Posted on February 20, 2021
| 8:50 a.m.
#CelebrateClimateLeadership, a virtual Santa Barbara Earth Day Festival dedicated to inspiration, community building, and climate action will be held Thursday, April 22 to Saturday, April 24. Hosted by the Community Environmental Council (CEC), the free livestream event will be available to view at SBEarthDay.org.
The Santa Barbara Earth Day Festival, which is fully online again this year due to ongoing COVID-19 restrictions, will feature conversations with climate leaders, musical performances, art contests, inspirational speakers, and opportunities for viewers to learn how they can lean into action.
Each day will celebrate a key area where climate leaders are stepping up to do critical work to combat the climate crisis:
April 22 — Youth Leadership
April 23 — Business Leadership
April 24 — Community Leadership
CEC will also use the event to outline and dive deeper into the organization’s plan for how the community can meet the urgency of the climate crisis and unite on halting the impacts of climate change – rapidly and equitably – through three major efforts:
Reverse: Push for ambitious, equitable zero emissions and zero waste goals for the energy, transportation, food, and agriculture sectors.
Repair: Tap into the power of nature to draw down excess carbon from the atmosphere and repair the disrupted carbon cycle.
Protect: Safeguard the health of the general public and vulnerable populations from the impacts of climate change already underway.
“In 1970, 20 million Americans took to the streets and parks on the first Earth Day to learn about how they could protect the environment, creating a national shock wave that fueled rapid and impactful action,” said CEC CEO Sigrid Wright. “This is the kind of inspired action we need today, and it can happen here if we each lean in and commit — to learning, to leading, and taking bold action every day toward environmental solutions.”
“We remain committed to the idea that even though we can’t gather in person, we can come together with amazing artists, youth activists and esteemed environmentalists to take collective action and lessen our impact on the Earth,” said Kathi King, Santa Barbara Earth Day Festival director.
“We are proud to celebrate climate leadership in a year when we are seeing the return of strong federal leadership. This inspires us to work even harder toward rapid, equitable solutions to the climate crisis,” King said.
The event will also support local businesses and organizations by featuring an array of exhibitors who will share their eco-friendly products and services on the online platform where the event will take place. Details and registration links will be shared via email to past exhibitors. Groups that have not participated in the past (nonprofits and businesses) can contact Iris Kelly, [email protected]
The festival program offers a lineup designed to engage and activate the community, including musical performances, and inspirational messages from elected leaders such as U.S. Rep. Salud Carbajal.
Featured music performers:
Zach Gill, Jackson Gillies, Kenny Loggins, Glen Phillips and Tina Schlieske
Featured art events:
» Why Earth Day Matters poetry competition, organized by the Wildling Museum of Art & Nature; judged by a Santa Barbara Poet Laureate and 2020 Santa Barbara Earth Day Festival performer Sojourner Kincaid Rolle. Submissions accepted now through March 22 at https://sbearthday.org/poetry.
» 18th Annual What the Channel Means to Me Student Art Show, hosted by Santa Barbara Channelkeeper. Open to high school students from Carpinteria to Goleta, it serves to highlight the region’s natural beauty while celebrating student creativity and artistic skills. Awards to be presented during Youth Leadership day, April 22.
» Climate-Themed Mural Contest, organized by Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara and Community Environmental Council.
Featured speakers and events to date:
Youth Leadership, April 22
Keynote by Laura Capps, former CEC Board president and current Santa Barbara School Board member
La Colina Junior High School Green Club
UCSB Environmental Affairs Board
Explore Ecology workshop
City of Santa Barbara Water Conservation assembly
2018 CEC Environmental Hero Florencia Ramirez on Pesticide Free Soil Project that works with young people at a regenerative micro farm in Oxnard to build healthy soil, save water, increase food nutrition, and grow youth leadership
Business Leadership, April 23
Opening address from Nadra Ehrman, Towbes Group residential community manager and CEC Board member
2020 Earth Day Live emcees and LOACOM principals Eric Cardenas and David Fortson reprise their role as emcees and share highlights from their “better world strategies”
Circular Economy discussion featuring Sun & Swell Foods and Restore Foodware
Business sustainability discussion with CEC partner and Oniracom CEO Jacob Tell
Community Leadership, April 24
Nature Based Solutions for Sequestering Carbon community forum organized by the League of Women Voters of Santa Barbara and CEC
Let’s Calm Our Climate! conversation with local chapter of Citizens Climate Lobby
A Conversation with CEC CEO Sigrid Wright and Terry Tamminen, an author, lecturer, strategist on energy and the environment, and former Schwarzenegger administration cabinet member
Climate Crisis Leadership Summit, organized by CEC and co-chaired by Wright and CEC Board Secretary David N. Pellow, who holds multiple environmental roles at UCSB
To inspire public engagement, an Earth Day – Every Day campaign is being designed by Deborah Williams, UCSB Environmental Studies lecturer and CEC Partnership Council member. The campaign will provide 21 actions (for Earth Day 2021) and a customizable pledge to allow the public to take positive actions for the planet.
CEC’s Earth Day Festival production partners include Carp Events, Central Coast Clean Cities Coalition, Cultivate Events, Explore Ecology, LOACOM, Mercury Press International, New Noise Music Foundation, Oniracom, Pharos Creative, and Write Kinda Girl.