March 31, 2017
Dear CEC Community,
These days, every headline seems to shout an alarmist message. If you have a sense of media fatigue, you’re not alone.
So let’s do something together.
As we head into Earth Month, let’s gather, get organized, and support those working for the future of the earth. Let’s work together to protect fundamental human rights to clean air, clean water, healthy food, and a stable climate.
Here’s my antidote to efforts to defund federal environmental protections and dismantle national climate policies: build community.
This April, I invite you to dedicate your time and energy to the planet by joining CEC for beautifully-filmed documentaries, science marches and climate rallies, notable speakers like Paul Hawken, and one of Santa Barbara’s oldest and most defining festivals, Earth Day.
Let's make this a month where we map out a plan to create change together. And let’s have some fun doing it.
Seek solutions with us during Earth Month.
Make plans to take part in CEC's Earth Month activities, and stay tuned for more opportunities to act this spring.
Carpinteria Open Streets 2017 – Saturday, April 1
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Linden Avenue, Carpinteria.
Join in a free day of family-oriented physical activity, and see all the car-free fun to be had in our region. Co-sponsored by CEC. Learn more.
March & Rally Sign Making – Sunday, April 2 (and every Sunday in April)
12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m., Art from Scrap.
What message do you want to share? Explore Ecology is hosting an open workshop every Sunday in April for you to create activist signs to carry at the March for Science (April 22) and People's Climate Mobilization rally (April 29).
Antarctica: Ice & Sky FREE Film Screening – Wednesday, April 5
6:00 p.m., Fleischmann Auditorium at Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History.
See the Santa Barbara premiere of a stunning documentary from "March of the Penguins" director Luc Jacquet that details the life work of French glaciologist Claude Lorius. His groundbreaking research in Antarctica gave the first clear evidence of man-made global climate change. FREE, with complimentary food and beverages from SB Popcorn and Topa Topa Brewing. See the trailer.
Curated Cocktails – Thursday, April 6
Central Coast Bioneers Film Showcase – Sunday, April 9
7:00 p.m., Santa Barbara Museum of Contemporary Art.
CEC is the featured non-profit for the First Thursday exhibit of Berlin-based collective Rimini Protokoll: City as Stage. Engage with an environmental ‘curated question’ to provoke thoughtful discussions. Learn more.
5:00 p.m., Santa Barbara City College Fe Bland Auditorium.
A series of films capturing highlights from the 2016 National Bioneers Conference – including Bren Smith, founder of GreenWave and winner of the 2015 Buckminster Fuller Challenge award, sharing his future vision for "restorative 3-D ocean farming." Co-sponsored by CEC. Learn more.
Community Forum on Climate Change – Wednesday, April 19
12:00-2:00 p.m., Louise Lowry Davis Rec Center.
CEC's Energy & Climate Program Director Michael Chiacos and board member Karl Hutterer will speak at this League of Women Voters event. Learn more.
CEC’s Santa Barbara Earth Day Festival – Saturday, April 22 & Sunday, April 23
11:00 a.m.- 7:00 p.m., Alameda Park.
Celebrate and take a stand on the Central Coast’s resolve to protect the climate and natural resources. We need exhibitors, students, volunteers, artists, sponsors and activists to help create this annual event, which pulls together about 30,000 people for two days of celebration, education, and action. Learn more.
March for Science – Saturday, April 22
11:00 a.m., De La Guerra Plaza.
Join a nationwide movement to champion support and funding for science, science-based policy, and diversity. This gathering will start in De La Guerra Plaza and march to Alameda Park, ending at the main stage of Santa Barbara Earth Day for the Environmental Hero Award ceremony. Learn more.
Paul Hawken Environmental Hero Award Presentation – Saturday, April 22
2:00 p.m., Earth Day Festival Main Stage at Alameda Park.
Acclaimed author and environmental entrepreneur Paul Hawken will accept CEC's annual award honoring his work to combat climate change. Recipients of Explore Ecology's first annual Environmental Stewardship in Education Awards will also join him on stage. Learn more.
Paul Hawken Public Talk: “Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming” – Saturday, April 22
8:00 p.m., UCSB Campbell Hall.
UCSB Arts & Lectures is hosting CEC’s Environmental Hero to speak about his work as executive director of Project Drawdown, an international coalition of researchers, professionals and scientists who came together to offer a set of realistic and bold solutions to climate change. Register to get a free copy of his new book and buy tickets here.
People’s Climate Mobilization Rally – Saturday, April 29
Begins 12:00 p.m., Santa Barbara City College La Playa Stadium.
Thousands will march on Washington DC and around the world on April 29. Take a stand for climate justice and a clean energy economy with a coalition of climate, environmental justice, labor and youth/campus groups here in Santa Barbara. Co-organized by CEC. Learn more or become a partner organization here.
Carbon Farming Solutions with Eric Toensmeier – Sunday, April 30
6:00 p.m., Santa Barbara City College Fe Bland Auditorium.
Join a livestream of the award-winning author of Paradise Lot and Perennial Vegetables as he discusses the potential of carbon farming to mitigate climate change. Organized by the Santa Barbara Permaculture Network and sponsored by CEC. Learn more.
Naomi Klein on Our Environmental Future – Wednesday, May 17
7:30 p.m., Granada Theatre.
Hear this award-winning journalist and author speak on the need for connection and collaboration to safeguard the environment. Hosted by Pacific Standard magazine and sponsored by CEC as a kick-off to the Women and the Environment Conference. Learn more.
Women and the Environment Conference – Thursday, May 18
7:30 a.m., Canary Hotel.
Connect, collaborate and create in a dynamic event for changemakers who want to establish new partnerships and be effective agents of adaptation to climate and social change. Hosted by Pacific Standard magazine and sponsored by CEC. Learn more.
Looking for more?
CEC staff are here to empower your company, organization, school, or church with solutions to climate change. If you would like to schedule a talk, please contact Kathi King at 805-963-0583 ext.108. Here are just two possible topics:
Climate: The Urgent Reality
Kathi King, CEC Director of Outreach & Education and certified Climate Reality Leader
Learn the facts, and how we can lead on creating climate solutions.
The Road Ahead for Fuel Cell Vehicles & Hydrogen
Cameron Gray, CEC Transportation & Climate Specialist
Hear about our latest #driveclean effort: laying groundwork for zero-emission hydrogen cars. Watch a webinar preview now.
Investing in CEC directly supports advocacy to protect the climate, including programs that lead to clean vehicles, solar energy, resilient food systems and reduction of single-use plastic.