|Workers in a longwall coal mine in Greene County, now closed.|
We know from the REMI Report that there are a lot more jobs in a renewables-based economy than the fossil economy we have now, but they aren't doing the same things (so retraining will be necessary) and they aren't in the same places (so for instance, governments can offer incentives to locate manufacturing facilities for solar panels, wind turbines, and green building materials in the heart of coal country.
Speakers will include author, scholar, and energy policy expert Patricia DeMarco (who hosts a radio show on this very topic) and labor historian Charles McCollester, author of The Point of Pittsburgh.
Linking the energy transition, environmental justice, climate, and labor we'll also talk briefly about the recent trip out to Standing Rock organized by the healthcare workers' union last week, and the solidarity event taking place next week downtown (Tuesday, starting at 11 -- more details on MarensList, of course). Local Peaceburgher Vikki Hanchin and Dakota elder Johnny Coe will be here to lead the discussion.
And, as always, mark your calendar: the 59th salon on Visualizing Air Quality will take place on December 3rd.
Salons run 3-10 p.m. at Maren's house in Squirrel Hill. Please don't arrive before 3 p.m. We usually aim to start the program sometime around 4, after folks have had a chance to meet, mingle, and tour around an interesting and productive urban permaculture site -- but this time there is no program, so come hang out!. Please email me (at maren dot cooke at gmail dot com) with salon in the Subject line to RSVP (yes or maybe), or click on the link in your EventBrite invitation (if you're not already on my list, please email me to be added!).
|July's salon with Bill Peduto|
Bring food and/or drink to share if you can, along with musical instruments if you play. Check back on MarensList (where you can find information on all sorts of environmental and social justice events) for updates. And if you aren't yet on my list, if you're interested in Sustainability Salons (and our occasional house concert, simply contact me and I'll put you on my email list.
Sustainability Salon is an educational forum; a venue for discussion and debate about important environmental issues; it's a house party with an environmental theme. We usually have featured speakers on various aspects of a topic, interspersed with stimulating conversation, lively debate, delectable potluck food and drink, and music-making through the evening.
Past topics have included environmental justice, the City of Pittsburgh's sustainability initiatives, fossil energy infrastructure, getting money out of politics, community solar power and the Solarize Allegheny program, the Paris climate negotiations (before, during, and after), air quality (again, with news on the autism connection), reuse (of things and substances), neighborhood-scale food systems, other forms of green community revitalization, solar power, climate change, pollution and climate, environmental art, environmental education (Part I & Part II), community mapping projects, environmental journalism, grassroots action, Marcellus shale development and community rights, green building, air quality, health care, more solar power, trees and park stewardship, alternative energy and climate policy, regional watershed issues, fantastic film screenings and discussions (often led by filmmakers) over the winter with Rachel Carson and the Power Of One Voice, Triple Divide on fracking, You've Been Trumped and A Dangerous Game, A Fierce Green Fire, Sustainability Pioneers, films on consumption, Living Downstream, Bidder 70, YERT, Gas Rush Stories, and food, food, food, food, food, food, food, food, and more food (a recurrent theme; with California running out of water, we'd better gear up to produce a lot more of our own!).
Quite a few people have asked me what sorts of food to bring -- and my answer, as always, is whatever inspires you; I believe in the "luck" part of potlucks. Tasty noshings for the afternoon, hearty main dishes or scrumptious salads and sides for dinner, baked goods from biscuits and breads to brownies or baklava -- and/or beverages of any kind: wine, beer, hard or sweet cider (the latter we can mull if you like), juice, tea, whatever. The more the merrier! Local fare is always particularly welcome, whether homegrown or boughten. Dishes containing meat or dairy are fine, though if it isn't really obvious please make a note of it.