In this week's newsletter: Public health groups call for urgent climate action, Daylight Hour at Solar One, sign up for a summer teacher webinar on climate justice and much more!
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Public Health Groups Call for Urgent Climate Action

Over 70 medical and public health organizations called on elected (and hoping-to-be-elected) officials Monday last week to commit to combating what they deem to be the “greatest public health challenge of the 21st century.” 

This may be the first time a large group of reputable public health experts has made unambiguous connections between climate change and human health.

For much of the past 50 years of eco-activism in the US, defense of the environment has largely been framed as hostile to human interests, particularly with regard to economics. Those advocating for better treatment of the natural world and better use of resources were accused of placing animal welfare before human welfare- as though humans would be able to survive on a planet where other mammals could not.

“The health, safety, and well-being of millions of people in the U.S. have already been harmed by human-caused climate change, and health risks in the future are dire without urgent action to fight climate change,” said the groups, which included the National Medical Association and the American Heart Association, in a letter on Monday.

Without urgent climate action, the lives of lower-income families and people in communities of color are disproportionately at risk. “Communities that have experienced systemic neglect and environmental racism have the least responsibility for climate pollution but are the most affected,” the letter reads. “These communities have less access to the political, economic, social, and environmental resources that enable them to cope with climate threats and face potentially unmanageable pressures as the impacts of climate change mount.”

You can read more at here.

Daylight Hour at the Solar One Office 

As part of a continuing effort to lower the environmental footprint of the Solar One office, this summer we are participating in Daylight Hour, "an annual social media campaign organized by the Building Energy Exchange to raise awareness about using natural daylight in lieu of electric lighting in offices." Participants turn off their lights from 12pm-1pm on the summer solstice to reduce electricity consumption.

We missed the initial summer solstice Daylight Hour, but now we are trying to turn off the office lighting whenever the weather permits during the longest days of summer. The experiment began on Wednesday June 26th. Then we polled the staff to see how they felt about the experience.

Overwhelmingly, everyone wanted to continue with Daylight Hour, and in keeping with the overall goal of lowering our environmental impact, we got great suggestions form the staff about A/C temperatures, shutting down computers and turning off monitors at night, lowering shades to decrease heat gain and so forth.

Thanks to Angelica Ramdhari, the Resilient Solar Director in our Here Comes Solar program, for organizing us to be better environmentalists here at Solar One!

Summer Teacher Webinar Series: NGSS & Climate Justice

This summer, join ACE for a three-part teacher professional development webinar series, NGSS & Climate Justice.

Using videos and lesson plans from Our Climate Our Future, this webinar series explores the concept of climate justice and how to incorporate it into your classroom.

Webinars on July 23, July 30 and August 6 at 7:00-8:30 pm ET on Zoom. Continuing education credit available. Learn more and register.
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Upcoming Events at Solar One

Stuyvesant Cove Park Association Summer Music Series
Solar 1, Stuyvesant Cove Park, 23rd Street & the East River, 6:30-8:30pm, free
Please check this space for exact program info, or visit the SCPA website here.

Community Volunteer Day
Stuyvesant Cove Park, 23rd Street & the East River, Manhattan, 9am-12pm, free
For more information and to RSVP, email Park Manager Emily Curtis-Murphy. Pizza lunch will be served.

Upcoming Events

Take the Bait: Catch & Release Fishing with the Lower East Side Ecology Center
Fire Boat House, East River Park Promenade, Manhattan, 2-4pm, free

Happy Fourth!

Conquering the Energy Code for Architects & Engineers: Commercial
Urban Green Council,. 55 Broad Street, 9th Floor Blue Room, bet Beaver St & Exchange Pl, Manhattan, 9am-5pm, $175 general admission/$150 Urban Green member

Building the Future: Sidewalk Labs Presents High Performance Buildings for Toronto
Building Energy Exchange, 31 Chambers Street, Suite 609, bet Elk & Centre Sts, Manhattan, 5:30-8pm, $25 general admission
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