Public Forum

LE's Circular Economy Working Group is starting a new happy hour series!

First edition: Composting at Work and Home

This is the first event in our Working Circular Happy Hour series, which is designed to leave you with tangible tools to implement circular economy practices. We'll be joined by Matthew Krupp of the Sierra Club and Brenda Platt of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance .

Date: July 8

Time: 6:30-7:30 pm

Green Jobs

Residential Solar Program Manager , Montgomery County Green Bank

Project Manager , Synagro

Credentialing Development Specialist , US Green Building Council

Technical Editing Project Manager , Green Powered Technology

Environmental Protection Specialist , Federal Aviation Administration
LE Events

Leaders In Energy and Waterford Inc are offering a 6-session Green Career Momentum (GCM) Program, that will guide you in developing your Green Career Portfolio! GCM participants also receive three coaching sessions as part of the program. The series runs from July 14th - September 22nd.

"Plug Into Your Green Career," a free information session about the GCM Program.

Date: June 30

Time: 6-7 PM (EDT)

June 29 is International Day of the Tropics!

According to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, the Tropics "account for 40 per cent of the world’s total surface area and are host to approximately 80 per cent of the world’s biodiversity and much of its language and cultural diversity." By 2050, the Tropics will host the majority of the world's people. Although the Tropics hold more than half of the world's renewable water resources, almost half of those living in the region are vulnerable to water stress.

Follow the movement on Twitter at #WeAreTheTropics
'Climate Change Is Racial Injustice'

In a 12-minute podcast that is one of this year's grand-prize winners in the NPR Student Podcast Challenge, Brooklyn high school students including Jamar Thompson, Jaheim Birch-Gentles, and Brianna Johnson discussed the lack of diversity at the climate march they attended and the EPA's report that found that people of color are much more likely to live near polluters and breathe polluted air. The hosts also shared their personal experiences fleeing Hurricanes Katrina, Sandy, and Dorian and questioned the motivations of politicians and corporations for failing to act on the climate crisis.

Other Events

CWEEL Webinar Series - Working in a COVID-19 World has its final webinar this Tuesday! The event features:

Laurie Wiegand-Jackson

Deborah Lenny ( Direct Energy Business)

Cara Olmsted

"Webinar Four: Working in a COVID-19 World"

Date: June 30

Time: 2-2:30 PM (EST)

From the Blog

Matthew recaps Citizens' Climate Lobby's most recent conference that took place virtually on June 13th. Featuring climate leaders from around the country, the conference covered topics such as "Why Diversity Matters for Climate Advocacy" and "Inclusive Climate Outreach in the American South" in addition to breaking down the details of the group's signature bill: The Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act.

Eoin unpacks the International Energy Administration's recent Sustainable Recovery Plan that warns policy makers that the decisions made in the next sixth months will determine weather or not climate goals, often decades away, will be met. Eoin asserts that we must not neglect the opportunity presented by coronavirus shutdown and rebuild a more sustainable and regenerative economy to tackle the climate crisis.

Donner , a researcher at the University of British Columbia, unpacks the West's portrayal of 'climate victims' as helpless Black and brown people in the tropics. He traces such thinking back to Greek philosophers reasoning that the Greeks were more advanced than other societies because they lived in a 'middle climate.' Such logic persists as warnings of climate-caused migrations and instability focus almost exclusively on the global south, despite current events. A necessary read ahead of International Day of the Tropics.

Volcovici explains DC attorney general Karl A. Racine's June 25th decision to file a lawsuit against Exxon, BP, Chevron, and Royal Dutch Shell for “systematically and intentionally misleading” consumers about the role their products play in causing climate change. Such an action follows a lawsuit brought by Minnestoa AG Keith Ellison earlier this week against the American Petroleum Institute, Exxon Mobil and Koch Industries for violating state laws barring consumer fraud, deceptive trade practices and false advertising.
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