Pandemic Panels April-May 2020

I have had the honor of participating in several online panels in April and May relating the coronavirus pandemic to economic justice, Earth Day, and community self-governance. Below are links to the recordings.

Imagining and Demanding Economic Justice in the Time of Coronavirus
[recorded Monday May 5]

The Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy and the Social Justice Initiative at University of Illinois Chicago hosted a conversation to discuss how collective action and the solidarity economy can help to not only address immediate issues related to the Coronavirus pandemic but also plan for an alternative economic future.

Moderated by Stacey Sutton from the Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy at UIC with panelists Kali Akuno from Cooperation Jackson, Iranian-American writer Hoda Katebi, Penn Loh from Tufts University’s Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning and Renee Hatcher UIC John Marshall Law School-Chicago.

Solving the Pandemic and Climate Crises with a Just Transition
Earth Day 50th Anniversary Hoch Cunningham Lecture
[Recorded Thursday April 23, noon-1pm]

The session explored the environmental opportunities in this COVID crisis and discuss how immediate work can be done to push us further down the path towards a “Just Transition” that “changes everything”.

Panelists – Penn Loh; Maria Belen Power: Associate Executive Director of GreenRoots, a Chelsea-based environmental justice organization; Caitlin Colino: Sophomore studying Environmental Engineering, Sunrise Movement member, and organizer of the on-campus rally for the September 20th, 2019 Climate Strike

Co-sponsored by the Tufts Office of Sustainability, the Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning, Tufts Institute of the Environment and the Center for International Environment & Resource Policy

Community Self-Governance, Action, and Care in Times of Crisis [recorded Tuesday April 7 12:30-2pm]
How do structures of community self-governance (e.g., co-ops, CLTs, etc) enable (or inhibit) climate change action, as well as actionin the context of the current global viral pandemic?

Participants: Penn Loh, Tufts Dept. of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning, Boston; Victoria Clark, Northcountry Cooperative Foundation, Minneapolis; Monxo Lopez, Co-founder of the South Bronx CLT and Mellon Fellow at the Museum of the City of New York, NYC; Lydia Lowe, Chinatown Community Land Trust, Boston; Tony Hernandez, Dudley Neighbors Inc, Boston

Part of a series on Housing as Radical Climate Action supported by MIT’s Resilient Cities Housing Initiative, the Displacement Research Action Network, the Environmental Solutions Initiative, Environmental Policy and Planning Group, City Design and Development Group, and the Housing Community and Economic Development Group.

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Distinguished Senior Lecturer and Director of Master of Public Policy and Community Practice, Tufts University Department of Urban & Environmental Policy and Planning

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