Grandmothers Will Speak at CEC Extreme Heat Forum

Are you 65 and older and live on California’s Central Coast? Are you concerned about rising temperatures in our community and how it’s impacting your life and the lives of those around you? Then plan to join us for our inaugural Extreme Heat Forum presented by the Gray Panthers Santa Barbara Network, Society of Fearless Grandmothers Santa Barbara, and the Community Environmental Council on Tuesday, August 15, 2023, from 5-7 p.m.

 Extreme heat events have been felt throughout the United States and the rest of the world during the month of July. In fact, July 2023 is expected to be Earth’s hottest month ever recorded. Furthermore, the UN secretary general, António Guterres, shared his deep concern over increasingly intense and frequent heat waves by warning the public that, “The era of global warming has ended, the era of global boiling has arrived.” It is crucial now more than ever to stay informed about extreme heat and learn how to stay cool during these extreme events. 

 The forum will be offered in person (at our new Environmental Hub in downtown Santa Barbara) and live streamed via Zoom. Space is limited for the in-person option and an RSVP is required to attend (both for in person and via Zoom)RSVP now using this link (attending via Zoom is an option when you “check out”).

 About this Forum 

Dr. David Lebell and Rich Appelbaum of the Gray Panthers Santa Barbara Network, Pam Bury and Maureen Ellenberger of Society of Fearless Grandmothers Santa Barbara, Yumi Sera, Executive Director of the Governor’s Office of Community Partnerships and Strategic Communicationand Em Johnson, CEC’s Director of Climate Resilience will lead a discussion of the real and lasting impacts on heat and climate change on our elderly communities, how seniors can play a more active role in protecting our most vulnerable populations, and what actions are needed to ensure we not only support resiliency at the neighborhood level, but also at the policy-level.

 If you plan to attend in person, please click here for details on how to get to CEC’s Environmental Hub (1219 State Street, Santa Barbara).