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Reporting from the Paris Climate Conference
What does COP21 mean for Santa Barbara & California?
Ethan Stewart of the Santa Barbara Independent
Thursday, January 28
6:30-8:30pm, 2016, Free
Antioch University Community Hall

While much still to be done, let's take a moment to Celebrate!
Facebook Event page for Reporting from Paris Climate talks
I am not actually in Paris as a journalist, I am here as a human being ~ Ethan Stewart
Did you follow the Climate Talks in Paris, wonder what they meant to you and your community?

Please join Santa Barbara Permaculture Network on Thursday, January 28, for an evening with Ethan Stewart of the Santa Barbara Independent, as he shares his experiences attending & reporting on the 2015 Climate Conference in Paris (COP21).

Doing a particularly insightful job covering the Climate talks, Ethan gave a day by day account of all that took place, both at official gatherings and the myriad sidebar gatherings and meetings with NGOs, activists, and concerned citizens from around the world.

What was it like to be at this historic gathering of delegates & negotiators from 195 countries with widely varying agendas while needing to unanimously adopt an agreement that will profoundly affect all of our futures?

What was the process, who inspired, who disappointed, did he come away with euphoria or despair? And ultimately, what are the implications of the Paris Agreement for our city, county and state?

The goal of COP21 was to achieve a legally binding and universal agreement on climate, with the aim of keeping global warming below 2 degrees Celsius. And for the first time in more than 20 years of UN negotiations, although not legally binding, global consensus was reached.

Unlike past conferences, this time cities and local governments were identified as key problem solvers, with more than 400 mayors from around the world attending the Climate Summit for Local Leaders. As the world's eighth largest economy, California has the potential for emerging as a leader for global climate change solutions, with innovative clean technologies for the 21st century that are not only good for the planet, but also job creators and profitable for business.

Come learn more from all Ethan Stewart experienced and join the conversation with a panel of key community members from backgrounds in local government, business, education, faith based organizations, activists and students, exploring what it might be like to transition from a century of an economy based on fossil fuels, to a restoration economy where our energy needs are supplied largely with renewables. What part will we all play?

Ethan Stewart has been on staff at the Santa Barbara Independent since 2004. Currently Editor-at-Large for the Independent, Stewart has been its primary environmental reporter for much of the past decade. A lifelong lover of the great outdoors, Stewart's work has been honored by both state and national organizations for excellence in everything from "Investigative Journalism" and "Sports Writing" to "Environmental Reporting" and "Best Writing" in California in 2014 from the California Newspaper Publishers Association.

The event takes place on Thursday, January 28, 6:30-8:30pm, at the Antioch University Community Hall, 602 Anacapa St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101. The event is FREE, no reservations are required. More Info: margie@sbpermaculture.org, 805-962-2571, www.sbpermaculture.org.

A Public Forum Hosted by Santa Barbara Permaculture Network
Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1661720367421950/

Co-Sponsors: Santa Barbara Independent, Loa Tree, Antioch University, & the Community Environmental Council (CEC)

Additional Resources:

The Paris Project
Independent reporter Ethan Stewart & photographer Kodiak Greenwood in Paris,
covering the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP21). Here you'll find their daily dispatches and analysis of the historic summit

The Open Letter of Gratitude to All by Christiana Figueres; Executive Secretary UNFCCC (United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change) http://newsroom.unfccc.int/unfccc-newsroom/an-open-letter-of-gratitude/

ADOPTION OF THE PARIS AGREEMENT Proposal by Laurent Fabius President of COP21
Draft decision -/COP.21

Community Environmental Council
Pioneers real life solutions in areas with the biggest impact on climate change – most notably energy, transportation and food systems. http://www.cecsb.org

Cities Prove to Be Vital Voice at Paris Climate Talks by Laura Turner Seydel

The activities of cities alone account for more than 70 percent of energy-related carbon dioxide emissions. Roughly 54 percent of the world’s 7.3 billion people currently live in cities and by 2050, that number is expected to rise to around 70 percent of the world’s population. If the world is to avoid catastrophic climate change, we need our cities to continue to lead by developing and implementing concrete initiatives that improve the health, well-being and economic opportunities of citizens.

Permaculture RESOURCES:

Permaculture and Climate Change Adaptation Inspiring Ecological, Social, Economic and Cultural Responses for Resilience and Transformation
by By Dr. Thomas Henfrey and Dr. Gil Penha-Lopes

The Carbon Farming Solution
A Global Toolkit of Perennial Crops and Regenerative Agriculture Practices for Climate Change Mitigation and Food Security
By Eric Toensmeier Foreword by Dr. Hans Herren http://www.chelseagreen.com/the-carbon-farming-solution
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