upcoming local events re: climate action

March 17th list of upcoming local events re: climate action, culled from these area groups: 

350 Philadelphia, 5th Square, Alliance for a Just Philadelphia, Ambler EAC, Better Path Coalition, Camp White Pine, Centennial Parkside CDC, Civic Direct, Clean Air Council, Conservation Voters of PA, Defend Our Future Pennsylvania, Del-Chesco United for Public Safety, Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission, Earthworks, Eastern Panhandle Protectors, Extinction Rebellion Philadelphia, Free Library of Philadelphia, Indigenous Solidarity Rebellion, Lancaster Against Pipelines, Lebanon Pipeline Awareness, Marcellus Outreach Butler, Middletown Coalition for Community Safety, MLK D.A.R.E. Coalition, Moms Clean Air Force, PennEnvironment, PennFuture, Philadelphia Physicians for Social Responsibility, Philadelphia Public Bank Coalition, Reclaim Philadelphia, Senator Andy Dinniman, Temple University’s Center for Sustainable Communities, The Alliance for a Just Philadelphia, The Kleinman Center for Energy Policy, Trash Academy, UPenn, Uwchlan Safety Coalition, Wagner Free Institute of Science, West Whiteland Residents for Pipeline Safety

TODAY Sun Mar 17 @ 4  5 / Cimate Conversations w Eugene Chislenko

private home, E Gorgas Ln, Philadelphia, PA

1st of many; contact Eugene at chislenko@temple.edu of interest.

Organizers: 350 Philadelphia

Mon Mar 18 @ 5:30 – 6:30 / 5th Square Transit Committee – March Meeting

1900 Market St, Philadelphia PA 

Mon Mar 18 @ 6 – 8p / Green Economy Chat n Chew 10: Energy Democracy + Community Solar

First African Presbyterian Church, 4159 W Girard Ave, Philadelphia PA

Hosted by Centennial Parkside CDC, with discussions led by Solar States, Serenity Soular, Solar United Neighbors, and Solarize Philly 


Greenfield Elementary School, 2200 Chestnut St Philadelphia, PA

22nd Street is one of the most popular bike routes in Philadelphia. Over the last few years, it has suffered from potholes, faded paint, and trucks loading in the bicycle lane. As part of the resurfacing planned this summer, OTIS is proposing safety improvements like adding protective posts and moving the bike lane to the left side to minimize the risk of crashes from vehicles making right turns into bicyclists. Unfortunately, the project is likely to generate a great deal of NIMBY opposition, like we saw when other improvements that were proposed back in July 2017 for the Lombard/27th/South St bike lane project. We need to make sure that Vision Zero supporters plan on attending this informational meeting to make their voices heard, and to make sure opponents aren’t allowed to hold up this critical piece of infrastructure. 

More at: https://www.facebook.com/events/2416950915227312

Mon Mar 18 @ 6:30 – 7:45p / Recycling Realities – course 3 of 6

3501 Midvale Ave, Philadelphia PA

Recycling and sustainable utilization of technology metals – Within a few decades, the number of metals used has increased from approximately 10 to 40. Most of these “new” metals are necessary for optimal performance of high-technology products that have become an essential part of our society. Yet, many of these metals are “one and done,” discarded after use, with recycling rates <1 %. We will review the current issues associated with metal sustainability related to these new specialty metals.

Wagner Free Institute of Science 

Tue Mar 19 all day / Energy Reduction Challenge @ UPenn

Tue Mar 19 @ 10 – 11 / SOS rally – Mariner East 2

Harrisburg PA

Citizens Unite! SOS rally is a grassroots citizens rally organized by and for the people! This is a community event organized by many residents impacted by  Sunoco’s Mariner East pipeline. We’re demanding relief from clear and present danger posed by Sunoco’s Mariner East project from the Marcellus Shale to Marcus Hook. 

Pennsylvania’s governor, legislators, and state agencies must demonstrate that the public’s health, safety, and welfare take precedence over Sunoco’s profits. We call on Pennsylvania’s government officials to serve and protect our lives and property by permanently halting the construction and operations of all Mariner East Pipelines. More at: https://www.facebook.com/events/783096618717926/ 

Organizers: Civic Direct Earthworks Conservation Voters of PA Senator Andy Dinniman Del-Chesco United for Public Safety Marcellus Outreach Butler Lancaster Against Pipelines 350 Philadelphia Better Path Coalition Uwchlan Safety Coalition Lebanon Pipeline Awareness Eastern Panhandle Protectors Middletown Coalition for Community Safety West Whiteland Residents for Pipeline Safety Camp White Pine

Tue Mar 19 @ 7 – 9p / Ambler Borough Council discuss Ready for 100 resolution

Borough Hall, 131 Rosemary Ave, Ambler PA

The agenda reads “A recommendation is requested to adopt Resolution 2019-03 for participation in the Ready For 100 renewable energy initiative.” Please come out to support this significant step in making Amber even more sustainable. 

Wed Mar 20 @ 6 – 8p / Our Health & Our Grid: A discussion on the Impacts of Climate Change

Temple University GIS Studio, Gladfelter Hall, 1st Floor, 1115 Polett Walk, Philadelphia, PA

  • Mollie Michel, PA Field Consultant, Moms Clean Air Force
  • Rob Altenburg: Energy Center Director, PennFuture
  • Dr. Julie Becker: Associate Professor, Director of Public Health, University of the Sciences and Representative, Philadelphia Physicians for Social Responsibility
  • Naida Elena Burgos, MA: Community Engagement Specialist
  • Dr. Kevin Henry: Associate Professor, Temple University

Organizers: PennEnvironment, PennFuture, Clean Air Council, Temple University’s Center for Sustainable Communities

Thu Mar 21 @ 11 – 3  / Public Bank training & lobby day

Arch Street United Methodist Church, 55 N. Broad Street, Philadelphia

How will we fund the transition to clean energy? A public bank is one answer. Learn about it, then lobby at City Hall for a public bank. More at: https://www.facebook.com/events/301987247165897/ 

Organizers: Philadelphia Public Bank Coalition, Alliance for a Just Philadelphia,  Reclaim Philadelphia 

Thu Mar 21 @ 12 – 1:30 / lecture – Evolving Perspectives on Energy Storage

The Energy Forum at the Kleinman Center Room 414, Fisher Fine Arts Building, 220 S 34th St, Philadelphia, PA

The U.S. energy storage sector has seen a major expansion in recent years. By the end of 2018, there were 33 GW of storage projects in the pipeline. FERC Order 841 and State initiatives have accelerated this deployment which has been focused on projects co-locating renewable energy and storage and large-scale storage. But the expansion of competition may drive challenges. This panel of experts will review the state of the energy storage sector, as well as the outlook for the coming years. 

Hosted by The Kleinman Center for Energy Policy 

Thu Mar 21 @ 6 – 8p / Art For Social Change

The Rad Dish Co-op Cafe, 1301 Cecil B. Moore Ave, Philadelphia, PA 

Hosted by Defend Our Future Pennsylvania

Thu Mar 21 @ 7 – 8:30p / The Future of Transportation: Perspectives from Industry Leaders

4th Floor Skyline Room, Parkway Central Library, 1901 Vine Street, Philadelphia, PA

Organizers: Free Library Division of Cultural and Civic Engagement, Free Library of Philadelphia, Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission. 

More at: https://www.facebook.com/events/1983626878610455/

Sat Mar 23 @ 9:30 – 12:30 / info session – Trash Academy @ Block Captain Rally

PA Convention Center, 12th & Arch, Philadelphia PA

What’s trash got to do with the climate crisis? Most of our trash gets incinerated, which means it ends up back in our air and water. So we need to “produce” less of it. Learn with the Trash Academy, a program of Mural Arts Philadelphia 

Can’t make it? Please join us to ban single-use plastic bags (& encourage reusable bags) in Philadelphia, by signing our petition at litterfreephilly.wordpress.com 

If you can help collect petitions, please come to this event with a smart phone or tablet for online petition gathering. Contact: trashacademy@muralarts.org

Sun Mar 24 3 – 5p / The People’s Forum

Congregation Rodeph Shalom, 615 N Broad St, Philadelphia, PA

Join us for a non-partisan City Council Candidate Forum! Candidates will clarify their positions on issues of racial, social, and economic justice, and we will hold them accountable. At the event we will be lifting up the People’s Platform for a Just Philadelphia. The People’s Platform represents a grassroots vision for investing in the services and public institutions all Philadelphians need while divesting from the broken systems that hurt us all. Some climate-specific asks are: 

  • Invest in waste reduction
  • Commit to the goals of a Green New Deal Commit to a healthy fossil-free energy system 
  • Invest & Purchase in Good Food Communities:
  • Make transportation more equitable, affordable and safe
  • Make our homes and public spaces resilient

We will ask candidates if they will sign-on. This event is hosted by the MLK D.A.R.E. Coalition and The Alliance for a Just Philadelphia. We represent 38 organizations across the city. Our members encompass community organizations, faith-based organizations, and labor organizations that are leading on and winning campaigns that benefit all Philadelphians. 

Hosting organizations: Alliance for a Just Philadelphia, MLK DARE Coalition, 215 People’s Alliance, ACT UP Philadelphia, Disabled in Action of Pennsylvania, Inc., A.F.S.C.M.E. District Council 47, A.F.S.C.M.E. 1199c, Amistad Law Project, Asian Americans United, Black Clergy of Philadelphia and Vicinity, Black Lives Matter Philly, Coalition to Abolish Death By Incarceration – CADBI, Caucus of Working Educators, Juntos, LittleSis, Media Mobilizing Project, Philly Neighborhood Networks, New Sanctuary Movement of Philadelphia – Nuevo Movimiento Santuario, One Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania Domestic Workers Alliance, Pennsylvania Student Power Network, Pennsylvania Association of Staff Nurses & Allied Professionals, Philadelphia Community Bail Fund, Philadelphia Federation of Teachers, Philadelphia Student Union, Philly Thrive, Philly.SUN, POWER, Project SAFE, Reclaim Philadelphia, Philly Red Umbrella Alliance, 32BJ SEIU Pennsylvania, SEIU Healthcare Pennsylvania, Soil Generation, SOL Collective, Stadium Stompers, Unite Here Philadelphia, VietLead, Women’s Community Revitalization Project, Pennsylvania Working Families, The Youth Art & Self-empowerment Project

Mon Mar 25 @ 8a – 2p / Extinction Rebellion Philly Kickoff

Hosted by Extinction Rebellion Philadelphia and Indigenous Solidarity Rebellion