Protecting Ourselves, the Community, the World

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Date(s) - Tuesday, March 27
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Impact Hub Santa Barbara


Join the Sustainable Change Alliance for a powerful afternoon of learning: Protecting Ourselves, Protecting Community, Protecting the World

We are experiencing an increase in adverse environmental events due to climate change. Santa Barbara is at the end of the Southern California Edison power delivery line. What does that mean to us locally? Impact investing says we can use our capital wisely and make money by using renewable energy and the advancements in generation and storage.

The keynote address, “Facing an Uncertain Climate,” will be given by Sigrid Wright, CEO/Executive Director of Community Environmental Council. She will discuss that since 1980, the number of extreme weather catastrophes worldwide has increased by 350%, and our region is no exception to this upward trend. The current extended drought in SB County – recently punctuated by California’s largest-ever wildfire and the post-Thomas Fire January 9 debris flow in Montecito – make it clear that the impacts of climate change have arrived to our region, and we are not prepared.

As extreme weather becomes the norm rather than the exception, we will likely see increased impacts to critical infrastructure and top industries such as agricultural production and tourism. Impacts on human health and social services will be most severe for members of our community who are economically disadvantaged and already at risk. How can we use the latest disasters in our region to better connect the dots with climate change and adapt and strengthen our communities to be climate resilient?

Additional Presenters:
• James Dehlsen, Chairman of Ecomerit Technologies
• Catherine Von Burg, CEO & President of SimpliPhi Power