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Decolonizing Puerto Rico’s Energy: The Renewable Revolution

November 29, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Decolonizing Puerto Rico's Energy

As Puerto Rico seeks to recover from Hurricane Maria, major decisions are being made about the island’s future.  Will global corporations impose the same old model or will grassroots sustainable alternatives win the day?   What are the implications elsewhere?  

Following a showing of Naomi Klein’s short film, The Battle for Paradise: Naomi Klein Reports from Puerto Rico, which lays out the challenges Puerto Rico faces, Sajed Kamal will share ideas and  examples of successful efforts to make the shift to renewables.  Dr. Kamal, who has taught in the Sustainable International Development department at Brandeis for 20 years, has developed exciting renewable energy projects in the United States, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Armenia, El Salvador and Zimbabwe.

His books include The Renewable Revolution: How We Can Fight Climate Change, Prevent Energy Wars, Revitalize the Economy and Transition to a Sustainable Future, which Bill McKibben endorsed as “Kamal is the navigator we need to sail with confidence into this new century.”

Join us for this important discussion.

Light refreshments

Sajed Kamal, EdD, author of The Renewable Revolution: How We Can Fight Climate Change, Prevent Energy Wars, Revitalize the Economy and Transition to a Sustainable Future (Earthscan, 2011), has been a renewable energy educator internationally for more than thirty years, setting up projects in the USA, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Armenia, El Salvador and Zimbabwe. For over forty years, he has taught at Brandeis University, Boston University, Northeastern University and Antioch New England Graduate School, courses including ‘Renewable Energy and Sustainable Development,’ ‘Sustainable Energy, Technology and Economics’ and ‘International Environmental Issues. He is also a poet, artist, nursery school teacher-consultant, psychotherapist, literary translator and published author of a dozen other books and many articles in a wide range of areas. Recipient of numerous awards for his contributions in multiple areas, he received Boston “Mayor’s First Annual Green Award for Community Leadership in Energy and Climate Protection” (2007), a “Lifetime Achievement Award” by the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (2008), and the “Rachel Carson Award” by Massachusetts Interfaith Power & Light (2012). “The Greener Issue” of The Boston Sunday Globe Magazine on September 28, 2008, featured him as one of the “Six local heroes whose work is having rippling effects—at home and far away—in making the world a better place.”


November 29, 2018
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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