Upcoming Events: Climate One

Wed 10/5

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California Power Politics

Date: Wed, October 05, 2016
Time: 6:30 PM
Heated political issues

Kevin de Leon, President, California State Senate (D-Los Angeles)

Climate disruption and the California drought have been mocked or marginalized in the national political debate. Are Republicans and Democrats in California similarly divided? Where can they agree on water, energy, agriculture and other issues related to the changing climate? Climate impacts such as massive forest fires, rising tides, and severe storms are hitting the state today. Governor Jerry Brown is trying to extend the state’s main climate law, AB 32. Is that going to happen?

A conversation about power and politics at the state and regional level in this wild election year.

Tue 10/11

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Paradise Burning

Date: Tue, October 11, 2016
Time: 6:30 PM
What is driving our state's "hellfires"?

J. Keith Gilless, Dean of the College of Natural Resources; Chair, California State Board of Forestry and Fire Protection

California wildfires used to be a seasonal challenge in rather remote parts of the state. Now they are burning nearly year-round and spreading from the urban-rural interface to more of the state’s urban and coastal population. What is driving California’s "hellfires"? How are they hitting the state treasury, environment and public health?

A conversation about the California dream lived in a hot and smoky world.

Tue 10/18

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Bread, Wine and Chocolate in a Warming World

Date: Tue, October 18, 2016
Time: 6:30 PM
A matter of good taste

Jonathan Foley, Executive Director, California Academy of Sciences
Simran Sethi, Author, Bread, Wine, Chocolate: The Slow Loss of Foods We Love

The industrialization of food has caused much of the food we eat to taste the same, whether you are nibbling at a farmer’s market in San Francisco, a Midwestern barbecue or a fast food joint in China. Ninety-five percent of the world’s calories now come from only 30 species, and Simran Sethi says a closer look at America’s cornucopia of grocery store options shows that our foods are primarily made up of only corn, wheat, rice, palm oil and soybeans. Sethi traveled to six continents in search of delicious and endangered tastes and how we can save the foods we love.

Jonathan Foley is an expert on the environmental and human health benefits of a diversified food system and the perils of industrial monoculture. In an influential National Geographic article, he outlined a vision for feeding 9 billion people. He says the answer doesn’t need to be factory farms versus small organic ones; there’s another way, and researchers at the California Academy of Sciences are busy working on ways to feed the people without destroying their home.

Fri 10/21

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McKibben and Tamminen: Disruptive Climate and Politics

Date: Fri, October 21, 2016
Time: 12:00 PM
A veteran of three decades of climate activism

Bill McKibben, Co-founder, 350.org
Terry Tamminen, CEO, Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation

As we careen toward unknown climatic changes and near the end of an equally unpredictable election cycle, what will the political and planetary climate be in 2017? Is climate disruption an issue high on the minds of the voters and political leaders? As co-founder of 350.org, Bill McKibben has been working to influence major policy decisions around the world with campaigns such as Stop the Keystone XL Pipeline, Frack Free California and Break Free from Fossil Fuels.

Have those demonstrations actually kept carbon in the ground? What has his organization 350.org been focused on this election cycle, and what are his thoughts on 2017? Join us for politics, activism and stories from 30 years of writing and fighting.

Thu 10/27

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Yvon Chouinard: Founding Patagonia and Living Simply

Date: Thu, October 27, 2016
Time: 7:00 PM
Tales of an eco-friendly businessman

Yvon Chouinard, Founder, Patagonia, Inc.; Author, Let My People Go Surfing: The Education of a Reluctant Businessman

This program is part of our Good Lit series, underwritten by the Bernard Osher Foundation.

Chouinard is a legendary climber, surfer and environmentalist. He is also the reluctant entrepreneur who founded Patagonia, Inc., one of the most respected eco- and socially conscious companies in the world.

To celebrate the re-release of his best selling memoir, Chouinard recounts his early days of selling climbing equipment out of his car and explains how that led to accidentally creating a multi-million dollar sporting goods company committed to environmentally responsible design and production.

Through Patagonia he has led the way with innovations in organic cotton, sustainable wool and traceable down. However, Chouinard has not been limited by textiles. He has also created a venture fund called 20 million & Change and spun out Patagonia Provisions, reflecting his belief that food and agriculture will help solve our biggest environmental challenges.

As companies and consumers seek a more sustainable economy, Chouinard will discuss how entrepreneurs can create greatness and achieve net positive social impact at a point where doing less-bad is no longer good enough.