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April 25, 2019 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
UAF Schaible Auditorium
In the tradition of celebrating Earth Week around the country, the Northern Center is partnering with a coalition of community and academic organizations to host “A Green New Deal Teach-in: A Framework for Transformation.” Since 1970, communities have gathered during Earth Week to educate themselves on the most pressing environmental issues of the day.
The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) warned the world last fall that we as a global community have only 12 years to act to keep temperatures below a 1.5C increase, beyond which the threat of severe impacts will worsen for hundreds of millions of people. The IPCC states, “The report finds that limiting global warming to 1.5°C would require ‘rapid and far-reaching’ transitions in land, energy, industry, buildings, transport, and cities ( IPCC, 2018) . ”
A ccording to the recently released 4th National Climate Assessment , “Alaska is on the front lines of climate change and is among the fastest warming regions on Earth. It is warming faster than any other state, and it faces a myriad of issues associated with a changing climate.”
The Green New Deal (GND), currently Resolution 109 in the US House of Representatives, is one vision for rapid and transformative action to address the urgent climate crisis while also creating a just transition to a sustainable economy, with goals of creating millions of jobs and generating massive investments in communities and infrastructure.
Next week’s event features a panel of Alaskan thinkers and organizers who will share and discuss information to help us better understand what a Green New Deal could mean for Alaska and for Fairbanks. Speakers will discuss various aspects of the GND: Tristan Glowa of Fairbanks Climate Action Coalition will provide climate change background and an overview of the Green New Deal; artist, activist, and scholar Princess Johnson will discuss social justice and inequality; Bruno Grunau of Cold Climate Housing Research Center, will address the future of renewable energy; and UAF Associate Professor of Political Science Alex Hirsch will discuss the political context of the GND.
The event is next Thursday, April 25, 6:30-8:30, at Schaible Auditorium on the UAF Campus. There will be plenty of time for discussion following the panelists’ presentations. Free and open to the public.
Parking on the UAF Campus is free after 5pm.