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March 2020

How Does Climate Change Threaten the Santa Ynez Valley?

March 5 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

PANELISTS: Fire Chief Mark A. Hartwig, Santa Barbara County Fire Department Fire Marshal Rob Hazard, Santa Barbara County Fire Department Jeff Newton, Coastal Care Vineyard Associates Bill Buelow, Groundwater Program Manager, Santa Ynez River Conservation District Anna Olsen, Executive Director,…

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David Wallace-Wells: Surviving the World

March 5 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
New Vic, 33 W Victoria Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101 United States
$10 – $20

Surviving the World: Making the Best of a Burdened Planet The future is being transformed by climate change, faster and more dramatically than we realized. Politics, technology, cities, business, even our sense of history, human rights and justice will all…

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Her Festival

March 8 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Girsh Park, 7050 Phelps Rd
Goleta, CA 93117 United States

Join us on International Women’s Day to celebrate our community’s girls and women and to empower the next generation of female leaders! Highlights Include: Unique interactive booths and activities Inspiring Keynote speakers Local companies, nonprofits, and organizations Main stage hosting…

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FILM: Anthropocene

March 10 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
UCSB Pollock Theater, Ocean Street
Isla Vista, CA United States

The film follows the research of an international body of scientists, the Anthropocene Working Group, who are arguing that the Holocene Epoch gave way to the Anthropocene Epoch in the mid-twentieth century because of profound and lasting human changes to…

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Fantastic Fungi Day – Q&A, Movie Available as Digital Download

March 26
Marjorie Luke Theatre, 721 E Cota Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93103 United States
$5 – $15

Now Everyone Can Watch the Film and Join a Special Virtual Q&A Conversation with Louie Schwartzberg, Paul Stamets, and Special Guests. In response to the Coronavirus, the filmmakers are making the film Fantastic Fungi available to rent or buy as…

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April 2020

Santa Barbara Earth Day Festival Online 2020

April 22 @ 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm, United States

The Community Environmental Council (CEC) is hosting #TogetherWeEarthrise, an online Earth Day Festival dedicated to inspiration, community building, and climate action. The livestream event begins at noon on Wednesday, April 22 and will be available to view at The…

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June 2020

Electric Vehicles 101 – All Your Questions Answered

June 4 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Join CEC's Director of Energy and Climate Programs, Michael Chiacos, and Sierra Club Los Padres Chapter Chair, Katie Davis – both EV owners and industry experts – to learn which 100+ mpge electric vehicle or plug-in hybrid might be best…

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Our Climate Emergency During the Pandemic: A Virtual Community Forum

June 10 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Our Climate Emergency During the Pandemic: A Virtual Community Forum Wednesday June 10, 2020 4:00pm – 6:00pm The League of Women Voters of Santa Barbara is hosting a community forum focused on climate change advocacy during the pandemic and the…

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The Santa Barbara Food System in Action: Transitioning from Crisis to Forward-Thinking Strategy Copy

June 11 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

The Santa Barbara Food System in Action: Transitioning from Crisis to Forward-Thinking Strategy Thursday, June 11 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Join Jesse Smith from White Buffalo Land Trust for a livestream event featuring Shakira Miracle of the Santa Barbara…

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TEDx Santa Barbara: The Pandemic Did Not Fix Our Climate Problem

June 17 @ 4:00 pm - 4:30 pm

TEDx Santa Barbara: The Pandemic Did Not Fix Our Climate Problem Wednesday, June 17 4:00 p.m. CEC's CEO Sigrid Wright will be the featured speaker on TEDx Santa Barbara's Making Waves series, Conversations with Innovators and Disruptors. Sigrid has a challenging…

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CEC Webinar Series: Creating a Shock-Proof Local Food System

June 24 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Over the last few months, we’ve witnessed in real time how shocks to the globalized food system impact one of the most basic human rights: the right to healthy, accessible food. Entangled in the global COVID-19 pandemic and climate-related disasters…

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July 2020

CEC Webinar Series – Eating, Drinking and Breathing Plastic

July 8 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Plastic trash is invading every corner of our planet — impacting our waterways, oceans, soil, and alarmingly, even our air as tiny particles of airborne “dust.” At a time when we are acutely aware of the importance of a healthy…

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Story of Plastic – Free Film Screening & Online Discussion

July 21 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Watch the Story of Plastic then join us for a panel discussion with a film star, a local legislator and a community advocate! About this Event Attendees will receive a link to stream the film from us after registering. The…

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CEC Webinar Series – Getting Real About Plastic and Recycling

July 29 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Labeling a product “recyclable” does not guarantee that it will be recycled. This is particularly true with plastic, which has many different forms – some more easily recycled than others. Of the estimated 35 million tons of plastic waste the…

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August 2020

CEC Webinar Series: Solarize Santa Barbara – Residential Solar and Battery Energy Storage 101

August 6 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Many of us are spending more time at home during the coronavirus pandemic, so it’s no surprise that home improvement projects are booming. If you’ve considered adding home solar or battery systems in the past, now may be the perfect…

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From Anxiety to Action: How to Stay Sane While Fighting Climate Change

August 7 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

The latest news around climate change has millions of people experiencing unprecedented levels of anxiety. With higher and more frequent doses of alarming information coming our way, many of us are at risk of falling into a passive pit of…

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Eco-Film Night: “2040” local premier at West Wind Drive-In

August 10 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
West Wind Drive In, 907 S Kellogg Ave #3833
Goleta, ca 93117

Eco-Film Night: 2040 Local Premier at West Wind Drive-In – Monday, August 10 7:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. PDT Please join Santa Barbara Permaculture Network, CEC and other local environmental nonprofits for a local premier of 2040. Structured as a visual letter…

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September 2020

CEC’s Climate Resilience Roundtable – Historias de resiliencia desde las primeras líneas del cambio climático / Stories of Resilience from the Frontlines of Climate Change

September 3 @ 10:00 am - 2:30 pm

Please join us for Historias de resiliencia desde las primeras líneas del cambio climático / Stories of Resilience from the Frontlines of Climate Change, the fourth roundtable in CEC's series to address climate resilience in Santa Barbara County. This free…

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The Need to Grow – Film Screening

September 9 - September 14

Join in this exclusive free screening of Rosario Dawson’s award-winning documentary that many are calling the environmental film the world has been waiting for. With the planet on the brink of ecological disaster, and chronic disease rates skyrocketing, this is…

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CEC Webinar Series: Solarize Santa Barbara – Home Solar, Electric Vehicles, and Battery Systems

September 15 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

If you’ve considered switching to an electric vehicle (EV) – and would like to add a solar system to charge at home with solar energy – now may be the perfect time to take the leap and learn how to…

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