Santa Monica Celebrates First Climate Fest. Free Event Tomorrow!


This post is a combination of several promotional materials put together by Climate Action Santa Monica.

Santa Monica is hosting its first ever ClimateFest, an all-day community engagement event geared for adults and children on May 19 from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. A full schedule of events can be found at the bottom of this email.

Co-produced by the City in partnership with Climate Action Santa Monica (CASM) at St. Monica’s Campus across the street from Reed Park the event will build on the Santa Monica Climate Summit of October 2016.  The goal is to bring community members together, to inspire residents and businesses and provide them with knowledge and resources to be sustainability change agents.

The panoply of offerings include a schedule of speakers (Keynote is Felicia Marcus, Head of all California Water Boards), breakout discussions, workshops, interactive activities, awesome bicycle hub, green organizations, EV Ride and Drives and free raffle and drawings. Attendees will peruse the schedule and design and curate their own personal ClimateFest experience as they are challenged to choose from feast of possible activities.

ClimateFest is a free community event though registration is requested and required to receive free raffle and meal

“ClimateFest strives to flip the often typical climate change narrative of ‘doom and gloom’ to present climate as something to learn about, engage with, celebrate and honor, and feel empowered to positively impact.  In addition to the choir, our hope is to attract people from across the community who don’t normally go to “Climate Summits,” commented Laura Gillette, CASM Steering Committee member.

Many people in this category acknowledge the man-made climate crisis, but just haven’t quite figured out their relationship to it and what changes they can and are willing to make in their lives to help mitigate its effects.”

Climate Action Santa Monica (CASM) Co-Chair Cris Gutierrez added, “We wish to make it an easy ‘yes’ for people of all stripes to attend ClimateFest, and to engage and learn how anyone can have positive impact by changing a few daily habits.”

Below is a  schedule to help you navigate it all.  It’s family friendly for those with kids and childcare is available as well.

ClimateFest Schedule at a Glance:

Morning from Bike Ride Through Keynote

  • 8:30  AM  Join the Mayor & Other Cycle Enthusiasts on your bike in front of City Hall
  • 9:00  AM  ClimateFest Check-in/Registration Opens at 725 California Avenue across the Street from Reed Park at St. Monica’s.
  • 9:30  AM  Mayor Ted Winterer et al arrive en masse at ClimateFest en masse
  • 10:00 AM Welcome & Keynote: Mayor Winterer and Senator Ben Allen introduce Keynoter Felicia Marcus, head of all of California Regional Water Boards.  Grand Pavilion

All Day from 11-3 PM

  • Green Living Festival 30+ Booths (School Yard)  Opens 10:30 AM
  • Family Bike Hub (School Yard)
  • T-Shirts to Totes UpCycling Workshop (Duval Upstairs)
  • Sustainable Schools & Students Showcase (Duval Downstairs) including winning posters  from the Sustainable Santa Monica Student Poster Contest

11 AM Sessions

  • Future of Water Panel   Grand Pavilion
  • Put a Price on Carbon!    CARUSO A
  • Climate Reality: The Climate Crisis is Upon Us  CARUSO B
  • Coastal Science & Stewardship for Santa Monica      CARUSO Chapel

12:30 PM

  • Lunch with Assembly Member Richard Bloom  12:45 PM

1:30 PM Sessions

  • Future of Mobility Panel   Grand Pavilion
  • Bicycling 101     CARUSO A
  • How to Make Your Home Green  CARUSO B
  • Solar for Apartments & Condos   CARUSO Chapel

2:30 PM Sessions

  • Future of Energy Panel   Grand Pavilion
  • Water Efficiency: Drip Irrigation 101 CARUSO A
  • Getting to “Yes” on Buying an EV  CARUSO B
  • Save Food & Money: Shop Your Fridge!  CARUSO Chapel

Continuous All Day from 11-3 PM

  • Green Living Fair 40+ Booths (School Yard)
  • Family Bike Hub (School Yard)
  • T-Shirts to Totes UpCycling Workshop (Duval Upstairs)
  • Sustainable Schools & Students Showcase (Duval Downstairs) including winning posters  from the Sustainable Santa Monica Student Poster Contest

3:30 PM

  • Raffle Drawing & Community Voices!  Hear from your neighbors.  Pecha Kucha Slam! Grand Pavilion

5:00 PM

  • Social Hour, Grand Patio

Booths at the Green Living Fair include a schedule of Storytelling in the SM Library Tent, Sustainable Cooking demos, Community Gardens, Tree People, landscaping workshop and many other activities.

 ClimateFest attendees are encouraged to bike, walk and use alternative means to arrive at ClimateFest.  Fee Valet Bike Parking is available.

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