu Chi Humanistic Youth Centre is hosting a virtual panel discussion in observance of the Climate Action Week of Singapore, to enhance the opportunities for different stakeholders to exchange and share ideas and best practices in response to climate change and food security issues. Specifically targeting the younger generations, this virtual event aims to enhance the active participation of youth at different levels of implementation including decision-making processes and grassroots programs.

Moderator: Kelvin Wong – Chief, Planning & Development/ TERRA SG
Distinguished Panelists*:
Kok Min Ai – Programme Analyst, United Nations Development Programme
Nidhi Pant - Co-Founder, Science For Society - S4S Technologies
Goh Wee Hou - Director/Food Supply Resilience Division, Singapore Food Agency
Susan Tan - Volunteer Leader for Environmental Protection Mission, Buddhist Compassion Relief Tzu Chi Foundation Singapore
*There is an update on our panelist due to some unforeseen circumstances

They will be sharing about:
Climate change, food sustainability and food emergencies, along with other interconnected issues in a global context
The mitigation strategies by government and civil society organizations in transforming toward a climate-resilient and resource-resilient society
What the younger community can do to slow down climate change and address the food security issues in order to build a safer and sustainable future for all

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Collective Climate Visioning
Sunday, August 16
1:00 PM – 2:30 PM EDT
Online
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/collective-climate-visioning-tickets-104996619716
Cost:  $0 – $10

Join OCV as we work together to imagine and articulate what a sustainable future looks like for us and our communities.

At OCV, our philosophy is to “move at the speed of trust” in the words of Adrienne Maree Brown. We collaborate with people to share their personal experiences and wisdom about climate change and how to work towards community-based just transitions. At the same time, we show up on the frontlines as women, BIPOC, and queer folxs and join you in demanding justice now. Join us in reflection about this moment in the climate justice movement and how COVID-19 and the recent amplification of the Black Lives Matter movement may have impacted our vantage point. How can we ensure that climate movement work is stemming from a place that realizes all aspects of justice? Solutions are born from a bold, innovative, justice-driven vision. For this to emerge, we must create the space to listen to each other and to dream what others may deem impossible. Join OCV as we dream and vision together about creating the future that we want and one that works for all of us. 

*This event is intended to be accessible to a wide audience and therefore a portion of our tickets are priced at no cost. Please choose the ticket price that reflects what you are best able to contribute.

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Science for Food Security: Making a Global, Career & Personal Difference
Sunday, August 16
9:00 PM – 10:00 PM EDT
Online
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/science-for-food-security-making-a-global-career-personal-difference-tickets-112744473756

National Science Week Event: Be inspired. Explore countries and cultures. Have a rewarding career AND make a difference. Interested?

Be inspired. Explore countries and cultures. Have a rewarding career AND make a difference. Interested?
If you want to be motivated by the work of young Tasmanian scientists or are looking for study, career or volunteer opportunities delivering global, professional and personal impacts, join our free live interactive 60 minute panel and Q&A during National Science Week. 
Hear from a group of passionate scientists talking about their diverse and rewarding work in developing countries and how you can get involved too – whatever your age. 

The event is timed to provide the best opportunity for high school teachers to have their students attend as a group from the class room, but it will also interest university students working out where they want to take their science and members of the general public who want to be inspired, possibly volunteer overseas or with an interest in science related to food and nutrition security. 

It’s possible to register as individuals and schools or universities can register full classes. 
The Crawford Fund will be releasing free cross-curricular teaching materials at the event, focused on food and nutrition security. By signing up for the event, the schools will automatically be provided with access to the materials.

The speakers have all been using their science skills for a global impact in a variety of countries. They have landed in their careers through different journeys - Oliver Gales is passionate about the importance of agriculture to improve the standard of living globally, has become the first ever agricultural science Tasmanian Rhodes Scholar working in sustainable agriculture; Jillian Lyall has swapped life as a bushwalk guide in Tasmania for lab and field work in Southern Laos after multiple stints there; while Olivia Woodiwiss is now undertaking further study while working as an agricultural consultant following research experience in Vietnam’s livestock sector.

Our moderator is award winning senior ABC journalist, Sarina Locke. Sarina brings her own experience having reported on Australia's international agricultural aid programs in Indonesia and East Timor and covered issues such as climate change, environmental stewardship, agri-business, international development and trade and biosecurity for the ABC and BBC.

The Fund is working with the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR), Researchers in Agriculture for International Development (RAID) Network, and the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture (TIA) to bring you this free online Zoom event, and this initiative has been supported by Inspiring Australia as part of National Science Week.

Further info, with bios for our moderator and speakers is available on our website - http://www.crawfordfund.org/events

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Monday, August 17
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Back to school amid the COVID-19 pandemic: Balancing students’ right to education against public health
Monday, Aug 17
11:00 AM-12:00 PM EDT
Online
RSVP at https://connect.brookings.edu/register-to-watch-back-to-school

As the spread of the coronavirus persists throughout the U.S., educators, parents, and students have received inconsistent and sometimes conflicting information about plans for continuing education for the upcoming school year. Pressure from the federal government to reopen schools for in-person learning amid the continuing pandemic has sparked conflict as it potentially threatens the physical health of students, teachers and staff, in addition to undermining public health efforts. Do students’ rights to public education require in-person instruction? How does remote instruction compare against live instruction and what are the expected impacts on student equity? How long can public health mandates trump students’ (and parents’) needs? How are school districts approaching reopening for the fall and beyond, and how are they attempting to balance these conflicting priorities?

On August 17, the Brown Center on Education Policy at Brookings  will  host a webinar examining the implications of reopening schools for both in-person and online instruction. As local government officials and school districts prepare for the upcoming school year, speakers will discuss federal and state-level responses of support in education amidst the coronavirus pandemic.

Viewers can submit questions for speakers by emailing events@brookings.edu or via Twitter @BrookingsEd by using #COVIDReopening.

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Thriving Online - A Weekly Workshop
Monday, August 17
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Online
Watch at https://www.earth.columbia.edu/videos/channel/sustain-what

On Mondays, longtime journalist, author and educator Andy Revkin hosts an open workshop testing paths to impact and sanity in an online information environment that is more overheated, and more important, than ever.

Revkin is the founding director of Columbia University's Earth Institute Initiative on Communication and Sustainability, which works to boost the capacity of scientists, journalists, educators, students and citizens to communicate in ways that can speed progress toward a more sustainable relationship between our species, our planet and each other. Info: http://sustcomm.ei.columbia.edu Contact: andrew.revkin@columbia.edu 
Info: http://sustcomm.ei.columbia.edu Contact: andrew.revkin@columbia.edu

Event Contact Information:  EI Events
events@ei.columbia.edu

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Emergency? What climate emergency?
Monday, August 17
2pm – 5pm EDT
Online
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/emergency-what-climate-emergency-tickets-115174157004
Cost:  £5

By the end of 2019, it seemed we had finally started to come to terms with the scale and urgency of climate change.

Between Extinction Rebellion protests, the rise of Green parties in Europe and the work of Greta Thunberg, the climate emergency was the issue on everyone's lips.

This all came to a halt when COVID-19 struck, but as we start talking about the sort of society we want to build post-pandemic, sustainability and radical changes to our way of lives must come back to the top of our agenda. How do we ensure this happens? What world should we seek to build? 

To discuss this and more, we are delighted to be joined by Melanie Onn, former Labour MP and deputy chief exec of RenewableUK and former adviser to Zac Goldsmith Isabella Gornall from the Conservative Environmental Network and UK100.

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Protecting our climate, water, and soil through local to global solutions
Monday, August 17
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM EDT
Online
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/protecting-our-climate-water-and-soil-through-local-to-global-solutions-tickets-115137336874

Greenleaf Communities’ Mission is to advance a Healthy and Sustainable World by bridging sound science and research with policy and practice solutions.  The August 17th presentation will focus on sustainable solutions being advanced in Illinois that cross the globe, involving industries like agriculture and planning . Materials are available at http://greenleafcommunities.org/augustwebinar

Topics to be discussed include:
Policy report released- Addressing Climate Change Using A Carbon Tax & Dividend Plan Within A Global Compact
Heat mitigation project planned to benefit Greater Chicagoland - led by Metropolitan Mayors Caucus with University of Illinois; lessons drawn from four international cities
Illinois’ ‘one water’ infrastructure considered to protect water supplies for northern Illinois - economically efficient multi-jurisdictional collaboration can save $ billions
Healthy Soils sequester carbon and save water - measurement tools are being aligned with markets to support practices from Illinois to California

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For a Sustainable Future: The Centrality of Public Goods
Monday, August 17
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM EDT
Online
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/for-a-sustainable-future-the-centrality-of-public-goods-tickets-115570571691
Cost:  $7 – $11

For a sustainable future we have to transform many ways of thinking of the world and our place in it.

In the 2020 Socialist Register “a number of the essays interrogate central dimensions of how we live and how we might live in terms of educating our children, housing and urbanism, accommodation of refugees and the displaced, and (to lean on that all too common phrase) the competitive time pressures for ‘work-life balance’. These are all key questions, of course, of ‘social reproduction,’ a theme that has cut across many volumes of the Register. They are the counterpoint to ‘economic reproduction’ and ‘how we work’ at the heart of several essays here. Today, this involves exploring and exposing all the hype and contradictions of the so-called ‘gig economy,’ where automation’s potential for increased time apart from work is subordinated to surveillance, hazardous waste, speed-up, and much else that makes for contingent work and precarious living. Finding new ways of living cannot but confront both these obstacles.”

The UN’s report on climate change makes clear that ways of living in the 21st century must be premised on the existential threat to our existence posed by multiple ecological threats. The current pandemic underlines this fact. For a sustainable future we have to transform some basic ways of thinking about the world and our place in it, starting with broadened and more inclusive notions of security, property and rationality. Instead of private property being the default as it is in capitalism, public goods/‘the commons’, should be the priority. And rationality must be understood principally in social terms, since on the dominant individualistic model fully rational behavior can lead to the destruction of the species. Thus the central focus of socialist strategy in the 21st century should be protecting and radically expanding public goods/the commons. 

We should use every means we can to raise people’s understanding that they are 1) the only basis of real security; 2) should be accessible to all as a right, like universal health care, and hence no one should be excluded by the alleged rights of private property; and 3) are foundational to the most rational way to organize society. The paper considers some examples of strategies that fit this approach, such as the Green New Deal, and explores the crucial role of democratic planning both on a societal and a global level.

Nancy Holmstrom is Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at Rutgers University

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The Perfect Fascist:  A Story of Love, Power, and Morality in Mussolini’s Italy
Monday, August 17
7:00 PM
Online
RSVP at https://www.harvard.com/event/virtual_event_victoria_de_grazia/
Cost:  $3 contribution suggested at registration

Harvard Book Store's virtual event series welcomes historian VICTORIA DE GRAZIA—Moore Collegiate Professor of History at Columbia University and author of How Fascism Ruled Women—for a discussion of her latest book, The Perfect Fascist: A Story of Love, Power, and Morality in Mussolini’s Italy. She will be joined in conversation by RUTH BEN-GHIAT, professor of History and Italian Studies at New York University and author of the forthcoming Strongmen: From Mussolini to the Present, available for pre-order here. 

While payment is not required, we are suggesting a $3 contribution to support this author series, our staff, and the future of Harvard Book Store—a locally owned, independently run Cambridge institution. In addition, by purchasing a copy of The Perfect Fascist on harvard.com, you support indie bookselling and the writing community during this difficult time.

About The Perfect Fascist
When Attilio Teruzzi, Mussolini’s handsome political enforcer, married a rising young American opera star, his good fortune seemed settled. The wedding was a carefully stage-managed affair, capped with a blessing by Mussolini himself. Yet only three years later, after being promoted to commander of the Black Shirts, Teruzzi renounced his wife. In fascist Italy, a Catholic country with no divorce law, he could only dissolve the marriage by filing for an annulment through the medieval procedures of the Church Court. The proceedings took an ominous turn when Mussolini joined Hitler: Lilliana Teruzzi was Jewish, and fascist Italy would soon introduce its first race laws.

The Perfect Fascist pivots from the intimate story of a tempestuous seduction and inconvenient marriage—brilliantly reconstructed through family letters and court records—to a riveting account of Mussolini’s rise and fall. It invites us to see in the vain, loyal, lecherous, and impetuous Attilio Teruzzi, a decorated military officer, an exemplar of fascism’s New Man. Why did he abruptly discard the woman he had so eagerly courted? And why, when the time came to find another partner, did he choose another Jewish woman as his would-be wife? In Victoria de Grazia’s engrossing account, we see him vacillating between the will of his Duce and the dictates of his heart.

De Grazia’s landmark history captures the seductive appeal of fascism and shows us how, in his moral pieties and intimate betrayals, his violence and opportunism, Teruzzi is a forefather of the illiberal politicians of today.

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Tuesday, August 18
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Indigenious tourism - how it is hurting indigenous communities
Tuesday, August 18
9:30am – 11am EDT
Online
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/indigenious-tourism-how-it-is-hurting-indigenous-communities-tickets-110894693012
Cost:  $15.65 – $68.97

Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89989253402?pwd=QlU4YXdRMmZXOXFsNm9lbXdCczZ4dz09
Meeting ID: 899 8925 3402
Password to be given upon signing up.

Indigenous tourism is increasingly popular amongst travellers. However, is this form of travelling creating inconveniences to the host communities? 
An online sharing session; Join Kevin as he takes you through different places to see how this form of tourism has brought about both positive and negative impacts. 

How can local indigenous communities be impacted by the presence of tourists?
Discussion objectives:
Understand what indigenous tourism is and examples of such forms of tourism  
To better understand how tourism can be better balanced with the needs of the local indigenous communities.  

Premium ticket comes with Free access to THREE online courses.  
Invest 90 mins of your time and come prepared to learn. 
Contact: admin@crts.asia for more details. 
About the trainers/speakers:
Kevin Phun is a specialist in responsible touruism, and one of no more than a few who truly knows the subject well. He is a practitioner in responsible tourism, having written rather extensively and did projects in Southeast Asia in ecotourism and community based tourism.
Below are a few of the writings he has penned: 
http://www.ttgasia.com/2019/09/11/how-tourism-can-lend-a-hand-in-preserving-intangible-cultural-heritage/
http://www.ttgmice.com/2019/09/05/let-corporate-travel-and-events-have-a-hand-in-reducing-poverty/
https://www.pata.org/the-effects-on-intangible-cultural-heritage-arising-from-climate-change-adaptation/

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What is Spatial Justice? Principles of Planning for Welcoming Public Spaces
Tuesday, August 18
2:00 PM 
Online
RSVP at https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0pc-CrqT4vGtBatazH0bMUYFs_6RWs4j1-

What is spatial justice, and how can cities and towns use this framework to rethink how their built environment supports people’s rights to be, thrive, express and connect? What role can artists and public art play in helping us imagine and shape more inclusive, thriving public spaces throughout Greater Boston? Join a lively discussion among artists, activists, and urbanists who are leading the conversation about spatial justice in our region today.

Speakers:
Kenneth Bailey, urban designer and co-founder, Design Studio for Social Intervention (ds4si.org)
Molly Rose Kaufman, Provost & Program Director, University of Orange (universityoforange.org)
Anthony Romero, Boston-based artist, writer, and organizer; 2019-2020 fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study (radcliffe.harvard.edu/people/anthony-romero)

Questions? Contact MAPC Event Planner, Sasha Parodi: sparodi@mapc.org

“What is Spatial Justice?” is part one of “Whose Public? Planning and Placemaking for Welcoming Public Spaces.” This three-part discussion series explores the role that planners, artists, and government staff can play in shaping just, joyful, and inclusive public spaces.

Part II: Making it Public: Activating Public Spaces for Creativity, Connection, and Celebration (August 25): https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJYvceqqpj8qHNIS_YdsfMSpElKh98B7Jseg

Part III: Public Works: Planning and Designing Public Spaces for Spatial Justice (Sept. 1): https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0sd-qsqjwiG9E_nZouwMctcXt_ARPV3JwJ

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Stories of loss: The Promontory Fort and climate change
Tuesday, August 18
2:00 PM – 3:30 PM EDT
Online
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/stories-of-loss-the-promontory-fort-and-climate-change-tickets-114279280404

Online lecture from CHERISH Project archaeologists. Stories of loss: The Promontory Fort and climate change

This online lecture will be presented by CHERISH Project archaeologist from the Discovery Programme: Centre for Archaeology and Innovation, Ireland and the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales.

The joint nation CHERISH project investigates climate change impacts on cultural heritage. Promontory Forts, typically understood as an Iron Age phenomenon occur in high concentrations along the Irish and Welsh coastlines. This site type is one of the major archaeological sites most at threat from coastal erosion, as sea levels begin to rise again at an unprecedented rate and accelerated rates of climatic change occur, the CHERISH project is working hard to record and understand the nature and functionality of these sites before climate impacts remove sites and evidence from the archaeological record forever. Mapping and archaeological investigations range from collection of measured 3d datasets to walkover surveys and excavation. This talks discusses the insights gained from the CHERISH project about Promontory Forts and the different rates of loss occurring along Irish Sea coastlines.

The lecture will be followed by a Q&A session and it will be hosted on Zoom. You have to register to receive the zoom link which will be sent to you via email on the evening of the lecture.

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The Heat is On: The Climate Imperative
Tuesday, August 18
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Online
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-heat-is-on-the-climate-imperative-tickets-115511711639

The world will soon face warming of 1.5 degrees Celsius, perhaps as soon as 2024. Join us for a conversation about what a hotter planet will mean for people, ecosystems, and the international community.

The Speakers:
Ama R. Francis is the 2018-2020 Climate Law Fellow at Columbia University's Sabin Center for Climate Change Law. Her work focuses on developing legal solutions to disaster displacement and climate migration. She also analyzes and supports the implementation of adaptive measures in small islands and least developed countries. She graduated from Yale Law School in 2018 where she was an active member of Yale’s Environmental Justice Clinic, a student director of Immigration Legal Services, founder of Clarity & Community, and led New Directions in Environmental Law 2018. Ama also represented Dominica at COP22.

Radley Horton is a Lamont Associate Research Professor at Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory. His research focuses on climate extremes, tail risks, climate impacts, and adaptation. Radley was a Convening Lead Author for the Third National Climate Assessment. He currently Co-Chairs Columbia’s Adaptation Initiative, and is Principal Investigator for the Columbia University-WWF ADVANCE partnership, and the NOAA-Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessments-funded Consortium for Climate Risk in the Urban Northeast. Radley is also the Columbia University lead for the Northeast Climate Science Center, and is a principal investigator on the Climate Change Education Partnership Project. Radley teaches in Columbia University’s Sustainable Development department. 

Event Contact Information:  EI Events
events@ei.columbia.edu

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Environmental Justice and the Chesapeake Bay Watershed
Tuesday, August 18
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM EDT
Online
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/environmental-justice-and-the-chesapeake-bay-watershed-tickets-115524632285

As a part of our Hack the Bay initiative, Booz Allen is hosting a panel discussion on Environmental Justice to explore the intersection of social inequality, economics, and the environment. Understanding the unequal societal burdens of pollution, climate change, and land development is integral to designing solutions that restore ecosystems while improving the lives of all people. This panel will discuss how to evaluate data, environmental stewardship, and Bay restoration through the lenses of equity and justice.

About the Panelists
Kari Fulton, Environmental and Climate Justice Advocate
Kari is an award winning Environmental and Climate Justice Advocate, organizer, writer, cultural historian and professional tour guide. Fulton has traveled across the United States, Europe, Latin America and South Africa attending and reporting on International Environmental Conferences. Over the past decade she has worked with various domestic and global coalitions to coordinate campaigns and conferences. 
Rozina Kanchwala, Eco.Logic Founder
Rozina is an energy and environmental professional with global academic and work experience in the environmental sector. Rozina founded Eco.Logic to help people get engaged and find solutions to the climate crisis.
Albert Arevalo, Brookside Gardens & Latino Outdoors
Albert is the volunteer coordinator at Brookside Gardens. He also serves as the DMV program coordinator for Latino Outdoors, a non-profit that connects Latino communities and leadership with nature and outdoor experiences. Albert is committed to increasing access to the Latino community to public lands and educating students about opportunities for careers in the environmental field. Additionally, Albert is a Senior Chesapeake Region Fellow for the Environmental Leadership Program.
Jessie Hillman, Blue Water Baltimore
Jessie is the Senior Manager for Stormwater Programs at Blue Water Baltimore and works with community groups, congregations, schools and other property owners to collaboratively plan and construct green stormwater infrastructure projects that restore and protect Baltimore’s waterways. As part of this work, Jessie co-leads a cross-sector collaborative called the Baltimore Environmental Equity Partnership, which seeks to improve environmental health in Baltimore City neighborhoods through a lens of race equity and asset-based community development.
This environmental justice panel is part of a series of events for Hack the Bay: a Chesapeake Bay Water Quality Hackathon. To learn more and join the hack: http://hack-the-bay.devpost.com

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Headed for Extinction and What to Do About It
Tuesday, August 18
6 p.m.
Online
RSVP at https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZckde6vrz4tHtSRNzlA8Nk1jqN2EmPsLOj2

The planet is in ecological crisis: we are in the midst of the sixth mass extinction event this planet has experienced. Scientists believe we may have entered a period of abrupt climate breakdown. This is an emergency.

In this online talk, climate speakers from Extinction Rebellion will share the latest climate science on where our planet is heading, discuss some of the current psychology around climate change, and offer solutions through the study of social movements.

Everyone is welcome and there will be time to ask questions and discuss afterward. This talk is free. Run time: 6:00 PM 7:30 PM

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COVID-19 AND CLIMATE: TECHNOLOGY TO THE RESCUE?
Tuesday, August 18
7:00pm
Online
RSVP at http://www.climateone.org/events/covid-19-and-climate-technology-rescue

Technology has helped the world survive, thrive and stay connected through the COVID-19 lockdown. As countries look toward re-opening in a post-pandemic world, does tech hold the same promise in the fight to solve climate change? From mapping weather patterns with pinpoint accuracy using artificial intelligence, to engineering algae that gobbles up carbon dioxide, climate tech is ripe with breakthroughs.

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Final MA Democratic Senate Primary Debate
Tuesday, August 18 
Debate: 7-8PM EDT
Post-Debate Zoom Discussion: 8-9PM EDT
Online
RSVP at https://umassboston.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJAtcuuhrTgtGtEjULXYK1OK_RIMNDigReoO

UMass Boston's John W. McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies, WBUR, The Boston Globe and WCVB Channel 5 invite you to watch the final primary debate between the two Democratic candidates for the United States Senate.

Moderator: Ed Harding, WCVB Anchor
Panelists:   Bob Oakes, host of WBUR's Morning Edition
Adrian Walker, columnist for the Boston Globe
Janet Wu, anchor of WCVB's On the Record

JOIN THE CONVERSATION: #MAPOLI

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the event on the 18th of August!

For more information, contact the McCormack Graduate School Dean's Office at  mccormack.gradschool@umb.edu

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Wednesday, August 19
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Using the Pandemic Recovery to Spur the Clean Transition — Opportunities and Potential Pitfalls
Wednesday, August 19
9:00am - 10:00am
Online
RSVP at https://harvard.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_waKLhC3GSsGSvsWTmcqsOA
Registration is required. 

Speaker: Rachel Kyte, Dean, Fletcher School, Tufts University
Rachel Kyte will discuss a potential green recovery from the pandemic — how recovery efforts might be leveraged to accelerate the transition to a clean and sustainable energy system — in the United States and globally. She has held senior positions in the World Bank and United Nations dealing with climate change and sustainability.

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GSC Sustainability Solveathon
Wednesday, August 19
9:30am to 12:00pm
Online
RSVP at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfw_Pk6OvhBRLFmhHuMjLRIJSuXr1t7lpwgWSxtIw2JlDLnVw/viewform

The GSC Sustainability Subcommittee is organizing a solveathon to brainstorm sustainability projects that MIT grad students are most excited about and create a stronger sustainability community of sustainability enthusiasts to realize those solutions in the upcoming year. 

The solveathon invites anyone who is enthusiastic about sustainability to work in small groups with facilitators. There will be two separate sessions compatible with different time zones to develop projects that make MIT campus more sustainable. No previous experience is required, and you can RSVP here! Projects developed in the Solveathon have the chance to be realized with support by the GSC Sustainability Fund. Additionally, experts from the MIT Office of Sustainability will participate in this session.

Editorial Comment:  Requires an MIT email address but you can always ask.

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Being Well & Staying Safe: Daily Life in a COVID-19 World
Wednesday, August 19
1:00 - 2:00 pm EDT. 
Online
RSVP at http://www.bu.edu/pardee/2020/07/30/upcoming-webinar-being-well-staying-safe-daily-life-in-a-covid-19-world/

The webinar will feature a panel of experts including Nahid Bhadelia (Associate Professor, Medicine/Infectious Diseases, BU School of Medicine), Davidson Hamer (Professor, Global Health & Medicine, BU School of Public Health & BU School of Medicine), and Gerald T. Keusch (Professor, Medicine & International Health, BU School of Medicine & BU School of Public Health). The discussion will be hosted by Pardee School Dean Adil Najam. 

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Summer Webinar Series: Action is the Antidote to Despair
Wednesday, August 19
3:00 PM – 5:00 PM EDT
Online
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/summer-webinar-series-action-is-the-antidote-to-despair-tickets-115123459366

Join us for the Summer Webinar Series: Action is the Antidote to Despair: Fossil Fuels, Climate change and the Struggle for Hope

Every day new horrifying data is released on the impacts of climate change and we are flooded with images of climate disaster - floods, droughts, fires and this year even swarms of locusts in the horn of Africa. Despite the data and our elected officials declaring a climate emergency, new fossil fuel projects like LNG Canada, oilsands expansion and the Trans Mountain pipeline are being pushed forward. Using examples from her own journey over the past 30 years in running environmental campaigns Tzeporah Berman will explore this ‘great disconnect’, propose some new bold solutions and discuss how we can all can engage to ensure a safer, cleaner future and make sense of this historic moment for change. 

About Tzeporah Berman
Tzeporah Berman, BA, MES LLD (honoris causa) is an Adjunct Professor of Environmental Studies at York University, the International Program Director at Stand.Earth, The Co-founder of the Global Gas and Oil Network and the Chair of the Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty. She lives on Canada’s west coast with her husband and two boys and is known for her award winning apple pie.

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Dare To Speak: Defending Free Speech for All
Wednesday, August 19
3:30PM to 4:30PM EDT
Online
RSVP at https://gmfus.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_RtGavsdGRESHRe876xv_og

A Book Talk with Suzanne Nossel
Suzanne Nossel, CEO, PEN America
Derek Chollet, Executive Vice President, GMF
The German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) is pleased to invite you to a virtual book conversation with CEO of PEN America Suzanne Nossel to discuss her latest book Dare To Speak: Defending Free Speech for All. Set against the backdrop of partisan debates, disinformation, and increasingly polarized societies, the book explores how we can preserve democratic debate and free expression, while battling bigotry. It not only demonstrates the hazards of censorship, but offers a practical guide on speaking your mind without marginalizing others.

Please consider supporting independent book sellers by buying a copy at bookshop.org if you are based in the United States.  

If you have any questions, please contact Itai Barsade at ibarsade@gmfus.org.

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Boston New Technology FinTech & Blockchain Startup Showcase #BNT115
Wednesday, August 19
4:00 PM – 5:30 PM EDT
Online
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/boston-new-technology-fintech-blockchain-startup-showcase-bnt115-registration-103050075550

Join members of BNT's 50k network to:
See 6 innovative and exciting local FinTech & Blockchain demos, presented by startup founders
Network virtually with attendees from Boston, Austin and beyond
Ask the founders your questions
Please register with a valid email address and you will immediately receive an email with the link you need to join this webcast and our online group!
Please click here to share/tweet this event.
Please follow @BostonNewTech and support our presenters by posting on social media using our #BNT115 hashtag. We'll retweet you!

Agenda (EDT):
4:00 - Welcome & BNT Introductions
4:05 - Startup Presentations (5 minutes each), Q&A (5 minutes each)
5:30 - Wrap Up
How to Join:
Please register with a valid email address and you will immediately receive an email with the link you need to join this webcast. We will also email you our online group for this event, where you can network with the presenters and other attendees.

Attendance Terms:  Boston New Technology (BNT) is dedicated to providing a harassment-free and inclusive event experience for all members/participants. To attend, event registrants agree to these Attendance Terms, which are summarized on the registration page for this event and in the confirmation email sent to registrants. By registering for this event, you agree to share the information you submit with BNT. You and any guests you register agree to be contacted directly by BNT and subscribed to BNT's weekly email newsletter and event announcements, but you can unsubscribe at any time.

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Webinar for Educators: Exploring Climate Migration in the Classroom
Wednesday, August 19
5:30pm - 6:30pm EDT (GMT -0400)
Online
RSVP at https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_D-ngJNN9SNePNIkIldKejw

Scientists project that with every degree of temperature increase the Earth experiences, approximately one billion people will be displaced.
Educators are invited to join senior environmental reporter Abrahm Lustgarten and Pulitzer Center education staff for a professional development webinar on migration and its relationship to climate change. By engaging with "Refugees from the Earth," a pathbreaking new reporting project in The New York Times Magazine and ProPublica, in partnership with the Pulitzer Center, participants will be able to...
explore new models for understanding how migration will change as the world warms,
hear the stories of today's climate refugees from Central America,
evaluate action steps to keep the planet habitable for human life,
and identify interactive methods for sharing under-reported stories on migration with students.

Webinar attendees will receive a 1-hour certificate of attendance upon completion of a short survey. 

Abrahm Lustgarten is a senior environmental reporter, with a focus at the intersection of business, climate, and energy. He is currently covering changes at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and working on a project about pollution at U.S. Defense sites. His 2015 series examining the causes of water scarcity in the American West, “Killing the Colorado,” was a finalist for the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for national reporting and received the 2016 Keck Futures Initiative Communication Award from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. His work has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Atlantic, Scientific American, Wired, Salon, and Esquire, among other publications. He is the author of two books; Run to Failure: BP and the Making of the Deepwater Horizon Disaster, and also China’s Great Train: Beijing’s Drive West and the Campaign to Remake Tibet, a project that was funded in part by a grant from the MacArthur Foundation.

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CITIES AND DATA 
Wednesday, August 19
6:00-7:00pm 
Online
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cities-and-data-tickets-114479220430

Yesim Sungu-Eryilmaz, PhD, Assistant Professor
Webinar followed by Q+A

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Freedom Farmers - Live Book Talk with Dr. Monica White
Wednesday, August 19
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM EDT
Online
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/freedom-farmers-live-book-talk-with-dr-monica-white-tickets-115293092744
Cost:  $0 – $250

Dr. White will share book highlights, discuss Black farming through the lens of current national issues of racism, equity, and diversity.

Join educator, author, and sociologist Monica M. White, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Environmental Justice, Urban Agriculture and Community Food Systems at the University of Wisconsin-Madison for a virtual discussion of her book, “Freedom Farmers: Agricultural Resistance and the Black Freedom Movement,” on Wednesday, August 19 from 6 – 7:30 p.m.

Freedom Farmers provides a historical foundation adding meaning and context to current conversations around the resurgence of food justice/sovereignty movements in urban areas.

Dr. White referred to as the Black Farmers’ Historian, will share book highlights, discuss Black farming through the lens of current national issues of racism, equity, and diversity, followed by a Q & A. You can purchase Dr. White's book in advance here.

All ticket proceeds will benefit the Urban Farming Institute of Boston, whose mission is to develop and promote urban farming to engage individuals in growing food and building a healthy community.

If you require financial assistance please contact Linda Palmer at ldpalm4@gmail.com or call 617-989-9920.

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True Crimes and Misdemeanors:  The Investigation of Donald Trump
Wednesday, August 19
7:00 PM
Online
RSVP at https://www.harvard.com/event/virtual_event_jeffrey_toobin/
Cost:  $5 suggested - pay what you can - On Sale Now

Harvard Book Store's virtual event series welcomes JEFFREY TOOBIN—CNN's chief legal analyst and author of the celebrated, bestselling books The Run of His Life and A Vast Conspiracy—for a discussion of his latest book, True Crimes and Misdemeanors: The Investigation of Donald Trump. He will be joined in conversation by NOAH FELDMAN, celebrated author and Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law at Harvard Law School.

In lieu of our traditional ticketing at this time, we ask that you pay what you can to support our virtual event series and this indie bookstore. We recommend a $5 contribution, or you can support Harvard Book Store by purchasing a copy of True Crimes and Misdemeanors on harvard.com.
We are so excited to be able to continue bringing authors and their books to our community, particularly during such challenging times, and your patronage and enthusiasm are what make that possible.

About True Crimes and Misdemeanors
Donald Trump's campaign chairman went to jail. So did his personal lawyer. His long-time political consigliere was convicted of serious federal crimes, and his national security advisor pled guilty to others. Several Russian spies were indicted in absentia. Career intelligence agents and military officers were alarmed enough by the president's actions that they alerted senior government officials and ignited the impeachment process.
Yet despite all this, a years-long inquiry led by special counsel Robert Mueller, and the third impeachment of a president in American history, Donald Trump survived to run for re-election. Why?
Jeffrey Toobin's highly entertaining definitive account of the Mueller investigation and the impeachment of the president takes readers behind the scenes of the epic legal and political struggle to call Trump to account for his misdeeds. With his superb storytelling and analytic skills Toobin recounts all the mind-boggling twists and turns in the case—Trump's son met with a Russian operative promising Kremlin support! Trump paid a porn star $130,000 to hush up an affair! Rudy Giuliani and a pair of shady Ukrainian-American businessmen got the Justice Department to look at Russian-created conspiracy theories! Toobin shows how Trump's canny lawyers used Mueller's famous integrity against him, and how Trump's bullying and bluster cowed Republican legislators into ignoring the clear evidence of the impeachment hearings.
Based on dozens of interviews with prosecutors in Mueller's office, Trump's legal team, Congressional investigators, White House staffers, and several of the key players, including some who are now in prison, True Crimes and Misdemeanors is a revelatory narrative that makes sense of the seemingly endless chaos of the Trump years. Filled with never-before-reported details of the high-stakes legal battles and political machinations, the book weaves a tale of a rogue president guilty of historic misconduct, and how he got away with it.

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Thursday, August 20 - Sunday, August 23
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Boston GreenFest
Thursday, August 20 - Sunday, August 23
Online
RSVP at https://www.bostongreenfest.org

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Thursday, August 20
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The Role of Concrete in Life Cycle Greenhouse Gas Emission Reductions of the U.S.’s Buildings and Pavements
Thursday, August 20
11:00am to 12:00pm
Online
RSVP at https://mit.webex.com/mw3300/mywebex/default.do?nomenu=true&siteurl=mit&service=6&rnd=0.29657738103589215&main_url=https%3A%2F%2Fmit.webex.com%2Fec3300%2Feventcenter%2Fevent%2FeventAction.do%3FtheAction%3Ddetail%26%26%26EMK%3D4832534b000000041901c37895b9664b8bba25221b8ad855d4503a9c3edeae2139aea4f5c8656d2d%26siteurl%3Dmit%26confViewID%3D168655231810306782%26encryptTicket%3DSDJTSwAAAAT8oPxJ_MW0gY763EeuyMZmJ4le8GxucOXD9NgOFgUN0Q2%26

Concrete is critical to achieving societal sustainability goals. Its unique attributes make it the most used building material and because of this its environmental footprint is subject to significant scrutiny. Thus, the challenge of sustainable development is manifested in the use of concrete: accomplishing societal goals while minimizing environmental impacts. Concrete is a critical component of deep decarbonization efforts because it impacts the building, transportation, and industrial sectors.

This presentation will show results from an effort at the MIT Concrete Sustainability Hub to contextualize the role of concrete in life cycle greenhouse gas emission (GHG) reductions of the United States’ buildings and pavements. We use a bottom-up model of current and future building and pavement stocks and construction in the US to analyze GHG reduction strategies under projected and ambitious scenarios, including embodied and use phases of the structures’ life cycle. We show that projected improvements in the building sector result in a reduction of 47% of GHG emissions in 2050 relative to 2016 levels, whereas ambitious improvements result in a 56% reduction in 2050, which is approximately 1 Gt. The pavements sector shows a larger difference between the two scenarios with a 13% reduction of GHG emissions for projected improvements and a 50% reduction under the ambitious scenario, which is approximately 70 Mt. Over 70% of future emissions from new building and pavement construction are from the use phase.

This webinar will be presented by CSHub Executive Director Jeremy Gregory.

The MIT Concrete Sustainability Hub (CSHub) webinar series offers information of general interest to members of the building, paving, and construction communities, as well as to educators, students, journalists, and law and policy-makers interested in the environmental and economic impacts of decision-making concerning infrastructure. Videos of past webinars are archived to the CSHub YouTube Channel at https://www.youtube.com/user/CSHubMIT

Webinars are free and open to the public. Presentations are geared toward a lay audience.

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Monthly overview of IRI's Global Seasonal Climate Forecasts and ENSO status and forecast.
Thursday, August 20
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Online
RSVP at https://events.columbia.edu/cal/event/eventView.do?b=de&calPath=%2Fpublic%2Fcals%2FMainCal&guid=CAL-00bbdcc7-628567d1-0162-8720efc9-0000118cevents@columbia.edu&recurrenceId=20200820T180000Z

The International Research Institute for Climate and Society (part of the Earth Institute) presents its monthly climate forecast briefing. The IRI's seasonal climate forecasts and ENSO (El Niño Southern Oscillation) forecasts are discussed in this briefing by IRI's chief forecaster, Tony Barnston.

In addition, the IRI climate group will present results of its experimental sub seasonal forecasts. 
Event Contact Information:  IRI Seminar
Seminar@iri.columbia.edu

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Nwamaka Agbo and Stacy Mitchell
Thursday, August 20
2pm
Online
RSVP at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSckhprFbcwOoKACWru-bKbHUh3-lKqE0UzsMEfZetMzj9idQQ/viewform

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Watertown Emergency Everywhere Kickoff
Thursday, August 20
7:30 p.m.
Online
RSVP at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83693052148?pwd=U3lhaW81YlR1WWFlMW5KYmsvSnU5dz09

Extinction Rebellion [XR] is kicking off our new Watertown Emergency Everywhere campaign!

The town of Watertown has passed legislation to require solar panels in new construction. So why don't they tell the truth about the state of the crisis? Why in Jan 2019 did they say they needed an 'energy inventory' before they could start to work on a climate plan - but we are still waiting for one (https://www.watertown-ma.gov/DocumentCenter/View/26388/2018-12-4--10-16-Economic-Development-and-Planning--Public-Works---Energy-Master-Plan).

We need to create pressure and show them that this is an urgent issue that cannot be delayed. Watertown will be one of ~7 towns in Massachusetts where we are planning direct actions in the Emergency Everywhere campaign. Each town will follow a sequence of ~4 actions that escalate if our demands are not met.

Come learn more about the Watertown campaign and plug in to helping us organize it. We need your help in: planning actions, establishing local partnerships, building art, holding support roles during actions, etc.

Run time 7:30 to 8:30 pm EST. Join us on Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83693052148?pwd=U3lhaW81YlR1WWFlMW5KYmsvSnU5dz09

Campaign resources - https://xrmass.org/wiki/emergency-everywhere/

Love and rage y'all.



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Friday, August 21
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EBC Climate Change Leadership Webinar Series: Suffolk Downs Resiliency and Adaptation Study
Friday, August 21
12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Online
RSVP at https://ebcne.org/event/ebc-climate-change-leadership-webinar-series-suffolk-downs-resiliency-and-adaptation-study/
Cost:  $15 - $25

EBC is excited to present this series of webinars featuring projects and organizations leading the way in climate change adaptation and mitigation in New England. Featuring the nominated projects for the 2020 EBC Annual EBEE Awards Program, this series will focus on the forward-thinking and innovative projects being planned and implemented throughout New England.

A first of its kind in Massachusetts, the Suffolk Downs Resiliency and Adaptation Study was performed to better understand and prepare for climate change impacts to the proposed 161-acre Suffolk Downs Redevelopment Project and surrounding neighborhoods in Boston and Revere. Through innovative hydraulic and hydrologic modeling, the Study showed how the built environment affects the movement of floodwaters on and off the site by analyzing current and future climate conditions for rainfall, coastal flooding, and a combination of the two for various return periods and years. The Study was used to determine if the proposed project provided a resilient design, evaluate if proposed fill (to raise proposed structures above the future floodplain) resulted in displacement of floodwaters onto abutting properties, and provide mitigation as appropriate. The Study resulted in over $5M in mitigation and flood protection measures, including upgrading a pump station, protective berms, and tide gates.

Join us for this EBC webinar to learn Climate Change Impacts of the Suffolk Downs Redevelopment Project.

Program Chair:
Mark Costa, Associate, VHB

Speakers:
Mark Costa, Associate, VHB
Douglas Manz, Partner, Director of Development, The HYM Investment Group, LLC

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USM West Regional Webinar LIVE BROADCAST (topic TBD)
Friday, August 21
TBD
A backyard in Somerville, MA 
Register to receive location, and we will be in touch with more details:  http://tinyurl.com/BackyardCinemaUSMBOS
SUGGESTED DONATION: $5-20 per event. No one turned away for lack of funds.
GUIDELINES: Bring your own lawn chair or blanket! We will be outside :) These events are a sober space and will respect social distancing. Please wear a facemask.

Live presentations on zoom featuring members of the African People's Socialist Party and African People?s Solidarity Committee. Check registration link for updates on topic, speakers and time.

USM Boston presents Backyard Cinema Series: "Smash Colonial Violence!"

An 8-week series of political education documentaries & presentations about black power, reparations, colonialism and revolutionary African resistance. Hosted by the Boston branch of the Uhuru Solidarity Movement, the organization of white people under the leadership of the African People?s Socialist Party organizing in the white community for reparations to African people.

Fundraiser for the Black Power Blueprint, a black-led economic development program building community centers, housing, gardens, a food economy and the African Independence Workforce Program to train African people being released from colonial prisons into becoming skilled professionals with their own business. Visit blackpowerblueprint.org to learn more and see photos.

CONTACT: usmboston@riseup.net / 781-214-8131 / uhurusolidarity.org
FOLLOW: @uhurusolidarity on Instagram, Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.
Facebook event to share: https://www.facebook.com/events/699252814266328/

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Saturday, August 22
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2020 Citizens’ Climate Southeast/Appalachia Conference
Saturday, August 22
8:15 AM – 3:35 PM EDT
Online
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2020-citizens-climate-southeastappalachia-conference-registration-107763906746

Everyone is invited to the online Citizens' Climate Southeast / Appalachia Conference. Citizens' Climate Education (CCE) and Citizens' Climate Lobby (CCL) provide education about the climate crisis that helps build political will for our elected officials to take effective action on climate change. Optimism and volunteer support has allowed us to achieve the impossible: gaining support for bi-partisan climate legislation in the 116th Congress.

Engage on a broad range of topics. Sign up for sessions and review exhibitors' websites at:  Program and Exhibitors for Citizens' Climate Conference
This conference, which covers two regions, is an opportunity for newcomers and experienced members to actively get involved in moving our country toward climate solutions. You will be able to participate in sessions on several topics regarding sustainable communities, acting on climate, and science and engineering. Come join us to create the political will for a livable world while being empowered to have breakthroughs in your personal and political power.

For more information, contact Jon Clark (jon.clark@citizensclimatelobby.org). 
Experts will cover topics that include:
Plenary: The Politics of Climate Change Policy - Elected Officials Discussion
Keynote: Victor Dover, Dover, Kohl & Partners - Car Optional Communities
Keynote: Diversity, talking honestly about climate, challenges and opportunities 
Keynote: What the Science Tells Us - Projection Models From ORNL
Creating Sustainable Cities: Minimizing the Urban Carbon Footprint 
Environmental Justice
Economics of Pricing CO₂ Emissions - The Social Cost of Carbon
Creation Care - The Faith Based Perspective
Universities for Sustainability - University of Tennessee Goes Green
How the Youth are Taking Action
The Media's Role to Inform about Climate Change

Climate change continues unabated while we focus on the crises of the COVID-19 pandemic and systemic racism. We are learning from these world-wide crises to treat each other with humanity and adopt prevention measures, based on scientific evidence. These lessons apply to averting climate change as well. "Going from climate crisis to climate opportunity" is organized in panels and sessions in three tracks:
Sustainable Cities
Acting on Climate Change
Science and Engineering

By registering for this event, you are giving Citizens' Climate Lobby and Citizens' Climate Education permission to send you emails including information about CCL/CCE and how you can volunteer and support our work. You can unsubscribe at any time by emailing unsubscribe@citizensclimatelobby.org.

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Monday, August 24 – Tuesday, August 25
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2020 Big Data Conference
Monday, August 24 – Tuesday, August 25
Online 
RSVP at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc3hb9b6EH3WqNLkQvigHC11XzDFzhYpXuHB6wi4y6cutB1EQ/viewform

SPEAKER(S)  Sanjeev Arora, Princeton University
Joseph Dexter, Dartmouth University
Nicole Immorlica, Microsoft
Amin Saberi, Stanford University
Vira Semenova, University of California, Berkeley
Varda Shalev, Tel Aviv University
Elizabeth Sibert, Harvard University
DETAILS  On August 24-25, 2020 the CMSA will be hosting our sixth annual Conference on Big Data. The Conference will feature many speakers from the Harvard community as well as scholars from across the globe, with talks focusing on computer science, statistics, math and physics, and economics. Registration for this event is required, details on how to join the webinar will be sent to registered participants before the event.
LINK  https://cmsa.fas.harvard.edu/2020-big-data-conference/
CONTACT INFO Alaina Fernandes, afernandes@math.harvard.edu

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Monday, August 24
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Social Medicine: Physicians as Agents of Change
Monday, August 24
12 – 12:30 p.m.
Online
RSVP at https://executiveeducation.hms.harvard.edu/thought-leadership/webinar-series/social-medicine-health-care-technology-innovation

SPEAKER(S)  Ted James, MD, MHCM, FACS, Associate Professor of Surgery, Harvard Medical School, Co-Director, BreastCare Center, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Chief, Breast Surgical Oncology and Vice Chair, Academic Affairs, Surgery, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
DETAILS In this Harvard Medical School webinar, Dr. James will discuss the need for change given the inequalities and disparities in health care. He will also discuss the rationale for extending care beyond the walls of the hospital and into communities, the powerful influence of social determinants of health on patient outcomes, and how physicians can be effective agents of social change.
LINK  https://executiveeducation.hms.harvard.edu/thought-leadership/webinar-series/social-medicine-health-care-technology-innovation

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Clean Energy and the Post-COVID Workforce 
Monday, August 24
12PM - 1PM EDT
Online
RSVP at https://yale.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_pisA8PH5RZiLzSNVCPe-OA

Explore the impact of COVID-19 on clean energy, as seen through the lenses of workforce development and job opportunities/losses, supplier diversity and state regulation, supply and distribution channels, including solar panels and installations. 

We will hear from:
Melanie Kenderdine, Principal at Energy Futures Initiative 
Commissioner Sadzi Oliva, Chair at NARUC Subcommittee on Supplier and Workforce Diversity
Nicole Sitaraman (YC '00), Senior Manager, Public Policy at Sunrun
Our discussion will be moderated by Barbara Tyran (SOM '79), President at Women's Council on Energy & the Environment.

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Thriving Online - A Weekly Workshop
Monday, August 24
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Online
RSVP at https://www.earth.columbia.edu/videos/channel/sustain-what

On Mondays, longtime journalist, author and educator Andy Revkin hosts an open workshop testing paths to impact and sanity in an online information environment that is more overheated, and more important, than ever.

Revkin is the founding director of Columbia University's Earth Institute Initiative on Communication and Sustainability, which works to boost the capacity of scientists, journalists, educators, students and citizens to communicate in ways that can speed progress toward a more sustainable relationship between our species, our planet and each other. Info: http://sustcomm.ei.columbia.edu Contact: andrew.revkin@columbia.edu 
Info: http://sustcomm.ei.columbia.edu Contact: andrew.revkin@columbia.edu

Watch these sessions on the Earth Institute's Sustain What video channel: https://www.earth.columbia.edu/videos/channel/sustain-what 
Event Contact Information:  EI Events
events@ei.columbia.edu

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Feminism and climate change
Monday, August 24
2pm – 4pm EDT
Online
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/feminism-and-climate-change-tickets-113805974734

Three feminist activists lead our discussion on how the fights for climate justice and gender equality go together

The fight for climate justice and the fight for gender equality go hand in hand. 
Women, especially in the global south, are being hit hardest by climate change, as rising temperatures make it harder to care for families and do other types of domestic labour. As we move away from fossil fuels, to avert dangerous climate change, that will change the way that work is done in the home – most of which is done by women. And in the movement for climate justice, women are very often on the front lines. 

Our discussion on how these issues go together will be opened by 
Orthalia Kunene (XR South Africa),
Laura Schwartz (historian of feminism and labour movements, University of Warwick), 
Silvia Semenzin (PhD researcher at the University of Milan, and organiser of a campaign to make “revenge porn” illegal in Italy) and another international speaker.

This will be followed by a discussion with audience participants. No previous experience necessary, just an interest.

This event is free. But we welcome donations to help us continueClimate Breakdown Shakedown. Donate here or you can make a donation when you purchase your ticket. 

We normally broadcast the presentations to our Youtube channel for public interest, and stop so no members of the audience is recorded publicly without consent. You are of course welcome to switch your video off if you have any concerns.

All information, links to presentations and resources about this and previous Climate Breakdown Shakedown events can be found on xrgreenwich.com

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The Great Indoors:  The Surprising Science of How Buildings Shape Our Behavior, Health, and Happiness
Monday, August 24
7:00 PM
Online
RSVP at https://www.harvard.com/event/virtual_event_emily_anthes/
Cost:  Free - $3 contribution suggested at registration

Harvard Book Store's virtual event series welcomes EMILY ANTHES—award-winning science journalist and author of Frankenstein's Cat—for a discussion of her latest book, The Great Indoors: The Surprising Science of How Buildings Shape Our Behavior, Health, and Happiness. She will be joined in conversation by celebrated science writer CARL ZIMMER, author of She Has Her Mother's Laugh: The Powers, Perversions, and Potential of Heredity.

While payment is not required, we are suggesting a $3 contribution to support this author series, our staff, and the future of Harvard Book Store—a locally owned, independently run Cambridge institution. In addition, by purchasing a copy of The Great Indoors on harvard.com, you support indie bookselling and the writing community during this difficult time.

About The Great Indoors
Modern humans are an indoor species. We spend 90 percent of our time inside, shuttling between homes and offices, schools and stores, restaurants and gyms. And yet, in many ways, the indoor world remains unexplored territory. For all the time we spend inside buildings, we rarely stop to consider: How do these spaces affect our mental and physical well-being? Our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors? Our productivity, performance, and relationships?

In this wide-ranging, character-driven book, science journalist Emily Anthes takes us on an adventure into the buildings in which we spend our days, exploring the profound, and sometimes unexpected, ways that they shape our lives. Drawing on cutting-edge research, she probes the pain-killing power of a well-placed window and examines how the right office layout can expand our social networks. She investigates how room temperature regulates our cognitive performance, how the microbes hiding in our homes influence our immune systems, and how cafeteria design affects what—and how much—we eat.

Along the way, Anthes takes readers into an operating room designed to minimize medical errors, a school designed to boost students’ physical fitness, and a prison designed to support inmates’ psychological needs. And she previews the homes of the future, from the high-tech houses that could monitor our health to the 3D-printed structures that might allow us to live on the Moon.

The Great Indoors provides a fresh perspective on our most familiar surroundings and a new understanding of the power of architecture and design. It's an argument for thoughtful interventions into the built environment and a story about how to build a better world—one room at a time.

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Tuesday, August 25
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Freedom Challenge-Intro to Indigenous & Disability Rights 4 Climate Justice
Tuesday, August 25
1:30 AM – 3:00 AM EDT
Online
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.co.nz/e/freedom-challenge-intro-to-indigenous-disability-rights-4-climate-justice-tickets-113589537364

Join Freedom Challenge 2020 workshop: Introduction to Indigenous & Disability Rights for Climate Justice!

Human rights are as much under threat as the environment when it comes to climate change. It’s why within Freedom Challenge 2020 we’ll be “Shouting out for climate justice”

To make that action effective and powerful we are hosting on and offline workshops with some of New Zealand and the Pacific’s best youth climate justice advocates. They’ll be offering insights and knowledge on how together we can better stand up for the rights of this planet and the people on it. Workshops will include creative and practical ways to get involved, build support, and ignite action! 

Join Kera Sherwood-O'Regan via zoom to discuss Introduction to Indigenous & Disability Rights for Climate Justice. 

Indigenous and Disabled People are already on the frontlines of climate change, but they also have solutions to build a climate safe future for us all. Come to this 90 minute workshop to learn how your climate action can uphold indigenous and disability rights, and what you can do to make the climate movement more inclusive and accessible for frontline communities.

About the facilitator
Kera Sherwood-O'Regan (Kāi Tahu, Te Waipounamu) is an indigenous and disabled multidisciplinary storyteller and rights advocate based in Aotearoa New Zealand. She is the Co-founder and Communications & Impact Director at Activate, an indigenous and disabled social impact agency specialising in campaigning and narratives for social change. Her work focuses on centering structurally oppressed communities in social change, exploring community-led collective storytelling, and seeks to raise the bar for free, prior, informed, and ongoing consent in the media. Kera’s work is grounded in kaupapa Māori practices and approaches, and is informed by 15 years of activism within the climate movement. In her spare time she runs Fibromyalgia Aotearoa NZ, and advocates for indigenous rights at the United Nations climate negotiations and within the wider climate movement.

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Making it Public: Activating Public Spaces for Creativity, Connection, and Celebration
Tuesday, August 25
2:00 PM
Online
RSVP at https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJYvceqqpj8qHNIS_YdsfMSpElKh98B7Jseg

How can public-making—the collective creation and activation of public spaces for interaction and belonging—be a radical, joyful tool for spatial justice? Join artists, activists, and community leaders to discuss how public-making can create opportunities for interaction, laughter, dialogue, and surprise, and explore real-life examples of public-making that you can bring to your community.

Speakers: 
Roberto Bedoya, Tucson Pima Arts Council, Executive Director

Questions? Contact MAPC Event Planner, Sasha Parodi: sparodi@mapc.org

“Making it Public,” is part two of “Whose Public? Planning and Placemaking for Welcoming Public Spaces.” This three-part discussion series explores the role that planners, artists, and government staff can play in shaping just, joyful, and inclusive public spaces.

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Prejudential:  Black America and the Presidents
Tuesday, August 25
7:00 PM
Online
RSVP at https://www.harvard.com/event/margaret_kimberley/
Cost:  Free - $3 contribution suggested at registration

Harvard Book Store and Mass Humanities welcome MARGARET KIMBERLEY—editor and senior columnist for Black Agenda Report—for a discussion of her book, Prejudential: Black America and the Presidents. She will be joined in conversation by celebrated writer, speaker, and theologian Reverend IRENE MONROE.

While payment is not required, we are suggesting a $3 contribution to support this author series, our staff, and the future of Harvard Book Store—a locally owned, independently run Cambridge institution. In addition, by purchasing a copy of Prejudential on harvard.com, you support indie bookselling and the writing community during this difficult time.

About Prejudential
Prejudential is a concise, authoritative exploration of America’s relationship with race and black Americans through the lens of the presidents who have been elected to represent all of its people.

Throughout the history of the United States, numerous presidents have left their legacies as slaveholders, bigots, and inciters of racial violence, but were the ones generally regarded as more sympathetic to the plight and interests of black Americans—such as Lincoln, FDR, and Clinton—really much better? And what of all the presidents whose relationship with black America is not even considered in the pages of most history books? Over the course of 45 chapters—one for each president—Margaret Kimberley enlightens and informs readers about the attitudes and actions of the highest elected official in the country. By casting sunlight on an aspect of American history that is largely overlooked, Prejudential aims to increase awareness in a manner that will facilitate discussion and understanding.

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Living With Heat - Urban Land Institute report on expected climate impact in Boston
https://boston.uli.org/about/impact/

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Solar bills on Beacon Hill: The Climate Minute Podcast
https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-cs87v-b6dbac

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Envision Cambridge citywide plan
https://www.cambridgema.gov/CDD/News/2019/5/~/media/A0547DC0640E4ABD86B519CA6FEEFF38.ashx

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Climate Resilience Workbook
https://sustainablebuildingsinitiative.org/toolkits/climate-resilience-guidelines/climate-resilience-workbook

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Sustainable Business Network Local Green Guide
SBN is excited to announce the soft launch of its new Local Green Guide, Massachusetts' premier Green Business Directory!
To view the directory please visit: http://www.localgreenguide.org
To find out how how your business can be listed on the website or for sponsorship opportunities please contact Adritha at adritha@sbnboston.org

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Boston Food System
"The Boston Food System [listserv] provides a forum to post announcements of events, employment opportunities, internships, programs, lectures, and other activities as well as related articles or other publications of a non-commercial nature covering the area's food system - food, nutrition, farming, education, etc. - that take place or focus on or around Greater Boston (broadly delineated)."
The Boston area is one of the most active nationwide in terms of food system activities - projects, services, and events connected to food, farming, nutrition - and often connected to education, public health, environment, arts, social services and other arenas.   Hundreds of organizations and enterprises cover our area, but what is going on week-to-week is not always well publicized.
Hence, the new Boston Food System listserv, as the place to let everyone know about these activities. 

To subscribe to the Boston Food System list:
https://elist.tufts.edu/wws/subscribe/bfs
To be removed / unsubscribe from the Boston Food System list:
https://elist.tufts.edu/wws/signoff/bfs

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The Boston Network for International Development (BNID) maintains a website (BNID.org) that serves as a clearing-house for information on organizations, events, and jobs related to international development in the Boston area. BNID has played an important auxiliary role in fostering international development activities in the Boston area, as witnessed by the expanding content of the site and a significant growth in the number of users.
The website contains:
A calendar of Boston area events and volunteer opportunities related to International Development - http://www.bnid.org/events
A jobs board that includes both internships and full time positions related to International Development that is updated daily - http://www.bnid.org/jobs
A directory and descriptions of more than 250 Boston-area organizations - http://www.bnid.org/organizations
Also, please sign up for our weekly newsletter (we promise only one email per week) to get the most up-to-date information on new job and internship opportunities -www.bnid.org/sign-up
The website is completely free for students and our goal is to help connect students who are interested in international development with many of the worthwhile organizations in the area.
Please feel free to email our organization at info@bnid.org if you have any questions!

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Boston Maker Spaces - 41 (up from 27 in 2016) and counting:  https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?mid=zGHnt9r2pQx8.kfw9evrHsKjA&hl=en
Solidarity Network Economy:  https://ussolidarityeconomy.wordpress.com
Bostonsmart.com's Guide to Boston:  http://www.bostonsmarts.com/BostonGuide/

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Links to events at over 50 colleges and universities at Hubevents:  http://hubevents.blogspot.com

Thanks to
MIT Events:  http://calendar.mit.edu
Harvard Events:  http://news.harvard.edu/gazette/harvard-events/events-calendar/
Harvard Environment:  http://environment.harvard.edu/events/calendar/
Sustainability at Harvard:  http://green.harvard.edu/events
Boston Science Lectures:  https://sites.google.com/view/bostonsciencelectures/home
Meetup:  http://www.meetup.com/
Eventbrite:  http://www.eventbrite.com/
Startup and Entrepreneurial Events:  http://www.greenhornconnect.com/events/
Cambridge Civic Journal:  http://www.rwinters.com
Cambridge Happenings:   http://cambridgehappenings.org
Cambridge Community Calendar:  https://www.cctvcambridge.org/calendar
Adam Gaffin’s Universal Hub:  https://www.universalhub.com/
Extinction Rebellion:  https://xrmass.org/action/
Sunrise Movement:  https://www.facebook.com/SunriseBoston/events/

Mission-Based Massachusetts is an online discussion group for people who are interested in nonprofit, philanthropic, educational, community-based, grassroots, and other mission-based organizations in the Bay State. This is a moderated, flame-free email list that is open to anyone who is interested in the topic and willing to adhere to the principles of civil discourse. To subscribe email 
mbm-SUBSCRIBE@missionbasedmassachusetts.net

If you have an event you would like to see here, the submission deadline is 11 AM on Sundays, as Energy (and Other) Events is sent out Sunday afternoons.