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Next - Report on the San Francisco Climate Week (April 5-10, 2021)
We had a great week with many events and attendees. Here's a Summary Report.
“There is very little excuse for the world to not begin reducing emissions immediately, especially when there can be plenty of renewable energy”
The foremost objective of our week’s events were to convince beyond a shadow of doubt that there were quantitative actionable time bound solutions so that there was NO EXCUSE for the nations and people of the world to not begin to act towards solutions and start reducing their emissions IMMEDIATELY. Next, it was to highlight the efforts of activists, authors and green champions, to celebrate their efforts through dance, art and poetry, to follow their leadership in activism, and to build alliances.
For this the San Francisco Climate Week (April 5-10) was organized by Brighter Climate Futures and Authors, Large & Small, We are on our way to apply pressure locally and globally for the world to begin in 2021 the process to get to Net Zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 (or earlier)! The world has run out of excuses. We have the solutions - now let’s go and implement them!
Here is a summary of how we have championed global, national and local solutions and have begun to strengthen coalitions from the local to global. We had four great events during the week and a grand finale on Saturday, April 10. I (Dr. Hari Lamba) gave talks on quantitative actionable time bound solutions for the whole world, the US, and for California, along with revolutionary concepts for green transportation, described in my recent book, “Brighter Climate Futures – A Global Energy, Climate & Ecosystem Transformation”, Regent Press, Berkeley, California. We had excellent talks from both local and national speakers (including those from the Sierra Club, 350 Bay Area (a group that is very active locally), Solar Rights Alliance, Marin Clean Energy, Local Power, and Climate Healers (on the need to reduce animal agriculture that gives 15% of global emissions), protect rooftop solar, define detailed emission reduction strategies (Sierra Club’s Climate Emergency Mobilization team website), clean and just transportation, the activism of local groups, and the effect of fossil fuel air pollution on human health.
Our finale on Saturday April 10 evening, was an extravaganza of poetry, comics for climate, watercolors with poetry, and a dance video. Another major video shown came from Climate Stick for mass mobilization! We concluded with an inspiring vision of how we can have a more beautiful, cleaner and more prosperous world, with plenty of renewable energy, if we successfully implement the needed transformation. ALL of the events will be posted on YouTube under the playlist, “Brighter Climate Futures” where already about 10 videos have been posted. For descriptions, also keep visiting the Facebook page “Brighter Climate Futures”
More detailed descriptions of the talks and events of the week, the websites of organizations and articles will be posted in the near future on this website
“From the local to the global, we will persist until we succeed.
Together, let’s keep at it”
Dr. Hari Lamba
San Francisco Bay Area
SUMMARIES OF PAST EVENTS OF OUR GREAT CLIMATE WEEK!
THESE EVENTS WILL ALL BE POSTED ON YOUTUBE AND LINKS PROVIDED.
SUMMARY of the First Event, Monday, April 5
Our first event was great on Monday. I gave a summary of my global climate plan based on my book, Dr. Sailesh Rao of climate healers talked about damage by caused by animal agriculture and our civilizational crisis, and Dave Rosenfeld of the Solar Rights Alliance talked about protecting roof top solar from electric utilities. The benefits of a vegan diet would be good for us and planet, and so would going from fossil fuels to clean renewable energy. We had an excellent Q&A as follow up, and here is the video that was already posted on YouTube.
SUMMARY of the Second Event, Tuesday, April 6
Our second event on Tuesday was great! Jenna Famular talked about their organization Marin Clean Energy (MCE) that provides and alternative to the local electric utility in supplying green renewable powers and which appears as an option on people’s electric bills. Hari Lamba presented a talk on the energy, climate and ecosystem transformation “Plan” for California, that included wildfire preparation and was based on his book, “Brighter Climate Futures”. Rand Wrobel of 350 Bay Area provided a very multi-dimensional effort for climate and energy activism in the San Francisco Bay Area, form rallies, to political advocacy and more. Richard Rollins presented the efforts of the Climate Emergency Mobilization team of the Sierra Club, and emphasized the need to get started NOW. He also showed the resources available on the website that folks should access and check out that cover many areas. We had a good Q&A session, and the video will be posted on YouTube.
Summary of the Third Event, Wednesday, April 7
Our third event of the week was very informative. Paul Fenn, who was among the pioneers of the Community Choice Aggregation concepts, legislation and initiatives, early in the late 1990s and then in 2001, spoke about the need to transition to the third concept or CCA 3.0, which would more heavily favor the transition from fossil fuels to renewables and make the whole process more equitable to localities, communities and cities. Hari Lamba described his proposed quantitative actionable time bound climate action plan for the US, that included comparisons of what he has proposed with what Biden and Sanders had proposed during their presidential campaigns for the 2020 US elections, and the US Green New Deal (national federal legislation). Jessica Tovar of the Local Clean Energy Alliance gave a very spirited talk of how they were attempting to make sure the economic benefits of clean energy came to the communities most affected by the damaging effects of fossil fuel pollution, and their plans and mobilization for the future. The Q&A session extended into overtime, and the video will be posted on YouTube.
Summary of the Fourth Event, Friday, April 9
Jack Lucero Fleck (350 Bay Area) “Clean & Just Transportation”
Hari Lamba (Brighter Climate Futures): “Revolutionary Concepts for Green Transportation”
Koami Hayibo (Michigan Tech. Univ.) “3 Things you should know about solar PV pricing”
THE APRIL 10 EVENT ON ZOOM, 6-8 pm PST (US Pacific Standard Time)
“Getting to Net Zero – Community Celebration” (Zoom)
Jen Karetnick (Poet & Writer)
Deidra Renkenberger (Comics for Climate) “Comics for Climate - Our Changing World”
Pat Rice (Climate Stick) - A video on their mass mobilization for climate change - about 10 mins
Lucille Lang Day (Poet & Writer) “Eco-Poetry”
Dance Break with Giti of The Dance Floor
Jan Kirsch (350 Bay Area) “Climate Change – Fossil Fuel Pollution & Health”
Hari Lamba (Brighter Climate Futures) based on his book, "The History of Our Earth & Our Role in its Future" He recited the poem while showing the watercolors. This book brings home what the planet has done for us over hundreds of millions of years by sequestering the carbon in fossil fuels and burying them in the ground them, hence cooling the Earth.
Hari Lamba - A Vision of how clean, beautiful and healthy our world will look like after the transformation (Detailed vision described in Chapter 13 of the Brighter Climate Futures book.
This grand finale was a gathering with art, poetry, and dance and speakers to celebrate our commitment to reverse climate change. All weekday and weekend events were totally free
Dr. Lamba's talks are based on his book, “Brighter Climate Futures – A Global, Energy, Climate & Ecosystem Transformation,“ by Dr. Hari Lamba, Regent Press, Berkeley, California, that is described herein. and a packet of tree seeds (Apologies, the mailing can only be made to US residents). Parts of this event will definitely be participatory! Two writer/poets have already signed up to speak at this event and share their work and their art. This event has been organized by Cristina Deptula, who has been spear heading our social media campaign so that our Climate Futures can be Brighter!
The author Dr. Hari Lamba, has experience in engineering, business and ecology. He has a Ph.D. in engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, with about 40 years of experience in industry, both in engineering product development and in advanced technology.