Energy Justice: Rethinking Clean Energy
Energy Justice: A Panel Discussion on Climate Change, Nuclear Power, and Carbon Pricing
Global warming is the defining challenge of our time. According to the IPCC, we have twelve years to substantially reduce our greenhouse gas emissions to before the Earth blows past a median surface temperature increase of 1.5° Celsius. Global warming has already magnified catastrophic weather events in communities as diverse as Puerto Rico, California, the Philippines, and Bangladesh. Despite this, coal remains the fast growing source of energy worldwide.
We can fix this. We can avert the worst consequences of global warming if we convince policymakers around the world to rethink their national energy and taxation policies. And we can work with communities in developing nations to ensure that decarbonization does not infringe upon their right to economic growth and security, as well as clean air.
Curious? Hopeful? Skeptical?
Please join us at the Church Center for the United Nations on Wednesday, April 3rd for a panel discussion on energy justice. Please bring a friend and plenty of questions! The organizers would like to thank Generation Atomic and the Unitarian Universalist Church for helping with event planning. Please email unintern [at] uua [dot] org with "Energy Justice" in the subject line to confirm your attendance. Read our panelists' bios below.
Katherine Bachner earned her Master of Science in Anthropology from Columbia University and a Master of Nuclear Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University, and currently works at the Nonproliferation and National Security Department at Brookhaven National Laboratory. She previously worked for the United Nations in Geneva where she applied her expertise in intercultural competency to work on nuclear non-proliferation programs in Russia and former Soviet Bloc countries.
Robert Stone is an Oscar-nominated documentary filmmaker and the co-founder of Energy for Humanity, a non-profit organization that promotes universal access to clean energy around the world. His most recent film, Pandora’s Promise, explores the role that nuclear power has in decarbonization to avoid catastrophic climate change.
Philip Kahn is the co-leader of the New York City Chapter for Citizens’ Climate Lobby, where he regularly organizes lobbying events to Washington D.C. and Albany. He advocates for revenue-neutral carbon taxes as a means of reducing emissions and redistributing income from polluters to working families across America. He has a PhD in atmospheric sciences from the University of Washington.
Diana Hernandez is an assistant professor of sociomedical sciences at the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University, as well as a fellow at the Global Energy Policy Center. She has a PhD in Sociology from Cornell University. Her research engages with frontline communities and examines the effects of energy insecurity on vulnerable populations, population disparities in health, and the relationship between health and climate. Her work has been published in prestigious journals such as Energy Policy and the American Journal of Public Health.
Daniel Carleton is the project manager at Terrestrial Energy USA, where he coordinates government research projects to develop integral molten salt reactors. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is working towards a Bachelor of Applied Science in Nuclear Engineering at the Thomas Edison State University.