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UPEC presents talk tonight

MARQUETTE — The Upper Peninsula Environmental Coalition is presenting a talk tonight about “how we can avoid replacing our old pollution problems with new ones,” according to an UPEC news release.

“Over 90% of the global economy continues to use natural resources unsustainably. The linear ‘take-make-toss’ approach to materials use still prevails over circular economy and industrial ecology ideas in practice,” the news release states. The shift to renewable energy is one step towards building an economy on more circular material flows. But the materials needed to decarbonize electricity and mobility are supplied by mining and extractives industries, from places where impacts from natural resource extraction can be most severe. This talk will highlight key issues related to extractives, land, manufacturing, and waste in the clean energy economy.”

Professor Dustin Mulvaney of San Jose State University will talk about the challenges facing our society in the move to decrease greenhouse gas emissions in a livestream on Facebook and Zoom at 8 p.m. today.

Mulvaney is a professor in the Environmental Studies Department at San Jose State University and a fellow with the Payne Institute for Public Policy at the Colorado School of Mines. His research includes work on just transitions, solar energy commodity chains, and natural resource development. Mulvaney’s book Solar Power: Innovation, Sustainability, Environmental Justice was published by the University California Press (2019).

View on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/195291337192049/live/

View on Zoom at: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83113438020?pwd=d3pZcjNyYW9uVmZUTy9vc2ZIN0UwUT09

Meeting ID: 831 1343 8020

Passcode: 2021

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