Speaking on Green New Deal

Richard Walker

Richard Walker, a member of the Chavez Park Conservancy Board, will be speaking at the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco on Wednesday October 30 at 6 pm on the subject “New Deal to Green New Deal.”

Walker is Professor Emeritus of Geography at UC Berkeley and author of a number of books and numerous articles on urban issues, including park development. His The Country in the City: The Greening of the San Francisco Bay Area chronicles decades of movements that resulted in the urban parks systems we enjoy today. His most recent book is Pictures of a Gone City: Tech and the Dark Side of Prosperity in the San Francisco Bay Area, an encyclopedic and impassioned view of what’s right and wrong with Bay Area development. Walker is a founding member and Secretary of the Living New Deal, a nonprofit that offers a broad and deep historical review of the 1930s New Deal, a legacy that still lives among us.

The Green New Deal, of course, is a program introduced earlier this year in the U.S. House of Representatives by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA). It blends the economic approach of Franklin Delano Roosevelt with current responses to the climate crisis in terms of energy conservation and efficiency.

The Commonwealth Club is located at 110 The Embarcadero, San Francisco 94105. Check in is at 5:30. Program begins at 6 pm. For tickets go here. The location is a 5-minute walk from the Embarcadero BART station.

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