Yesterday, I helped set up for a web conference between a meeting of policy analysts here at the Center for American Progress and a group of policy analysts at the United Nations Climate Change Conference, COP-17, in Durban, South Africa. For eco-nerds such as myself, the UN Climate Change Conferences are a big deal, even though every year we get our hopes up only to be severely disappointed in the ability of the world’s leaders to work together to really solve the pressing issue of climate change. But still, sitting in on the conference and listening to these experts in the field discuss the issue of Europe including all flights (including flights from the US) in their emissions trading scheme, which would impose taxes on the airlines, was really cool. Obviously, this is a very controversial topic and it was very interesting to hear the analysts discuss how they think this will play out between Europe, the US, and the airlines. It has been so cool to sit in on panels, conferences, and meetings related to environmental issues. I’ve learned so much over the semester by attending them. They are a great part of the experience.
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So this last week was crunch week at Alta Gracia. Most college bookstores place their orders for the fall semester around this time in the spring. Last week we had many many events around the country and that meant a lot of outreach and press work for me!
Additionally, there were several big events this past weekend that I needed to put in a lot of work around. There was a conference of bookstore managers and we are really pushing Alta Gracia hard to them because in a lot of cases they have the power to make the decision to support or not support Alta Gracia and living wage, union-neutral working conditions. For this conference (and for a few other events including a big sustainable products fair at UC-Berkeley), I put together a video of two workers from the Alta Gracia factory speaking about their experiences. You can find it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GlMpCdNjV3Y
And as a bonus for me, since I’ve put in all this extra work during times that I do not normally work, I got to take the day off today and work on my photography critique.
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