Climate Justice Day Panelists

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Panel Discussion: Nightmare on Wall Street: Capitalism and the Roots of the Ecological Crisis 

Sunday, Oct 30, 2011, 11:00-12:30

Public Atrium, 60 Wall St.


Chris Williams (Chris Williams is a Long-time environmental activist and Vice President of the Union of Adjunct Faculty at Pace University, where he teaches course in energy and the environment, physics, and chemistry. He is also the chair of the science dept at Packer Collegiate Institute. Check out his book, Ecology and Socialism).

Charlie Komanoff (Komanoff’s work on environmental policy dates to 1971-72, when he co-directed the Council on Economic Priorities’ landmark study of pollution in the U.S. electric power industry, The Price of Power. In 1972-74 he worked as an economist for the NYC Dept. of Environmental Protection, composing highly original analyses that helped stop the Storm King pumped-storage project in the Hudson Highlands and LNG tank farms on Staten Island. Komanoff has published popular and technical articles on air pollution from electric generation and motor vehicles, and he recently contributed the chapter on economic incentives for reducing automotive pollution in Northwest Queens for a study for the Queens borough president.

Komanoff is director of the consulting firm Komanoff Energy Associates, ‘re-founder’ and president emeritus of the renowned advocacy group Transportation Alternatives, a founding trustee of the Tri-State Transportation Campaign, co-ordinator of the pedestrian-rights organization Right Of Way, and director of the Carbon Tax Center. His work combines expertise in policy analysis, a flair for expressing numerical and economic data in concrete terms, and a passion for progressive social change. Komanoff graduated with honors from Harvard College with a B.A. in Applied Mathematics.

For much of his career as a policy analyst, Komanoff has addressed two leading sources of environmental and social harm in industrial societies: electricity generation and motor vehicles.)

Dan Lazare. Dan’s books on the twin crises of American democracy and capitalism (“The Frozen Republic: How the Constitution is Paralyzing Democracy,” “America’s Undeclared War: What Killing our Cities and How to Stop it,” “The Velvet Coup: The Constitution, the Supreme Court, and what’s killing our democracy”) are among the most trenchant things written this area in the past several decades.

Claire Sandberg: is the Co-founder and Executive Director of Frack Action, one of the groups that were instrumental in passing the 2010 gas drilling moratorium in New York State. She also co-founded Water Defense with Mark Ruffalo, which connects the dots between the movements working to stop extreme fossil fuels, such as hydrofracking, tar sands, and mountain top removal.  Ms. Sandberg has organized tenants and workers for the San Francisco Tenants Union, SEIU, and NAGE. She has a B.A. in Literature from Bard College.

Wyldon Fishman : Founder and President of New York Solar Energy Society.

Buck Moorhead – Vice President of NYH2O, a nonprofit advocacy group based in New York City that is dedicated to protecting New York’s water resources from the threat posed by the gas extraction industry.

Cecil Corbin-Mark – Director of Policy of We Act for Environmental Justice. Cecil either currently sits on, or has in the past served on, the following environmental boards, coalitions and committees: New York Jobs with Justice, Center for Environmental Health, Urban Wet Weather FACA for the U.S. EPA, the New York State DEC Urban Air Toxic Committee, New York State Cumulative Risk Assessment Work Group, New York City DEP Water Quality Citizen Advisory Committee, Manhattan Solid Waste Advisory Board, Clean Air Network, Association for Clean Water Action, Clean Products/Clean Production Network, Environmental Justice Fund, Organization of Waterfront Neighborhoods, the NYC Environmental Education Advisory Council. He is also a member of the Steering Committee for the Northeast Environmental Justice Network.

Cecil has lectured on the environment and environmental justice at Hunter College, Teacher’s College, The College of Mount St. Vincent, Buffalo State, Cornell University, Yale School of Forestry, and Columbia University School of Public Health.


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