In this week's Newsletter: Career Clue video will make your day, arguments against "sustainability", Earth Overshoot Day and much more!
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Check Out This Career Clue Video- Made By Students

For five weeks this summer, Solar One educators worked with students in the NYC Department of Education's brand new Summer in the City program. While the whole program served over 150,000 students across the five boroughs. Solar One educators delivered our program in three schools: Brooklyn's Automotive High School, and the Dreamyard Preparatory School and the Fannie Lou Hamer Freedom High School in the Bronx.

To get an idea of what the program involved and the impact it made on the students, check out this awesome video made by students from the Academy for Careers in Television and Film. Congratulations to everyone who worked so hard to make this program a big success!

Against "Sustainability"?

The New York Times recently published this thought provoking opinion piece that asks whether the goal of "sustainability" is a misguided one. As workers in the environmental field, it would be disingenuous for us not to consider this question carefully. Is "sustainability" a static concept that lulls us into a false sense of security about the stability of nature?

It's true that the word "sustainability" itself connotes an attempt to keep things at the level that we've been historically comfortable with, as well as the idea that we do have some measure of control over our world. Much of the climate disagreement seems to come down to just how much control we have, how we might exercise that control, and the limits of our ability to adapt. The author (who is a graduate student in philosophy at the New School, not a climate scientist) thinks that adaptability is a more achievable goal than sustainability- but there are some things we can't adapt our way out of. Humans will always need clean air and water, adequate healthy food and access to shelter, energy and community. we may overestimate our ability to sustain our current way of life, but that doesn't mean we can't also overestimate our ability to adapt to the world we've created.

What do you think?


Earth Overshoot Day- What It Is and Why We Should Worry

You probably weren't even aware of it, but August 8th was Earth Overshoot Day, a "holiday" of dubious distinction that shows how much work we still have to do to fight anthropogenic climate change. Every year since 2006, the Global Footprint Network has worked with the UK's New Economics Foundation to determine exactly when in the year we reach a tipping point where our demand for resources outpaces the planets ability to regenerate them. In 2006, Earth Overshoot Day fell in October. Now we consume the same annual supply of resources by August- we still have four more months of 2016 to go! It's a sobering reminder of how long and how thoroughly the global community has dragged their feet on addressing the most consequential problem of our time.

You can read more about Earth Overshoot Day on here.

Upcoming Events at Solar One

Community Volunteer Day in the Park
Solar 1/Stuyvesant Cove Park, 23rd Street and the East River, Manhattan, 10am-1pm, free

Other Events

Combining Mobile and Green- Help Make It Easy to Go Green
Penny Lane, 215 E 24th Street (on the roof) bet 2nd & 3rd Aves, Manhattan, 1-2:30pm, free

Time to Choose Film Screening
AMC Loews 19th St. East 6, 890 Broadway bet 19th & 20th Sts, Manhattan, 7:30-9:30pm, $TBA

Sane Energy Volunteer Meeting
Patagonia, 72 Greene Street bet Spring & Broome Sts, Manhattan, 6:30-9pm, free

350NYC Monthly Meeting
New York Society for Ethical Culture, Room #507 Elliott Library, 2 West 64th Street bet Central Park West & Broadway, 7-9pm, free
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