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“Pittsburgh Stories of a Just Transition” Exhibit and Salons, Human Impacts Institute  (December 6)

Poster for the series of Stories of a just Transition Pittsburgh

Poster for the series of “Stories of a just Transition” Pittsburgh, © Human Impacts Institute (HII)

11.11.2021 - Article

Stories from inspiring climate leaders in the Pittsburgh area who are redefining what it means to transform their community

Human Impacts Institute (HII), a nonprofit that uses arts and culture to inspire environmental action for social good, has announced the launch of “Pittsburgh Stories of a Just Transition,” a series of free events featuring storytelling from inspiring climate leaders in the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania area who are redefining what it means to transform their community. The exhibit kicks off Saturday, November 13 as a part of the window displays stroll portion of “The Terminal Strip District” holiday market and tree lighting. Virtual salon discussions with the climate leaders are planned for Mondays, November 22, 29, and December 3. Visit humanimpactsinstitute.org/just-transition to register or learn more.

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania is a city known as one of the centers of U.S. manufacturing and one that is at the intersection of conservative and progressive America. “Pittsburgh Stories of a Just Transition”, shares on-the-ground examples of how community members are addressing the needs for an equitable shift to safe and healthy jobs, community preparedness, and sustainable infrastructure.

“By focusing on the idea of Just Transition, we are highlighting the need for a major shift from practices and industries that harm our communities and our environment, while also acknowledging that too many are being left behind by these changes--including those who have cultural, economic, and personal ties to polluting industries,” Tara DePorte, executive director and founder, Human Impacts Institute, said.

Location & Times

Monday, December 6, 12pmET-1pmET: Securing Equity in Our Communities Salon-- Pittsburgh Just Transition

Virtual; free with registration.

How do we come back from the global pandemic? This salon will address the need for community resiliency in our cities. Featured speakers are:

-Alyssa Lyon, director, Black Environmental Collective, UrbanKind. She inspires Black and Brown communities to know that they have the power to drive change and re-write the narrative on sustainability and environmental justice.

-David Heayn-Menendez, executive director, Pennsylvania Interfaith Power & Light Network. Through this position, he realizes his deep passion for community organizing, social justice, and environmental stewardship. Through their work, they are bringing important voices of faith communities to the climate conversation, while acknowledging how the work of creation and tending the garden of Earth is deeply entangled with living a life of faith.

-Lois Bower-Bjornson, Southwestern Pennsylvania field organizer, Clean Air Council. She amplifies the voices of people in her community affected by the harmful impacts of fracking and influences important policies that contribute to a healthier and more sustainable use of energy in Pennsylvania.

-Shawn Dalton, community volunteer. She is a retired accountant who volunteers her time for many projects to support her community in issues of social and environmental justice and equity, using her powers to improve the lives of others.

Funding for these programs was provided from the Transatlantic Climate Bridge program of Federal Foreign Office Funds in partnership with the German Consulate of New York. Co-sponsors are the Pennsylvania Solar Center and PittSustainability from the University of Pittsburgh.  

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