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The COVID-19 global pandemic has had and will continue to have devastating effects on Americans in every aspect of their lives: from their health to their jobs, to their bank accounts. We still have to address the unfolding impacts of climate change, which don’t stop for the pandemic. Fortunately, we can rescue American businesses and workers, help them recover, and build a cleaner, more resilient economy that addresses climate

To explore how to do this, we are thrilled to partner with Our Daily Planet and the University of Michigan on a series of interactive web conversations on the best ways to simultaneously respond to the pandemic, economic crisis, and climate change. Below are highlights from past panels and information on how to register for upcoming events.

The Recovery and a Clean Energy Economy

April 2, 2020 | 12:30-1:30 PM 

As Congress began to consider new phases of stimulus, Miro Korenha from Our Daily Planet held a candid conversation about the impact of the global pandemic on the clean energy industry with former Obama Commerce Chief Economist Dr. Ellen Hughes-Cromwick of Third Way, Volt Energy Founder Gilbert Campbell, and Daniel Raimi, a senior research associate with Resources for the Future. See some of the highlights from the conversation below.

What Does US Infrastructure Look Like During the COVID-19 Recovery? 

April 16, 2020 | 12:30-1:30 PM 

Miro Korenha of Our Daily Planet moderated a panel to brainstorm with experts on what infrastructure investment could look like during the COVID-19 recovery and how to ensure that it simultaneously addresses climate. She was joined by Beth Osborne, Director of Transportation for America, Carol C. Menassa of the University of Michigan, and Alexander Laska, Policy Advisor for the Climate and Energy Program at Third Way.  Check out some of the highlights from this conversation below. 

Labor, Clean Energy and the American Worker During the COVID-19 Recovery

April 30, 2020 | 12:30-1:30 PM 

On April 30th, Monica Medina from Our Daily Planet held a frank conversation with Legislative Director of BlueGreen Alliance Jessica Eckdish; Legislative Director of the Service Employees International Union John Gray; and Roland Zullo, labor expert and Director of the Center for Labor and Community Studies at the University of Michigan Dearborn about the impact of the global pandemic on the American clean energy workforce, how unions are taking action during this crisis, and what this means for climate efforts. 

Ensuring Environmental Justice During the COVID-19 Recovery

May 14, 2020 | 12:30-1:30 PM 

Just one day before the House voted on the HEROES Act; we held a candid conversation regarding those injustices and how to ensure environmental justice during the COVID-19 recovery with National Field Director of Mom’s Clean Air Force Heather McTeer Toney, the Vice President of Environmental Justice, Climate, and Community Revitalization at The National Wildlife Federation Dr. Mustafa Santiago Ali, and Michigan Environmental Justice Coalition Statewide Coordinator Michelle Martinez.

The Future of Climate in Cities

May 28, 2020 | 12:30-1:30 PM 

Miro Korenha of Our Daily Planet hosted a solutions-based discussion on how cities can apply sustainable, recovery-centered solutions during a pandemic with the Director of the New York City Mayor's Office of Resiliency Jainey Bavishi, the University of Michigan’s Tony Reames, and Bloomberg Associates’ Adam Freed.

Climate and the 2020 Campaign

July 1, 2020 | 11:00 AM-12:30 PM 

On Thursday, July 1 we held a panel discussion to highlight these issues and potential solutions, and find out what it meant for Election 2020. Nathaniel Smith, Founder and Chief Equity Officer of Partnership for Southern Equity, talked with Julia Pyper from Greentech Media and the Political Climate podcast on solutions to urgently and equitably address the twin challenges of COVID-19 and climate change during the most critical election cycle yet.  Afterward, Rep. Stephanie Murphy (D-FL), Wisconsin Lieutenant Governor Mandela Barnes (NewDEAL Forum Climate Policy Group Co-Chair), Philadelphia City Councilman Derek Green (NewDEAL Leader), and Executive Director of Michigan’s League of Conservation Voters Lisa Wozniak joined for a conversation moderated by Monica Medina from Our Daily Planet on how swing state leaders are preparing for the election and shock proofing their states for these crises. The event closed with a special fireside chat that Josh Freed, Senior Vice President of Third Way's Climate and Energy Program, moderated with Mayor Pete Buttigieg, former Democratic presidential candidate, NewDEAL Leader, and Mayor of South Bend, Indiana, on lessons from the campaign trail.

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