Important conversations about climate issues are often inaccessible to the public and unreachable to the people and communities most impacted. To help bridge this gap, we’d like to explore solutions, identify roadblocks, and stay current by hosting community perspectives on climate change topics in a webinar and Q&A series. The Climate, Care, & Community Series is a space to gather, learn about, and discuss climate topics in Alaska.
Climate, Care, and Community #9: You Have the Power
Did you know that being a member-owner of your utility is more than just getting a bill each month? As member-owners, we have the opportunity to get involved in renewable energy decisions for our communities. Join us for this Climate, Care, and Community webinar to learn about energy democracy and hear from board members from utility cooperatives across the Railbelt about how you can get involved with your local utility cooperative.
Climate, Care, and Community #8: Cultivating Black Leadership in Alaska.
Continuing our theme from last year’s Black Voices in Sustainability, we are highlighting BIPOC voices, perspectives, and leadership statewide in this installment of Climate, Care, and Community, Black Talk: Cultivating Black Leadership in Our State. It’s one thing to ask Black people to run for office, it’s one thing to support candidates and leaders, but how to actually cultivate and invest in the representation and leadership we need to see in Alaska? This webinar is facilitated by our Interior Community Organizer, Alyssa Quintyne
Climate, Care, and Community #7: Local Climate Leaders, Climate Action Now!
Climate action has been slowed, stalled, and politicized in our state and federal governments historically, but local leaders have been leading the way to address community impacts now. Special Guests: Micah Hahn - University of Alaska Professor (Moderator) Shaina Kilcoyne - Energy & Sustainability Manager Anchorage Municipality Clay Koplin - Cordova Electric Cooperative CEO and Mayor of Cordova Darby Osborne -Sitka Climate Task Force, Co-founder of Youth for Sustainable Futures Scott Waterman - KPB Resiliency and Security Advisory Commission
Climate, Care, and Community #6: Hope and Possibility for Climate Justice, 2021
After years of climate denial at the federal level, 2021 brings us a year of hope. During his campaign, President-elect Biden promised to center climate change in all departments of the federal government, presenting a unique opportunity for Alaskan action. This conversation was about the Paris Climate Agreement, how COVID relief is tied to climate change, and how to take climate action locally, nationally, and beyond. Guest Speaker: Darien Davis
Climate, Care, and Community #5: Voting for a Just Transition
How can we use our vote to help transition our economy from an extractive one to a renewable one? Representative hopefuls, ballot initiatives, and judges are all on the ballot - and have always been key factors in shaping what we consider "conservation" in Alaska. This conversation is about the history of voting and climate policy in Alaska.
Climate, Care, and Community #4: Leveraging Clean Energy Investment
According to the Coalition for Green Capital, “Green Banks” are “mission-driven institutions that use innovative financing to accelerate the transition to clean energy and fight climate change.” Watch this discussion on efforts at the local, state, and national levels to facilitate clean energy projects through a Green Bank financing approach. Speakers: Jeffrey Schub from the Coalition for Green Capital Chris Rose from Alaska Renewable Energy Project (REAP)
Climate, Care, and Community #3: Black Identities in Sustainability
Sustainability can often feel like a buzzword. But it is so much more than an Instagram tag. Sustainability and Zero Waste practices are about how we take care of ourselves and our communities, and they should be accessible to everyone. These practices are fundamental to our health and our environment.
BIPOC have often been left out of the conversation when it comes to Sustainability and Zero Waste practices. At the same time, there has been incredible longterm BIPOC leadership in this space. It's time to amplify those voices.
Hosted by Alyssa Quintyne, Interior Community Organizer and other sustainability champions.
Climate, Care, and Community #2: Salmon Surviving Climate Change
Watch this conversation with fisheries scientist Dr. Stephanie Quinn-Davidson and Dr. Al Gross about the impacts of Alaska’s warming water on our salmon. Hosted by Jenny-Marie Stryker, Political and Campaigns Director.
Climate, Care, and Community #1: Solar Metering
Watch a discussion hosted by our Anchorage Community Organizer, Shanelle Afcan about Solar Metering in Alaska. Learn what solar metering is, policies in utility co-ops, and where we can go from here.