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At Good Energy Collective, one of our core goals is to bring people together and wrestle with difficult ideas, respectfully share opinions, and imagine what a more equitable energy future looks like. That’s why we’re kicking off a new virtual film club to think about videos on important energy topics and connect with people like you.

Read on to find out about our first film selection and public webinar discussion!



Today, we’re excited to kick off our new virtual film club, and we hope you'll join us! Going forward, we’ll be proposing (and taking suggestions on) incisive documentaries, superior video journalism, and other programs to watch on a range of energy topics—especially ones that spotlight themes of equity and justice.  

Our first selection is The Return of Navajo Boy, a powerful documentary produced in 2008 by Groundswell Educational Films that shares the Navajo experience of uranium mining in Monument Valley and tracks the reunification of a local family with a long-lost brother. 

Here’s how to participate!

  1. Rent or buy, and then stream, The Return of Navajo Boy from Vimeo or wherever you get your streaming content! 
  2. Hop over to Twitter and join the conversation at #GoodEnergyWatch. What did you think of the documentary? Did it spark an idea or action? We want to know and engage with you! We’ll also be posting some questions for viewers to think about throughout April.
  3. Register now to tune in for our live webinar discussion on April 20 at 6 p.m. ET, with special guest Dr. Tommy Rock, Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Department of Geosciences at Princeton University. Dr. Rock will talk with our executive director, Jessica Lovering, about the film and ongoing issues related to water quality and uranium mining contamination and in the Navajo Nation. Participants will have the chance to ask questions of the speaker in Zoom and engage on Twitter before, during, and after the webinar. 

Looking forward to learning with you!

Event This Week: Historic Research Effort Returns to UMich NERS

On Friday, the University of Michigan’s Department of Nuclear Engineering & Radiological Sciences is celebrating the return of the Michigan Memorial Phoenix Project to its purview with a day of reflection. The event features a big and diverse group of nuclear policy folks who'll discuss a range of issues. At 10 a.m. ET, Jessica will moderate a conversation between two former and one acting assistant secretary for Nuclear Energy in the U.S. Department of Energy on 21st century nuclear power. Tune in for the panel with John Kotek, Rita Baranwal, and Andrew Griffith, and for many other exciting conversations through 1 p.m. ET.

Add it to your calendar: Michigan Memorial Phoenix Project Rededication

To Nuclear or Not to Nuclear?

Last month, Jessica joined Lisa Ann Pinkerton and Christian Roseland in conversation on the podcast Earthlings to share a topline overview of the advanced nuclear reactors in development and opportunities for them to plug into communities. Christian and Lisa Ann also spoke with MV Ramana, a professor at the University of British Columbia, who talked about some of nuclear’s challenges. Listen here!

We were also very proud that Christian said Jessica is “one of the more effective communicators for nuclear power” that he’s met…! ICYMI, she shared some of her best communications advice in a recent Q&A with RENEWPR.

The Mini Microreactor Primer We All Need

Jessica released a memo over at Energy for Growth Hub that explains what counts as a microreactor and assesses the benefits and challenges for these technologies to power microgrids in emerging markets. Check it out here.

Friends at the Atlantic Council

On March 14, Deputy Director Jackie Toth spoke at a roundtable hosted by the Atlantic Council on the nuclear energy innovation ecosystem and U.S. civil nuclear leadership. It was great to see so many familiar faces!
Let’s do this!

—Good Energy Collective

Good Energy Collective is making the progressive case for nuclear energy in a just, climate-friendly future. We invite you to chip in if you are able and share broadly with your networks.

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