Public Forum

On Wednesday, LE's Circular Economy Working Group (CWEG) hosted Matthew Krupp  of  the Sierra Club  and  Brenda Platt  of the  Institute for Local Self-Reliance to kick off the Working Circular Happy Hour series !

Join us for CWEG's next meeting on Project Drawdown !

Date: July 22

Time: 6:30-8:00 PM (EST)

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LE Events

Leaders In Energy (LE) and Waterford Inc's Green Career Momentum Program starts on July 14! This six-session will help you work on your search strategy, conduct practice interviews, improve your overall Green Career Portfolio!

Participants will also have access to the GCM Portal, that offers extra resources!

Date: July 14

Time: 6:00-7:30 PM (EST)

On July 2, lawmakers in the House of Representatives passed the RECLAIM (Revitalizing the Economy of Coal Communities by Leveraging Local Activities and Investing More) Act as part of a $1.5 trillion infrastructure bill called the Moving Forward Act. The bill would fund roads, bridges, water repairs, and renewable energy in coal-reliant communities and favor the expansion of EVs. Despite large bipartisan support, particularly in rural communities, Senate majority leader Mitch McConnel said he would not bring the bill to a vote, calling it "political theater."

According to a new study by the Campaign for Nature, protecting nearly a third of the world's land and oceans would cost around $140 billion. Currently only 15% of land and 7% of oceans are protected. Achieving the 30% goal could increase economic output by as much as $454 billion per year, adding revenue to agriculture and forestry and avoiding losses in climate change, biodiversity loss,and disease. In total, the UN Development Programme says that nature provides "$124 trillion in assets to humanity." Protecting it may not be too expensive after all.
Join the International Climate Action Challenge

Green Team Academy in Colorado is hosting the first annual International Climate Action Challenge with registration open from July 31 to August 31, 2020. The goal of the challenge is to provide individuals and organizations a way to participate in a bold experience to jumpstart or expand their environmental projects. Register to be an Ambassador or Mentor by July 21. Or participate as a challenger , to start a club or project for your workplace, neighborhood, school or faith community! LE is a partner in the Challenge!
From the Blog
By Jess Parker

Jess recaps CEWG's June 24th meeting that was attended by 68 guests! Panelists shared insights from their work inspiring individual action, changes in business strategy, and GHG reporting.
By Mary Chambers

Mary explores the concept of agrovoltaics, installing solar panels over farm or rangeland. The growing industry could greatly increase the economic value of farmland and generate significant amounts of energy.

Jessica unpacks the results of France's second round of municipal elections that occurred on June 28 and saw impressive results for the Greens who performed well in major cities like Paris, Lyon, and Bordeaux.
By The Associated Press in Fargo, North Dakota

A federal judge sided with the Standing Rock Sioux on June 6, ordering Energy Transfer to shut down the pipeline by August to allow for further environmental review. On June 8, the company said in a statement that Judge James E. Boasberg "exceeded his authority" and it is "not shutting down the line." Such pressure from indigenous activists and other environmentalists recently bore fruit in Dominion and Duke Energy's recent decision to cancel construction of the Atlantic Coast pipeline .
By T he United Nations Environmental Programme

A new African Centre of Excellence for sustainable cooling is designed to reduce foo waste and create jobs in Rwanda's agricultural sector. Since 25% of food production in the country is lost post-harvest , the Centre develops cooling strategies to keep food fresh and sustain the more than 73% of Rwanda's workforce that is employed by agriculture. Such innovations abound in East Africa as Kenya and Ethiopia are now testing a bio-control pesticide against the record swarms of locusts that are terrorizing crops.
By Bill Weir

CNN's Chief Climate Correspondent, Bill Weir, talks to activists and residents in Port Arthur, Texas about how the pollution from nearby oil refineries and resulting climate-related storms affect their community. The piece emphasizes the disconnect between government-funded flood protections for oil companies and failures to even upgrade storm drains in these majority-Black communities. This segment comes as activists have criticized oil giants like Chevron for engaging in 'performative solidarity.'
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