upcoming local events re: climate action

November 11 2018 list of upcoming local events re: climate action, culled from many area groups. 

Mon Nov 12 @ 6p / Geophysical investigations of the Antarctic Ice Sheet Stability

National Mechanics, 2701, 22 S 3rd St, Philadelphia, PA

Organizers: Science on Tap – Philadelphia and Wagner Free Institute of Science

Tue Nov 13 @ 10a / 5th (& final) appeal hearing to stop SEPTA’s polluting gas-fired power plant

18th floor, 1515 Arch St, Philadelphia, PA

350 Philly returns with Neighbors Against the Gas Plants & the Center for Returning Citizens to continue challenging the air permit for SEPTA’s gas power plant. The appeal process began in the spring, and we’ve packed the room at 4 hearings already. Help fill the room again to show that opposition to the plant is strong!

Tue Nov 13 @ 10a / public meeting of the Philadelphia Gas Commission

18th Floor, 1515 Arch St, Philadelphia PA 

Same location as the hearing about SEPTA’s gas plan. Discussion will be about a public-private partnership with PGW for an LNG facility to build up large-scale demand for fracked gas. We know we don’t need investment in more fossil fuel infrastructure; come say so! 

Want to know more about this? Read up here: The Passyunk Energy Center?! Just Say No!

Tue Nov 13 @ 10a / meeting – DVRPC’s Regional Tech Committee

DVRPC, 190 N Independence Mall W, Philadelphia, PA

Of note is item 5h: h. PA19-11: SEPTA Bus Purchase Program (MPMS# 90512), SEPTA – Increase Funding

Tue Nov 13 @ 1 / webinar – Connecting the Dots Between Climate Change & Extreme Weather

2018 has been an active year for wildfires, hurricanes, severe storms, and other costly extreme weather events in the United States. This webinar will explain the role of climate change in exacerbating extreme weather. The webinar will focus on observations of current climate change indicators, the economic impacts of recent extreme weather events, and new scientific methods for understanding the role that climate change has in intensifying extreme weather.

Speakers from NOAA (National Centers for Environmental Info) & Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

Tue Nov 13 @ 5 / discussion – 10 minute communities

Industrious Philadelphia, 230 South Broad Street, 17th Floor, Philadelphia, PA

What’s walkable or bikeable from your home? Do you have access to your daily needs within just 10 minutes?

5th Square Political Action Committee and the South Philly Food Co-op join in conversation around the benefits to the health, accessibility, and vibrancy brought to cities and individuals when we have basic amenities within a 10-minute walk or bike from our homes. This moderated panel discussion will include time for questions, and an opportunity to learn how 5th Sq and the Co-op are working to improve equity, access, and sustainability for Philadelphia residents. 

Moderator: Christine Knapp, Director, Office of Sustainability, City of Philadelphia

  • Jamie Gauthier Executive Director of Fairmount Park Conservancy
  • Jana Hirsch, MES, PhD Assistant Research Professor, Dornsife School of Public Health, Drexel University
  • Steve Jackson, MPH, Founder & CEO of Jackson-Cor LLC
  • Andrew Svekla, Associate Manager, Smart Growth at Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission
  • Andrew Zitcer, Director of the Urban Strategy graduate program at Drexel University

Organizers: 5th Square, South Philly Food Co-op 

Tue Nov 13 @ 7p / book discussion – Elizabeth Kolbert’s Sixth Extinction

Bob Jobin will lead the discussion in Center City Philadelphia, exact location still TBD. Please contact Bob / jrjobin@gmail.com. 

And, if you are still working your way through the book – here are a couple of YouTube readings / speeches by Kolbert:

Organizers: Philly Climate Change Book Club 

Wed Nov 14 @ 8:30 – 11a / Investigate PECO

First Unitarian Church of Philadelphia, 2125 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA

Our electric company PECO sends more than $1 million a day to its parent company in Chicago. But PECO has made little investment to spur green jobs and renewable energy in its service area. 

Meanwhile, Philadelphia – the poorest big city in the U.S. – continues to suffer from pollution and economic injustice. Communities of color and poor neighborhoods face the worst consequences of poor air quality and lack of jobs. Committing to just 20% solar by 2025 would be a huge step in the right direction. But instead, PECO continues to reinvest in dirty energy – with devastating consequences.

Why is our utility serving shareholders and corporate executives, but not making the world safer for its customers? This demands investigation.

Organizers: EQAT, POWER, First Unitarian Church of Philadelphia 

Wed Nov 14 @ 1 / Council hearing – support 70MW solar agreement for municipal electricity

Room 400, Philadelphia City Hall, 1400 John F Kennedy Blvd, Philadelphia, PA

The City of Philadelphia would like to sign a PPA (power purchase agreement) for 70 MW of solar in central PA. The electricity from this solar farm would power about 22% of our current municipal electricity needs, and matches the current price paid for electricity from fossil fuels. It will be a 20 year commitment. The City of Philadelphia won’t own or maintain the system. 

This will be the largest solar project in our state, with many other municipalities and agencies seeing how this pans out, including SEPTA and Temple University, so we need to make a big deal about this. The contract is to be extensible, meaning it could be added onto for additional capacity. 

From many bids, the selected developer is Community Energy, based locally in Radnor, Montgomery County, experienced at building solar farms, even pollinator friendly solar farms, across the country. 

The authorizing bill for this is Philadelphia City Council bill number 180965 with 4 co-sponsors: Council-members Brown, Green, Bass, Johnson. See related media announcements about this: 

This hearing is organized by the Committee on Transportation & Public Utilities, which consists of these additional City Council members: Squilla, Oh, Taubenberger, Domb, Parker, Jones. Even if you can’t make it to the hearing, please let each of them know that we support this!

Thu Nov 15 @ 9 – 3 / meeting – Finding PA’s Solar Future 

online and at Messiah College, Hostetter Chapel 2835 Chapel Drive, Mechanicsburg, PA

Organizers: PA-DEP, PennFuture 

Thu Nov 15 @ 12 / Climate Change & Public Health: The Hidden Threat

Amado Recital Hall at Irvine Auditorium 3401 Spruce St Philadelphia, PA

How is climate changing affecting us today and how will it impact our future? This talk will focus on the wide-range of public health threats posed by climate change, including the rapid spread of vector-borne diseases, the threat to human life from ‘wet bulb temperatures’, increased exposure to water-borne diseases and toxins, and added stress to mental health. Ms. Hill will offer policy perspectives on what should be done to address the growing threats both internationally and nationally, as well as describe promising practices and solutions to the most immediate challenges.

Organizers: Penn Center for Public Health Initiatives

Thu Nov 15 @ 5:15 – 8 / Post-Election Forum: The State of Pennsylvania’s Environment

University of the Arts, Caplan Studio Theater for the Performing Arts, 211 S. Broad St. 17th Floor Philadelphia, PA

What happened during the 2018 elections nationally and in PA? How will it impact environmental policymaking and what should we expect in the coming years?

The last two years have ushered in historic attacks on environmental laws. For many voters across the state, the political threats against our basic rights to clean air, pure water, stable climate, and the preservation of natural lands, have become a clarion call for changes in the capitol buildings in Harrisburg and Washington, D.C. For many of the folks running for office, challenging the threats against the environment are about defending our families, our children, and the health and safety of our communities. 

The first portion of the program will be moderated by Susan Phillips, of  StateImpact / WHYY

John Micek, Opinion Editor for The Patriot News and PennLive in Harrisburg will lead a second panel discussion, “What do the 2018 Elections Mean for Pennsylvania’s Environment?” including:

  • Rep. Carolyn Comitta (PA 161st District, D-Chester)
  • Rep.-Elect Malcolm Kenyatta (PA 181st District, D-Philadelphia)
  • Rep.-Elect Danielle Friel Otten (PA 155th District, D-Chester)
  • Rep.-Elect Elizabeth Fiedler (PA 184th District, D-Philadelphia

Organizers: Penn Future, Conservation Voters of PA 

Thu Nov 15 @ 6:30 – 8p / Ready for 100 Montco – Monthly Volunteer & Planning Meeting

conference room at Whole Foods, 500 W Germantown Pike, Plymouth Meeting, PA

Learn how other townships are planning their transition to 100% renewable energy. 

Organizers: Ready for 100 Montco

Fri Nov 16 @ 4 / radio – Planet Philadelphia 

Tune in to gtownradio.com or WGGT-LP 92.9 FM to hear interviews with … 

  • Roger Clark, Esq., Director of the Clean Energy Fund of the Reinvestment Fund, will talk about the Fund’s work to lend to commercial buildings over the last 25 years.  The Fund gives loans for clean and for sustainable energy.  We also will provide information for potential residential loans.
  • Election results aftermath: We will discuss environmental issues that were on the ballot, the outcome for candidates with various environmental positions, policy and political work for the environment in light of the results, and the likelihood of changes in environmental policy based on these factors.

Sat Nov 17 / Citywide tree planting

Over 950 trees being planted in our region. The increasing shade, flood management and air purification that these trees will provide over time is critical to Philadelphia neighborhoods as the city continues to get warmer and wetter with a changing climate. According to climate scientists, Philadelphia is projected to experience as many as three additional weeks of days over 90° by the 2020s. 

Join a team near you. Of note are: 

  • Sat 11/7 8-12 / 5th tree planting by Germantown IPL Tree Tenders / Help plant 28 trees in Germantown / Meet at church parlor of First United Methodist Church of Germantown (FUMCOG); come with gloves, water, sunscreen. Stay for lunch at 12, and the Blessing of the New Trees at 12:30 at the First Presbyterian Church of Germantown / Organizers: Germantown Interfaith Power & Light Tree Tenders — a community outreach project by the Philadelphia Chapter of PA IPL / Contact: Mark Smith @ 215 264 5442
  • Sat 11/17 9-1 / East Mt Airy Tree Tenders / Help plant 40 trees in East Mt Airy; meet at …. Contact: Meenal Raval @ 267.709.3415 / Meet at Unitarian Universalist Church of the Restoration, Stenton Ave at Gorgas Ln, 6900 Stenton for sign-in, welcome, and a brief tutorial on proper tree planting. Light breakfast fare will be provided. Then volunteers will break into teams of 3-5, each of which will have an experienced Crew Lead, and will be dispatched through E Mt Airy to plant trees. / Curious? Want to help? Contact Meenal @ 267.709.3415 

Sat Nov 17 @ 10 – 12 / project review mtg – electric vehicle to grid integration

Building 661, Penn State @ The Navy Yard, 4960 S 12th St, Philadelphia, PA

The objective is to update our progress report to our participants and the EV-aware public generally, and to offer them the opportunity to join us in this endeavor.

Contact: Paul Kydd @ partnershipsone@gmail.com

Sat Nov 17 @ 10 – 3 / Suburban Active Transportation Forum 

Montgomery County Intermediate Unit, 2 W Lafayette St, Norristown, PA

The Suburban Active Transportation Forum 2018 will be a better mobility forum for the Pennsylvania suburbs. The event will be an opportunity for Pennsylvania advocates to get in the same room with officials from Bucks, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery Counties, as well as from PennDOT.

Organizers: Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia 

Sun Nov 18 @ 9:30 – 11:30 / lecture – The Impact of Climate Change on Public Health

410 Montgomery Ave, Wynnewood, PA

Enjoy coffee & bagels, then hear Dr Richard Tolin talk about the climate crisis and it’s solutions. This program is free & open to all. 

Contact mlrt.org / 610-649-7800 

Organizers: Main Line Reform Temple, Dr Richard Tolin of Main Line Health and The Climate Reality Leadership Corp

Sun Nov 18 @ 1 – 5 / 7th Annual Green Sunday Craft Fair – Media

Media-Providence Friends School, 125 W 3rd St, Media, PA

Buying locally crafted goods is a key component of climate resiliency. Therefore, all invited to the 7th annual Green Sunday Craft Fair organized by Transition Town Media. 

They’re having it early this year, almost a week before Black Friday, so that you can get a jump on your holiday shopping, support local artists and craftspeople, have a relaxed and fun shopping experience, and save on all the driving around. 

There is plenty of room to wander around, view all the great selections, win a raffle gift basket, eat some delicious & wholesome chow, even find something for free at the FreeStore table. The free parking and entrance are on 4th Street between Olive & Orange.

Our Green Sunday Craft Fair offers a green, local business alternative to big box store or online holiday shopping. It features beautiful wares, made locally and lovingly by hand. 

Organizers: Transition Town Media