Climate Crisis Series
Thursdays, August 8 – September 19, 1:30 – 3:00 PM
SFV, 3220 Fulton St. at 8th Ave.
RSVP Required: (415) 387-1375 x 3 or ONLINE here
In October 2018, the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released a report warning there are only a dozen years for global warming to be kept to a maximum of 1.5C, beyond which even half a degree will significantly worsen the risks of drought, floods, extreme heat and poverty for hundreds of millions of people. In this series, we will explore the basics of climate change science, connect with youth working to call attention to the crisis, how older adults will be disproportionately affected by climate change, and more.
August 8: Climate Crisis 101 — This session will provide an overview to understand the causes and impact of global warming and greenhouse gasses. Learn about climate change and study the effects of fossil fuels on the Earth’s atmosphere. Presenters from 350BayArea.org, a grassroots climate movement, will discuss socially equitable solutions and a just transition to clean energy.
August 15: Sunrise Movement and the Green New Deal — Come out to hear from the Sunrise Movement, a youth led organization to stop climate change and create millions of good jobs in the process. Through their strategic and moral actions over the past 6 months, they’ve shifted the national conversation on climate change and have been pushing presidential candidates to support a Green New Deal. Come hear about their story, strategy, theory of change, and how you can best support them!
August 22: Fossil Fuel Resistance — With its five oil refineries and multiple export terminals, the Bay Area is an important nexus for the fossil fuel industry. 350.org has a campaign that stretches from hearing rooms to front porches to the streets to stop infrastructure expansion projects, extreme forms of oil extraction, and the shipping of dangerous fossil fuels through our communities. Learn about the need and the ways to build sustainable alternatives instead.
August 29: Climate Change and Healthy Aging — In the months and years to come extreme weather events will increasingly affect healthy aging. Rising temperatures, flooding, and changing wind patterns are just a few factors that will directly affect how people live and age. Lisa Brown, Ph.D., Professor at Palo Alto University, will explain the consequences of extreme weather on healthy aging and will describe actions people can take to contribute to a healthy environment.
September 5: Earth Friendly Nutrition — Common dietary patterns and agricultural production systems contribute to acute and chronic diseases and widespread environmental degradation, including climate change. Changes in dietary habits and food production will be necessary in order to feed a growing global population while staying within planetary boundaries for a safe operating space for humanity. This presentation will summarize those impacts, barriers to change, and discuss alternatives that can result in improved health for individuals and entire ecologic systems. Ted Schettler MD, MPH, the Science Director of the Science and Environmental Health Network and Science Advisor to Health Care Without Harm, will be leading this conversation.
September 12: Cultivating Emotional Resilience in the Era of Climate Crisis
As we learn about devastating fires and storms, and scientific projections of how the impacts of global warming are likely to touch all of us, we can’t help feeling distressed about the world our children and grandchildren are growing into. Leslie Davenport will offer tools and perspectives to build emotional resilience and explore creative possibilities for sustainability that include every one of us. Leslie is a psychotherapist and author of three books including Emotional Resiliency in the Era of Climate Change. She is an associate professor at the California Institute of Integral Studies.
September 19: Prep for SFV’s role in the Global Climate Strike — San Francisco Village will be participating in the Global Climate Strike on September 20th. Let’s gather to discuss what that will look like, make our plan to march with youth, and/or other ways we can support the strike.
September 20: Global Climate Strike — In August 2018, Greta Thunberg, a 16-year-old student in Sweden, began a solo school strike. Every Friday, she sat outside her country’s parliament, protesting inaction on the climate crisis. Since then, millions of students around the world have been inspired by Greta’s bold actions and joined her, leaving their classrooms on Fridays. During the week of March 15, 2019, there were at least 1.6 million strikers on all 7 continents, in more than 125 countries and in well over 2000 places.
School strikers are calling on everyone: young people, parents, workers, and all concerned citizens to join massive climate strikes and a week of actions starting on September 20th. People all over the world will use their power to stop “business as usual” in the face of the climate emergency. We will join young people in the streets to demand an end to the age of fossil fuels and emergency action to avoid climate breakdown.
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