Much of the recent progress on climate in America has happened at the city and state level – and in the wake of President Trump’s announcement that he plans to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris Agreement, local action will be even more important. Mayors, governors, corporations, and universities across the country have made public statements of their intention to uphold our commitments. Our future will be determined by what we do next.
Which makes our upcoming Climate Day LA event on June 27 all the more timely.
Our parent organization ecoAmerica and our partner Climate Resolve, along with KCRW and IHEARTCOMIX, are presenting this exciting, daylong event in support of our Path to Positive: Los Angeles initiative. Designed to both celebrate and inspire local climate leadership, Climate Day LA will bring together established and emerging climate leaders from the faith, health, higher education, business, and government sectors.
Join us for a free daytime conference (12pm-5pm) held in the historic Theatre at Ace Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles. The program starts off with a keynote speech by LA Mayor Eric Garcetti, and continues with interactive panel discussions featuring speakers like Tom Steyer, founder of NextGen Climate, and Jackie Dupont-Walker, Director of the AME Church Social Action Commission. The conference also includes a communications workshop by ecoAmerica’s Chief Engagement Officer, Meighen Speiser, and our own Dan Barry, Program Director for Path to Positive Communities.
Next up is a sunset benefit gala, featuring award-winning musical artist Moby, followed by an evening concert with a DJ set by Eric Wareheim and performances by Neon Indian and Weyes Blood. It’s a full day of innovation, collaboration, and great music, with over 1,500 local leaders and advocates coming together to ensure that Los Angeles, California, and America will continue on the path of progress.
Los Angeles is the perfect place for what will be one of the first large-scale conferences on local climate solutions following Trump’s Paris decision. According to a recent survey conducted by ecoAmerica, Angelenos are more aware of the impacts of climate change than the U.S. population as a whole – and more determined to work towards solutions. Here are just a few of the findings:
- 82 percent of Angelenos are concerned about climate change (vs. 76 percent of Americans)
- 83 percent believe we can reduce the pollution that is causing climate change (vs. 78 percent of all Americans)
- 51 percent have shifted to a more energy-efficient form of transportation like public transit, hybrid cars, bikes, or walking (vs. 35 percent of all Americans)
Download the full results of the survey here.
And if you’re in the Los Angeles area (or plan to be) on June 27, don’t miss Climate Day LA. RSVP for the conference and buy tickets to the gala and concert here.
See you there!