Just Transition dialogue, Tuesday, November 15, 2016, Lombard, 7 PM

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The video of this event is now available  Just click on the link to see it. 

A Just Transition from a fossil fuel based economy to a renewable energy economy. Come to this gathering, the third in our ongoing series:
Free and Open to the Public
November 15, 2016 at 7 PM
Lombard Mennonite Church
528 East Madison Street
Lombard, IL 60148

The Climate Crisis and ongoing environmental degradation, especially in low-income communities, presents us with the need to shift quickly from fossil fuels to renewable energy. But how do we make that transition without terrible social, economic, and political disruption? Who will pay the price and bear the burden of this transition? How can we structure our society so that the burden is shared fairly?

We invite you to join us as we struggle to imagine a Just Transition to a clean energy economy. Can we protect the rights and needs of both workers and communities as we strive to prevent climate catastrophe?  Can Organized Labor, Environmentalists, and the people who live in “Sacrifice Zones, ” find common ground? Ongoing protests over the Dakota Access Pipeline provide a vivid current example of the difficulty of this dilemma.

Please join our panel of speakers listed below, moderated by Mary Shesgreen, of Northern Illinois Jobs with Justice and Monica Jenkins of Break Free Midwest as we discuss possible solutions.

Q& A and discussion will follow.

Dick Breckenridge is Illinois Regional Manager of the Blue Green Alliance. He is a life time resident of Illinois and comes to the BlueGreen Alliance after 12 1/2 year at the Illinois EPA. His policy experience covered renewable energy, energy efficiency, and water, land, air issues.
Harry Ohde has been in the electrical trade since 1981 starting his electrical apprenticeship with IBEW Local #134 Chicago. He currently is the Assistant Training Director and Renewable Energy Coordinator for IBEW 134. Harry serves on the Chicago Electrical Commission as well as Code Making Panel 4 and 16 for the National Electrical Code Committee.
Olga Bautista is a community organizer, activist, and founding member of the Chicago Southeast Side Coalition to Ban Petcoke, an alliance of South Side residents who have joined forces to rid their neighborhood of the petcoke waste sites operated by KCBX Terminals, a Koch brothers company. Bautista heads up the organization and serves as secretary of the Southeast Environmentasl Task Force. (SETF).

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This event is sponsored by Northern Illinois Jobs with Justice and Fox Valley Citizens for Peace  & Justice.  We are grateful to the West Suburban Faith-Based Peace Coalition for hosting us at the Lombard Mennonite Church on November 15th.

 

See the video from our last Just Transition meeting, October 11th,  on this website.