emPower, an umbrella organization for environmental student groups at Brown University held a Teach-In on Trump & the Environment last Thursday and just release a video of the event available here. Moderated by undergraduate Lauren Maunus, the panel featured Elizabeth Hoover, assistant professor of American studies, Matthew Hodgetts, Ph.D. candidate in political science, Stephen Porder, associate professor of ecology and evolutionary biology and Timmons Roberts, professor of sociology and environmental studies.
The event consisted of approximately 10 minutes of introductions, then 45 minutes of prepared questions for the panel, followed by 30 minutes of open Q&A with panelists and attendees. Topics discussed included:
- The role of science in the Donald Trump administration and historical precedent for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) gag order, climate denial in the federal government, etc.
- Impacts of proposed Trump policies on different groups domestically and internationally (and particularly on indigenous communities in the US).
- The future of renewable energy growth and energy policy at the state and national level.
- Connections between environmental and other growing social justice movements in response to Trump.
- Policymaking and enforcement at the local level (through zoning, real estate, local waterway management organizations, etc.)
Approximately 300 people attended, from universities, environmental organizations, and community groups across Rhode Island. Groups that spoke during the open Q&A/discussion included, ECRI, Energize RI Coalition, Save the Bay, Woonasquatucket River Watershed Council, Sierra Club of RI, Audubon Society of RI and the Rhode Island Student Climate Coalition.