Brooklyn Public Library

Brooklyn Public Library, one of the nation’s largest public library systems, is addressing climate change through programming that reflects the diversity of the borough.

Program series such as Climate Wednesday: Solutions for a Cooler Brooklyn and The Green Series bring together experts, activists, writers, artists, and community members for engaging discussions and workshops. Alongside these programs, artist residencies and exhibitions support the expression of sustainable and ecological themes in library spaces. BPL’s new Greenpoint Library and Environmental Education Center offers programs, information, and special collections that raise awareness of the local environment. The Greenpoint branch also provides space for community and environmental groups to hold meetings and programs.

Podcasts & Blog Posts

Climate Reads

Upcoming Events
To be announced

Past Events

The Veins of the Ocean | 7/28/21
For July’s Climate Reads, we will be discussing The Veins of the Ocean by Patricia Engel.

Braiding Sweetgrass with Leah Stokes, Kathleen Dean Moore, and Dr. Jessica Hernandez | 6/29/21
Co-presented with Orion Magazine, and with Writers Rebel NYC, this Climate Reads will discuss Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall-Kimmerer.

Lauren Groff’s Florida with Gerard, Hall & Freeman | 5/25/21
Co-presented with Orion Magazine, and with Writers Rebel NYC, Climate Reads returns to discuss Florida by Lauren Groff. This event will be moderated by Sarah Gerard, and will include editor John Freeman and Executive Committee Vice Chair of the Suncoast Sierra Club, Erica Hall.

Eiger Dreams with Conrad Anker and Dr. Fred Campbell | 4/21/21
Host Conrad Anker, one of the most prolific explorers and mountaineers alive today, will be joined by Dr. Fred Campbell of the 2020 Reel Rock film Black Ice, to discuss Eiger Dreams by Jon Krakauer.

Bangkok Wakes to Rain by Pitchaya Sudbanthad | 3/23/21
For our March Climate Reads, we welcome the rainy season with this prescient novel by Pitchaya Sudbanthad, a member of Writers Rebel NYC, the co-presenting organization behind the series. This book is a layered tale set in a world trying to stay afloat in an increasingly wet world.

The One-Straw Revolution: An Introduction to Natural Farming by Masanobu Fukuoka | 2/23/21
For the February Climate Reads, journalist Amanda Little leads a discussion of Masanobu Fukuoka’s The One-Straw Revolution: An Introduction to Natural Farming.

Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead by Olga Tokarczuk | 1/20/21
For the January Climate Reads, Alexandra Kleeman leads a discussion of Olga Tokarczuk’s Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead with novelist Jeff VanderMeer and the Center for Biological Diversity’s Kieran Suckling.

Green Series

Upcoming Events

To be announced

Past Events

Dara McAnulty’s Diary of a Young Naturalist, hosted by Jess Turner | 5/21/21
Join Greenpoint Library and Environmental Education Center for our June Green Series with the winner of the Wainright Prize for UK nature writing, Dara McAnulty. He’ll discuss his new book Diary of a Young Naturalist with Jess Turner.

Melina Laboucan-Massimo on Renewable Energy & Indigenous Communities | 4/14/21
Just in time for Earth Day, join us for a special talk with Melina Laboucan-Massimo on renewable energy and indigenous communities.

Jenny Offill Discusses Weather | 3/9/21
For the March Green Series, Jenny Offill discusses her novel Weather, now in paperback. From the beloved author of the nationwide best seller Dept. of Speculation – one of The New York Times Book Review‘s Ten Best Books of the Year – a “darkly funny and urgent” (NPR) tour de force about a family, and a nation, in crisis.

Michal Mann on The New Climate War with Sasha Sagan | 2/17/21

On February 17th, 2021, acclaimed climatologist Michael Mann discussed his new book The New Climate War with Sasha Sagan.

Climate Wednesdays: Solutions for a Cooler Brooklyn

How can Brooklynites confront the climate crisis? What needs to change, and how can we make sure that change will be equitable? In this series presented by 350 Brooklyn, thinkers and activists share their ideas about the crisis and offer strategies for effective action.

Upcoming Events

Brooklyn’s Battery Breakthrough: How Four Branch Libraries are Charging Ahead | 12/1/21
Take a virtual tour of NYC’s first-ever solar plus energy storage systems, housed at four Brooklyn Public Library branches that were hit hard by Superstorm Sandy in 2012. Even when extreme weather knocks out the electrical grid, Brooklynites will be able to charge phones and other devices at these four branches. This event is a collaboration of 350Brooklyn, Brooklyn Public Library, and Solar One, a non-profit education, training and technical assistance organization, which is installing the solar plus battery systems. 

Past Events

Regulations vs. Renewables: Challenges in Meeting New York’s Climate Goals | 11/17/21
New York City has ambitious goals for renewable energy, but city regulations and red tape pose tough challenges. What must change so we can quickly bring solar energy and battery storage to our neighborhoods and slash greenhouse gas emissions throughout the city? Our speakers will identify the major hurdles, offer solutions for removing them and explain how we can all get involved. This event is a collaboration of 350Brooklyn, Brooklyn Public Library, and Solar One, a non-profit education, training and technical assistance organization.

Active Hope: Emotional Resilience in the Face of the Climate Crisis | 10/27/21
This workshop will offer tools for nurturing our spirits as we acknowledge and confront climate anxiety. We’ll follow practices from Joanna Macy and Chris Johnstone’s Active Hope: How to Face the Mess We’re in Without Going Crazy: telling stories, exploring new sources of personal and collective power, and sharing ideas for turning our hopes into action.

Bringing Solar Home: A Town Hall for New Yorkers | 10/20/21
Can we go solar even if we rent our homes or we don’t have much cash to invest? Yes we can! Come learn about community solar for renters, affordable solar programs for low- and middle-income homeowners, and how battery storage can change the future of solar energy in New York City. This event is a collaboration of 350Brooklyn, Brooklyn Public Library, and Solar One, a non-profit education, training and technical assistance organization.

Financing a Fossil Fuel-Free Future | 5/19/21
The corporate world is feeling pressure to stop financing fossil fuel projects and start measuring the impact of climate change on their bottom lines. The Biden administration is talking up the need to invest in a green recovery and put the country on the path to a decarbonized economy. How much of this is real and how much is hype? And how can we push business and government to finally leave fossil fuels behind and redirect their immense financial power toward solving the climate crisis?

(Em)powering Our Neighborhoods: Bringing Green Energy Home | 4/21/21
Most New Yorkers can’t install their own rooftop solar, so community-based renewable energy is an essential climate solution for our city. Who’s building these projects, and what policies would help? Where do social justice and energy innovation intersect? Join Summer Sandoval of UPROSE, Carlos Garcia of NYC-Environmental Justice Alliance, and others for a discussion of community-based green energy initiatives that slash pollution and cut energy bills while delivering good green jobs.

Covering Climate: What is the Media Missing | 3/24/21
Media outlets are starting to put more resources into covering the worsening climate crisis. But what’s taking so long? Why aren’t there more full-time climate reporters, and why aren’t there more stories connecting “everyday issues” to climate change? What’s the toll from the decline of local journalism, and how does it affect coverage of environmental justice? Hear former New York Times journalist Andrew Revkin, media watchdog Genevieve Guenther, and other examine common flaws in climate reporting and how the media can do better.

Green Collar Jobs: Making a Living, Forging a Better World | 9/16/20
With over a million New Yorkers out of work and a steadily warming climate, our communities need green jobs now more than ever. As the fossil fuel industry loses ground, we’ll need more and more people with the skills to build our green future. A “green recovery” can create the jobs people need while revitalizing our neighborhoods, transforming our energy infrastructure and healing our ecosystems. Where are the climate-friendly jobs now, where will they be in the coming years, and how can New York create more of them in a way that promotes social and environmental justice?

Natural Allies: Working with Nature to Combat Climate Change | 8/26/20
Brooklynites love urban nature. And not only do parks, waterways, and shady streets create healthier neighborhoods and a better quality of life – they can also help us confront the climate crisis. City trees cool sweltering “heat islands”, clean the air, and absorb carbon dioxide. Healthy coastal wetlands protect our shorelines from storm surges. Green roofs and composting can play a pivotal role in the climate fight. How can we enlist natural forces to promote a livable climate? And how can we share nature’s benefits equitably in our city?

Where to Next? Fossil-Free Transportation in a Pandemic and Beyond | 7/22/20
Transportation is the #2 source of greenhouse gas emissions in New York City. We have the nation’s most extensive subway system and the slowest bus service. With the Covid-19 pandemic comes a new set of mass transit woes. But bicycling is surging, and a whole slew of New Yorkers are avoiding the commute altogether as they check into work via Zoom. How can we get our troubled public transit system back on track and headed where we need to go in a climate-friendly way?

Our Bodies, Our Planet: Public Health and the Climate Crisis | 2/12/20
What is the impact of the climate crisis on our bodies? Fossil fuels already affect the health of New Yorkers, with some communities suffering far greater harm than others. As we fight warming temperatures, pollution and natural disasters, can we use this moment to create a healthier city for all?