In this American Libraries magazine column, Edgardo Civallero describes the concept of “degrowth” (defined as: equitable down-scaling of production and consumption) and how libraries can contribute to this logical response to climate change – both in modeling degrowth and in supporting the community through this change.
Civallero is active in the IFLA Indigenous Matters section and in The Progressive Librarians Guild.
Thanks Ayoola White for an excellent LIS student blog post “Information for Our Survival: LIS and Climate Change.” A MUST READ for everyone, here is a quote I liked:
“These are grim times indeed, but I for one would like to highlight what we can do, not just what we cannot do or what our obstacles are. As hackneyed as this sounds, this is the only planet we have. Those of us who consider climate change a threat and want to do something about it are in the majority. Furthermore, scientists and politicians are not the only people who have influence in this area. We as information professionals have important contributions to make. I believe that we can make those contributions using the same creativity we use to address the other community issues that we address so expertly.”
Also appreciated her reply in the comments section, including her TuTu quote 🙂
WEBINAR: AUGUST 24, 11am central time
Cost: Free for AALL members; Non-AALL Members – $60
site registration is available $125 for members, $150 non-members
Description: Law librarians have an opportunity to become organizational leaders in sustainability and justice. There is an opportunity to catalyze action to improve communities. Using AALL’s recent sustainability resolution as a guide, librarians will learn how to be change agents by increasing organizational management’s commitment to sustainability, health and wellness. Participants will learn effective strategies to integrate sustainability into an organization and how to leverage their research, communication, and project planning skills to facilitate an action plan. Hear from a sustainability expert and successful sustainability achievements within a law firm.
- strategies and techniques to increase organizational commitment to sustainability actions
- best practices for instituting sustainability initiatives
- how to apply key principles of planning and action and build a sustainability template
SPEAKER: Deby Stabler
Project Azul VerdeDeby is a management consultant with over 10 years of experience specializing in sustainability analysis, reporting, and strategy. Deby started her company, Project Azul Verde, to deliver sustainability consulting to clients of all needs, sizes, and funding levels by bringing efficient and accessible sustainability solutions to nonprofits, small business, public and private organizations. Her professional experience includes eco-certification development, carbon footprint/GHG accounting, GRI materiality assessments, CSR reporting, Environmental Management Systems, and sustainability strategy for Fortune 500, tourism, retail, municipal and nonprofit organizations.
MODERATOR/SPEAKER: David Selden , Library Director, National Indian Law Library/Native American Rights Fund
David is the National Indian Law Library/Native American Rights Fund Library Director and chair of AALL SR-SIS Committee on Environmental Sustainability. David has been a presenter at AALL and SLA annual meetings. He recently presented on sustainability for the American Library Association. David is also chair of his non-profit law firm’s Green Office Committee and has been successful in launching and leading sustainability initiatives at his firm. David was able to initiate a commitment to sustainability at the Native American Rights Fund/National Indian Law Library.
The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) is looking for mentors to serve for one year. If your institution is an AASHE member, please consider applying to be either a mentor or mentee. Let’s get a pool of librarians (and library school students! ) in this program. Mentors provide mentees with general guidance and support, and, if desired, advice in implementing a specific project. Mentors and mentees connect approximately once a month over the course of a year through virtual meetings, phone calls or in-person at our annual conference & expo. At the conclusion of the one-year term, mentees are expected to share a case study or other materials resulting from the project through the Campus Sustainability Hub. More info on the program can be found here: http://bit.ly/2ujL2MK
Creating a hub for resilient and sustainable community culture is a short column in American Libraries, providing advice for how and why public libraries can be and should be a place for resource, support and opportunities for their communities including examples such as seed libraries, co-working spaces in libraries, and community commons.