MARQUETTE – The Upper Peninsula Environmental Coalition is presenting a conference tonight on “How to avoid replacing our old pollution problems with new ones”, according to a press release from UPEC.
“Over 90% of the global economy continues to use natural resources in unsustainable ways. The linear approach to the use of materials still prevails over ideas of circular economy and industrial ecology in practice, ” the press release states. The switch to renewable energies is a step towards building an economy based on more circular material flows. But the materials needed to decarbonize electricity and mobility are supplied by the mining and extractive industries, from places where the impacts of natural resource extraction can be most severe. This conference will highlight key issues related to extractive industries, land, manufacturing and waste in the clean energy economy.
Professor Dustin Mulvaney of San Jose State University will speak about the challenges our society faces in reducing greenhouse gas emissions in a livestream on Facebook and Zoom at 8 p.m. today.
Mulvaney is a professor in the Department of Environmental Studies at San Jose State University and a fellow of the Payne Institute for Public Policy at the Colorado School of Mines. His research includes work on just transitions, solar energy product chains and natural resource development. Mulvaney’s book Solar Power: Innovation, Sustainability, Environmental Justice was published by the University of California Press (2019).
See on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/195291337192049/live/
See on Zoom at: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83113438020?pwd=d3pZcjNyYW9uVmZUTy9vc2ZIN0UwUT09
Meeting ID: 831 1343 8020
Access code: 2021