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April Tzedek Salon: Climate Resilience and Equity


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Join JALSA for our April Tzedek Salon!

We bring young people, in their 20's and 30's, together with activists and policy experts at local bars to explore the issues facing our society.

This month, we will host a discussion with Rebecca Herst, Director of the Sustainable Solutions Lab, an interdisciplinary center at UMass Boston focused on the intersection of climate change and social equity.

As we have seen recently, Boston is vulnerable to flood damage caused by storms and sea level rise due to climate change. Without coordinated action, the existing stresses faced by low-income communities will be dramatically intensified by heat, stronger storms, rising seas, and disrupted food production. Cities and towns across Massachusetts and around the world need to find ways to protect their residents, prepare for the future, and seize the opportunities of a clean energy economy.

Our discussion with Rebecca will include learning about how Boston is preparing for climate change, how we can expect climate change to impact the city and each of our lives, and the finance and equity challenges of creating a city-wide plan to improve our climate resilience.

A former community organizer (and alumna of the JOIN for Justice training program) focusing on economic and racial justice issues, Rebecca got interested in climate adaptation when she realized how disproportionately climate change will impact low income communities and communities of color. Before coming to UMass Boston, Rebecca worked at Boston Harbor Now, Harvard University’s Office for Sustainability and the Urban Land Institute on various climate resilience projects. She has a B.A. from Carleton College and an MBA from Boston University’s Questrom School of Business.

Tzedek Salons are free of charge. All are welcome.

Space is wheelchair accessible and light refreshments will be served. For all other accessibility questions, please contact alison.jalsa@gmail.com.