Heimdal Glacier in southern Greenland, in an image captured on Oct. 13, 2015, from NASA Langley Research Center’s Falcon 20 aircraft flying 33,000 feet above mean sea level. (image courtesy NASA Goddard Space Flight Center)

The Earth burns. It also unlocks ancient diseases as it melts and drowns. And every day, more and more human lives are lost, disrupted, or displaced — to soaring economic costs — due to the effects of climate change. Enter the Green New Deal, a proposal sponsored by U.S. Congress members Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA) earlier this year offering a slate of recommendations aiming to address both climate change and the nation’s economic inequality. The Queens Museum — located in Ocasio-Cortez’s congressional district — will host a public assembly inviting the activists, thinkers, and any community member with questions about climate change or the proposal to join.

“The Green New Deal: A Public Assembly” is a free event open to the public and will feature a program of workshops, discussions, and an evening reception. Discussions will be led by invited guests representing a broad range of disciplines (see the full updated list on Eventbrite) and are labeled with titles like “On Energy and Power,” “On Transportation and Power,” and “On Government and Power.” Civic engagement promises to be the theme of the afternoon, and Spanish interpretation services will be provided.

In addition to the Queens Museum, the event is a collaboration of the American Institute of Architects New York (AIA New York), The Architecture Lobby, Francisco J. Casablanca (¿Quién Nos Representa?), and Gabriel Hernández Solano (GND Organizer), together with the Temple Hoyne Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture at Columbia University. For more information, visit the Queens Museum website.

When: November 17, 2019, 10 am-6 pm
Where: Queens Museum (Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens, New York)

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Eric Vilas-Boas is the former managing editor of Hyperallergic. He has previously worked at Thrillist, Esquire, SPIN, Donorschoose.org, and his writing has appeared at Vulture, Slashfilm, Lit Hub, Paste,...