2:00 - 3:00PM
// Workshop Session A
We will discuss simple lifestyle tweaks that could have large impacts if implemented at scale through collective action. The workshop will discuss local positive impacts of responsible consumption focused on justice and climate. A list of 'lifestyle tweaks' will be sent ahead of time so participants can be prepared for the workshop! Actions will include personal divestment (banking and investments), food (diet and shopping), waste reduction and offsetting, among others. Sharing experiences of 'simple lifestyles' is encouraged and welcomed!
CRISPR has emerged as a powerful gene-editing technology with the potential to eradicate diseases, transform agriculture, and enable advancements in environmental and life science. With such broad potential, CRISPR will impact the lives of many generations. This workshop seeks to bring the public up to speed on the science of CRISPR and promote socially and environmentally responsible discussion of its future applications.
The ability to clearly articulate the power and pertinence of science to the public is more crucial than ever. Storytelling is a universal language that can help others connect deeply to a particular issue or cause. Led by Sara ElShafie, UC Berkeley PhD student and creator of Science Through Story, this hands-on workshop will offer guidance on concise and compelling science writing for broad audiences using strong narrative structure and cross-cutting themes. Participants will draft and get feedback on a short written piece about a scientific topic or action item of their choice.
**Due to some cancelations, the format of this workshop has been changed to a round table discussion. We apologize for the last minute change to our programming. The workshop will proceed, now led by Niklas Lollo, as described below. **
This workshop will neither shirk from the real pain caused by private actors, nor demonize "business." Instead, seeking that dreaded, yet necessary middle-ground, we will explore the many roles for business in an ecological transformation. Come to this workshop to re-think your relationship to business and business' relationship to climate change (i.e. be brainwashed). Whether you will be a human rights activist or a mid-level, Junior assistant to the marketing manager, this workshop will develop and clarify the many ways *we* can effectively engage with, through, above, and behind whatever we mean by "business."
// Workshop Session B
Nuclear power is the only carbon-free source of baseload electricity that can meet the demands of a growing population. However, it remains unpopular among the general public. In this workshop, a panel of experts will share their experiences working at the intersection of communication and nuclear energy. Together, all workshop participants will discuss strategies for engagement over controversial topics like nuclear power. By the end of the workshop, participants will have developed a concept for an activity or demonstration that illustrates some aspect of nuclear energy or science. In the weeks following the workshop, participants will meet to assemble our product and share it with local students and the interested public to spread awareness of the need for nuclear power.
Land use has tremendous environmental impacts, from habitat destruction to increased transportation carbon emissions. Come learn about land use in the bay area and how we can fight for low-carbon, low-impact living. At the end participants will know how to talk about land use and attend meetings where these issues are decided.
Cleaning Up Our Backyard: How to Influence our State and Local Climate and Energy Policies. Led by Rachel Woods-Robinson & Sam Kohn, with Deborah Moore and Jorge Castro of Union of Concerned Scientists. Stephens Lounge, MLK Jr. Student Union Building.
California is certainly an environmental leader, with the strongest Renewable Portfolio Standard for a large state and stringent targets to reduce global warming pollution. But even here, we have a long way to go to reach our ambitious climate goals. California alone is the 12th largest greenhouse gas emitter in the world, is one of the top 5 oil-producing states, and still generates nearly 40 percent of its electricity from fossil natural gas. Currently California is considering ever bolder goals, including moving towards zero gas-powered vehicles and 100% zero-carbon electricity. This workshop will introduce some of these policies in their historical context, examine a recent California senate bill proposing 100% zero carbon electricity generation (SB 100), and empower participants with a menu of actions to take to advance strong and sound state policies. The Union of Concerned Scientists works to advance climate and clean energy analysis and policy solutions in California and across the country, and is co-leading this workshop and supporting some of the action opportunities.
Roundtable discussion including Sheridan Enomoto, a Climate and Environmental Justice Community Organizer and Policy Advocate at Greenaction for Health and Environmental Justice.
The environmental and climate justice movements have succeeded in bringing more attention to the fight for the just distribution of environmental benefits and the amelioration of environmental harms concentrated in communities of color and low-income communities. However, environmental justice is often relegated to a side-conversation in mainstream environmental movements, and environmental justice organizations are continually asked to participate in those movements and educate others without receiving meaningful engagement or support in return.
This roundtable discussion will begin with a brief exploration of the importance and basic tenets of environmental and climate justice. It will then focus on identifying concrete ways individual activists can advocate for and take meaningful action to support environmental and climate justice movements.
Following the workshop, participants will be welcomed to sign up for a group volunteering action the following day at Planting for Justice’s El Sobrante farm.