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BPL virtual panel to discuss climate change, NYC transit amid COVID-19

July 21, 2020 Editorial Staff
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On Wednesday, July 22, Brooklyn Public Library is kicking off a virtual edition of Climate Wednesdays — a panel series on climate and how it is intertwined with other pressing issues.

Wednesday’s panel is titled “Where To Next? Fossil-Free Transportation in a Pandemic and Beyond,” and will discuss climate change and NYC’s public transit system amid the pandemic. The panel will run from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

Transportation is the second-largest source of greenhouse gas emissions in New York City, BPL writes. As the COVID-19 pandemic has brought a new set of mass transit woes to the nation’s most extensive subway system and slowest bus service, the panel will ask: How can we get our troubled public transit system back on track and headed where we need to go in a climate-friendly way?

The event will be moderated by Emily Nonko, an award-winning freelance journalist based in Brooklyn. Her writing covers real estate, architecture, urbanism, design, transit, history, and the ways climate change will affect New York. She is a regular contributor to The Wall Street Journal, New York Magazine, Next City and Curbed New York.

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The panel will include Regional Plan Association leader Vanessa Barrios, Brooklyn organizer for Transportation Alternatives Dulcie Canton, Sierra Club clean transportation campaign representative Allison Considine, and New York City Environmental Justice Alliance transportation planner Renae Reynolds.

Registration for the webinar is available at the BPL website. Viewers will receive a link to the event once they RSVP.

Upcoming Climate Wednesdays sessions will include “Natural Allies: Working with Nature to Combat Climate Change” on August 26 and “Green Collar Jobs: Making a Living, Forging a Better World” on September 16.

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