Climate and Environmental Justice Speaker Series

Second Monday of the month from 6-7 p.m. Zoom
All are welcome!

Monday, January 9, 6:00-7:00
The Ukrainian and European Energy Crisis: A Personal View

What is the outlook for Ukraine and Europe’s energy? Join us to learn about Ukraine’s history and the current situation as the war with Russia rages on. Ukrainian Paul Jablonsky has studied the long-term history of Ukrainian-Russian energy dynamics. He will share his insights and answer questions.

Speaker: Paul Jablonsky, President, Ukrainian American Community Center, Mpls

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Monday, February 13, 6:00-7:00
Stand Alone Battery Energy Storage: its role in the transition to a zero carbon economy and renewable energy.

How are large scale batteries helping to speed the transition to clean energy? Join us to learn about the work of Power Plus, a major standalone battery storage company working to support energy production from wind, solar and other green technologies.

Speaker: Rachel Walker, Plymouth member and Development team member at Plus Power, LLC.

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Monday, March 13, 6:00-7:00
Solar Opportunities for Your Home

Are you interested in shifting to solar energy for your home? Considering adding solar to your roof or possibly subscribing to a solar garden instead? Join us to learn the basics of solar energy, resources to determine if solar is right for your home and find out about financial incentives for installing solar.

Speaker: Diana McKeown, Metro CERTs (Clean Energy Resource Teams) Director

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Intersection Returns

In winter and spring of 2021, Plymouth’s Immigrant Welcoming Working Group (IWWG) and Racial Justice Initiative (RJI) offered Intersection, a multi-media book club that included podcasts, documentaries, and articles as well as books. The goal was to learn about racial justice and immigration issues from a historic and current perspective and explore the junctions.

Intersection will return in 2022 with Plymouth’s Climate and Environmental Justice Team joining IWWG and RJI to offer new materials that explore issues unique to each group as well as those that overlap. Intersection will be offered on the 2nd Monday of each month, January through June, 2022, from 5:00-6:30 over zoom. Sessions will provide opportunities to discuss the prework as well as share learnings/reflections.

Materials include:

  • When They Call You a Terrorist by Patrisse Kahn-Cullors & Asha Bandele – a deeply moving and visceral story about the personal history of one of the founders of Black Lives Matter.
  • Caste by Isabel Wilkerson. The selected chapters serve as an overview of Wilkerson’s concept of caste and how it emerged in America.
  • Silent Sacrifice. A PBS documentary film based on the experience of Japanese Americans before, during and after WWII.
  • Bayou Sutra – Orion Magazine.
  • Immigration Nation. A moving Netflix documentary about immigrants in the U.S.
  • Westminster Town Hall Forum presentation by Jose Antonio Vargas about life in America as an undocumented immigrant.
  • As She Rises. We’ve selected 4 episodes of this podcast which focuses on a specific area of the U.S. that is feeling effects of climate change.
  • Bangladesh: A Climate Trap. Video about Bangladesh climate change refugees who are forced to move to the slums in Dhaka due to environmental degradation.
  • Inequity at the Boiling Point. New York Times article.
  • Rising Seas Will Erase More Cities by 2050. New York Times article.

Please register at the link below. Feel free to contact Nancy Siska with any questions.