SP Community Conversations COURSE SYLLABUS & ACTION IDEAS

Session #1.  Why Sustainability?

AGENDA

Welcome & our introductions

Patricia DeMarco: Why sustainability? Connecting climate, energy and health

(MORE INFORMATION: http://dx.doi.org/doi:10.7930/J00P0WXS

https://s3.amazonaws.com/climatehealth2016/low/ClimateHealth2016_ExecSummary_Standalone_small.pdf)

Screening: Sustainability Pioneers episodes The Journey Begins and  Finding Our Power

Kirsi Jansa: Climate crisis does not need to be a polarizing issue

SP Community Conversation: How is this all for you?

 

ACTION ADVICE – what can I do?

  • Collective Climate Action:  Identify your local, state and federal representatives and find out their position on climate change. Good sources: http://www.lcv.orghttp://www.conservationpa.org
  • Individual climate action: Stop using plastic bags.

LEARN MORE

www.niehs.nih.gov/climatereport

Fourth National Climate Assessment: Climate Science Special Report

Measure your own carbon footprint.  

Don’t Just Sit There – Do Something videos with Joylette Portlock www.communitopia.org

Session #2. The Transition from Fossil Energy to Renewable Energy

AGENDA

Screening: Sustainability Pioneers: From Haze to Sun

Patricia DeMarco: The Transition from Fossil to Renewable Energy

Screening:  Sustainability Pioneers: It Takes a Leader

Kirsi Jansa: Taking a quick & clear look at climate crisis: How is climate change presented by the US mainstream media and perceived by Americans?

SP Community Conversation

If you had to pick three clean energy goals for yourself, what would they be?

What could be on your way of getting to your goals?

How could you overcome those obstacles?

ACTION ADVICE – what can I do?

Collective Climate Action: Talk about climate change. Initiate conversations about climate change and climate solutions with your family, friends, colleagues, random strangers.  

Individual climate action: Reduce your carbon emissions – start by switching  your light bulbs to LED. More information: Climate Generation / What can you do

www.documents.climategen.org/toolkits/Take-Action-Guide.pdf

LEARN MORE

Sign up to Daily Climate Hot News by Climate Nexus – a strategic communications group dedicated to highlighting the impacts of climate change and clean energy solutions in the United States. www.climatenexus.org

Session #3. Federal, state and local jurisdiction over energy – how the system works

AGENDA

Patricia DeMarco: Federal, state and local jurisdiction over energy – how the system works

Screening  & Q&A:  From Paris to New York  and Going Fossil Free

Break

Kirsi Jansa:  The Secret to Talking about Climate Change

SP Community Conversation:  Coming from the place of gratitude – getting ready for Thanksgiving dinner conversations

 

ACTION ADVICE – what can I do?

Collective Climate Action: Talk about climate change. Initiate conversations about climate change and climate solutions with your family, friends, colleagues, random strangers.  

Individual climate action: Reduce your carbon emissions:  Eat less meat, especially beef, and more locally produced vegetarian food.  “Eating all locally grown food for one year could save the GHG equivalent of driving 1,000 miles, while eating a vegetarian meal one day a week could save the equivalent of driving 1,160 miles.”

More information: University of Michigan Center for Sustainable Systems: Carbon footprint fact sheet http://css.umich.edu/factsheets/carbon-footprint-factsheet

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Project Drawdown – a nonprofit organization and coalition of scholars, scientists, entrepreneurs, and advocates from across the globe that is mapping, measuring, modeling, and communicating about a collective array of substantive solutions to global warming, with the goal of reaching drawdown.

www.drawdown.org

Session #4.  Sustainability – Jobs and Communities

AGENDA

Patricia DeMarco: Sustainability – Jobs and Communities

Screening & Q&A: It Takes a Village and Rooftop Transition Break

Kirsi Jansa: NNOCCI way of talking about climate change

SP Community Conversation: What kind of values do we have that are and will be impacted by climate change if we don’t take climate action?

 

ACTION ADVICE – what can I do?

Collective Climate Action: Write a letter to the editor using the four elements of “an emerging core story of climate change”:

1)  reasonable tone

2)  addressing what is at stake

3)  explain what the greenhouse effect is using the carbon blanket metaphor

4)  frame climate change as a problem that can be addressed at a collective level through practical steps by an informed, engaged citizenry and present your chosen solutions.

Individual climate action: Take a child for a walk in the woods. 

 

LEARN MORE

NNOCCI Climate Change Solutions Bank – a collection of solutions to climate change broken into audience levels – family or neighborhood solutions, community or institutional solutions, city solutions and federal solutions. https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1iD0HNwiw93zNX1hRKOZMTqQY57ckE-l-DxQFq6kPHqw/edit#gid=0

City of Pittsburgh Climate Action Plan  3.0 – DRAFT

http://apps.pittsburghpa.gov/redtail/images/606_PCAP_3_0_Draft-_9-26-17.pdf

Session #5.The Way Forward

AGENDA

Patricia DeMarco: The Way Forward – What Do We Stand For?

Screening & Q&A:  Becoming Energy Independent and Home Sweet Home

Kirsi Jansa: Rethinking our climate stories

SP Community Conversation: Imagine moving forward to the future we’d like to see happen. What do see? Where will you focus your energy?

 

ACTION ADVICE – what can I do?

Collective Climate Action: Invite and challenge your elected officials to create a future you’d like to see happen.  More information: https://www.usa.gov/elected-officials

Individual climate action: 

Make Smart Home upgrades. More information: http://getenergysmarter.org/sound-home-plan

Buy renewable energy.  More information: PA PowerSwitch http://www.papowerswitch.com

Celebrate your climate victories with your people.

 

 

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Active Hope by Joanna Macy and Chris Johnstone https://www.activehope.info