Green New Deal Town Hall
Friday, May 10th at 7pm
Doors open at 6:30pm
Free open to all
Wellfleet Public Library
55 W. Main Street
Wellfleet, MA 02667
What is the Green New Deal? Who stands to benefit? What's at stake?
Join us for a panel discussion and community conversation about the specifics of the Green New Deal and the urgency of climate action. We will learn about the economic, ecological, and energy systems that must be revolutionized to address the issues of climate change. Participants are invited to share their thoughts and will leave with tools for climate action.
This event is free and open to all.
This Event is Sponsored By:
The Sunrise Movement
The Massachusetts Climate Action Network
350 Cape Cod
Protect Our Cape Cod Aquifer
Youth Against Plastic Pollution
According to a report by the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in October of 2018, human civilization has 12 years to cut its carbon emissions to keep the planet from reaching global temperatures that would cause complete ecological and social collapse.
In November 2018 the Sunrise Movement, a climate action group of people age 18-30 years old, held a sit-in at the office of Rep. Nancy Pelosi. On Dec. 10th over a thousand young people occupied the halls of Congress and lobbied more than 50 Congressional offices holding sit-ins in offices of Democratic leaders.
Sunrise with the support of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, proposed a Select Committee for the Green New Deal. The Committee was not formed, but in February Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Ed Markey of Massachusetts introduced the resolutions of The Green New Deal.
During the months of April and May the Sunrise Movement will be hosting Green New Deal Town Halls across the country to mobilize the social, political, economic, agricultural, and energetic change needed to combat climate change. The Green New Deal Town Hall at Wellfleet Public Library is part of the Sunrise Movement's nationwide tour.
The Green New Deal is a resolution that calls for a national-scale investment in jobs and infrastructure that will shift the United States from fossil fuels to clean energy while cutting carbon emissions.
About the Speakers:
Madhavi Venkatesan is the executive director of Sustainable Practices.
Madhavi earned a PhD, MA, and BA in Economics from Vanderbilt University, a Masters in Sustainability and Environmental Management from Harvard University, and a Masters In Environmental Law and Policy from Vermont Law School. A recipient of a Fulbright Distinguished Lectureship (Philippines), she has contributed to numerous books and journal articles on the subject of sustainability and economics. Her present academic interests include the integration of sustainability into the economics curriculum. Madhavi is presently a faculty member at a university in Boston.
Prior to re-entering academics, Madhavi held senior level positions in investor relations for three Fortune 250 companies. In this capacity she was a key point of contact for investors and stakeholders and was instrumental in the development of socially responsible investing strategies and corporate social responsibility reporting. She started her financial services career after completing her post-doctoral fellowship at Washington University in St. Louis.
Ben Fairbank grew up in Connecticut and spent summers in North Eastham at his family's summer house. After one summer in college of working for the Cape Cod National Seashore, he realized how passionate he was about Cape Cod's unique landscape and the fulfilling practice of protecting it. In the following years, Ben went on to serve two years for AmeriCorps Cape Cod, earned his Master of Science in Ecological Design from the Conway School of Landscape Design and has been working on his own consulting and ecological design business. Now, Ben collaborates with engineers, conservation planners, and environmental technicians to plan and design natural resource management projects on the Cape and throughout Massachusetts. He resides in Wellfleet and continues working on private consulting in conservation mitigation, environmental planning, and sustainable landscape design. Ben is also a member of Boomerang Bags Cape Cod, a volunteer group working to reduce plastic pollution, and keep textiles out of the landfill, by making reusable bags out of up-cycled fabrics that are distributed for free into the community.
Gordon Starr is a member of the climate action group 350.org as part of the Cape Cod Node and the Barnstable Infrastructure and Energy Committee. He taught in elementary schools on the Cape and retired from that 3 years ago. He now works as a Teacher Naturalist for Audubon in Barnstable and as a Naturalist for the Barnstable Harbor Ecotours.
350 Cape Cod is a local node of 350MA. 350MA is part of a national group started by Bill McKibben from Middlebury College. 350 represents the number of CO2 ppm in our atmosphere that we should have stopped at. Presently we are up to almost 412 ppm. 350 is an initiative connecting and organizing a strong grassroots coalition to address Climate Change and build a better future beyond fossil fuels. On Cape Cod 350 meets monthly. They educate, share initiatives, and advocate for positive changes at the town, county, and state level.
Youth Against Plastic Pollution (YAPP) is a Nauset High School student group working to reduce plastic pollution on Cape Cod. YAPP students create ceramic mugs, which they sell and donate half the proceeds to the Center for Coastal Studies.