EVENTS

You’re invited! Our 2021 events series focuses primarily on the connections between climate change, health inequities, systemic racism, and nuclear abolition.

Below please find events hosted by SF Bay PSR and other PSR chapters, as well as important events of interest to members. Please click the sign-up button above to receive our monthly events email. Events are open to everyone (not just health professionals).

EARTH DAY is APRIL 22! Celebrate by donating to SF Bay PSR and attending our April 28 event!

Electrification of Buildings: Climate, Health, Justice

Wednesday, April 28, 7:00-8:30pm, PT, online

REGISTER HERE

After industry and transportation, buildings are a top emitter of green-house gases. Electrification of buildings is a critical step toward decarbonization, improved health, and health equity. Natural gas appliances and heaters are proven to increase indoor air pollution and exacerbate conditions such as asthma. The health harms from indoor pollution are compounded by the high outdoor air pollution levels in California, per the American Lung Association’s State of the Air 2020 report. Also, while 98% of Californians live in counties with a failing grade for at least one air pollution measurement, a person of color is three times more likely to live in a county with failing grades in all measurements.

California is at a critical turning point with several ground-breaking transportation and building decarbonization bills moving through the legislature that we are amplifying and supporting with our health professional voice. In addition, we need to continue our coalition efforts toward pushing the California Energy Commission (CEC) to demonstrate climate health leadership by developing a 2022 building energy code cycle to require all-electric new construction statewide.

Diane Bailey is executive director of Menlo Spark, a community nonprofit aiming to help the City of Menlo Park and the region become carbon neutral. She also leads the Campaign for Fossil Free Buildings in Silicon Valley. Previously, Diane worked at the Natural Resources Defense Council, Citizens for a Better Environment in Chicago, and a local transportation planning agency in Houston. She is a certified Climate Change Professional (CC-P), and holds a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Washington University and a master’s degree in environmental engineering from Rice University.

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Brady Seals is a manager in RMI’s Carbon-Free Buildings program where she works at the junction of air quality, buildings, and human health. She engages stakeholders in rapidly transitioning to clean energy solutions that deliver environmental, health, and economic benefits. She is a lead author, in partnership with PSR and other organizations, of a recent report on the health effects from gas stoves. Prior to this role, Brady spent 11 years working in over 16 countries to accelerate the transition from highly polluting wood stoves to cleaner, more efficient cookstoves that are also more protective of human health.

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Antonio Díaz is the organizational director at PODER—People Organizing to Demand Economic and Environmental Rights, a grassroots environmental justice organization based in San Francisco. Antonio has over 20 years of experience developing and implementing policies and programs that address a range of climate and environmental issues. PODER organizes with Latinx immigrant families and youth to put into practice people-powered solutions that are locally based, community-led and environmentally just. Originally from Texas, Antonio was a founder of People Organized in Defense of Earth and her Resources (PODER), a grassroots environmental justice organization in Austin, Texas, and the Southwest Network for Environmental and Economic Justice, a bi-national environmental justice movement alliance. Antonio served as a member of the National Advisory Committee for the First National People of Color Environmental Leadership Summit. In an effort to successfully create an environmentally sustainable city, Antonio has connected the success of PODER’s local work to regional, state, national and international alliances, including through San Francisco Rising, Bay Rising, California Environmental Justice Alliance, and the Climate Justice Alliance. www.podersf.org

READINGS & RESOURCES

Menlo Spark: Ten Truths about Natural Gas
UCLA School of Public Health Study: Effects of residential Gas Appliances on Indoor and Outdoor Air Quality and Public Health in California
Scientific American: California is Closing the Door to Gas in New Homes
PODER: Climate Equity & Community Engagement in Building Electrification Toolkit

Rocky Mountain Institute: Why Is Indoor Air Pollution Largely Unregulated?
Rocky Mountain Institute: Three Key Takeaways from California’s First Workshop on Health Impacts of Gas Stoves
Rocky Mountain Institute: California Can’t Wait on All-Electric New Building Code

The Costs and Savings of going All-Electric Infographic
Find more resources about decarbonizing your home and buildings at fossilfreebuildings.org

OTHER EVENTS OF INTEREST

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In the Dark Valley

A film featuring PSR-LA’s Dr. Bob Dodge and Denise Duffield
Cleveland International Film Festival

April 8 – 20, 2021, online
BUY TICKETS: $10

In the Dark of the Valley is the first feature film to focus on the Santa Susana Field Laboratory, a former nuclear and rocket-engine testing site near Los Angeles. The film is an in-depth exploration into the site’s long history of cover-ups and negligence by site owners Boeing, NASA, and the Department of Energy. It also tells the harrowing story of how a community of mothers, led by Melissa Bumstead, have dealt with the struggles of childhood cancer and their new found life of environmental advocacy.

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Make it a double feature and watch . . .

DARK CIRCLE

An award-winning, anti-nuclear film by SF Bay PSR member Judy Irving, and Christopher Beaver and Ruth Landy

For every ticket purchased, $2 will be donated to Physicians for Social Responsibility! (Thank you Judy!)

WATCH HERE
READ MORE
MORE STREAMING OPTIONS HERE

It’s been 75 years since the start of the Atomic Age, with the U.S. nuclear bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki killing hundreds of thousands of civilians, but its trail of destruction has never ended.

Dark Circle covers both the period’s beginnings and its aftermath, providing a scientific primer on the catastrophic power of nuclear energy while also relating tragic human stories detailing the devastating toll radioactive toxicity has taken on people and livestock—focusing in large part on Rocky Flats, Colorado, whose plutonium processing facility infamously contaminated the surrounding area.

Documentary Grand Prize winner at Sundance, Academy shortlisted for Best Documentary, and Emmy winner, Dark Circle is no less potent today than it was 40 years ago. The new 2K HD Restoration done at FotoKem was assisted by AMPAS and supervised by co-director Judy Irving.

Dark Circle is one of the most horrifying films I’ve seen, and also sometimes one of the funniest (if you can laugh at the same things in real life that you found amusing in Dr. Strangelove). Using powers granted by the Freedom of Information Act, and sleuthing that turned up government film the government didn’t even know it had, the producers of this film have created a mosaic of the Atomic Age. It is a tribute to the power of the material, and to the relentless digging of the filmmakers, that the movie is completely riveting. Four Stars!” – Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

“You owe it to yourself to see this chilling documentary. A much-needed warning sign on a very dangerous road. Rated: A.” – People Magazine

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China, the U.S. and the Risk of Nuclear War

Hosted by PSR Pioneer Valley & Back from the Brink Western Massachusetts

Wednesday, April 7, 2021, online
4:00 PM – 5:30 PM PT (7:00 – 8:30pm ET)
REGISTER HERE: FREE

Join experts Rachel Esplin Odell, Tong Zhao, and Zia Mian for an important conversation on China, the U.S. and the risk of nuclear war.

Rachel Esplin Odell: Research Fellow in the Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft, Washington, D.C. An expert on U.S. strategy in Asia, Chinese foreign policy, and the intersection of international law and maritime security.

Tong Zhao: Senior Fellow in the Nuclear Policy Program, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, based in Beijing at the Carnegie–Tsinghua Center for Global Policy. Research focuses on strategic security issues, such as nuclear weapons policy, arms control, and China’s security and foreign policy.

Zia Mian: physicist and Co-Director of the Program on Science and Global Security, Princeton University. Research focuses on aspects of nuclear weapons, arms control, nonproliferation, and disarmament. Board Member, Arms Control Association, and Steering Committee, Physicists Coalition for Nuclear Threat Reduction.

Michael Klare (moderator): Professor Emeritus of Peace and World Security Studies, Hampshire College. Senior Visiting Fellow, Arms Control Association and co-founder, Committee for a SANE U.S.-China Policy.

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Toward an Evidence-Based Nuclear Energy Policy

Hosted by the Environmental and Energy Study Institute

WATCH the recording HERE

On March 30, the Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) held an online briefing exploring the faulty economics of the U.S. nuclear power industry, and how to thoughtfully approach decommissioning as more civilian reactors are shut down due to health, safety and other concerns. Issues include dealing responsibly with enormous amounts of legacy high-level radioactive waste, and not shipping it to, and potentially poisoning poor communities, largely of color, as has been promoted by the nuclear industry and regulatory bodies it holds great sway over.

The briefing also provided a trenchant critique of the current promotion of nuclear power to fight global warming, including the hyping of “advanced reactors,” and dangerous plans to extend the licenses of old and increasingly brittle plants. In contrast, speakers provided compelling evidence that renewable and sustainable energy options are increasingly available worldwide to provide the far cheaper and quicker decarbonization that we urgently need, without the risks of catastrophic leaks, accidents or weapons proliferation.

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Nuclear Mixer conversation series

Hosted by N Square DC Hub in partnership with PopTech

Thursday, April 8, 1:30 – 2:30pm PT (4:30 – 5:30 pm ET)
REGISTRATION REQUIRED by April 7, at 5pm PT: Email sara@nsquarecollaborative.org

Nuclear Mixers are interactive events, so come prepared to participate and do tune-in with a drink/snack of your choice.

Climate change and the potential for nuclear catastrophe, either intentional or accidental, are two of the greatest threats to human survival. Exploring the linkages between these existential threats has the potential to foster co-operative strategies necessary to address both. Our featured speakers have dedicated their careers to a safer and more sustainable world in the context of nuclear risk reduction and climate change. Their candid insights will guide an interactive discussion on the benefits of exploring these threats in a more integrated manner.

Dr. Emma Belcher, president, Ploughshares Fund
David Gelber, co-founder and chairman of The Years Project

READING
The World Future Council: Report on the linkages between climate change and nuclear security
The Nation: When talking about climate change, we can’t forget about nuclear weapons
Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists: We need a Green New Deal for Nuclear Weapons

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The course below has already started but you could still join.

UCSF’s Medicare for All Elective

Hosted by UCSF Medical Students

March 30 – June 8, 2021, at Noon, online
REGISTER HERE

All are welcome, but you may only receive credit if you are a UCSF student. It is completely free, so please forward widely!

Interested in health policy? Think everyone deserve access to healthcare? Want to hear from thought leaders across multiple fields from all around the country?  The incredible roster of speakers from different backgrounds (physicians, nurses, politicians, economists, journalists) will speak to the prudence and urgency of a single-payer health system in the United States. If you are interested in single-payer or even curious about what Medicare for All means, please come to this exciting new elective lecture series!

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Uprooting Racism in Medicine: Where do we go from here?

Aired on March 22, 2021, on KPFA.org

READ MORE and LISTEN HERE

with Dr. Jeff Ritterman, SF Bay PSR board member, and Dr. Nadia Gaber, post-doctoral fellow with the UCSF Program on Reproductive Health and the Environment

In the US, Black and other ethnic minority groups are hit the hardest by Covid-19, creating a renewed focus on racism in healthcare. There are so many false beliefs that many doctors and other healthcare providers still work from. When doctors are blind to their racist beliefs and attitudes it can lead to less effective treatments, more pain, humiliation, and even death. It’s time that doctors, medical students, and other health care professionals take anti-racist study seriously and get support to see bias in themselves and in others.

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A Just Recovery Gathering

Hosted by 350.0rg

Friday, April 9 – 11, 2021, a three-day event online
REGISTER HERE

The Global Just Recovery Gathering is a three-day, fully online event with hands-on trainings, interactive workshops, and a powerful lineup of climate leaders from all over the world. The Gathering is for everyone — whether you’re a seasoned organizer or new to the movement — to come together to design new pathways to build a better future for all.

At the Gathering, you will build your skills, strengthen relationships, and hear from movement leaders, artists, musicians, and climate activists in every corner of the world. Bill McKibben, Naomi Klein, Hakima Abbas, Vandana Shiva, Ailton Krenak, Nnimmo Bassey and Eriel Deranger have all confirmed participation, and more will be announced soon!

Racial Equity Reading Group

Next discussions on Wednesdays, April 14, May 19, June 30, September 30, November 17
7:00 pm PT, online

To join please email tara@sfbaypsr.org.
All are welcome (not just health professionals).

You’re invited! SF Bay PSR has launched an informal reading and discussion group to learn more about issues of structural racism and inequity, particularly as they negatively impact public health and medicine.
READ MORE.

SF Bay PSR Committee Meetings

Environmental Health Committee

NEXT meeting will be on Wednesday, April 21, 2021, 7:00 pm, via Zoom.
Meetings are held on Wednesdays, every other month on Feb 17, April 21, June 16, Aug 18, Oct 20, Dec 15

EHC members continue to work energetically during the pandemic on wide-ranging collaborative efforts to engage health professional students and institutions to address the unceasing threats of our climate to our health.

Nuclear Weapons Abolition Committee

NEXT meeting will be on Thursday, May 13, 2021, 7:00 pm, via Zoom
Meetings are held on Thursdays, every other month on Jan 14, Mar 11, May 13, July 8, Sept 9, Nov 11

NWAC is composed of health professionals and others working locally to influence public awareness, civic engagement, and national policy to build a nuclear weapons free world. Toward the latter, we frame our work through our Back from the Brink campaign and its policy platforms.

To join a committee please email tara@sfbaypsr.org

Read more about our committees on the EHC and NWAC pages.

WATCH Archived Events HERE

SF Bay PSR Hosted Events Calendar

Apr
14
Wed
Racial Equity Reading Group @ Zoom
Apr 14 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Readings and discussion topics can be found here.

Apr
21
Wed
Environmental Health Committee @ Zoom
Apr 21 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Environmental Health Committee

2021 Meetings will be held every other month on WEDNESDAYS in Feb, April 21, June 16, August 18, Oct 20, Dec 15
7:00 – 9:00 pm

EHC members continue to work energetically during the pandemic on wide-ranging collaborative efforts to engage health professional students and institutions to address the unceasing threats of our climate to our health.

To join a committee please email tara@sfbaypsr.org

Read more about our committees on the EHC and NWAC pages.

Apr
28
Wed
Electrification of Buildings: Climate, Health, Justice @ on zoom
Apr 28 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Electrification of Buildings: Climate, Health, Justice

Wednesday, April 28, 7:00-8:30pm, PT, online

REGISTER HERE

After industry and transportation, buildings are a top emitter of green-house gases. Electrification of buildings is a critical step toward decarbonization, improved health, and health equity. Natural gas appliances and heaters are proven to increase indoor air pollution and exacerbate conditions such as asthma. The health harms from indoor pollution are compounded by the high outdoor air pollution levels in California, per the American Lung Association’s State of the Air 2020 report. Also, while 98% of Californians live in counties with a failing grade for at least one air pollution measurement, a person of color is three times more likely to live in a county with failing grades in all measurements.

California is at a critical turning point with several ground-breaking transportation and building decarbonization bills moving through the legislature that we are amplifying and supporting with our health professional voice. In addition, we need to continue our coalition efforts toward pushing the California Energy Commission (CEC) to demonstrate climate health leadership by developing a 2022 building energy code cycle to require all-electric new construction statewide.