February E-News: Join us in taking climate action today. 
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February 1, 2017

Dear CEC Community,

For nearly 50 years, CEC has earned a reputation as a bi-partisan bridge builder – joining hands with anyone genuinely willing to work together to solve our most profound environmental problems. 

However, like many of you, I’m alarmed by the new federal government’s stance on environmental and climate protection. When it comes to climate solutions in particular, cities and states must lead – and you and I must demand that they do so. Our job now is to counteract weakened national standards and create strong local models of sustainability. We need you for this.

Already we're seeing Californians lean into this challenging time on a new scale, and CEC is seeing a new surge in community engagement. Below are ways you can join this surge. I also invite you to stay tuned as we alert you to opportunities to push for strong environmental leadership – before city councils, school boards, water boards and other citizen bodies.


Sigrid Wright
CEO/Executive Director

The most important thing we can do now is show up. 

Climate action begins at home, so get ready to stand up and speak out! Mark your calendars for these upcoming events, and stay tuned to CEC for more events and actions this spring.
Drive Clean: The Road Ahead for Fuel Cell Vehicles and Hydrogen 
Wednesday, February 22 – 6:30 p.m.
Santa Barbara Public Library Faulkner Gallery
Join CEC Transportation Specialist Cameron Gray to learn how zero-emissions vehicles can help protect the climate. Learn more.

The Human Face of Drought  
Thursday, February 23 – 6:00 p.m.
Center Stage Theater, 751 Paseo Nuevo
Join CEC Board Member John Steed for this one-hour, live broadcast conversation between climate change researchers, human rights practitioners and environmental academics. Learn more.

CEC’s Santa Barbara Earth Day Festival 
Saturday, April 22  – 11:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. & Sunday, April 23 – 11:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
Alameda Park
Help make this event a statement to the world 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 – time TBD
De La Guerra Plaza 
Join a nationwide movement to champion support and funding for science, science-based policy and diversity. Stay tuned for details. 

Climate Forum 
Sunday, April 23 – time TBD
Alameda Park, as part of Santa Barbara Earth Day Festival
Listen, discuss, and engage with topics of climate protection and innovation. Stay tuned for details. 

People’s Climate Mobilization March 
Saturday, April 29 – time and location TBD
Stay tuned to CEC for details on how to engage in this worldwide march. Stay tuned for details. 

Naomi Klein on Our Environmental Future: Connection, Collaboration, and Creation 
Wednesday, May 17, 7:30 p.m.
Granada Theatre
Hosted by Pacific Standard magazine and sponsored by CEC. Stay tuned for details. 

Looking for more?

Knowing and understanding #climatefacts is a critical step to empowering yourself and others to take action. CEC is available to speak to your company, organization, school, or church. Please contact Kathi King at 805-963-0583 ext.108 to learn more.

Global Climate Change: What, Why, and What Can We Do About It?
Karl Hutterer, Ph.D., CEC Board Member and Emeritus Director at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History
Climate: The Urgent Reality
Kathi King, CEC Director of Outreach & Education and Climate Reality Leader in-training

Other CEC staff specialists are available to speak about solutions to climate change, such as renewable energy, alternative transportation, food system reform, and carbon farming. Our investment team is also available to share how we navigated the process of fully divesting from fossil fuels. #fossilfree
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.
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