SP Community Conversations

Session #1.  Why Sustainability?

AGENDA

Welcome & our introductions

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

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

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

 

OPTIONAL HOMEWORK

Measure your own carbon footprint.  

 

DIVE EVEN DEEPER – further Information on climate and health:

An excellent overview of climate change and health interconnections done  in 2016. Crimmins, A., J. Balbus, J. L. Gamble, C.B. Beard, J.E. Bell, D. Dodgen, R.J. Eisen, N. Fann, M. Hawkins, S.C. Herring, L. Jantarasami, D. M. Mills, S. Saha, M. C. Sarofim, J. Trtanj, and L. Ziska, 2016: Executive Summary. The Impacts of Climate Change on Human Health in the United States: A Scientific Assessment. U.S. Global Change Research Program, Washington, DC, 24 pp.  http://dx.doi.org/doi:10.7930/J00P0WXS

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

 

Fourth National Climate Assessment: Climate Science Special Report

www.niehs.nih.gov/climatereport

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

LEARN MORE

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