Celebrating Earth Day!
Our Children’s Future
We are at an energy crossroad. One is the familiar path laden with some of history’s worst catastrophes related to nonrenewable energy uses: Oil spills, nuclear disasters, pollution, toxic contamination of water, air and soil; tornadoes, cyclones, hurricanes, floods, droughts, freakish weather patterns, and the Arctic melting expedited by climate change; ruthless exploitation of rapidly depleting fuel reserves causing shortages, skyrocketing energy prices and collapsing economies around the world; oil wars. The other path—though less travelled—is the renewable energy path, which offers us the hope and promise for a transition to a sustainable path of innovation, renewal and peace.
This powerpoint presentation shows exciting examples of renewable energy technologies—including photovoltaics, wind turbines, hydroelectric generators, solar thermal systems, solar greenhouses, solar cookers and biogas plants—that are opening up new possibilities around the world. It demonstrates a variety of ways—taking advantage of various policies, subsidies and financing options—in which individuals, communities, utilities, businesses, educational and religious institutions, and governments are turning this vision of sustainability and peace into action, inspiring more solutions.
No other choice will have a greater impact on our children’s future—socially, economically, environmentally, politically—than the energy path we choose. Join us for an exciting and educational discussion where we learn about a myriad of ways, within our limits and possibilities, we can become advocates of renewable energy, charting the path upon which our children’s future can flourish!
Sajed Kamal, EdD, author of The Renewable Revolution: How We Can Fight Climate Change, Prevent Energy Wars, Revitalize the Economy and Transition to a Sustainable Future (Earthscan 2011), teaches in the Sustainable International Development Program at Brandeis University in Massachusetts, and has been involved in the field internationally for more than thirty years, setting up projects in the USA, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Armenia and El Salvador. In 2007 he was awarded Boston “Mayor’s First Annual Green Award for Community Leadership in Energy and Climate Protection”, in 2008 a “Lifetime Achievement Award” by the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency, and in 2012 the “Rachel Carson Award” by Massachusetts Interfaith Power & Light. “The Greener Issue” of The Boston Sunday Globe Magazine on September 28, 2008, featured him as one of the “Six local heroes whose work is having rippling effects—at home and far away—in making the world a better place.” He is also an award-winning poet, artist, literary translator, psychotherapist, teacher-consultant at Corner Co-op Nursery School in Brookline, MA, and author of more than a dozen books and many articles in a wide range of areas.
Selected endorsements of The Renewable Revolution:
"Sajed Kamal reminds us what we intuitively know—that we must make the transition toward renewable energy as soon as is humanly possible, that continuing to rely on fossil fuel poisons our world with every hour that passes. Even more powerfully, though, he reminds us how possible that transition is. Kamal is the navigator we need to sail with confidence into this new century." Bill McKibben, Founder, 350.org, and author of The End of Nature
"An important tale that has to be told and Dr. Kamal tells it with the passion and precision that's needed. But, The Renewable Revolution is more than a message—solutions are offered and it's our job to follow the solar course so elegantly set for us." Jane Weissman, Executive Director, Interstate Renewable Energy Council, and former Chairperson, Policy Committee, American Solar Energy Society
MONDAY, APRIL 29, 2013 7:30-9:30 PM
Corner Co-op Nursery School 1773 Beacon Street Brookline MA 02445