Energy production and consumption has historically most negatively impacted Black, Brown, Indigenous, and low-income communities, forcing them to bear the brunt of the pollution, dangerous policies, and climate change impacts. Switching to a clean-energy economy is not only essential for combatting the climate crisis – it is absolutely essential for fighting systemic racism. The good news is that it is possible. Today we’ll be joined by Shalanda Baker to discuss her amazing book, Revolutionary Power and discuss how energy relates to justice and how we can make the clean energy revolution a reality.
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About the guest:
Shalanda Baker is the Deputy Director for Energy Justice in the Office of Economic Impact and Diversity at the U.S. Department of Energy. Prior to her appointment, she was a Professor of Law, Public Policy and Urban Affairs at Northeastern University. She has spent over a decade conducting research on the equity dimensions of the global transition away from fossil fuel energy to cleaner energy resources. She is the author of over a dozen articles, book chapters, and essays on renewable energy law, energy justice, energy policy, and renewable energy development. She is the Co-Founder and former Co-Director of the Initiative for Energy Justice (http://www.iejusa.org), an organization committed to providing technical law and policy support to communities on the frontlines of climate change. Her new book, Revolutionary Power: An Activist’s Guide to the Energy Transition, argues that energy policy should be the next domain to advance civil rights.