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Communication Brief: April 21, 2020

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EarthDay - COVID-19 - Resilience

EarthDay – COVID-19 – Resilience

Dear Friends,

I hope that this note finds you and your family healthy and staying safe during this unprecedented time. The COVID-19 pandemic has not only disrupted our daily lives, it has reminded us of the  importance of resilience in our health care and food supply systems and has shown in stark terms the impact that such disruptions can have on our economy and vulnerable populations. Our mission at Resilient Virginia is to inform, educate and activate communities around resiliency planning, so that the impacts of such man-made and natural disasters can be reduced in our homes, our schools, our businesses, and our communities.

EarthDay - ResilienceAs a result of social distancing, we have had to postpone our 2020 educational activities, and are reaching out to Resilient Virginia members and supporters to help us while we reformulate this year’s events. Your contribution today will allow us to bring our Annual Meeting and Resiliency Academy workshops online later this year, as well as support our ongoing news and events updates. You’ll find a wide range of resiliency webinars already posted to our calendar — with topics ranging from regenerative agriculture, to planning for disasters, and economic recovery that promotes a green economy.

EarthDay - ResilienceRemember to tune in to the 50th anniversary celebration of Earth Day on Wednesday, April 22. Check out our Earth Day Resources webpage for ways to connect with digital events around the world and the Commonwealth. While this year’s global celebration may have been converted to online participation because of COVID-19, we note that the first Earth Day took on the environmental crisis of the 20th century and started a movement that created unprecedented progress in federal environmental legislation and local momentum.

EarthDay - Love Your MotherWe think the time is right for citizens and all levels of government to assess their risks, listen to science for answers, and strive to protect ourselves and all living things by working toward a future that respects our unique and fragile earth.  The message was clear 50 years ago.

Here’s how you can support Resilient Virginia’s initiatives to help communities  better adapt to climate, environmental, social, and economic challenges while remaining healthy, vibrant, and safe places to live, work, and raise future generations:

In addition, please connect with us online — like and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. You can also check out our calendar of events and subscribe to our newsletter.

And, since we want to practice what we teach, we have committed to donate 10% of membership proceeds collected between now and June 30 to the Virginia Food Bank to help our fellow Virginians in need during this crisis.

Together, we can become more resilient than ever. Thank you for joining us in creating a more Resilient Virginia for future generations.

Sincerely,
Annette Osso
Managing Director

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Thursday afternoon update: "We can now report that we have restarted our entire pipeline system and that product delivery has commenced to all markets we serve," said Colonial Pipeline.
More information: https://cpcyberresponse.com/

Please continue to get fuel as normal, and only when necessary. ⛽️

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Remember when it wasn't a good idea to panic buy toilet paper last year? 🧻 Please don't do it with gas now! ⛽️ This can create spot shortages at stations, which is what we DON'T want to happen. Colonial Pipeline hopes to resume normal operations soon.
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Due to COVID-19, please check listings for cancellations.
  • ACE Climate Action Group meeting
    Date: May 19, 2021
    Location: Walter Reed Community Center (Room TBD) 2909 16th St S, Arlington, VA

    (1) Updates since our previous month's meeting
    (2) Climate Action planning
    Stephanie Burns, ACE Volunteer
    sdburns13 at gmail.com
    703-862-2092

  • Motivating Local Action to Address Climate Impacts and Build Resilience
    Date: May 25, 2021
    Location:

    This Workshop is for the Committee on Applied Research for Hazard Mitigation and Resilience to gather data for their first consensus report on the theme "Incorporating Future Climate Conditions into Local Actions". The Workshop…

  • Leaders in Energy Circular Economy Working Group Meeting
    Date: May 26, 2021
    Location: Webinar

    Register for event here

    From the Leader's in Energy website: "Join us for our Circular Economy Working Group meetings which are held on…

  • Sixty Minutes with Plug Power CEO, Andy Marsh and Ambassador András Simonyi
    Date: May 28, 2021
    Location:

    Join George Washington University and the Security and Sustainability Forum for the seventh webinar in the Leadership in Our Time webinar series. Andy Marsh, CEO of Plug Power will be interviewed by Ambassador Andrá…

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