You’re invited to join a digital panel discussion, Thinking About Our Post-Pandemic World: Ensuring a Just Recovery for Contra Costa County. See login instructions below.
The COVID-19 pandemic and related economic crisis continue to unfold, even as our country faces a deepening climate emergency and the extreme inequality this moment lays bare. While we face the immediate crisis of dealing with COVID-19 in our lives and communities, we also need to be thinking about answers to questions on longer-term challenges, such as:
■ How can local communities in Contra Costa prepare for and support a recovery that accelerates our moving toward a healthier, more equitable, and clean-energy future?
■ How do we ensure that the communities most vulnerable and impacted by COVID-19 participate in and become a key part of the recovery?
■ What can we do, as leaders and community members, to support transformative solutions to our social, environmental, and economic challenges?
Beth Sawin, a biologist with a Ph.D from MIT, is Co-Founder and Co-Director of the internationally recognized think tank, Climate Interactive. She is an expert on solutions that address climate change while also improving health, well-being, equity, and economic vitality, and originated the term “multisolving” to describe such win-win solutions. Dr. Sawin is in demand as a speaker and publishes widely, from the Stanford Social Innovation Review to U.S. News. She led the scientific team that offered the first assessment of the sufficiency of country pledges to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change in 2008.
Cynthia Mahoney is a physician educator who lives in Danville. She taught and practiced medicine at Stanford, and holds the title of Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine (ret). Dr. Mahoney serves as an Advocate for The Medical Societies Consortium on Climate and Health, is a leader with Citizen’s Climate Lobby, and is a co-founder of Climate Health Now—doctors and health professionals in California who “recognize climate change as the public health and equity emergency of our lifetimes.”
Supervisor Diane Burgis is serving her first term on the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors, representing the largest of the five districts, covering Antioch, Bethel Island, Brentwood, Byron, Discovery Bay, Knightsen, and Oakley in East Contra Costa County, and Blackhawk, Diablo and Tassajara Valley in the southern portion of the district. Her priorities include preservation of the county’s agricultural core, transportation infrastructure, timely emergency response and effective, and efficient delivery of services.
Mariana Moore serves as Director of the Ensuring Opportunity to End Poverty in Contra Costa, a cross-sector initiative bringing collective focus to eliminating poverty in our community. Prior to this, Mariana served as director of the Human Services Alliance of Contra Costa, a coalition of community-based organizations that work in partnership with the local government to meet the needs of low-income residents. Her background includes consulting in strategic counsel, facilitation, and capacity-building services to social sector groups and coalitions.
To access this event on your device, use the “Join Zoom Meeting” link below. (You won’t need a password, as it is securely encrypted in the link.) You’ll be stepped through a short process to download and use a Zoom program that will enable you to see the event live. NOTE: If you already have Zoom installed, just click on the Zoom Meeting link below.
Join Zoom meeting here.
You can also livestream the program on the Contra Costa County Library’s YouTube channel. A recording of the discussion will be available the following day on the Library’s Facebook page, or YouTube channel.
Sponsored by The League of Women Voters of Diablo Valley, the Contra Costa County Library, and 350 Contra Costa.
Thursday, May 28, 3 -4 PM