[This summer, my older son is extending his prior efforts to help combat climate change by interning with the amazing Climate Just Cities project. That project is part of the long legacy of American environmental activism, so this week I’ve highlighted a handful of such activisms. Leading up to this special weekend post on Climate Just Cities!]
On a few links (beyond the interview hyperlinked above) that help frame the many layers of this vital 21st century initiative.
Professor Joan Fitzgerald: As that interview also reflects, the Project was started by Joan Fitzgerald, a Professor of Public Policy and Urban Affairs at Northeastern University (and the supervisor for my son’s internship). That first hyperlink leads to her profile with the Scholars Strategy Network and its Boston Chapter (of which I’m a co-leader), a page that captures much of her writing and activism and also itself illustrates her commitment to truly public scholarship, research, and service. That’s all at the core of the Project as well.
Greenprint for a Climate Just City: That 2021 working paper embodies a great deal of what the Project is working for and toward, and many of the practical and tangible initiatives through which it and all of us can achieve those goals.
Greenovation: Urban Leadership on Climate Change (2022): Like most of us trying to do public scholarly work, Fitzgerald is doing so through a wide variety of forms and media, including this recent Oxford University Press book which includes not only her own research and analysis and arguments, but also “interviews with practitioners and elected officials” among other resources.
The Boston Climate Progress Report: While of course these issues and challenges face every American and every global community, it’s not a coincidence that the Project is located in Boston, a city that both faces climate crisis with particular urgency and that features many individuals and communities (including the new Mayor) at the forefront of the efforts to confront that crisis. I’m very excited for my son to become more and more connected to those local and regional as well as scholarly and global efforts this summer!
Next series stars Monday,
PS. What do you think? American environmental voices or efforts you’d highlight?