Thursday, November 9 from 6-7pm. Online.

Solar has become one of the least expensive sources for new energy generation. Fields of solar panels are appearing everywhere, including in forests and farmlands. While most people assume that cutting down forests to install solar is not a good idea, this is necessary in order to curb climate change.

We will explore two aspects of the negative impacts of of solar installations on forest land and the viability of alternatives. Michelle Manion, Vice President of Policy & Advocacy at Mass Audubon will discuss the impacts of current trends in solar installation to nature. She will reveal the conclusions of a study commissioned by Mass Audubon on the true cost of more sustainable alternatives. We will also look at the heat island effect of large solar installations and consider their impact on climate goals.

The discussion will be moderated by Beck Mordini, Executive Director of Biodiversity for a Livable Climate. This talk is part of Life Saves the Planet, a partnership between Bio4Climate and the GBH Forum Network.