A presentation over at Middlesex Community College on how technological barriers are not what is standing in the way of a just, sustainable planet. Here how we can get there with a presentation by Stanford Professor Mark Jacobsen and Jeremy Brecher. Dan Fischer ’12 writes in with the details:
As the strongest typhoon on record kills thousands in the Philippines fossil fuel use continues to alter earth’s climate, producing ever more extreme weather. The extraction of fuel itself is wreaking ever greater havoc, and the ongoing disaster at Fukushima warns the world about the dangers of nuclear power. However, new studies show that there is no technical barrier to transitioning the entire planet to 100% renewable energy within a very short time frame. (meaning energy produced by wind, sun, water, and geothermal sources) Furthermore, this transition would create more jobs than expanding the fossil-fuel system, and it would save money, too.
These facts overturn central myths that are used to undercut and derail the climate justice movement. If we are to succeed in transitioning from a fossil-fuel dependent society these realities must become common knowledge, beginning with the movement itself.
On November 14th Professor Mark Jacobson will present via Skype on his studies showing that a complete transition to 100% renewable energy is feasible by 2030. Jeremy Brecher, of Labor Network for Sustainability and author of Jobs Beyond Coal will join the presentation. A Q&A will follow.
Mark Jacobson is a Senior Fellow at the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment as a professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering. He has co-authored landmark studies which demonstrate the feasibility of transitioning to 100% renewable energy by 2030 in New York State, in the U.S., and Worldwide.
Jeremy Brecher is the author of more than a dozen books on labor and social movements, including Jobs Beyond Coal. He has written and/or produced more than twenty video documentaries. He has participated in numerous labor and social struggles.
Sponsored by SEIU1973/4Cs, 350 CT, Power without Pollution, CT Coalition for Environmental Justice, Capitalism V. the Climate, and The Sanctuary at Shepardfields
Time: 6:30 PM
Place: Chapel Hall, Room 808 A&B, Middlesex Community College, 100 Training Hill Road, Middletown