Date: Friday October 16, 2020
Time: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. – The actual presentation will take about an hour but we are allowing time to resolve any possible technical challenges at the beginning and plenty of time for Q&A at the end.
Location: The event will be presented online using the Zoom platform. An invitation and explanations on how to join the meeting will be sent to registered participants.
Presenters: Peter Dugas & Peter Monro
Cost: FREE but REGISTRATION BELOW IS REQUIRED
Deadline: noon on 10/16 to give us time to contact you and send you the invitation to join the zoom meeting.
Shinjiro Koizumi, Japan’s (young! 38 years old) environment minister said at a news conference in New York in late 2019 that “On tackling such a big-scale issue like climate change, it’s got to be fun, it’s got to be cool. It’s got to be sexy too”!
However, the harsh reality of what is happening (Seventeen of the 18 hottest years ever recorded have happened this century; Arctic summer sea ice is declining rapidly, at a rate of 13% per decade since the 1970s; Extreme weather events such as heatwaves, droughts and heavy rainfall are increasing in frequency; etc. according to Jane Burston, Executive director of the Clean Air Fund in an article published in the World Economic Forum) is certainly not “sexy” in any way and yet, it is because these facts are real that there is urgency in talking about climate change.
So how do me make it “sexy”? You guessed it: We talk about it in French of course!!!
Who better than two of Portland’s grassroots activists and francophones — and Language Exchange fans — Peter Monro and Peter Dugas, to have a conversation about climate change, in French, with our community?
The answer is: no one, really.
Therefore, the two Peters will deliver an interactive presentation, in French, on climate change, mitigating policies, and grassroots efforts to work towards solutions.
Using the MIT En-Roads Climate Policy Simulator, they will compare the effectiveness of varying climate policies and will also discuss their work lobbying our national lawmakers to adopt effective and equitable climate policy.
And we are thrilled in anticipation of this “sexy” presentation ?
Peter Dugas is a musician and educator who currently serves as volunteer co-chair of the Portland chapter of Citizens’ Climate Lobby. A Portland native, Peter earned a BS in physics and engineering from Brown University and is a veteran advocate for energy efficiency since retrofitting the historic building where he now lives with his wife and daughter.
Peter Monro is a former journalist whose 25 years of landscape architectural practice in Portland is now being archived at the Maine Historical Society. His love of the outdoors includes hikes on the Camino de Santiago and kayaking on Casco Bay. He earned his BA at Wesleyan University.
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