Dirty Energy / Clean Solutions: Climate Conference 2014 Kicks Off in San Francisco 

Professor Mark Jacobson of Stanford, author of a science-based plan to get to 100 percent renewable energy by 2050, opens “Dirty Energy/Clean Solutions,” a three-day Bay Area conference that looks at regional and statewide impacts of dirty energy and the clean, cheap and abundant alternatives to it.

Professor Jacobson will be joined by a high-profile roster of over two dozen senior scientists, legal experts, activists and journalists–among them, author Mark Hertsgaard, author of “Hot: Living Through the Next Fifty Years on Earth”; and Richard Heinberg, fossil fuel expert whose eleven books include “Snake Oil” and “The End of Growth.”

Also on the agenda are energy reporter Rob Collier, ex- of the San Francisco Chronicle; City Councilmember Linda Maio of Berkeley, which just joined Richmond in passing historic resolutions to regulate crude-by-rail; and Earthjustice attorney Suma Peesapati, who recently filed a federal lawsuit against the Bay Area Air Quality Management District for approving rail shipments of explosive crude oil through Richmond.

Desmond D’Sa, South African environmental justice champion and recipient of the just announced 2014 Goldman Prize, will make a surprise appearance at the Dirty Energy/Clean Solutions conference during the lunch hour at the Laney Forum on Saturday, May 10.

D’Sa will address common concerns of disenfranchised communities in Durban, South Africa and frontline refinery communities of the Bay Area.

“Desmond D’Sa brings a global dimension to an important discussion about local aspects of a larger planetary crisis,” said organizer Shoshana Wechsler of 350 Bay Area. “This conference will serve to educate and galvanize grassroots work to further climate justice.”

“Dirty Energy/Clean Solutions” will give attendees the opportunity to connect with experienced grassroots activists and climate leaders whose cutting-edge work is reshaping the Bay Area and the world. A variety of Saturday panels and interactive Sunday workshops will share vital, up-to-the-minute information about current fossil fuel industry expansion, unconventional extraction methods and fuels and their consequences, and what communities can do to remain healthy, safe and resilient.

Dirty Energy/Clean Solutions” begins Friday night, May 9, at the First Unitarian Universalist Church and Center in San Francisco. It moves to Laney College in Oakland for two days on Saturday, May 10 and Sunday, May 11.

A full conference schedule, list of sponsors, and registration and ticket information can be found at http://www.350bayarea.org/climatecon2014.

 

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