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The Intersection of COVID and Climate: What Have We Learned?

June 30, 2020

By Kaitlyn Pohly

 

In a post-quarantine, shelter-in-place, mask-wearing world, what does the fate of our climate look like? Amidst all of this upheaval, it’s hard to remember that just half a year ago sustainability was a rising priority on the public’s agenda; the debate about the climate and its subsequent socioeconomic implications was gaining momentum.

 

Earth Day, April 22, 1970. (AP Photo/Toby Massey)

Although the world’s shared media has been widely focused on the pandemic, it’s crucial that the pressure remain on the topic of climate change. And not only for the future of the planet—investments in sustainable, climate-resilient infrastructure and the transition to a lower-carbon society can significantly increase near-term job creation, a crucial factor in rebuilding our societies following the pandemic. Creating both economic and environmental resilience in a post COVID-19 world is now more essential than ever.

 

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Interview: Reducing Greenhouse Gases from Buildings—Filling the Skills Gap 

June 27, 2020

By Jude Jussim

 


Tom Sahagian knows there’s no time left to dawdle in controlling the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from New York City’s buildings. The problem: There’s a shortage of people with the right skills to do it. Sahagian is not talking about policy wonks. 
“The life of the mind is not what’s going to get us to solving the climate crisis. Pontificating doesn’t do it. You need people who can actually physically do what’s required.”

 

Sahagian, a GreenhomeNYC board member with many years of experience as an energy efficiency consultant, believes that to dramatically decrease building-generated GHGs, the city’s buildings will have to be powered with clean electricity (e.g. wind or solar) rather than fossil fuels.

 

An Electrifying Challenge

“New York City needs to convert a thousand buildings a year for the next 30 years,” he says, “which will take hard work and coordination and commitment—and contractors and workers with the right skills. And right now, we have a shortage of those people.”  

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Film Review: The Story of Plastic

June 17, 2020

By Tamanna Mohapatra

 

This documentary is in the same vein as the other popular “The Story Of…” series that first came to the public’s attention from founder Annie Leonard in 2007.  I remember being very influenced by ‘The Story of Stuff’.”  This movie is no different. The opening scene is a bit jarring yet somehow familiar…islands of dirty plastic with people swarming through it. The folks handling the heaps of plastic seem somewhat resigned  to this fate.

 

What is the Story of  Plastic? Where does it come from? Why is it so ubiquitous? What, if anything, can we do about it? These are some of the questions this documentary explores in some urgent depth. (more…)


Posted by Pam Berns in Blog

Request Your Ballot NOW For the June NY State Presidential Primary Election

May 30, 2020

The New York State Presidential Primary is ON, and a number of important elections will take place in counties around NY State and in districts throughout NYC. You can vote by mail, only if you request an absentee ballot by June 16.

 

YOU MUST SUBMIT AN APPLICATION TO RECEIVE A MAIL-IN BALLOT BY JUNE 16!

 

Registered voters can vote by mail for the June 23rd primary, but must first request an absentee ballot by June 16th.

 

Don’t wait. Continue reading below to see how you can ACT NOW!

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Posted by Pam Berns in Blog

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