[act-ma] Energy (and Other) Events - June 21, 2020

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Sun Jun 21 10:49:05 PDT 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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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.


Mutual Aid Networks

Spreadsheet of mutual aid networks

Mutual Aid Networks to Combat Coronavirus

Boston COVID-19 Community Care

Boston + MA COVID19 Resources
(This is a different Google Doc with a similar name, compiled by the Asian
American Resource Workshop)

Cambridge Mutual Aid Network

Mutual Aid Medford and Somerville (MAMAS) network

Food for Free (for Cambridge and Somerville) volunteers to provide lunches for schoolchildren, elderly, and hungry

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


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


Daily Events

Monday, June 22

10am  Can Capitalism Survive the Coronavirus Crisis?
11am  The Green New Deal, A Transatlantic Climate Change Consensus?
12pm  Gutman Library Book Talk: The 60 Year Curriculum: New Models for Lifelong Learning in the Digital Economy
12pm  Lunchtime Chat on America Masters/Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am
12:30pm  The Future City: Urban Resilience and the Power of Data
1pm  State of Mobility Investor Panel + Pitch (On Zoom)
2pm  People’s Unemployment Line Forum
2pm  Coronavirus, climate justice and the next international climate talks
4pm  Thriving Online - A Weekly Workshop
4:30pm  Annexation and the Settlements: Misconceptions and Realities
5pm  Launch Clinic with B2B Platforms
7pm  What Stars Are Made Of:  The Life of Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin
7pm  Urban Ecology: Bringing New Lenses on the Sea
10:30pm  Deep History and Science in Conversation: The Anthropocene

Tuesday, June 23 - Wednesday, June 24

Climate Solutions Innovation Series

Tuesday, June 23 - Thursday, June 25

Mission Possible

Tuesday, June 23

7:30am  Community of Practice: Climate Change
8:30am  A Conversation with Jens Stoltenberg, Secretary General, NATO
10am  Covid-19 and the Future of the Digital Economy
11am  VIRTUAL EVENT: Starr Forum: When Culture Meets Covid-19
1pm  Confronting Systemic Racism, Policing, Mass Incarceration & Black Lives Matter
1pm  Resilience Hubs: Shifting Power to Neighborhoods and Residents
3pm  Blackness In America
4pm  COVID-19 UPDATE: Financial Stability and Macroprudential Policy
6pm  Headed for Extinction and What to Do About It
6:30pm  Revisioning Recovery: Films Uncovering the Roots of Disaster

Wednesday, June 24

9:30am  Accounting for Everyone: Using Gridded Population Data For Sustainable Development
9:30am  Creating Restorative Communities - an online training focused on the tenets of Restorative Justice
11:30am  Tom Steyer and Dr. Linda Rudolph in Conversation: Climate, Health, Equity and the Governor's Task Force on Business and Jobs Recovery
12pm  Compassionate Listening in the Age of Pandemic
12pm  Climate Change, Food Security and COVID-19: challenges and opportunities
1pm  COVID-19 Lessons: The Hidden Urban Systems Supporting Vulnerable Communities
3pm  [Justice Solidarity] Boston Stands With Black Lives
7pm  Taking Action/Being Real/Telling the Truth: NVDA and the Fourth Demand (Part 2)

Thursday, June 25

10am  Crony Capitalism along the Silk Road
11am  Our energy system: options for supply, demand and the sources of emissions from the energy sector
11am  Mitigation or Adaption: Hard Choices for Cities
12pm  Who Watches the Watchmen? A Discussion About Race and Policing Through the Lens of Popular Entertainment
1pm  Scaling up urban community energy
2pm  People and the Planet: Dan Sullivan and Alex Padilla
3pm  Responding to Climate Change as Public Health Professionals
6pm  The All-Electric House Tour - Virtual
7pm  A People's Guide to Greater Boston 
7pm  The Reality of Dreaming with Deirdre Barrett, PhD
8pm  Extinction Rebellion:  Finding Resilience Together
10:30pm  TEDxMarin ONLINE presents: A special program on The Climate Crisis / Realities and Solutions 

Friday, June 26

9am  One-on-one with Anders Wijkman
11:30am  Sustainable church, sustainable planet
12pm  Beyond Headlines and Hashtags - LIVE Friday Review of Pandemic News
12pm  EBC Climate Change Leadership Webinar Series: Forward Thinking Climate Resiliency:  The Moakley Park Project
1pm  Drawdown and Climate Justice in SWFL
3pm  Extinction Rebellion [XR] SF Friday Online Activism
7pm  Farming for the Future
7pm  Virtual Psychiatry, Anti-Fascism, and Speculative Fiction Series—The Unsettling Fall of a Republic: How the symbology of Star Wars highlights the uncanny loss of free thought

Sunday, June 28

11am  Headed for Extinction and What to Do About It
12pm  Water as an Instrument for Peace Public
2pm  Oppression, Movement Building, and Our Relationships as Activists
5pm  The Youth Behind the Movement: A Climate Activism Webinar

Monday, June 29

11:30am  How Are Cancer Researchers Fighting COVID-19? (Part II)
3pm  Brain Awareness Lecture: Vaccines: Autism and Other Myths - Solving today's public health crisis
7pm  Cosmology’s Century:  An Inside History of Our Modern Understanding of the Universe

Tuesday, June 30

7am  Official Book Launch: What is the Future of the African Energy Sector?
12pm  How to Run a Hospital during a Pandemic: Hospital Administration Ethical and Legal Challenges in the Time of COVID-19
12pm  Food Talks: How food can save the world
1pm  I'm Hungry: A Panel Discussion on Food Insecurity
6pm  Headed for Extinction and What to Do About It
7pm  A More Perfect Reunion:  Race, Integration, and the Future of America


My rough notes on some of the events I go to and notes on books I’ve read are at:

Freedom and Civilization


Important Opportunities for Gardeners and Others:
CitySprouts needs your help this summer!
Our 21 school gardens are planted, and we are looking for volunteers to help keep them watered, weeded, and growing June 22 through August 31st.
Are you interested in lending a helping hand and keeping our gardens healthy? Reply to this email or contact alennonsimon at citysprouts.org to sign up today!


Let’s Grow Something Together [Growing Sunflowers and More]
We have a new Facebook page. Feel free to like us and start posting photos of your progress. I posted some photos today.  https://www.facebook.com/letsgrowsomethingtogether/
Tell your neighbors and friends to plant a sunflower tree and let the healing begin. Sign up at https://bit.ly/Grow2020form


Swing Left Boston Virtual Activism Calendar 

Daily electoral activist events with social distancing kept in mind.



Stay At Home Fest - online music and performance events

Here Are All the Live Streams & Virtual Concerts to Watch During Coronavirus Crisis 

A List Of Live Virtual Concerts To Watch During The Coronavirus Shutdown

Watch These Livestreamed Concerts During Your Social Distancing

Virtual Art Project (VAP-IT!) 

Free virtual music, museums, and art round-up

300,000 ebooks to download for free from the NY Public Library

Free streaming services 

Free nonprofit webinars

Monday, June 22

Can Capitalism Survive the Coronavirus Crisis?
Monday, June 22
10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
RSVP at https://www.facebook.com/events/973682813065406/

The economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic is unprecedented. Many that have been hit by the  economic crisis  are  questioning  whether our capitalist  societies can address the challenges ahead. In this virtual session, experts from both sides of the Atlantic will examine the merits of capitalism as a system and discuss what the global economy will look like post-coronavirus.

Dr. Karim El Aynaoui, President, Policy Center for the New South 
Prof. Karolina Ekholm, Professor, Economics Department, Stockholm University, Sweden 
Dr. Ira Kalish, Chief Global Economist, Deloitte
Dr. Adam Posen, President, Peterson Institute for International Economics 
Moderator:  Ms. Nina dos Santos, Europe Editor, CNN


The Green New Deal, A Transatlantic Climate Change Consensus?
Monday, June 22
11am - 12pm
RSVP at https://harvard.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJwtduuspjovHd3sic2qqQ-S6WUuB3Wl-V0B

The Green New Deal is alternatively viewed as a bold and progressive American solution to climate change or an economically destructive government intrusion into private enterprise. Yet in the European Union, the ideas behind the Green New deal have become the consensus solution to decarbonization and which underpins much of the official climate change roadmap of the European Commission. With consensus on one side of the Atlantic, and controversy on the other, is there room for new forms of climate change cooperation?  Can we find ways towards a sustainable growth? 

Join us for a transatlantic discussion with opportunities to learn from each other about this hotly debated topic. With:  
Alyssa Battistoni, political theorist, co-author of A Planet to Win- Why we need a Green New Deal 
Sharon Block, Executive Director of the Harvard Law School’s Labor and Worklife Program
The Hon. Pierre Larrouturrou, M.E.P.  
Moderator Muriel Rouyer, Professor at the University of Nantes, Fellow at the Ash Center

This event is cosponsored by the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies at Harvard.

Contact Name:  julianne_crescimanno at hks.harvard.edu


Gutman Library Book Talk: The 60 Year Curriculum: New Models for Lifelong Learning in the Digital Economy
Monday, June 22
12 – 1 p.m.
RSVP at https://harvard.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_LO914DA9R9-QTdF8pTpTQA

SPEAKER(S)  Jim Honan, Senior Lecturer on Education, HGSE
Chris Dede, Timothy E. Wirth Professor in Learning Technologies, Technology, Innovation, and Education Program, HGSE
John Richards, Lecturer on Education, HGSE
Henry H. Leitner, Chief Innovation Officer and Associate Dean of the IT Master's Program, DCE
DETAILS  The 60-Year Curriculum explores models and strategies for lifelong learning in an era of profound economic disruption and reinvention. Over the next half-century, globalization, regional threats to sustainability, climate change, and technologies such as artificial intelligence and data mining will transform our education and workforce sectors.

This cutting-edge book describes the evolution of new models—covering computer science, inclusive design, critical thinking, civics, and more—by which universities can increase learners’ trajectories across multiple careers from mid-adolescence to retirement.
LINK  https://harvard.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_LO914DA9R9-QTdF8pTpTQA
CONTACT INFO	myanne_krivoshey at gse.harvard.edu


Lunchtime Chat on America Masters/Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am
Monday, June 22
12 – 1 p.m.
RSVP at https://www.wgbh.org/events/lunchtime-chat-on-america-masters-toni-morrison-the-pieces-i-am

DETAILS  Join WGBH for an in-depth conversation with filmmaker and photographer Timothy Greenfield-Sanders and Davíd Carrasco, Neil L. Rudenstine Professor of the Study of Latin America, at HDS. They will reflect on this intimate documentary about Nobel Prize-winning author Toni Morrison. Their conversation will touch upon race, the human condition, and other themes featured in her masterful novels, The Bluest Eye, Sula and Song of Solomon.
Viewers will also get a sneak peek of a clip from the film, followed by time to pose questions to the panel from our event moderator Tina Martin, WORLD Channel’s Host of Local, USA and Associate Professor of Journalism at Boston University. You won’t want to miss this important virtual discussion.
American Masters/Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am premieres Tuesday, June 23, at 8 pm ET on WGBH 2 and streams on the PBS Video App.
LINK  https://www.wgbh.org/events/lunchtime-chat-on-america-masters-toni-morrison-the-pieces-i-am


The Future City: Urban Resilience and the Power of Data
Monday, June 22
12:30 PM – 1:30 PM EDT
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-future-city-urban-resilience-and-the-power-of-data-tickets-106644265870

An Instagram Live lecture by Erez Ella, HQ Architects principal, for the London Festival of Architecture.

Our societies are surrounded by an abundance of data in both the online and physical world. Currently, not only issues of migration and integration are at the center of attention - urban populations are facing challenges such as rapid urbanization, climate change, terrorism, pandemics, and increased risk from natural hazards. Our systems need to change, evolve and adapt in response to the changing circumstances. Urban resilience is a critical agenda. Has data the power to help us understand better our communities and complex reality? Can data help us create new tools to manage urban risk and design resilient cities? 

HQ Architects has worked systematically using data and technology as tools to understand social behavior and community needs, translating them into physical space. Erez Ella, Founding Partner of HQ Architects, an international practice based in Tel Aviv, will discuss the power of data on improving social and spatial conditions in the built environment, and why technological centric solutions can promote better living conditions and urban resilience. HQ works on projects across various scales and territories, from temporary urban installations to a brand new smart city in the middle of the desert, among others.


State of Mobility Investor Panel + Pitch (On Zoom)
Money, June 22
1:00 PM – 2:30 PM EDT
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/state-of-mobility-investor-panel-pitch-on-zoom-tickets-108440510486
$0 – $75
PRICE GOES UP FRIDAY 6/19 11:59PM PDT/ 12:59AM MDT/ 1:59AM CDT/ 2:59AM EDT/ 7:59AM BDT

Are you a Mobility startup looking to pitch your company in front of an audience and panel of expert VC and Angel judges? This is your chance. Meet, field questions, and get immediate feedback from investors. Our judges will come from the Mobility industry. Network with other investors and founders in the crowd.


People’s Unemployment Line Forum
Monday, June 22
2pm  EST
RSVP at https://www.facebook.com/onefairwage/live

On Monday, June 22, One Fair Wage invites you to join Reverend William Barber II, Reverend Theoharis, Senator Elizabeth Warren, and service workers for a deep discussion on the histories of policing, the subminimum wage for tipped workers, and our flawed unemployment insurance systems as part of our nation’s long history of structural racism. Our live event will happen on the heels of the People’s Unemployment Line, a five-city, in-person action that One Fair Wage is mobilizing to lift up the voices of the nearly 200,000 workers and workers of color who applied to our Emergency Fund for Tipped and Service Workers.

Watch Live on Monday 6/22 at https://www.facebook.com/onefairwage/live
Mark your calendars for 2:00pm EST/11:00am PST and on Monday, watch live on Facebook with One Fair Wage.

Thank you for your support, and for joining our movement to create a better world for all working people.


Coronavirus, climate justice and the next international climate talks
Monday, June 22
2:00pm – 4:00pm EDT
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/coronavirus-climate-justice-and-the-next-international-climate-talks-tickets-104995506386

How to make common cause with people in the global south for climate justice and social justice

Speaker: Asad Rehman (War on Want). The world economy is at a crossroads. The coronavirus epidemic has slashed air and car travel and caused an economic recession. As rich-country governments plan to spend money on recovery packages, the danger looms that they will boost powerful fossil-fuel-heavy industries, and reinforce inequality and neo-colonialism. At this session we will discuss how we can make common cause with those fighting for climate justice and social justice in the global south. Our discussion will be opened by Asad Rehman, executive director of War on Want, a committed and prominent campaigner on these issues for many years. As always, there will be plenty of time for discussion and questions. All welcome.


Thriving Online - A Weekly Workshop
Monday, June 22
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM EST
RSVP at https://www.earth.columbia.edu/videos/view/thriving-online-a-weekly-workshop#

DESCRIPTION: On Mondays from 4-5 p.m. US Eastern Time, 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.

This week:  On June 22, 4-5 p.m. the inaugural workshop kicks off with an exploration of your concerns and questions about social media and web communication, along with a chat with Craig A. Spencer, who directs Global Health in Emergency Medicine at Columbia University Medical School and is an E.R. doctor.

Spencer is best known for surviving an Ebola infection several years ago and writing a wrenching diary of the darkest hours of New York City's COVID-19 surge. He'll be joined by Isabeau Doucet, a producer, storyteller and visual artist who is a founding member of AJ+, the digital branch of Al Jazeera Media Network and helped create an animated version of Spencer's story.

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 at columbia.edu


Annexation and the Settlements: Misconceptions and Realities
Monday, June 22
4:30 – 5:30 p.m.
RSVP at https://harvard.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN__R_VPI6GT3yQH14pf-WNLA

SPEAKER(S)  Amira Hass, RCPI Resident Fellow and Haaretz Correspondent for the Occupied Palestinian Territories
DETAILS  A webinar featuring Amira Hass, Fellow at the Religion, Conflict, and Peace Initiative and Haaretz Correspondent for the Occupied Palestinian Territories.
The webinar will be conducted via Zoom. Registration is required to attend. Please register online.
LINK  https://mailchi.mp/746ab0133683/june-22-join-rcpi-virtual-event-with-amira-hass
CONTACT INFO	Reem Atassi, ratassi at hds.harvard.edu


Launch Clinic with B2B Platforms
Monday, June 22
5:00pm to 6:30pm
RSVP at https://www.mitforumcambridge.org/event/launch-clinic-with-b2bplatform-startups/
Cost:  $0 - $10

B2B platforms and how the business was shaped by the pandemic
At the  Launch Clinic, 2 startups will present a 20-minute pitch for feedback from our panel of experts + the audience.

Launch Clinics are a great place for startups to get constructive feedback on their pitch from a board-of-directors-level panel of experts and thoughtful audience members. The focus on early stage ventures encourages a sympathetic and supportive atmosphere. Audience and panel feedback often helps presenters understand their problems and offers useful tips and solutions.

Even if you’re not quite ready to present, we encourage entrepreneurs to attend the clinics to see what our panel of experts (investors and others) are looking for in a pitch, what kind of questions they ask and their suggestions for refining the business plan.

OmPractice is a platform for virtual yoga and wellness classes for people and organizations.  It removes the time, financial, geographic and inclusivity barriers to a life-changing practice.  It is used by thousands of people, dozens of companies which are trying to make “remote wellness” real and even the US Government.  Their 2-way live streaming yoga class is a game changer in the Covid environment.
Presenter:  Chris Lucas, Co-Founder and CEO

Pakira converts the $20T market of physical commodity trading (logging, agriculture, mining, etc.) from transactions-by-phone to an online marketplace of buyers and sellers, and builds predictive AI models from real-time trading data.  We transform these static complex B2B supply chains to dynamically reconfigurable paths from production to retail, which prevents massive food waste, exposes illegal logging & mining, & avoids shortages of critical supplies as we have been experiencing during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Presenter: Nadia Shalaby 

Jean Hammond, General Partner,  LearnLaunch Accelerator
John Huysmans, Managing Partner, 2Enable Partners
John Hession, Member, Morse
Ameeta Soni, Interim CMO, Tech/Digital Health companies


What Stars Are Made Of:  The Life of Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin
Monday, June 22
7:00 PM
RSVP at https://www.crowdcast.io/e/donovan-moore-presents/register

Free - $3 contribution suggested at registration
Harvard Book Store's virtual event series welcomes writer and former television reporter and producer DONOVAN MOORE for a discussion of his book What Stars Are Made Of: The Life of Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin.

Contribute to Support Harvard Book Store
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 What Stars Are Made Of on harvard.com, you support indie bookselling and the writing community during this difficult time.

About What Stars Are Made Of
It was not easy being a woman of ambition in early twentieth-century England, much less one who wished to be a scientist. Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin overcame prodigious obstacles to become a woman of many firsts: the first to receive a PhD in astronomy from Radcliffe College, the first promoted to full professor at Harvard, the first to head a department there. And, in what has been called “the most brilliant PhD thesis ever written in astronomy,” she was the first to describe what stars are made of.

Payne-Gaposchkin lived in a society that did not know what to make of a determined schoolgirl who wanted to know everything. She was derided in college and refused a degree. As a graduate student, she faced formidable skepticism. Revolutionary ideas rarely enjoy instantaneous acceptance, but the learned men of the astronomical community found hers especially hard to take seriously. Though welcomed at the Harvard College Observatory, she worked for years without recognition or status. Still, she accomplished what every scientist yearns for: discovery. She revealed the atomic composition of stars―only to be told that her conclusions were wrong by the very man who would later show her to be correct.

In What Stars Are Made Of, Donovan Moore brings this remarkable woman to life through extensive archival research, family interviews, and photographs. Moore retraces Payne-Gaposchkin’s steps with visits to cramped observatories and nighttime bicycle rides through the streets of Cambridge, England. The result is a story of devotion and tenacity that speaks powerfully to our own time.


Urban Ecology: Bringing New Lenses on the Sea
Monday, June 22
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM EDT
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/urban-ecology-bringing-new-lenses-on-the-sea-tickets-109983944940

Join us for a dynamic discussion with an interdisciplinary team of professionals.
Climate change by definition is a global process, but its impacts play out at local scales. Join us for a dynamic discussion with an interdisciplinary team of scientists, educators, architects, psychologists, and artists who will share cutting edge technologies and breathtaking visuals that help us understand our connections to the ocean through our local environment. 

David Sittenfeld, Moderator, Museum of Science Boston
Dan Adams, Director and Associate Professor of the School of Architecture, Northeastern University College of Arts, Media and Design
John Coley, Associate Professor of Psychology, Northeastern University College of Science
Keith Ellenbogen, Assistant Professor of Photography Fashion Institute of Technology, Visiting Artist MIT Sea Grant
Brian Helmuth, Professor of Marine and Environmental Sciences and School of Public Policy/Urban Affairs, Northeastern University College of Science
Francis Choi, Senior Lab Manager, Northeastern University Marine Science Center
Finn Payne, Undergraduate Intern, Northeastern University College of Science
Harley Hayes, Undergraduate Intern, Northeastern University College of Science


Monday, June 22
10:00 PM – 10:30 PM EDT
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/net-zero-water-positive-water-developments-tickets-104380426666

What is Net Zero Water? Is it Necessary? Basics on How do we achieve it?

Water and climate change are directly linked. As our planet warms, weather patterns will keep shifting, bringing drought in some areas and delivering more rainfall to others.

We hear that some parts of Australia has been hit by by drought recently, so is that true? is water scarcity real?

A net zero water building / precinct is aimed at minimising total water consumption, maximise alternative water sources, returning water back to natural cycle and offsetting any potable water use sourced externally, via engineered water balance and implementing innovative approaches and Net Zero Water strategies.

**Please ensure your Email Address is included in your registration so you can receive the online presentation link the day prior to the presentation
**Who Should Attend:
Project Managers
Relevant Product Suppliers
Government Water Authorities


Deep History and Science in Conversation: The Anthropocene
Monday, June 22 
10:30 PM –12:00 AM EDT
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/deep-history-and-science-in-conversation-the-anthropocene-tickets-108816812014

Perhaps unsurprisingly, our topic for the previous and inaugural session in our Conversation Series was inspired by the alarming and largely unprecedented context in which the conversation occurred, the imminent threat of a highly contagious and lethal virus capturing all of our attention. Though slightly different in nature, there is nevertheless another, equally accelerating threat that we have found ourselves in, to which we turn our attention in this session. Though perhaps with less novelty than COVID-19, this topic is equally global, lethal, and imminent. As you might have guessed from its title, it considers global climate change.

In this session, we are looking to unite the geological and historical perspectives of the Anthropocene into the one conversation. Much in the same way we study the natural sciences to understand our current and future worlds, equally, we study human history to contextualise our present predicaments, to understand how things have come to be as they are, and, perhaps, to recognise the need for change. With this in mind, we would like to bring together the Anthropocene’s ‘two intellectual lives’, and see what insights might be gained when considering an issue in its fullest, transdisciplinary context.

Speakers: Professor Alison Bashford, Professor of History and Director of the New Earth Histories Research Program at the University of New South Wales; Professor Joan Leach, Director of the Australian National Centre for Public Awareness of Science at the ANU; Professor Will Steffen, Emeritus Professor, Fenner School of Environment & Society at the ANU; with Dr Julie Rickwood from the Research Centre for Deep History as the Discussant.

Tuesday, June 23 - Wednesday, June 24

Climate Solutions Innovation Series
Tuesday, June 23, 5pm-6pm - Wednesday, June 24, 11am-12pm
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/climate-solutions-innovation-series-tickets-109003145342

An opportunity to hear some of British Columbia’s most innovative minds discuss climate solutions in response to COVID-19

Webinar #1| June 23, 2020 5pm-6pm | Building more sustainable and resilient cities: Zoom webinar link will be emailed to all who RSVP in advance
Webinar #2 | June 24, 2020 11am-12pm | Developing greener transportation systems in light of COVID-19: Zoom webinar link will be emailed to all who RSVP in advance
**These events will be recorded**

Join the conversation between SFU researchers, students, and the City of Burnaby as they discuss and design innovative climate change solutions in a COVID-19 reality. The Climate Solutions Innovation Series is hosted by the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions (PICS), and Simon Fraser University (SFU)’s Sustainability Office and Office of Community Engagement.

In each webinar, researchers will engage in 10-minute pitches followed by a pitch from a local climate solution-seeker. There will be time after the pitches for all participants to ask pressing questions to the speakers.

In addition, a brief presentation on the new PICS collaborative research program and its current funding opportunity will help frame the discussion on targeting new collaborations in pursuit of high-impact climate solutions.
Don’t miss this opportunity to hear some of British Columbia’s climate solution innovators. 

WEBINAR 1: Building more sustainable and resilient cities: new opportunities for innovative solutions
Date: Tuesday June 23, 2020 | Time: 5pm-6pm
1) Green Solutions to Build Cities Resilient to Climate Change and Pandemics
Speaker: Dr. Zafar Adeel, Executive Director, Pacific Water Research Centre, Professor of Professional Practice, School of Resources and Environmental Management, SFU 
Some researchers suggest that the social, economic, and environmental impacts of the current pandemic give us an early indication of the potential climate-change impacts in the near-future. Canadian cities must be at the forefront of offering innovative solutions to adversity whether it comes from pandemics or climate change. Effectively managing safe water services – freshwater, stormwater, and sewerage management – in crisis situations is an essential component of resilient urban communities. Ongoing work in many Canadian cities must incorporate innovative, nature-based infrastructure solutions that can cope with adversity, while providing green and sustainable jobs.
2) Charting a sustainable path out of lockdown? 
Speaker: Dr. Taco Niet, Assistant Professor of Professional Practice at the School of Sustainable Energy Engineering, SFU 
The COVID-19 pandemic has shown that it is possible to address significant challenges as a society and that people are willing to make drastic changes to support their fellow citizens. As we emerge from lockdown we continue to face the climate crisis and we stand at a crossroads – how do we spend stimulus funds and create a shift to a cleaner and greener society as we emerge from COVID-19?
3) Coming out of COVID-19: how local government climate action can create jobs and build resilient communities
Speaker: Maya Chorobik, Senior Community Energy Manager, Community Energy Association
Given where we are now and which sectors and individuals have been impacted most, we have the opportunity to choose a stimulus strategy that builds in economic, health, and climate benefits. Maya will discuss the role of local governments in supporting economic recovery by leveraging climate action for job creation, community resilience, and other goals.
WEBINAR 2: Developing greener transportation systems in light of COVID-19

Date: Wednesday June 24, 2020 | Time: 11am-12pm
1) Pedalling Toward Recovery 
Speaker: Moreno Zanotto, Cities, Health and Active Transportation Lab , SFU 
The prevailing COVID-19 pandemic has caused a sharp decline in transit ridership, partially due to physical distancing concerns. Whether transit riders switch to driving or cycling will depend upon how cities respond to this challenge. We will discuss the current state of cycling in Burnaby, key strategies to support active transportation, and the implications for sustainable mobility planning.
2) Supporting sustainable transport policy post-Covid 19
Speaker: Zoe Long, Research Manager, Sustainable Transportation Action Research Team, SFU 
How will citizens change their travel behaviour in a post-COVID 19 world? Potential impacts include a shift in transport away from public and shared modes towards more private vehicles. Policies that aim to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in private vehicles will be needed more than ever. We will discuss such possible outcomes in the context of citizen support for low-carbon transport policies.
3) A New Transportation Plan for Burnaby
Speaker: Renée de St. Croix, Senior Planner, City of Burnaby BC
Transportation plays a key role in everyday life. The level of joy, ease, accessibility, and safety, in addition to time, cost, and distance often determine how we choose to move about the City. The new plan envisions a balanced and inclusive system that offers accessible and safe mobility in support of a healthy, green, prosperous, and connected community. We will discuss the draft proposals for Phase 2, including the city wide targets (vision zero, mode shift, and emissions reduction), big moves, policies, and networks that are intended to increase the City's resiliency and achieve the vision.

Tuesday, June 23 - Thursday, June 25

Mission Possible
Tuesday, June 23 - Thursday, June 25
9am - 1pm
RSVP at https://missionpossible.splashthat.com

Purpose-driven entrepreneurs will play a big part in building a more equitable, sustainable future for all. Mission Possible is a digital event designed to support these leaders navigate the current environment and increase their impact. We will hear from global entrepreneurs, impact investors, sales and marketing experts, mental health professionals and a range of other specialists who can help solve challenges facing impact entrepreneurs now and in the immediate future.

Tuesday, June 23

Community of Practice: Climate Change
Tuesday, June 23
7:30 AM – 9:00 AM EDT
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/community-of-practice-climate-change-tickets-107260440866

Are you a supervisory thought leader on the subject of climate change? Do you want to meet like-minded people?
Join with international colleagues to discuss issues related to supervision and climate change and how this global issue might affect your jurisdiction.

Check out Toronto Centre’s climate risk podcasts, TCNs, and videos, and come prepared to contribute to the discussion. (link to climate resource bundle)

Moderator: Anatol Monid, Program Director, Toronto Centre
Speaker: Dr. Naresh Singh, Special Advisor on Climate Change, Toronto Centre
Click to read speaker bios: https://www.torontocentre.org/Files/NewsResources/5-14-2020/Anatol_Naresh.pdf


A Conversation with Jens Stoltenberg, Secretary General, NATO
Tuesday, June 23
8:30 AM – 9:15 AM
RSVP at https://www.facebook.com/events/277757940002197/

The coronavirus has shaken the transatlantic community. While the pandemic has rightly taken prominence in Alliance priorities, NATO and NATO member states must also tackle several concurrent issues and challenges. Developments in arms control, the U.S. presence in Europe, NATO’s deterrence posture, defense spending, the Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan, relations with China, among others, are consequential. The political and economic ramifications of the pandemic will significantly impact how NATO responds to these issues. And how NATO addresses these simultaneous developments and dynamics will shape the Alliance for years to come. 

The Hon. Jens Stoltenberg, Secretary General, NATO

Moderator:  Mr. Markus Preiss, Brussels Bureau Chief, ARD


Covid-19 and the Future of the Digital Economy
Tuesday, June 23
10 AM – 11 AM
RSVP at https://www.facebook.com/events/2653167151568777/

As businesses around the world are forced to physically shutdown because of the coronavirus pandemic, many have moved to participate in the online economy. What will this global leap into a digital economy look like after the crisis? What tools and policies will serve as the best foundation for this new economy? Will these adaptations remain in place after the crisis or will companies and governments go back to the old way of doing business?  

The Hon. Éric Bothorel, Member, National Assembly, France 
The Hon. Suzan Delbene, Member, House of Representatives 
The Hon. Will Hurd, Member, U.S. House of Representatives 
Senior Private Sector Representative

Moderator: Amb. Karen Kornbluh, Senior Fellow and Director, Digital Innovation and Democracy Initiative, The German Marshall Fund of the United States 


VIRTUAL EVENT: Starr Forum: When Culture Meets Covid-19
Tuesday, June 23
11:00am to 12:00pm
Registration is required, please register at https://bit.ly/CultureMeetsCovid

How does culture impact a country’s response to the current crisis?  How does this and other political and security factors impact its next steps?  This talk will focus on the following regions: Middle East, Europe, Asia, and North America.

Moderator:  Chappell Lawson, is an Associate Professor of political science at MIT. He directs the MIT International Science and Technology Initiatives (MISTI) program and the Policy Lab at the Center for International Studies (PL at CIS). His recent work has focused on homeland security policy.
Speakers:  Suzanne Berger is MIT’s inaugural John M Deutch Institute Professor. Her current research focuses on politics and globalization. She recently co-chaired the MIT Production in the Innovation Economy project and is author most recently of Making in America: From Innovation to Market.
Yasheng Huang is the Epoch Foundation Professor of International Management and faculty director of Action Learning at the MIT Sloan School of Management. At MIT Sloan, Huang founded and directs China Lab and India Lab, which have provided low-cost consulting services to over 360 small and medium enterprises in China and India. He also serves as the faculty director of the MIT-China Program.
Peter Krause PhD '11, is assistant professor of political science at Boston College and a research affiliate with the MIT Security Studies Program. Krause's research and teaching focus on Middle East politics, terrorism and political violence, national movements, and international relations.

Co-sponsors:  MIT Center for International Studies (CIS), MIT International Science and Technology Initiatives (MISTI), Security Studies Program (SSP)

Free & open to the public 
Also watch it on Facebook live (https://www.facebook.com/pages/MIT-Center-for-International-Studies/174031032346) or on-demand on YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCo3E2h2KZsZD3S8ThEn_UxA) .
For more information or accessibility accommodations please contact starrforum at mit.edu.


Tuesday, June 23
12:30 PM – 1:30 PM EDT
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/21st-century-sustainability-economic-growth-tickets-108831824918

Join the TLA Circular Economy Group and Prof. Evans to hear how industrial sustainability can drive economic growth in the 21st century

The key principles of Circular economy stipulate that the world’s material resources are finite, so we must:
Design out waste and pollution from the manufacturing of products;
Keep products and materials in use;
Regenerate natural systems and human settlements.

In this vision resource efficiency goes hand in hand with environmental protection.
Therefore sustainability is not in contrast with economic growth, in fact it is a pre-requisite for its long term viability.
As an academic with first-hand experience in industry, Prof. Evans argues that for a business organisation to be profitable, it must in fact also be sustainable.

Our economy has long relied on a model whereby demand for growth promotes unfettered material consumption, which causes a downward spiral of natural resource depletion and pollution. 

“Build back better” is the blueprint for recovery and the future after the Covid-19 pandemic but environmental challenges and climate change trends suggest that we have little time to change the direction of the global industrial system. 
So what needs to happen? The question demands an urgent response.

Steve Evans wants us to rethink the entire industrial system, and the first major step is a very simple and quick one to implement: ‘being efficient’ and ‘stop doing stupid stuff’, offering hope for a future with smarter resource consumption and better lives.

Keynote Speaker’s Bio
Steve Evans is the Director of Research at the Institute for Manufacturing at the University of Cambridge, leads the EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Industrial Sustainability and is Fellow of the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL) Working at the crossroads of industry and academia, his research aims at understanding how the industry can bring environmental and social sustainability concerns into its design and manufacturing practices. In his advisory and policy roles, he lays dual emphasis on urgent & practical change now and system level change that offers hope for a sustainable future.
5.30:  Intro by Rosario Di Dio, Founder and Leader Tech London Advocates Circular Economy Working Group
Address by Russ Shaw, Founder and Leader, Tech London Advocates, Global Tech Advocates
5.40-6.15:  Keynote, Prof Evans, How industrial sustainability can drive economic growth in the 21st century.
6.15:  Q&A 
6.30:  Wrap up and close


Confronting Systemic Racism, Policing, Mass Incarceration & Black Lives Matter
Tuesday, June 23
1pm-2pm ET
RSVP at https://bostonu.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_KQA4rs9XQveLl5n3--v3Wg

Join the Initiative on Cities for an in-depth discussion with BU experts led by Kimberly Atkins, Senior News Correspondent for WBUR based in Washington, DC and MSNBC contributor.

Paula Austin, Assistant Professor of History & African American Studies, BU College of Arts & Sciences; Author of Coming of Age in Jim Crow DC: Navigating the Politics of Everyday Life 
Raul Fernandez, Associate Dean for Equity, Diversity & Inclusion, BU Wheelock College of Education & Human Development; Elected Select Board Member in Brookline, MA
Jessica Simes, Assistant Professor of Sociology, BU College of Arts & Sciences; Author of the forthcoming book, Punishing Places: The Geography of Mass Incarceration


Resilience Hubs: Shifting Power to Neighborhoods and Residents
Tuesday, June 23
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM EDT
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/resilience-hubs-shifting-power-to-neighborhoods-and-residents-tickets-105486663450

LA Regional Collaborative for Climate Action and Sustainability’s [LARC] June forum will bring together dedicated climate experts, advocates, and stakeholders to push forward change.

This virtual public forum will cover the innovation of Resilience Hubs and how they can be implemented in the LA region. We will hear from speakers from the Urban Sustainability Directors Network (USDN), Climate Resolve, and UCLA’s California Center for Sustainable Communities. 
Who should attend: Everyone! City staff, climate professionals, residents, and students are all invited to attend.


Blackness In America
Tuesday, June 23
3-4:30 PM EST
RSVP at https://cogolabs.zoom.us/j/99935671570

“Blackness In America”. This virtual event is an opportunity to listen in on a discussion between BIPOC professionals in various industries on empowering Black professionals, ways white people and non-Black people of color can move toward actionable anti-racist practices, and how the tech industry can work to become more inclusive.


COVID-19 UPDATE: Financial Stability and Macroprudential Policy
Tuesday, June 23
4:00pm to 5:30pm
RSVP at http://gcfp.mit.edu/covid-19-update-financial-stability-and-macroprudential-policy/

MIT GCFP and MIT Sloan present the second webinar in our series on financial policy response to the pandemic. This will include a discussion among financial industry leaders and academics about the current state of the markets and what we can expect in the coming months and years, as well as a Q&A with audience members.

Andrew Lo, Moderator, Charles E. and Susan T. Harris Professor at MIT Sloan School of Management, Director of the MIT Laboratory for Financial Engineering, and Codirector of the MIT GCFP

Ben Golub, Chief Risk Officer at BlackRock and Advisory Board Chair, MIT GCFP
Matthew Rothman, Senior Lecturer in Finance at MIT Sloan School of Management
Kathryn Kaminski, Chief Research Strategist and Portfolio Manager at AlphaSimplex



Headed for Extinction and What to Do About It
Tuesday, June 23
6 p.m.
RSVP at https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEldOqhqT8rE9DkYIP6FRAm7OAS_QhHe-Xj

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. 

This event will run from 6 to 730pm EST.


Revisioning Recovery: Films Uncovering the Roots of Disaster
Tuesday, June 23
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM EDT
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/revisioning-recovery-films-uncovering-the-roots-of-disaster-tickets-107127228424

Join Working Films for the first national screening of Revisioning Recovery: Films Uncovering the Roots of Disaster.

The effects of climate change are unfolding before our eyes as hurricanes, wildfires, floods, subzero temperatures, and tornadoes ravage the nation and the globe. Many communities who survive climate disasters do so with limited to no resources and are often struggling to recover before the next disaster hits. Equitable disaster preparedness and recovery is increasingly urgent as COVID-19 further exposes cracks in the system.

Revisioning Recovery illuminates the current injustices, systems at play, and the solutions needed to prepare and respond to climate disasters. The short films bring overlooked stories into the light and exposes the historical inequities that are exacerbated when disasters hit. 

Across the nation, communities are experiencing the same discrimination that is present in all disaster response. Black and brown individuals, low income communities, undocumented residents, people with disabilities, and older adults are constantly an afterthought. Revisioning Recovery uncovers the root cause of these inequities, dismantles age old narratives, and advocates for new ways forward that provide Just Recovery for all.

This event will include a post-screening discussion featuring Chrishelle Palay [Director of the Houston Organizing Movement for Equity (HOME) Coalition] , Ilene Jacobs [Director of Litigation, Advocacy and Training at California Rural Legal Assistance], and Marcie Roth [Executive Director of the World Institute on Disability].

The films will be available in English with English and Spanish closed captioning and English audio description. The post-screening discussion will include English live captioning, Spanish interpretation, and International Sign. To request additional options, please contact hhearn at workingfilms.org.

Learn more about Revisioning Recovery at http://www.workingfilms.org/revisioning-recovery
***Those who RSVP will receive more information on how to join the virtual event closer to June 23.

Wednesday, June 24

Accounting for Everyone: Using Gridded Population Data For Sustainable Development
Wednesday, June 24
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
RSVP at https://council.science/events/webinar-accounting-for-everyone-using-gridded-population-data-for-sustainable-development/

In the context of the current health crisis, the importance of reliable and timely population data is more apparent than ever – we need to know where people are located, what conditions they are facing, what infrastructure is available, and what basic services they can access. Additionally, without reliable and timely population data linked to location, we cannot ensure that everyone is counted and that no one will be left behind.

Fortunately, gridded population data have emerged as an important tool for improving the timeliness and granularity of population estimates, particularly during the current pandemic, but many users are unfamiliar with their utility.

In an exclusive upcoming webinar, the International Science Council joins the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network’s Thematic Research Network on Data and Statistics (SDSN TReNDS) and a panel of experts in a technical discussion on the use gridded population data in a variety of applications, including infectious disease and disaster response; survey planning; sea-level rise; water availability; and more.

The webinar will also review several of the nuances of the various datasets presented in TReNDS’ newly released report, Leaving No One Off The Map: A Guide For Gridded Population Data For Sustainable Development.

Panelists Include:
Jessica Espey, SDSN TReNDS’ Director and Senior Advisor, UN SDSN
Dr. Susana Adamo, Research Scientist at the Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN)
Victor Ohuruogu, Program Manager at the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data (GPSDD)
Hayden Dahmm, SDSN TReNDS’ Analyst
Lisa Bersales, Professor of Statistics, University of the Philippines. 
This event is being managed by the International Science Council: https://council.science/


Creating Restorative Communities - an online training focused on the tenets of Restorative Justice
Wednesday, June 24 and Wednesday, July 1 (you must attend both sessions)
9:30 AM - 12:30 PM both days 
RSVP at http://youthworkcentral.org/event/restorative-justice-circles/

In this 2-day, online training, participants will learn about the philosophy, pillars and practices of Restorative Justice in the context of youth organizations. Through principles and best practices, participants will leave with an understanding of how to adopt Restorative Justice as both a preventative and responsive practice in their organization.  This training will be held online due to the current global pandemic, however it is still meant to be a Restorative Justice 101.  This training will not directly address using RJ practices in a virtual world.

More Info: We are capping this training at 15 people on a first come, first served basis, and ask that each organization sends only one staff member.  
Email best at hria.org for more information.


Tom Steyer and Dr. Linda Rudolph in Conversation: Climate, Health, Equity and the Governor's Task Force on Business and Jobs Recovery
Wednesday, June 24
11:30 AM – 12:30 PM EDT
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/tom-steyer-and-dr-linda-rudolph-in-conversation-tickets-110074896980

Tom Steyer left his successful investing business seven years ago to give his own money and all his time and energy to fighting for progressive causes. He soon became one of the country’s leading forces in registering more young voters and voters of color, fighting climate change, working for racial justice, and helping secure better lives for all Americans. Tom has led a number of people-first, grassroots campaigns that have repeatedly defeated powerful special interests, beating big oil to win clean air laws, forcing big tobacco to pay its share of healthcare costs, and closing a billion-dollar corporate tax loophole to fund public schools. Most recently, Tom was a former Democratic presidential candidate and now serves as co-chair for Governor Newsom's Business and Jobs Recovery Task Force. 

Dr. Linda Rudolph is currently a Senior Advisor on Climate, Health and Equity for the Public Health Institute and with the Medical Society Consortium on Climate and Health. She previously served as Director of the Center for Climate Change and health, Deputy Director at the California Department of Public Health for Chronic Diesease Prevention and Health Promotion, Health Officer and Public Health Director for the City of Berkeley, and Chief Medical Officer for Medi-Cal Managed Care. Linda was the founding co-chair of California's Health in All Policies Task Force. She is a nationally recognized thought leader on climate, health, and equity, Health in All Policies, and chronic disease prevention.

We invite health and public health professionals and students in California to join us join us on Wednesday, June 24th to hear Tom Steyer and Dr. Linda Rudolph in conversation about how climate, health, and equity relate to California's economic recovery from COVID-19. 

Once you register for this event, we will email you a Zoom link and password. Please feel free to share this invitation to other health professionals and health students in California. 

Please contact caclimatehealthnow at gmail.com with questions. The conversation will be recorded.


Compassionate Listening in the Age of Pandemic
Wednesday, June 24
12:00 - 1:00PM 
RSVP at https://forms.gle/16GmD1xLaoZvwpLbA

w/ Professor Phillip Glenn
Our lives have changed! We spend less time with some people and more with others, less in physical presence and more on video. Political and ideological disagreements take on heightened intensity. Human connection, never easy under the best of circumstances, faces increased disruption and challenge.

How do we help support our loved ones through these difficult times? How do we work through conflicts with those around us? How do we overcome
alienation and frustration? In this workshop we will focus on listening and communicating with compassion. We will explore an empathic stance, remaining open to the feelings and needs we all experience. We will explore essential practices for empathic listening, such as inquiring, formulating, and reflecting feelings. We will explore ways of speaking that replace judgment and criticism with expression of what’s most important to us. The session will involve practice.

About Professor Glenn
Phillip Glenn is a Professor of Communication Studies at Emerson College, Boston, USA. He developed and teaches courses in Conflict and Negotiation, Positive Communication, and Mediation, Facilitation, and Dialogue. His scholarly research investigates everyday communication in conversations, meetings, and interviews. He was a Visiting Scholar at the Harvard Program on Negotiation and has held Fulbright appointments in the Czech Republic and in Moldova. A volunteer mediator and trainer with Metropolitan Mediation Services in Brookline, MA, Phillip is trained in nonviolent communication (NVC). He lives in Natick with his wife Liliana, a lampwork glass artist and teacher.

Seth Izen, Executive Director
MetroWest Mediation Services
220 North Main Street, Suite 106
Natick, MA 01760
Tel: 508-872-9495
Email: seth at metrowestmediation.org 
Web: www.metrowestmediation.org


Climate Change, Food Security and COVID-19: challenges and opportunities
Wednesday, June 24
12:00 – 1:30 EDT
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.de/e/climate-change-food-security-and-covid-19-challenges-and-opportunities-tickets-109940314440

This session explores the effects of COVID-19 has on food systems worldwide and attempts to find solutions

COVID-19 has exposed the vulnerabilities of our food systems during a global crisis, both in the global north and the global south. In developed countries, processing centers are forced to open despite outbreaks within the plants, threatening the health and safety of workers and the integrity of food. Farmers are facing economic hardships requiring government assistance. Food shortages as elements of supply chains are halted. In the global south, partial port closures and quarantine regulations add to the continuing hunger crisis. 

This session explores the effects of COVID-19 has on food systems worldwide and attempts to find solutions to these problems in hopes of anticipation of future global crises, including climate change.
Moderation:  Raphael Podselver, ProVeg International 
Speakers:  Dr. Cristina Tirado: LMU, SHE
Dr. Rose Mwebaza: UN Climate Technology Centre and Network, Director
Dr. Zitouni Ould Dada : FAO, Deputy Director Climate and Environment Division
Debra Boudreaux: Executive Vice President, Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation
Dr. Filipo Dibari, Nutrition Adviser, World Food Programme

Speaker Bios:  Rose Mwebaza , CTCN, Technologies for food security, Director and Advisory Board Secretary, Climate Technology Centre & Network. 
Dr. Rose Mwebaza (PhD) is the Director of CTCN and brings 20 years’ experience providing policy advice on a wide range of climate change, environment and sustainable development issues. She has previously served as Chief Natural Resources Officer at the African Development Bank, and held leadership positions within the UN Development Programme. Dr. Mwebaza was a Lecturer at Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda, for 10 years, serving as the Head of Department for Commercial Law, and Deputy Dean of the Law School. Rose holds a PhD in Environment and Natural Resource Governance from Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia; a Master’s Degree in International Comparative Law (With a Certificate of Academic Excellence) from the University of Florida, U.S.A and a Bachelor of Law Degree (LL.B, Hons.) from Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda. (8 min)

Dr. Zitouni Ould Dada is currently Deputy Director in the Climate and Environment Division at the FAO, Rome. Before joining the FAO, he worked as the Head of the Technology Unit at UNEP as well as for the British Government holding senior positions at DECC, DEFRA, FSA, EA and MAFF. He also worked for the French Government on international climate change. 

Debra Boudreaux , Tzu Chi Foundation , Executive Vice President of Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation. 
Debra Boudreaux is a senior volunteer with the Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation. She has more than 30 years of experience working on major projects related to charity, medical care, education, and humanitarian aid. Debra was previously the CEO of Tzu Chi Medical Foundation. Debra has also led teams on international disaster relief missions around the world. Between 1993 and 2013, Debra has in fact led over 800 projects related to medical outreach. She leads Buddhist and Catholic interfaith dialogues and serves as a member of the UN Multi-Faith Advisory Council.

Dr. Filippo Dibari, World Food Program, Public Health Nutritionist and Food Technologist, working at World Food Programme as nutrition adviser in Ethiopia


COVID-19 Lessons: The Hidden Urban Systems Supporting Vulnerable Communities
Wednesday, June 24
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM EST
RSVP at https://www.earth.columbia.edu/videos/view/covid-19-lessons-the-hidden-urban-systems-supporting-vulnerable-communities

DESCRIPTION: Cities like New York are best known for their concrete, glass, steel and financial power. But hundreds of nonprofit organizations do essential work fostering and spreading the capacities and connections that cut community risk when disruptions strike. The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed the importance of this sector even more than Hurricane Sandy did. This special Sustain What session explores how to boost the viability and impact of this vital source of resilience.

The session centers on “COVID-19 and the Hidden Urban System Supporting Vulnerable Communities,” a report written by Paul Nelson, a Founding Principal at Resilient Cities Catalyst. Nelson leads the organization’s engagements with cross-sectoral partners working to co-create new solutions to their most pressing urban challenges.


Nelson will explore his findings with these guests:
Courtney Cogburn is an associate professor at the Columbia School of Social Work who directs a research group using virtual reality and other innovative means to characterize and measure racism and evaluate its effects on mental and physical health.

Jonathan Rose is an urban planner, author, and real estate developer of affordable, environmentally-responsible communities. He also co-founded the Garrison Institute, a center focused on contemplative practice as a path to environmental and social sustainability. His book, “The Well-Tempered City,” explores what science, history and human nature teach us about the future of urban life.
Rose will also discuss online access for low-income households, as explored here:
Advancing Digital Inclusion for Low Income Families www.welltemperedcity.com/2020/05/28/the-digital-divide/

Susan Stamler is executive director of United Neighborhood Houses, a policy and social change organization representing 43 neighborhood settlement houses that serve 765,000 New Yorkers from all walks of life.


[Justice Solidarity] Boston Stands With Black Lives
Wednesday, June 24
3 p.m.
Boston Common, Park Street Entrance

This event is still being organized and updated To get updates, check out the Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/294676994895766/

This rally is to show solidarity for the black community in the greater Boston area, and MA as a whole. The focus of this rally is to highlight the black community with black speakers. It is important to give the black community their narrative back and allow them to tell their story. Too many people in the white community, and beyond, have never heard someone from the black community talk about their experiences, in person, as a black person growing up in Massachusetts. There is still too much racism in MA and Bostonians need to be more educated! 

This will be a peaceful rally to honor the black community. Fireworks, airhorns, pepper spray, flare guns, smoking, alcohol and drug use NOT permitted.

The speakers will be talking from the gazebo in the middle of The Common! 

Please keep this protest healthy by practicing social distancing and wearing a facial covering and gloves!

A list of goals: To create actual change, our representatives must support: 1. Ending qualified immunity for the police. This is a shield from the law. It protects police actions if they’re acting in their capacity as police. So, you can’t sue them when they shoot or beat up your loved ones. 2. Ending the "fear defense" authorized by the Supreme Court in Graham v. Connor. This defense allows cops to use an unreasonable amount of force if they say that they "feared for life," no matter how unlikely that fear is. This is how they get away with murder after they're charged. 3. Taking away the riot gear, tanks, tear gas, and other military equipment from police departments, without exception. They are the police, not the military. They don't have the training or the restraint against unreasonable use of force required for these tools. 4. Defunding the police, including reducing police funding and re-allocating that money back into communities of color. 

So, do something concrete today and leave a voicemail or email with your representatives asking for these four things. #BlackLivesMatter


Taking Action/Being Real/Telling the Truth: NVDA and the Fourth Demand (Part 2)
Wednesday, June 24 (Part 2)
7:00-9:15pm ET (slight time change, sorry). 
RSVP at https://xrmass.org/action/fourth-demand-part-2/

How to honor the earth, the current climate emergency, and the longstanding climate of racial injustice and anti-Blackness: A two-part training and conversation with XR members 

Looking for a space to brainstorm how to be in this new moment? Been sidelined or isolated by COVID and wanting to (re-)engage and connect? Thirsty for discerning conversation about how to respond to the anti-Black and racial injustice and climate emergency realities, within a time of COVID? 

Join XR in a facilitated community space to share ideas for shaping messages, taking action in solidarity and hearing de-escalation techniques.

We'll explore how to act through the lens of our fourth demand: “We demand a just transition that prioritizes the most vulnerable people and indigenous sovereignty; establishes reparations and remediation led by and for Black people, Indigenous people, people of color and poor communities for years of environmental injustice, establishes legal rights for ecosystems to thrive and regenerate in perpetuity, and repairs the effects of ongoing ecocide to prevent extinction of human and all species, in order to maintain a livable, just planet for all.”

"things are not getting worse, they are getting uncovered. we must hold each other tight & continue to pull back the veil. #blacklivesmatter" - Adrienne Maree Brown

Thursday, June 25

Crony Capitalism along the Silk Road
Thursday, June 25
10 – 11 a.m.
RSVP at https://youtu.be/H-tqjEpbxoE

SPEAKER(S)  Alexander Cooley, Director, Harriman Institute, Columbia University; Claire Tow Professor of Political Science, Barnard College: "The Price of Connectivity: China’s Local Central Asian Entanglements"
Jonathan E. Hillman, Senior Fellow, Simon Chair in Political Economy, and Director, Reconnecting Asia Project, CSIS:"Road to Ruin: Why Corruption Flows along China’s Belt and Road"
Moderator: Nargis Kassenova, Senior Fellow, Program on Central Asia, Davis Center; Associate Professor, KIMEP University
DETAILS  China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), propelled by the government’s will and the allocation of massive financial resources, has been changing the political and economic realities in Eurasia. A lot of money is moving around, creating opportunities for unscrupulous individuals to engage in corrupt schemes. Crony capitalism receives a major boost in the conditions of weak rule of law and lack of transparency and accountability. Thus, along with the transport, trade, investment, financial and people-to-people connectivity, fostered by the BRI, we see the flourishing of connectivity of corrupt elites in China and Eurasia. These networks are not limited to “emerging markets”, but are part of global arrangements facilitating shady deals and money laundering. The discussion sheds light on the shady side of the BRI in Eurasia, along with its actors and mechanisms, and outlines possible ways to improve the governance of investments.
LINK  https://daviscenter.fas.harvard.edu/events/crony-capitalism-along-silk-road
CONTACT INFO	Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies
Harvard University
1730 Cambridge Street, 3rd Floor • Cambridge, MA 02138


Our energy system: options for supply, demand and the sources of emissions from the energy sector
Thursday, June 25
11:00 AM - 12:15 PM
RSVP at https://columbiauniversity.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJIpcO2gqDwiE9aprMfZx4mALLtQG72swefT

Webinars by Prof. VIjay Modi

While lectures are 1 hour each, we will allow last 15 min for discussions. 
Please register using the link above.

For any difficulties registering/joining email: John at jpeacock at columbia.edu


Mitigation or Adaption: Hard Choices for Cities
Thursday, June 25
11:00 – 12:30 EDT
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/mitigation-or-adaption-hard-choices-for-cities-tickets-109123461210

Join the IHSS and The City Centre for a webinar with Professor Richard Sennett for a discussion on cities, climate change and bodily stress.

In this public webinar Richard Sennett will speak about some of his recent work at the United Nations aimed at understanding the tensions between green cities and healthy cities: in other words, analysing cities as a nexus between climate change and bodily stress. This webinar is chaired by Dr Simon Reid-Henry


Who Watches the Watchmen? A Discussion About Race and Policing Through the Lens of Popular Entertainment
Thursday, June 25
12 – 1:15 p.m.
RSVP at https://ash.harvard.edu/event/who-watches-watchmen-discussion-about-race-and-policing-through-lens-popular-entertainment

SPEAKER(S)  Chris LeBron, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Johns Hopkins University
Leah Wright Rigueur, Associate Professor of Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School, Brandeis University
Deva Woodly, Associate Professor of Politics, The New School
Moderator: Christopher Robichaud
Senior Lecturer in Ethics and Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School
DETAILS When HBO series Watchmen premiered in October 2019, the show—a dramatically different take on Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’s original comic book/graphic novel—was noted for its direct confrontation of racism in America. Systemic racism, police brutality, collective trauma, and vigilante justice are all central themes to the TV remix. In light of ongoing deaths of Black Americans at the hands of police, nationwide protests, and calls for reforms, the show is now getting a second look with many calling it eerily prescient.

Join us in conversation about how Watchmen and other popular entertainment can highlight and help us understand critical issues around race and policing. The discussion will center on Watchmen, but we encourage you to join us even if you haven't seen the show.

Panelists include:
Chris LeBron, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Johns Hopkins University
Leah Wright Rigueur, Associate Professor of Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School, Brandeis University
Deva Woodly, Associate Professor of Politics, The New School
Christopher Robichaud (Moderator), Senior Lecturer in Ethics and Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School
This event will be livestreamed on YouTube Live. Attendees registered for this event will receive a reminder for the livestream fifteen minutes before the event along with a link to the YouTube page where you can participate in the live chat and ask questions during the event.
LINK  https://ash.harvard.edu/event/who-watches-watchmen-discussion-about-race-and-policing-through-lens-popular-entertainment
CONTACT INFO	info at ash.harvard.edu


Scaling up urban community energy
Thursday, June 25
1:00 – 4:00PM EDT
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/scaling-up-urban-community-energy-tickets-108450305784

Hear from speakers with experience of scaling up urban community energy projects and then interactively explore scale-up solutions together.

How can we scale-up community energy action in our cities? What are some of the best UK or international examples? Do frameworks to create scale exist in the community sector? What are the barriers to scaling up projects in the urban environment and how could we overcome them?

This interactive event will hear from speakers with experiences of scaling up city-based projects before engaging participants in exploring routes for future action.

The Mayor of London has been supporting community energy for three years now by allocating half a million pounds in feasibility grants to groups to support the development of local energy projects. The London Community Energy Fund (LCEF) has provided funding to 48 projects, greatly stimulating both new and existing community energy groups to bring forward projects across the capital. These projects vary from generating clean electricity through the use of solar PV, saving energy through the application of energy efficiency measures, and providing energy savings advice to fuel poor households. These projects are forecast to save over 1,500 tonnes of carbon emissions per year. Further information including case studies can be found on the Greater London Authority’s LCEF website and Community Energy London’s Annual Report. 

The Mayor now wants to see not only further growth of community energy but also support a scale-up of projects. 

‘Scaling up urban community energy’ will examine: 
How to best support the growth of city-scale community energy projects both in terms of the number of groups developing projects ; and
Also larger (or aggregated) community energy generation schemes, helping boost carbon savings and also increasing the generation of local clean energy.

Urban projects face a number of unique difficulties in relation to access to space, the built environment in which they are situated and often higher costs in relation to installation. Opportunities for large solar arrays and wind power projects are simply not viable in many cities. However, community energy works and its popularity with the public is increasing. A 2018 survey by ClientEarth reported that “almost three quarters of consumers would be interested in joining a community energy scheme if the government made it easier (71%), and individuals keen to install their own solar panels (62%) and home energy storage (60%).”  Climate emergency declarations and adoption of a Net Zero target in 2019 have only led to a further increase of interest by individuals and communities in exploring routes to tackle climate change both nationally, but also in their homes and neighbourhoods. 

Please note that this event will be recorded. By attending this online event you agree that if you turn your camera on, or speak, you will be included in the recording.


People and the Planet: Dan Sullivan and Alex Padilla
Thursday, June 25
2:00pm to 3:00pm
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/people-and-the-planet-dan-sullivan-and-alex-padilla-tickets-106240076930

The MIT Environmental Solutions Initiative is proud to host Republican United States Senator Dan Sullivan of Alaska and Democratic Secretary of State Alex Padilla of California for the latest entry in our People & the Planet lecture series. Senator Sullivan and Secretary Padilla will participate in a virtual fireside chat on "government action on the environment at the federal and state levels." Both our distinguished guests have championed successful environmental legislation and will share their experiences and their views on the prospects for bipartisan action on major environmental challenges, the roles of regulatory and legislative approaches to those challenges, and the different levers for policy action available to the federal government and the states.

This free event will also serve as the keynote to a two-day workshop on "Plastics and the Environment: Science Meets Public Policy." Tickets to the workshop can be purchased here.

Dan Sullivan was sworn in as Alaska’s eighth United States Senator on January 6, 2015. He serves on the Armed Services Committee; the Environment and Public Works Committee; the Veterans' Affairs Committee; and the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, where he is Chairman of the Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries and Coast Guard. He is currently an infantry officer in the United States Marine Corps Reserve, were he was recently promoted to Colonel. He was the sponsor of the Save Our Seas Act of 2018 addressing the plastic debris crisis in the oceans and American coastlines, and is now the sponsor of the Save Our Seas 2.0 Act.

Alex Padilla is the California Secretary of State. He previously served two terms in the California State Senate, representing the San Fernando Valley. His legislative activities there included authoring the California plastic bag ban bill. He graduated from MIT with a degree in mechanical engineering and is a former member of the MIT Corporation (Board of Trustees).


Responding to Climate Change as Public Health Professionals
Thursday, June 25
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM EDT
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/responding-to-climate-change-as-public-health-professionals-tickets-109024593494

The National Collaborating Centre for Environmental Health invites you to attend the upcoming Environmental Health Seminar. Webinar instructions will be included in the confirmation email. A recording of this webinar will be posted on the NCCEH website.

Presenter: Kim Perrotta, Executive Director, Creating Healthy and Sustainable Environments (CHASE)
This presentation will summarize the health risks associated with climate change on a global scale and in Canada, identify the actions needed to address climate change which provide immediate health benefits, and discuss the different ways that public health professionals can help mitigate climate change and/or its harm on the populations they serve.

Climate Change Toolkit for Health Professionals
Kim Perrotta, Executive Director, Creating Healthy and Sustainable Environments (CHASE)
Kim Perrotta has a Master's degree in Health Science and over 30 years of experience working on environmental issues from a health perspective. Kim has conducted secondary research, developed policies, implemented programs and promoted healthy public policies for organizations such as Toronto Public Health, the Ontario Public Health Association, Halton Region, and the Healthy Canada by Design CLASP Initiative. She has prepared over 30 health-based policy reports and toolkits. In 2019, she produced the 2019 Climate Change Toolkit for Health Professionals. Kim was the Executive Director for the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment (CAPE) from 2015 to 2019. She is currently the Executive Director for a newly founded non-profit organization directed and run by public health professionals, Creating Healthy and Sustainable Environments (CHASE).


The All-Electric House Tour - Virtual
Thursday, June 25
6 PM – 7 PM
RSVP at https://zoom.us/j/91262101699

Shawn and Alix's home in Dover is a perfect example of how to majorly reduce your carbon footprint and simultaneously lower your utility bills. They have air source heat pumps and a heat pump water heater, all powered by their rooftop solar system, so the energy from the sun provides their heating, cooling, and hot water! Join us for this evening Q+A to hear about their solar journey, get a tour of their home, and find out how you can save money and reduce carbon emissions by switching to the all-electric household model. 

This event will be recorded for later viewing. 

More information at https://www.facebook.com/events/551303705754024/


A People's Guide to Greater Boston 
Thursday, June 25
RSVP at https://www.crowdcast.io/e/PeoplesGuideToGreaterBoston

A People's Guide to Greater Boston reveals the region’s richness and vibrancy in ways that are neglected by traditional area guidebooks and obscured by many tourist destinations. Affirming the hopes, interests, and struggles of individuals and groups on the receiving end of unjust forms of power, the book showcases the ground-level forces shaping the city. Uncovering stories and places central to people’s lives over centuries, this guide takes readers to sites of oppression, resistance, organizing, and transformation in Boston and outlying neighborhoods and municipalities—from Lawrence, Lowell, and Lynn to Concord and Plymouth.

It highlights tales of the places and people involved in movements to abolish slavery; to end war and militarism; to achieve Native sovereignty, racial equity, gender justice, and sexual liberation; and to secure workers’ rights. In so doing, this one-of-a-kind guide points the way to a radically democratic Greater Boston, one that sparks social and environmental justice and inclusivity for all.

Joseph Nevins was born and raised in the Dorchester section of Boston and is Professor of Geography at Vassar College. His books include A Not-so-distant Horror: Mass Violence in East Timor; Dying to Live: A Story of U.S. Immigration in an Age of Global Apartheid; and Operation Gatekeeper and Beyond: The War on "Illegals" and the Remaking of the US-Mexico Boundary.

Suren Moodliar, a resident of Chelsea, Massachusetts, is both coordinator of encuentro5, a movement building space in Downtown Boston, and editor of the journal Socialism and Democracy. He coedited Noam Chomsky’s Internationalism or Extinction (2020). He completed an MA in Political Science and African Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Eleni Macrakis grew up in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and now works in the field of affordable housing development in the Greater Boston area. She holds a Master in Urban Planning from Harvard University.


The Reality of Dreaming with Deirdre Barrett, PhD
Thursday, June 25
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM EDT
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-reality-of-dreaming-with-deirdre-barrett-phd-tickets-108159144914

Amidst a global pandemic, Dr. Barrett is studying the outbreak of COVID-19 dreams worldwide. Join us to learn about her current study.

Capacity Notes: Space in the Zoom Webinar is limited. Attendees are advised to register only for as many tickets as devices they will be using (e.g. a household of 3 people using 1 computer for the event need only reserve 1 ticket).

What are our dreams trying to tell us each night? Do we take the daily anxieties of our waking lives into our dream states? How does this all apply to dreams during the COVID-19 pandemic? What do their metaphors tell us about our deeper unconscious experiences of these times? What techniques can influence our dreams away from repetitive anxiety and toward creative problem solving?

Deirdre Barrett, PhD, is on the faculty of Harvard and is the author of The Committee of Sleep and the forthcoming Pandemic Dreams. She has spent decades researching and teaching the science of dreams, examining the impacts of current events and societal catastrophes- including a study of 9/11 survivors. As we find ourselves in the middle of a global pandemic, Dr. Barrett is studying the outbreak of COVID-19 dreams around the world. Join the Museum of Science and Dr. Barrett for an exploration of the scientific and psychological meanings of our dreams, and learn more about her current study of dreaming during COVID times.
All SubSpace events are intended for audiences 18+.

This program is free, thanks to the generosity of the Lowell Institute. 
If you enjoy the Museum’s presentation of The Reality of Dreaming with Deirdre Barrett, PhD, please visit mos.org/sciencematters to support #MOSatHome.
Deirdre Barrett, PhD is a psychologist on the faculty of Harvard where she teaches courses on dreams to undergraduates, psychiatry residents & psychology interns, and lectures on hypnosis. She is Past President of both the International Association for the Study of Dreams and The Society for Psychological Hypnosis. She has written five books including Pandemic Dreams The Committee of Sleep, and The Pregnant Man: Cases from a Hypnotherapist’s Couch. She is the editor of four additional books including Trauma and Dreams. She is Editor-in-Chief of the international journal, DREAMING.. Dr. Barrett has published dozens of academic articles and chapters on dreams, hypnosis, sleep talking, and evolutionary psychology. Her current work focuses on dreams and creative problem solving and on lucid dreaming.
Dr. Barrett’s commentary on dreams has been featured on Good Morning America, The Today Show, CNN, Fox, and The Discovery Channel. She has been interviewed for dream articles in The Washington Post, The New York Times, Time, Life, and Newsweek. Her own articles have appeared in Psychology Today and Scientific American. Dr. Barrett has lectured at Esalen, the Smithsonian, and at universities around the world.


Extinction Rebellion:  Finding Resilience Together
Thursday, June 25
8 to 9:15 pm EST
RSVP at https://xrmass.org/action/work_that_reconnects_20625/

The Regenerative Culture working group of XRDC invites you to our regular monthly gatherings, open to XR rebels as well as the general public.

Each month, we will gather together to give expression to the gratitude, grief, wonder, courage, despair, and hope that comes along with awareness of the climate crisis. Practices offered will range from Joanna Macy's "The Work that Reconnects" to storytelling, pair dialogue, singing, dancing, and more.

Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/235614059


TEDxMarin ONLINE presents: A special program on The Climate Crisis / Realities and Solutions 
Thursday, June 25
10:30 PM – 12:30 AM EDT
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/tedxmarin-online-presents-a-special-program-on-climate-change-thur-june-25th-registration-91342292255
Cost:  $19.50 – $50

We will be presenting this content exclusively online to registered pass holders ONLY on Thursday, June 25.

We also have a one- week VIEWING option, where you can watch the program over the course of a week.
TEDxMarin has made this Climate Change program a VIRTUAL event n support of our collective efforts to curb the spread of Covid-19. 

ALL TICKET HOLDERS will be sent a private link and passcode prior to the event to watch this program.
This Program will discuss: How sea-level rise and extreme heat will play out in the Bay Area, new research on decarbonization solutions and economic impacts of various solutions including inaction, what the Government is planning or NOT, future energy technologies and where possible and quicker solutions may be found, and what human migration projections look like. We will also explore the emotional and human element of “adaption" to our new realities. 

To become a sponsoring organization or partner for this event please contact us Partnership at TEDxMarin.org
PAUL SAFFO Forecaster / Futurist will discuss the competing debate on climate and what combination of voices-might just ignite the solutions required. 
MICHEL GOLOBTER Ph.D. Founder/Co-Chair Green Leadership Trust will discuss The Disproportional Impacts of Climate Change to the poor and least advantaged.
KRISTINA DAHL Ph.D. Senior Climate Scientist, Union of Concerned Scientists. Kristina will discuss the difficult choices we will wrestle with, including what are we willing to endure in the name of adapting to climate change if the ways of life we’re accustomed to, are increasingly limited by the conditions outdoors.
DR. KATHARYN BOYER Ph.D Ecologist, Coastal Climate Resiliency Expert: To discuss the local impacts of sea-level rise to the Bay Area, and adaptation efforts underway to buffer wave energy and reduce shoreline erosion while restoring wildlife habitat.
JONATHAN KOOMEY Ph.D. Researcher, Author, and Entrepreneur will discuss: Measuring Success and the Economic Implications of Climate solutions.
REP JARED HUFFMAN- Congressman for California’s 2nd Congressional District will discuss what Governments role can and should be, and what efforts are being planned at the governmental level now
Plus a moderated conversation segment.

Friday, June 26

One-on-one with Anders Wijkman
Friday, June 26
9am (15:00 CEST)
RSVP at https://www.wedonthavetime.org/climate-action-news/one-on-one-with-anders-wijkman

Anders Wijkman is a Swedish opinion leader and author. He is honorary chairman of the global think tank Club of Rome and chairman of the Governing Board of Climate-KIC – a major public-private partnership at EU level for the promotion of innovation of a low-carbon society. He has served as a Member of the European Parliament, Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations and Policy Director of UNDP.Since 2015 Anders is a member of the International Resource Panel (IRP) – a UN appointed expert body” to build and share the knowledge needed to improve the use of our resources worldwide”.

Climate Action News is our broadcast about action and sustainable solutions. We invite our community, climate advocacy groups, leaders, and businesses to share their knowledge and insights. You can participate actively by commenting live during and after the broadcast. Get instructions or download our app to join the discussion. Welcome!


Sustainable church, sustainable planet
Friday, June 26
11:30 – 1:00PM EDT
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/sustainable-church-sustainable-planet-tickets-108606653424

A workshop with Ruth Valerio, Deborah Colvin and Stephen Norrish exploring local church responses to the climate emergency.

A workshop with Ruth Valerio, Deborah Colvin and Stephen Norrish exploring local church responses to the climate emergency by reducing carbon footprints, setting up environmental initiatives, becoming an Eco-church and contributing to global campaigns. 
Ruth Valerio is a Global Advocacy and Influencing Director at Tearfund. An environmentalist, theologian and social activist, Ruth holds a doctorate from Kings College London, and honorary doctorates from the University of Winchester and Chichester. She is Canon Theologian at Rochester Cathedral and her home church is part of the 24/7 Prayer Network. She enjoys living sustainably – practising what she preaches and inspiring others as she does so – in the south of England with her family. She is the author of L is for Lifestyle: Christian Living that doesn’t cost the earth and Just Living: Faith and Community in an Age of Consumerism. 
Stephen is a Sector Minister working in Milton Keynes and Director of MK Christian Foundation. This local charity is growing a number of social enterprises that have the dual purpose of: doing business in ways that explore solutions to locally identified environmental, health and social issues; and offering work experience and training for young people struggling with education and employment.
Deborah is an educator, community engagement practitioner and former research scientist. She is currently Churchwarden and Sustainability Champion at St James’s Church, Piccadilly.

The event will be facilitated by Simon Thomas who is director and founder of the City to City Network (www.citytocity.org) which is a catalyst for conversation, innovation and transformation to inspire individuals and organisations to help re-shape cities. Simon is a Co- Founder of Habitat for Humanity Homes UK, a housing charity that works with individual and corporate volunteers, to build and renovate homes, nationally and internationally. He runs a low cost eco. housing company with two partners to provide housing solutions for those on low income 18-35 and has recently helped start a retreat farm with an organic ecological emphasis to help re- think elements of small scale farming. He lives in inner city Peckham and lives in a self-build house which is part community with his wife Paula.


Beyond Headlines and Hashtags - LIVE Friday Review of Pandemic News
Friday, June 26
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
RSVP 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 Pulitzer winner Laurie Garrett, NBC’s Robert Bazell, Jon Cohen of Science Magazine and Wendy Wertheimer, formerly of WHO & NIH.

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 at columbia.edu


EBC Climate Change Leadership Webinar Series: Forward Thinking Climate Resiliency:  The Moakley Park Project
Friday, June 26
12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
RSVP at https://ebcne.org/event/ebc-climate-change-leadership-webinar-series-forward-thinking-climate-resiliency-the-moakley-park-project/
Information for viewing the webinar will be emailed to all registered attendees.

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.

Moakley Park, a 60-acre park in South Boston, floods regularly. Coupled with the fact that this, Boston’s largest waterfront park, sits at a critical breach point for South Boston and with a projected 21-36” in sea level rise, the park becomes a major flood pathway inundating adjacent neighborhoods. With this reality in mind, Boston Parks & Recreation and the Department of the Environment, Energy, and Open Space initiated this project not only to address critical climate resiliency issues, but to turn Moakley Park into an exemplary 21st century open space with a focus on equity, diversity, community and enviable recreational amenities. The project team has completed the vision plan and is in the concept design stage, ultimately working to transform Moakley Park into a model for Boston (and similar cities) and to expand thinking on how conventional park models can become multi-functional open spaces, all while addressing climate change needs.

Join us for this EBC webinar to learn the innovate climate resilience developments for the Moakley Park in the City of Boston.

Program Chair:
Julie Eaton Ernst, P.E., Lead Resiliency Engineer, Weston & Sampson

Allison Perlman, Project Manager, Boston Parks and Recreation Department
Cheri Ruane, Vice President, Landscape Architecture Practice Leader, Weston & Sampson
Amy Whitesides, Director, Stoss


Drawdown and Climate Justice in SWFL
Friday, June 26
1:00 PM – 2:30 PM EDT
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/drawdown-and-climate-justice-in-swfl-registration-108742395432

Drawdown Solutions for Climate Justice SWFL A Zoom discussion after 90 minute online course - Reversing Global Warming

This will be a lively conversation about Drawdown Solutions that will work in SWFL. Participants are asked to take the 90 minute Intro to Drawdown online course before this event.

How can we come together in SWFL for Climate Justice? Some Pachamama Alliance materials will be presented about how to work for change in our community. Facilitated by Joan Marshall, Holley Rauen and Gary Robbins. 

We will email the ZOOM Link to all who register in the next week. Registration now open.


Extinction Rebellion [XR] SF Friday Online Activism
Friday, June 26
3-4pm EST
Zoom Info: https://zoom.us/j/727108084?pwd=YVhTOTk1TFlodzMwc3ZqWkg2ckNoZz09 Meeting ID: 727 108 084 Password: 082166 One tap mobile +16699006833,,727108084# US (San Jose)

XRSF has been holding weekly online activism with a regenerative atmosphere.

We are in extraordinary times, but this is still a good time to spread messages of hope, empowerment, support, compassion, empathy and ACTION. Join us on Fridays for some connection and activism.

CALL AGENDA (HIGH LEVEL): 10m check-in & land acknowledgement 10m calm the limbic system (Guided meditation, poems, qigong, laughter yoga) 15-20m digital activism in breakout rooms 15-20m mutual aid (Sharing what you need with the group, in breakout rooms & sheet) 10m calm the limbic system (Exercise, meditation, gratitudes)


Farming for the Future
Friday, June 26
RSVP at https://www.cambridgeforum.org


Virtual Psychiatry, Anti-Fascism, and Speculative Fiction Series—The Unsettling Fall of a Republic: How the symbology of Star Wars highlights the uncanny loss of free thought
Friday, June 26
7:00pm to 9:00pm
RSVP at Email Dr. Debowy for your link and password.

Join Dr. Daniel Debowy for the Virtual Psychiatry, Anti-Fascism, and Speculative Fiction Series! 

The Unsettling Fall of a Republic: How the symbology of Star Wars highlights the uncanny loss of free thought
Host: Dr. Daniel Debowy, M.D., Ph.D. (debow at med.mit.edu)

Format: Introduction, live stream of the last two episodes of the Star Wars: The Clone Wars followed by a meaningful discussion
What to bring: Your curious selves!

What we’ll do: Focusing on the last two episodes of the Clone Wars storyline, which are meant to complement the Fall of the Galactic Republic storyline in Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, Dr. Debowy will discuss the ways that art-criticism techniques from some of the founders of modern mental health theory can be used to view the Star Wars universe.

We’ll watch both episodes through Zoom — with chat — after the talk. Dr. Debowy will point out how psychologically-based art criticism can be used to better understand how the visual and narrative elements of this storyline purposely evoke dread in the viewer, enabling the narrative to effectively advocate as a warning against the rise of authoritarian structures.

Sunday, June 28

Headed for Extinction and What to Do About It
Sunday, June 28
11 a.m.
RSVP at https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMlceurpzkpGdb3OgTYpvfCJHd5QFXknGia

The planet is in ecological crisis: we are in the midst of the sixth mass extinction. Scientists say what’s required to avoid the existential threat of climate and ecological collapse is rapid and unprecedented changes, not unlike the total mobilization carried out in response to World War II. 

In this public talk, members of the global movement Extinction Rebellion will share the latest climate science on where our planet is heading, discuss some of the current psychology around climate change and ecological breakdown, and offer solutions that led previous social movements, like the U.S. civil rights movement, to success.

Everyone is welcome and there will be time to ask questions and discuss afterwards. Entry is free.

The event will run from 11 to 12:30pm EST.


Water as an Instrument for Peace Public
Sunday, June 28 
noon-1:00 Eastern Time
RSVP at  https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_gMXXbHvbQcyb6U7HZE-Ncg

Water is a precious commodity in the Middle East. Climate change and pollution threaten clean water access, and the need for water drives regional conflict in the already water-starved Middle East. Faced with a challenge that flows across borders, there is an urgent need for collaboration to secure the future of this shared resource. This challenge is particularly poignant, as COVID-19 has highlighted the widespread need for accessible clean water.

Join us for a Town Hall conversation with three leading experts in Middle East water policy and cross-border work. They will share updates on Israel’s technological advances in water treatment and opportunities for partnership, which will benefit the health and security of the entire region. During this vibrant virtual event, the audience will be invited to submit questions for discussion.

Prof. Eilon Adar - Professor Emeritus, Ben Gurion University and Chair, Arava Institute Board of Directors
Dr. Clive Lipchin - Director, Center for Transboundary Water Management at the Arava Institute
Prof. Sharon Megdal - Director, Water Resources Research Center at the University of Arizona


Oppression, Movement Building, and Our Relationships as Activists
Sunday, June 28
2 p.m. - 5 p.m.
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/oppression-movement-building-and-our-relationships-as-activists-28620-tickets-108764611882

We are members of XR looking at how movements can be divided when oppression goes unaddressed, offering practical tools to heal these divisions which affect our relationships as activists.

This workshop will address the importance of understanding the structural nature of oppressions (such as racism, sexism, classism, ableism, the oppression of young people, ...), as well as doing personal healing work – both of which are necessary if we are to work together effectively in a united movement.

Logistics An online interactive workshop, please only book if you think you can attend for the full time of 2pm – 5pm EST. We've experienced large numbers of people registering for this workshop and not turning up, this prevents others from registering and attending because the workshop is sold out. So we ask you to only register if you can attend, and cancel your ticket if you find you can't make it.

We will start at 2pm promptly. Please arrive 15 minutes early, so that we can help you with any issues you might have with Zoom. Entry to the workshop will close shortly after 2pm because of the structure of the workshop and group work.

This workshop is interactive so it's useful if each participant can log in on a separate device, and has their video switched on. Note that logging in using a mobile phone is less than ideal because they don't tend to allow you to use gallery view where you can see everyone in the group at the same time.

Because we will be breaking out into pairs for timed 'listening exchanges' it will be very helpful if you can bring a timer to the workshop, e.g. you can use the timer app on a mobile phone (use a spare mobile if you are using your mobile for the Zoom call).


The Youth Behind the Movement: A Climate Activism Webinar
Sunday, June 28
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM EDT
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/the-youth-behind-the-movement-a-climate-activism-webinar-tickets-108259505094

“The Youth Behind the Movement” is an online Zoom event that seeks to share the unique experiences of youth climate activists.

On Sunday June 28th, the Cowichan Valley Earth Guardians, One Cowichan and For Our Kids are once again collaborating to host an online event on the topic of climate.

“The Youth Behind the Movement: A Climate Activism Webinar” is an online Zoom event that seeks to share how a group of youth climate activists in the Cowichan Valley have found community in climate action and activism. The event will take place between 5:00PM - 6:00PM, officially ending at 3:00PM, but the online space will stay open for additional questions and conversation until 6:30PM. 

This event hopes to inspire people of all ages and contribute to the creation of an intergenerational and engaged community around youth climate activism. It also will showcase some of the youth behind the climate activism movement and provide opportunity to get to know and support them. 

Climate change is the greatest issue of our time, and it disproportionately effects youth. “The Youth Behind the Movement: A Climate Activism Webinar” is about personifying the youth climate activism movement and create an opportunity for youth voices to be heard, and for youth to share their unique stories.

A panel on six youth climate activists at this event will speak as to why they are compelled to fight for climate justice, the struggles the youth climate activism community faces and how understanding the climate crisis and our activism has changed our lives.
This event will be an opportunity for adults to answer their questions about the youth climate activism movement and for other youth to ask questions about how they can get involved with youth activism groups.

Monday, June 29

How Are Cancer Researchers Fighting COVID-19? (Part II)
Monday, June 29
11:30am to 12:45pm
RSVP at https://mit.zoom.us/webinar/register/4315918978900/WN_2BGSdZNsQ-SpyQUWtBvzOg

Join us for part two of our virtual showcase of Koch Institute cancer researchers who have pivoted existing research to address biomedical challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Four MIT faculty members will share their work developing new treatment strategies and interventions for the disease. After each presentation, a brief moderated Q&A session will allow participants to learn more about the science and understand how the Koch Institute’s flexible, collaborative research models accelerate innovation in the face of rapidly evolving understanding.

Michael Yaffe, MD, PhD, David H. Koch Professor of Science, Intensive Care Physician, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center,
Overcoming respiratory distress
Angela Koehler, PhD, Samuel A. Goldblith Career Development Professor in Applied Biology
Novel therapeutic candidates
Sangeeta Bhatia, MD, PhD, John J. and Dorothy Wilson Professor of Health Sciences and Technology and of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Nanomedicine for monitoring, prevention and therpay
Robert Langer, ScD, David H. Koch Institute Professor
Drug and vaccine delivery
Moderated by  Salil Garg, MD, PhD, Charles W. (1955) and Jennifer C. Johnson Clinical Investigator


Brain Awareness Lecture: Vaccines: Autism and Other Myths - Solving today's public health crisis
Monday, June 29
3pm - 4:15pm
RSVP at https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07eh399oxy987adb2c&oseq&c&ch&fbclid=IwAR0NZRn86TdQUnzW_xt7_vNWuRrIgfDm3ORRHPekRj0oMz5M3SXr_FlA8v4

Dr. Peter Hotez, Dean of the Baylor School of Medicine National School of Tropical Medicine, will virtually join our Portland community on June 29 to discuss a history of vaccines, COVID-19 vaccine development, the anti-vax movement, and his personal story as the father of a daughter with autism.


Cosmology’s Century:  An Inside History of Our Modern Understanding of the Universe
Monday, June 29
7:00 PM
RSVP at https://www.crowdcast.io/e/pjepeebles/register
Free - $3 contribution suggested at registration

Harvard Book Store's virtual event series, the Harvard University Division of Science, and the Cabot Science Library welcome Nobel Prize–winning astrophysicist P.J.E. PEEBLES for a discussion of his latest book Cosmology’s Century: An Inside History of Our Modern Understanding of the Universe.

Contribute to Support Harvard Book Store
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 Cosmology's Century on harvard.com, you support indie bookselling and the writing community during this difficult time.

About Cosmology's Century
Modern cosmology began a century ago with Albert Einstein's general theory of relativity and his notion of a homogenous, philosophically satisfying cosmos. Cosmology's Century is the story of how generations of scientists built on these thoughts and many new measurements to arrive at a well-tested physical theory of the structure and evolution of our expanding universe.

In this landmark book, one of the world's most esteemed theoretical cosmologists offers an unparalleled personal perspective on how the field developed. P. J. E. Peebles was at the forefront of many of the greatest discoveries of the past century, making fundamental contributions to our understanding of the presence of helium and microwave radiation from the hot big bang, the measures of the distribution and motion of ordinary matter, and the new kind of dark matter that allows us to make sense of these results. Taking readers from the field's beginnings, Peebles describes how scientists working in independent directions found themselves converging on a theory of cosmic evolution interesting enough to warrant the rigorous testing it passes so well. He explores the major advances—some inspired by remarkable insights or perhaps just lucky guesses—as well as the wrong turns taken and the roads not explored. He shares recollections from major players in this story and provides a rare, inside look at how natural science is really done.
A monumental work, Cosmology's Century also emphasizes where the present theory is incomplete, suggesting exciting directions for continuing research.

Tuesday, June 30

Official Book Launch: What is the Future of the African Energy Sector?
Tuesday, June 30
7:00 – 9:00am EDT
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/official-book-launch-what-is-the-future-of-the-african-energy-sector-tickets-105777214496

You will be able to hear from the contributors of a recent book on the African energy sector. The book analyses the current developments in the African energy sector and highlights how these are likely to be affected by the current global efforts to transition to a low carbon economy and tackle climate change. 

This is an edited book project with contributions from authors across the African continent. The book reviews the current developments in the African energy sector and highlights how they are likely to be affected by the ongoing global efforts to transition to a low carbon economy and tackle climate change.

The book uniquely examines the progressive nature of global energy use and introduces a new concept which Dr.Victoria Nalule christens ‘Energy Progression’ and opines is the most appropriate pathway for Africa to adopt in order benefit from its massive energy resources. The various concerns of the energy transition in Africa are expounded by Ms. Noreen Kidunduhu who argues against a ‘wholesale transition’ and suggests a blend of strategies that would allow African countries to capitalise their fossil fuels while simultaneously constraining carbon emissions. Indeed, all this highlights the need to progress from one energy source to another. However, the anticipated boom in urbanisation, industrialisation and population growth on the African continent necessitates the utilisation of fossil fuels. It is in this respect that Mr. Ayebare Rukundo analyses the continued role of fossil fuels for economic development in African countries.

The progressive nature of energy use is further highlighted by Ms. Catherine Nabukalu and Dr. Reto Giere in their chapter which analyses the continued reliance on charcoal alongside modern energy in Africa. This is an important chapter for the reason that, over 70% of rural populations in Africa are still dependent on traditional biomass energy and may need more time to progress from traditional biomass to fossil fuels.

The above discussions, however, do not mean that African countries are climate change deniers. The progress made by African countries to deploy renewable energy sources is evaluated by various authors including Ms. Susan Nakanwagi who explores the prospects and challenges of nuclear energy developments in Africa. National case studies analysing the deployment of renewables in Africa are discussed by; Dr. Mostafa Elshazly who focuses on Egypt; Mr. Marvin Tumusiime who focuses on Uganda and Cosmos Nike Nwedu who brings in the Nigerian experience. While emphasising the crucial role of renewables, Mr. Peter Reat Gatkuoth addresses the environmental impacts of oil and gas in South Sudan. 

Besides referring to national case studies, the book highlights the growing efforts to tackle energy access and climate change challenges on the African continent through regionalism. In this regard, regional efforts in the development of the African energy sector are adequately considered by Dr. Macdonald Irowariwa. Additionally, various key thematic issues are addressed in this book including energy justice in the African energy sector as elucidated by Ms. Tosin Timitimi; local content advancements and their impact on the African energy sector as discussed by Dr. Rukonge Muhongo and Ms. Linda Lindsey; energy legislations and their impact on the industry as explained by Michael Uche Ukponu, Yusuf Sulayman and Kester Oyibo.

It is no secret that most African countries have not benefited from their energy resources, the book thus considers the different initiatives that ensure local communities benefit from their resources in the Chapter by Wairimu Karanja & Nduta Njenga that looks into the aspects of Corporate Social Responsibility and Social Licence to Operate in the oil and gas sector. Recognising that women are the major users of energy in Africa, Dr. Florence Masajuwa, Ms. Alaka Lugonzo & Mr. Kennedy Chege discuss gender justice in the energy transition.

Whereas there are various national and regional initiatives geared towards developing the African energy sector, we note that energy projects are capital intensive ventures. Mr. Japhet Miano therefore spotlights the struggles of achieving the ‘Power Dream’ specifically analyzing Chinese investments in the Kenyan energy sector. These investments are prone to disputes and as such Mr. Nicholas Muhereza dissects International Arbitration as it relates to the African energy sector. The book is then concluded by Dr. Victoria Nalule who offers thoughts on the future of the African energy sector post COVID-19. 

The foregoing highlights the salient present and future aspects of the African energy sector. With contributions from researchers, academics, practioners and high-level policymakers, the book brings a unique flavor to the global energy discussion pertaining to the African continent in the international sphere and is especially relevant to African governments and policy makers, African regional organisations, universities, energy practitioners, international organisations and energy enthusiasts alike.


How to Run a Hospital during a Pandemic: Hospital Administration Ethical and Legal Challenges in the Time of COVID-19
Tuesday, June 30
12 – 1 p.m.
RSVP at https://petrieflom.law.harvard.edu/events/details/how-to-run-a-hospital-during-a-pandemic

SPEAKER(S)  Rina K. Spence,Former President and CEO, Emerson Hospital, Concord, MA; advisor to the Precision Medicine, Artificial Intelligence, and the Law Project, Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics at Harvard Law School
John Fernandez, President of Massachusetts Eye and Ear, Boston, MA
Bruce J. Flanz, President and CEO, MediSys Health Network, Queens, NY
Carmel Shachar, Executive Director, Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics and Lecturer on Law, Harvard Law School

DETAILS  Hospital administration is complex during the best of times. Hospitals are now struggling to respond to the surge of COVID-19 patients, including obtaining enough PPE, ventilators, and other materials. They must also manage a sharp decrease in revenue from a pause on most other medical procedures. Hospitals are also considering the needs of their workforces, both in terms of overwhelmed clinicians treating COVID-19 patients and providers with little to no work because their practices have been put on pause.

This panel will discuss the challenges facing hospitals during the pandemic, including workforce, financial, and supply chain concerns. How can hospitals “rise to the occasion?” What duties do they owe to their employees, their patients, their board of trustees or shareholders, and their communities?
LINK  https://petrieflom.law.harvard.edu/events/details/how-to-run-a-hospital-during-a-pandemic
CONTACT INFO	petrie-flom at law.harvard.edu


Food Talks: How food can save the world
Tuesday, June 30
12:00 – 1:30 EDT
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/food-talks-how-food-can-save-the-world-tickets-106967777502

Join us for Food Talks, where we’ll explore how we can all tackle the climate crisis through the lens of food.

#FOODTALKS: How food can save the world
Join us on Tuesday 30th June for Food Talks, where we’ll explore how we can all tackle the climate crisis through the lens of food.

This is part of our 2020 #FoodTalks series, which has an overarching theme this year of ‘We are all emergency respondents now’. We will discover how we can transform our food systems to tackle the climate, nature, obesity and democracy emergencies.

Carolyn Steel, in conversation with our moderator, will be sharing insights from her brand new book ‘Sitopia: How Food Can Save the World’. Carolyn also wrote ‘Hungry City’ and is a leading authority on food, cities and transformative change. In addition, we will hear stories of people taking positive climate action on the ground (to be announced soon). Crucially, there will also be an opportunity for you to get involved in the discussion about how we can all be emergency respondents now.

#FoodTalks is brought to you by a partnership of the Food Ethics Council, Impact Hub Kings Cross, Organico, and London Food Link, part of Sustain: the alliance for better food and farming. 

There is an optional donation to this event. This will help us cover our costs and time for the event, but we still want to be accessible to everyone, so only give if you can!


I'm Hungry: A Panel Discussion on Food Insecurity
Tuesday, June 30
1 PM – 2 PM
RSVP at https://aarp.cvent.com/events/aarp-ma-i-m-hungry-a-panel-discussion-on-food-insecurity-in-the-african-american-black-community-bos/event-summary-78e376028dea4ef688623e01fbfecb03.aspx
To attend, register at the free ticket link. After registering, you will receive a meeting invite on 6/29/2020

More than 5 million people over age 60 are food insecure, meaning they do not have access to enough food for an active, healthy life. This leads to a higher risk of developing serious health issues, especially for the African American/Black community.

What can we do, and what are we already doing to address the needs of our community?
Join AARP Massachusetts for a panel discussion on hunger Tuesday, June 30 via Zoom. (Register at the free ticket link to receive access to this event)

Vivien Morris, a registered dietician;
Josh Trautwein, co-founder of Fresh Truck;
Khara Burns, Director of Project Bread.

Moderated by Joseph Feaster, Jr., Esq. President and Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts.

You will get a list of resources that will include accessing SNAP and EBT benefits, where food is being distributed throughout the greater Boston area, and more resources and information.


Headed for Extinction and What to Do About It
Tuesday, June 30
6 p.m.
RSVP at https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0vcuitpz0vGtTvSY156sDIFiW9CFxvCC7g

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. 

The event will run from 6 to 730 pm ESt


A More Perfect Reunion:  Race, Integration, and the Future of America
Tuesday, June 30
7:00 PM
RSVP at https://www.crowdcast.io/e/calvinbaker
Free - $3 contribution suggested at registration

Harvard Book Store's virtual event series welcomes writer CALVIN BAKER—author of the acclaimed novels Grace and Dominion—for a discussion of his latest book A More Perfect Reunion: Race, Integration, and the Future of America.

Contribute to Support Harvard Book Store
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 A More Perfect Reunion on harvard.com, you support indie bookselling and the writing community during this difficult time.

About A More Perfect Reunion
Americans have prided ourselves on how far we've come from slavery, lynching, and legal segregation—measuring ourselves by incremental progress instead of by how far we have to go. But fifty years after the last meaningful effort toward civil rights, the US remains overwhelmingly segregated and unjust. Our current solutions—diversity, representation, and desegregation—are not enough.

As acclaimed writer Calvin Baker argues in this bracing, necessary book, we first need to envision a society no longer defined by the structures of race in order to create one. The only meaningful remedy is integration: the full self-determination and participation of all African-Americans, and all other oppressed groups, in every facet of national life. This is the deepest threat to the racial order and the real goal of civil rights.

At once a profound, masterful reading of US history from the colonial era forward and a trenchant critique of the obstacles in our current political and cultural moment, A More Perfect Reunion is also a call to action. As Baker reminds us, we live in a revolutionary democracy. We are one of the best-positioned generations in history to finish that revolution.


Wednesday, July 1

Report Release - Freedom and Accountability: A Transatlantic Framework for Moderating Speech Online
Wednesday, July 1 
11:00AM to 12:00PM EDT
RSVP at https://gmfus.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_U3wDMXhKShWWrpXsPZefWQ

Marietje Schaake, Former Member, European Parliament; International Policy Director,  Stanford Cyber Policy Center; Co-chair, Transatlantic High Level Working Group
David Kaye, UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression; Member, Transatlantic High Level Working Group
Susan Ness, Distinguished Fellow, Annenberg Public Policy Center; Co-chair, Transatlantic High Level Working Group
Karen Kornbluh, Director, GMF Digital

The final report of the Transatlantic High Level Working Group on Content Moderation Online and Freedom of Expression takes on online hate speech, violent extremism, and disinformation, and proposes a flexible, scalable regulatory framework to address these challenges while protecting free speech. Three members of the Working Group will join GMF Digital for a discussion of the report’s findings and recommendations, including how the United States and Europe can work together toward solutions that are rooted in shared democratic values and built upon transparency and accountability.


Bringing Science and Engineering to Safety
Wednesday, July 1
12:00pm to 12:45pm
RSVP at https://mit.zoom.us/j/98882498612 

Dr. Moussa will present a few examples of major safety problems where R&D was performed to solve them and where quantitative analyses were required to fend off industry’s resistance to acknowledge these problems. For example, he forewarned about aircraft fuel tank vulnerability prior to the TWA 800 disaster. This has gained him notoriety in the US and international media. He also will present unique software developed to address very specialized problems that have eluded industry so far such as the detonation of energetic materials that might cookoff during storage and the reactive dispersion in the atmosphere of the species that produced in such accidents.  This will be a multi-media presentation illustrated with slides, computer model outputs and a short video clip.  

Bio:  Dr. N. Albert Moussa initially founded BlazeTech to perform R&D in the areas of fire and explosion. He has focused on combining theory and practice to bridge the gap between industry and academia. He worked on major problems in the chemical, utility and aerospace/defense industries. This broad experience has enabled BlazeTech to expand into energy, space and hypersonic flight. He received his B.S. from Stanford University and his MS and PhD from MIT, all in Mechanical Engineering. He has developed a unique 3-day professional course on aircraft fire hazards, protection and investigation that he has taught annually in the US and overseas. This course has been attended by delegates from industry, government and academia.  He has published widely including one book on flammability. His awards include presenting the joint SAE/AIAA William Littlewood Memorial Lecture, the Engineer of the Year Award from the New England Section of the AIAA in 2000, best paper awards by SAE and ASEI, and various ASME citations. He served as AIAA Distinguished Lecturer, Associate Technical Editor of an ASME Journal and various national committees. 

ZOOM Link:  https://mit.zoom.us/j/98882498612 

Thursday, July 2

Affordable energy for income growth in low-resource settings
Thursday, July 2
11:00 AM - 12:15 PM
RSVP at https://columbiauniversity.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0pcemvqjMsEtNRyBTVMFz1kDCSUYS7Fx3Q

Webinars by Prof. VIjay Modi
While lectures are 1 hour each, we will allow last 15 min for discussions. 
Please register using the link above.

For any difficulties registering/joining email: John at jpeacock at columbia.edu

Friday, July 3

One-on-one with Stuart Scott
Friday, July 3
9am EST [15:00 CEST]
RSVP at https://www.wedonthavetime.org/climate-action-news/one-on-one-with-stuart-scott

Stuart Scott as this week´s guest. He is an American environmentalist, educator and founder of ScientistsWarning. On this episode of Climate Action News 1 on 1 he will talk about how Scientists Warning is pursuing their mission in the time of the pandemic and explain why he is so strongly opposed to growth economics. Visit scientistswarning.org

Climate Action News is our broadcast about action and sustainable solutions. We invite our community, climate advocacy groups, leaders, and businesses to share their knowledge and insights. You can participate actively by commenting live during and after the broadcast. Get instructions or download our app to join the discussion. Welcome!

Hosts and guests
Catarina Rolfsdotter-Jansson, Host, We Don't Have Time
Hosting this global broadcast is Catarina Rolfsdotter-Jansson, an expert moderator, lecturer, and devoted workshop-leader in facilitating sustainable development. Catarina moderates for the EU Commission, the Swedish Government, corporations, local municipalities, and universities. She lectures based on the UN Sustainable Global Development Goals internationally and has TV-skills from her background as a television program host at SVT, Swedish Public Television. She is also content director at A Sustainable Tomorrow.
Stuart Scott, Environmentalist and educator
Stuart Scott is an American environmentalist and educator known for his creativity in communicating the urgency and severity of the impact of the current ‘growth’ economic system on climate, habitability of Earth, and society. Principally known for his visibility at UN-sponsored climate negotiations, where he produces extensive video interviews. His thesis is that modern economies with their unrelenting emphasis on growth, are akin to a cancer with humanity as its host. Stuart Scott is a ‘systems thinker’, with training in a variety of scientific fields, work experience in finance, education and information systems, as well as extensive investigative immersion in Nature and cognitive psychology. Over time, Scott has allied himself with a wide variety of Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), and is credited with coalescing the ‘faith community’ within the UNFCCC climate negotiations. He produces and distributes programs at ScientistsWarning.TV.



Decolonizing Ourselves Co-Learning
Friday, July 3
10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
RSVP at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/96536836889

Please join us for an International Support Team event about how we can learn to decolonize ourselves. Given the vivid reminders this month about how pervasive racism still is in the US, this is important work for us all to do.

Tuesday, July 7

Scaling up low-carbon energy: Economic, geopolitical, and environmental impacts
Tuesday, July 7
10:00 AM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)
RSVP at https://mit.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_a7pU0GVsQE6LeVb323s-Zw

The energy sector is facing unprecedented challenges, with the global Covid-19 pandemic complicating an already challenging transition toward a low-carbon future. One of the key elements in addressing both the current pandemic and climate change is with forward-looking collaborations in technology development and innovation—which have long been a hallmark of MIT’s approach to problem solving.

MIT’s Industrial Liaison Program (ILP) and Energy Initiative (MITEI) are pleased to present a special webinar series with leading researchers and experts in the energy domain sharing their insights on important themes: “Energy Transitions & Economics” (May 6), “Innovations in Critical Low-Carbon Technologies” (May 13), “Grid-Scale Energy Storage” (May 21) and “Scaling up low-carbon energy: Economic, geopolitical, and environmental impacts” (July 7). 

Please join us in these webinars to hear and discuss with the experts so together we will be able to better navigate these difficult times for a successful transition to a sustainable energy future after the current crisis.


Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, Local Voices Network (lvn.org) was hosting conversations across Boston in gathering places such as libraries, community centers, etc. with residents to surface underheard voices and to better understand hopes and concerns, which are then made available to all participants as well as members of the media.

We have recently transitioned our conversations over to Zoom, and have been hosting conversations with people across our chapters (MA, NY, WI, AL) acutely affected by COVID-19 (food pantry and grocery store workers, faith leaders, students/professors, etc.) and some really powerful stories have emerged. 

We are now opening the conversations up to anyone in our communities who wants to come together and share their frustrations, struggles, and hopes surrounding COVID-19 in a 3-5 person (60-75 min) conversation. Each conversation will be recorded, transcribed, indexed using natural language processing (AI) technology, and made available to policy makers and our media partners (such as the Boston Institute of Nonprofit Journalism and WBUR).

I'll be hosting three conversations in the next couple of weeks that I wanted to invite you to join. Please find the links online at lvn.org/boston.
Thanks and take care,

Jess Weaver
Head of Local Voices Network - Boston
Cortico: fostering a healthy public sphere
jess at lvn.org


Living With Heat - Urban Land Institute report on expected climate impact in Boston


Solar bills on Beacon Hill: The Climate Minute Podcast


Envision Cambridge citywide plan


Climate Resilience Workbook


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 at sbnboston.org


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:
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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 at bnid.org if you have any questions!


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/


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 at 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.

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