Degrowth Is Coming

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.

 
 
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3 Upcoming Free Climate Strategy webinars!

How Can We Realize the Paris Climate Protection Targets in the Trump Era? 
Climate Insurgency. Public Trust. Just Transition.   Deepen the effectiveness of our groups and movements with ideas, experience and organizing strategy featured in the new book, Against Doom: A Climate Insurgency Manual presented by the author and Labor Network for Sustainability co-founder, Jeremy Brecher.  With guest presenters:  Julia Olsen, Executive Director, Chief Legal Counsel, Our Children’s Trust & Richard Lipsit, President, Western New York Area Labor Federation, AFL-CI

1) Climate Insurgency: Monday June 265:30-6:30pm Pacific/8:30-9:30 Eastern 

An intro to Climate Insurgency strategy, weaving together many strands of climate organizing–mass nonviolent direct action, freezing fossil fuel infrastructure, public trust, and just transition–into a global strategic framework.

2) Public Trust: Wednesday July 55:30-6:30pm Pacific/ 8:30-9:30 Eastern 

How can we “flip the script” in our nonviolent direct actions, making it clear that the fossil fuel industry and the government that does their bidding are unlawful, and that we are upholding the constitution and the public trust? Use of the Public Trust Doctrine for climate protection has been pioneered by young people represented by Our Children’s Trust. With Julia Olsen, Executive Director, Chief Legal Counsel, Our Children’s Trust

3) Just Transition: Monday July 105:30-6:30pm Pacific/ 8:30-9:30 Eastern 

How can we organize to avoid letting our opponents pit jobs, workers, and unions against climate, water and community protection? How can we build “just transition” that includes a better future for workers who produce and use fossil fuels, construction workers who build fossil fuel infrastructure, and communities that depend on them? With Richard Lipsit, President. Western New York Area Labor Federation, AFL-CIO

Live in the NYC area? you should attend this event!

From a SustianRT email post:
Most of us think about climate change. We may even have a nagging worry about it in the back of our mind. But how often do we actually verbalize our feelings about it in a meaningful way with other human beings?
Due to the sheer scope and seemingly impossible global challenges climate change poses, most of us would rather pretend it doesn’t exist, let alone have a meaningful conversation about it. But climate change is a reality our generation and the next will live with, whether we want to or not.
 
As hubs of our communities, libraries and library workers are in the unique position of being able to act as advocates to help our patrons with the process of acknowledging and accepting the very real effects of climate change, and aid them in developing the skills necessary to live and cope with the current and future realities of a climate change(d) world.
In this workshop, Madeleine Charney (UMass, Amherst Library) and Jodi Shaw (Brooklyn Public Library) will lay out a simple framework library workers can use to get people to start people talking about a topic that most of us would rather not think about.
This workshop takes place at METRO in NYC and is open to all LIS students and library workers.
Mon, April 24, 201710:00 AM – 3:00 PM EDT

If you missed the climate change webinar yesterday….

webinar Beyond DoomIf you missed the webinar yesterday – Beyond Doom and Gloom:  Include Solutions to Climate Change  by the Higher Education Associations Sustainability Consortium (HEASC) it was wonderful, but it was recorded and please watch it when you have time.

Description  – Are you or your students worried about climate change impacts? Are you connecting your students to ways to be involved in solutions? This webinar focuses on expert materials to engage students in current and future policy solutions that can be used in any course and in any discipline. Watch this webinar to see how you can be part of reducing doom and gloom and share opportunities for progress.

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FREE webinar: Beyond Doom and Gloom – Include Solutions to Climate Change

Mainly academic focused but could be useful to any educator!


webinar Beyond DoomBeyond Doom and Gloom: Include Solutions to Climate Change
Wed, Mar 1, 2017 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM EST

Registration link:
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2860146782187308801

 

Are you or your students worried about climate change impacts and not sure how to help create significant improvements? Are you connecting your students to ways to be involved in solutions? This webinar focuses on expert curricular materials to engage students in current and future solutions that can be used in any course and in any discipline. Join us to see how you can be part of reducing doom and gloom and share opportunities for progress.

Brought to you by DANS (Disciplinary Associations Network for Sustainability) and HEASC (Higher Education Associations’ Sustainability Consortium).

Climate Voices: Webinar on Future of Global Climate Policy TOMORROW

Climate Voices is hosting this webinar:
February 4, 2015, 12:00–1:00 p.m. EST (more events here)

Dr. Rachel Cleetus, the lead climate economist at the Union of Concerned Scientists will lead this webinar, focused on where the world left off in the recent global climate talks in Lima, Peru. She will offer viewpoints on the United States climate and energy policy landscape, opportunities and challenges ahead, and rethinking how we cope with the growing risks and costs of climate change. Dr. Cleetus will speak about policy in the United States at the regional, state, and national levels, including EPA standards, carbon pricing, clean energy policies, and policies that help build resilience to the impacts of climate change, and how we can prepare for the upcoming climate talks in Paris.

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3981449614551465730/

 

More about Climate Voices…

Their goal to engage in non-partisan conversations about the research findings of the majority of climate scientists to citizens across the United States and Puerto Rico. By connecting with neighbors and community organizations they aim to  initiate discussions about the local effects of a changing climate and possible ways to address impacts. They have a great MAP to help you find a local speaker. Be sure to check their RESOURCES tab for some useful talking points, reports, guides, videos and more!

NCSE’s 14th national conference this month

climateThough it might be last minute to consider, the NCSE’s 14th national conference on climate solutions will take place in DC January 28-30, 2014. This conference will bring together over 1,200  individuals from  fields of sciences and engineering, government and policy, business and civil society.  The conference will be organized around two areas: [1] The Built Environment; and, [2] Agriculture and Natural Resource. Interested? Check out the program listing, and the registration rates.  With the recent release of the International Governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report this fall – that affirmed “with even greater certainty that climate change is occurring and poses significant challenges to humanity”  – this conference will host many of the research authors from this report.