In this week's newsletter: The coronavirus and carbon emissions, apply to present your work on African and African-American history on the LES, introducing Climate Action Mondays! at Stuy Cove and much more!
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COVID19's Unexpected Climate Impact

COVID19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus that has threatened to turn into a global pandemic, has left drugstore shelves bare and lots of people frightened. But there is an interesting upside in the extreme economic disruption that quarantines and containment efforts cause: China's carbon emissions over the last three weeks have dropped. Precipitously- the carbon that has not been released as a result of China's factories being closed for less than a month is equal to the carbon emitted by the entire state of NY over an entire year, according to the NY Times.

China’s carbon dioxide emissions fell by an estimated 200 million tons in the four weeks prior to March 1, about the same as the Netherlands or Ukraine emit per year, said the Centre for Research on Energy and Clean Air (CREA), a Finnish research group. The outbreak was “unprecedented in its impact on economic activity and emissions,” said Lauri Myllyvirta, lead analyst at CREA. Coal consumption at Chinese power plants and the utilization of oil refining capacity were both down more than a third in the four weeks prior to March 1, compared with the same period a year ago, as large parts of China’s industrial base ground to a halt as the virus spread.

Prior to the virus outbreak, researchers were predicting that global carbon emissions would be flat or up slightly this year. Emissions from burning fossil fuels grew about 0.6 per cent in 2019, according to research published in the scientific journal Nature Climate Change, down from a rise of 2.1 per cent in 2018.

You can read more about this on the Financial Times website here.

Artist Open Call: African & African-American Histories of the Lower East Side

Downtown cultural institution Fourth Arts Block (FABnyc) has launched an open call for socially-engaged creative projects that draw attention to African and African-American histories of the Lower East Side.

From the African Burial Ground under Sara D. Roosevelt Park to the African Free School of the 18th century; from the mixed-race dance halls on the Bowery to the impact of the Draft Riots, the Lower East Side is home to crucial layers of African-American history, too often missing from the stories of struggle and transformation that continue to define the neighborhood. While some remnants of these narratives can be read on building plaques and seen in other public memorials, many details remain hidden.

This call aims to bring greater visibility to African and African-American histories in the Lower East Side, to better understand their legacies, and to connect the past to the neighborhood today. With the African Burial Ground in Sara D. Roosevelt Park as a geographical and historical anchor point, the call aims to honor, heal, and otherwise further conversations around African heritage in the Lower East Side.

Projects will be produced and presented in Fall 2020. For questions regarding the application, please email Deadline is Wednesday, March 25, 2020.

For more information and to apply, click here.

NYC Students! Join Us for Climate Action Mondays! at Stuyvesant Cove Park

Are you a NYC high school student? Are you concerned about climate change? Would you like to make a difference?

If you answered "Yes!", sign up with Park Manager Emily Curtis-Murphy to be part of Climate Action Mondays, a four-week experiential learning opportunity that will take advantage of the early spring weather.

Youth will work together with Solar One staff to steward our protected wildlife habitat and resilient maritime food forest with an emphasis on personal action to address the climate crisis. Participants will discover both how nature is affected by the crisis and how to employ natural processes to implement nature-based solutions to climate change. 

3/16 - Observe symbiosis in nature and the effects of disruption by looking at and documenting unusual seasonal changes using iNaturalist that may affect the special relationships of particular plants and animals 

3/23 - Hands on forest management to suppress invasive species in our all native food forest grown on a remediated brownfield.

3/30 - Learn about sea level rise and the health of the East River by way of shoreline trash inventory and clean-up. 

 4/6 - Learn about regenerative native plant agriculture though mixing our custom potting soil blend (NYC Clean Soil Bank material and compost), and planting native food seeds in our permaculture nursery. 

Students must attend all 4 events. Verification of community service hours will be provided if requested. 

Climate Action Mondays!
Time: 4 - 7 pm
Dates: 3/16, 3/23, 3/30, 4/6 

Stuyvesant Cove Park
Meet at the Solar 1 building: 24-20 FDR Drive Service Road East, NYC 10010

We look forward to seeing you in the Park!
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Solar One Events

We currently have no upcoming events scheduled. See you in the Spring!

Upcoming Events

BQX Workshop: Long Island City
CUNY Law School, 2 Court Square West bet 23rd & Hunter Sts, Queens, 6:30-8:30pm, free

Climate Data in a Warming World
Building Energy Exchange, 31 Chambers Street bet Elk & Centre Sts, Manhattan, 8:30-10am, $15 general admission/$10 partner organizations

Comprehensive Waterfront Plan—Brooklyn Workshop
Brooklyn Borough Hall, Community Room, 209 Joralemon Street bet Court St & Boerum Pl, Brooklyn, 6-8pm, free

Emerging Professionals March Happy Hour
Pig N Whistle, 202 West 36th Street bet 7th & 8th Aves, Manhattan, 6-8pm, $10 general admission/$5 Urban Green members

DEP Stormwater Rule—Interagency Workshop #2
NYC Department of City Planning, 120 Broadway bet Pine & Cedar Sts, Manhattan, 10am-12pm, free
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