March E-News: Partnerships build community activism.
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Partnerships make action possible

March 9, 2017

Dear CEC Community,

As the importance of community-led solutions to climate change becomes more apparent, the path ahead can seem daunting. If, like so many of us today, you are wondering how to be effective on critical environmental issues, I offer this as a start: plug into networks and seek out partnerships.

Developing strong community partnerships is a cornerstone of CEC's work. Our agile staff of 10 broadens their reach through the advocacy of 40 other powerful community leaders who serve on our Board of Directors, Partnership Council, and President's Council, including past mayors, environmentally-focused CEOs, scientists, professors, and attorneys. In addition, we actively partner with more than 50 nonprofits, businesses, schools and government agencies each year, along with more than a dozen coalitions and networks.

Remember you are not alone in your efforts; you are part of an engaged and motivated citizenry seeking to do right by the earth. Our strength lies in banding together. When we do, great things can and will be accomplished. Below are ways you can plug into CEC's powerful network and help bring about change. We will continue to alert you as opportunities arise to push for strong environmental leadership in our region.


Sigrid Wright
CEO/Executive Director

Band together to take action. 

Mark your calendars for these upcoming opportunities to tap into community activism, and stay tuned to CEC for more events and actions this spring.
SBCAN: GREAT Community Brunch – Sunday, March 12
11:00 a.m., El Paseo Restaurant.
Join Congressman Salud Carbajal, CEC's CEO Sigrid Wright, former CEO Dave Davis  and other environmental and social justice leaders for a discussion about how Santa Barbara's organizations can effectively work together to create change. Learn more.

Get Up, Stand Up: An Evening of Poetry, Spoken Word, and Song – Wednesday, March 29
6:00 p.m., Soho Restaurant & Music Venue.
Kick off Earth Month with an evening designed to inspire action. Hosted by LoaTree to benefit CEC's Santa Barbara Earth Day. We are seeking performers - learn more.

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. Co-sponsored by CEC, stop by our booth to learn more about car-free efforts in our region. Learn more. 

Antarctica: Ice & Sky Film Screening – Wednesday, April 5
6:00 p.m., Fleischmann Auditorium at Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History.
Learn about the compelling climate change evidence gathered over one intrepid scientist's lifetime. See the trailer.

Curated Cocktails – Thursday, April 6
7:00 p.m., Santa Barbara Museum of Contemporary Art.
Celebrate Earth Month with the exhibit of Berlin-based collective Rimini Protokoll: City as Stage. CEC will be the featured non-profit, asking a ‘curated question’ about the environment to get everyone in the spirit for our Santa Barbara Earth Day Festival. 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. Learn more. 

People’s Climate Mobilization – Saturday, April 29 
Time and location TBD.
Join CEC and partners in a worldwide gathering for climate and social justice. Stay tuned for details or email Kathi King to get involved with the event planning.  

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?

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.

Climate: The Urgent Reality
Kathi King, CEC Director of Outreach & Education and certified Climate Reality Leader 

Global Climate Change: How, 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

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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