NAMRA is excited to announce a three-part series featuring activists and experts who are leading the efforts to expose the myth that hydropower from megadams is “renewable and clean.”
Webinar 1 – New developments in the campaign to stop the NECEC export corridor for Canadian hydropower through Maine to Massachusetts
Wednesday, March 3, 2021 from 6 – 7:30 pm Eastern Standard Time
Massachusetts’ recently released “Decarbonization Roadmap” claims Canadian hydropower will help the state reduce emissions and promote climate justice. First Nations in Canada and the facts say otherwise: the proposal to import 1,200 megawatts of Canadian hydropower via New England Clean Energy Connect is environmental racism and a climate disaster. Indigenous resistance to Hydro-Quebec and export corridors like NECEC is growing and lawsuits are happening. New export corridors proposed in the U.S. will drive more dams on Indigenous lands and waters and environmental racism. Join us at 6 pm ET on March 3rd to find out the latest!
Our webinar will feature:
- Kevin Cassidy, Senior Staff Attorney, Lewis and Clark Law School, Earthrise Law Center: Updates on the recent federal lawsuit to stop NECEC and the grassroots organizing campaign. Explain the flaws in Massachusetts’ plan to use NECEC hydropower to address the climate crisis.
- Meg Sheehan, Coordinator, North American Megadam Resistance Alliance: Why Massachusetts’ claim that Canadian hydropower will reduce the state’s emissions and meet climate justice mandates is at odds with the facts.
- Greg Goubko, Clean Energy Campaigner, Sierra Club Canada Foundation: Updates on the proposed Atlantic Loop corridor in Nova Scotia and Gull Island megadam in Newfoundland & Labrador.
- Deb Pasternak, Director, Massachusetts Chapter of the Sierra Club: Explain current work on decarbonization in Massachusetts.
Webinar 2 – Voices of the Resistance: Indigenous First Nations impacted by Hydro-Quebec’s dams and transmission corridors explain the environmental racism of Canadian hydropower exports to the U.S.
Wednesday, April 7, 2021 from 7-8:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time
In the words of Lucien Wabanonik of the Indigenous Anishnabeg tribe in modern-day Quebec, Hydro-Quebec “is currently operating 33 hydroelectric plants, 130 dams and dykes, flooding 2.6 million acres, and maintaining tens of thousands of kilometers of transmission and distribution lines and roads on our ancestral territories. It doesn’t rightfully own 36% of its total installed electrical capacity, yet we’ve never been compensated for this massive taking, forced to live as second-rate citizens on our own unceded land, and now HQ wants to export this power to Massachusetts.“
Join our webinar to hear from First Nations who will explain first hand why Hydro-Quebec’s electricity is not “clean energy” but environmental racism.
This webinar will show the stark reality behind the “green” claims about Canadian hydropower and the export corridor being promoted by Massachusetts as a climate solution.
Speakers to be announced!
Webinar 3 – Updates on the climate impacts of Canadian hydropower
Wednesday, May 5, 2021 from 7-8:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time
Hydropower has always been a false solution to the climate crisis: large dams and their reservoirs emit potent greenhouse gas emissions, flood thousands of acres of carbon-sequestering forests and trap sediments that impair the ocean’s ability to act as a carbon sink.
This webinar will review new science that confirms why hydropower should not be part of any climate action plan or the Green New Deal.
Roger D. Wheeler, President, Friends of Sebago Lake (FOSL): Roger will talk about the recent book “Blue Deserts” based on the work of Dr. Neu, a renowned oceanographer. The book explains how large dams in the subarctic have undermined the ocean’s ability to act as a carbon sink, cause water temperatures to increase, and contribute to the decline of fisheries in the Gulf of Maine and beyond. Hear more about these often-ignored impacts of Canadian hydropower dams that are promoted as a climate solution.
Additional speakers on the climate impacts of Canadian hydropower to be announced!