Free Climate Topics in Chicago

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  • En-Roads Climate Simulator

    Mark Ailes, Climate Advocate, Citizens Climate Education

    Can the audience solve the climate problem? They get to pick the levers they think will have the biggest impact and see what happens. Climate Interactive and MIT Sloan have worked together to build a simulator with most of the variables in a world wide climate model. I have been trained to run a workshop using the model that has also been used by the US Senate. It is interesting to see what is needed to solve the problem and what factors make the biggest difference. (About 1 hour) MORE >

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  • Electric Vehicle Total Cost of Ownership and Role in Sustainability

    Tom Coleman, Sustainability Analyst, Climate Reality Chicago Metro Chapter

    Tom discusses electric vehicle (EV) costs from battery manufacturing to charging to driving. He also discusses a comparison of internal combustion engine and EVs on pollution, greenhouse gas emissions, and costs. Other points covered are: MORE >

    • The current state of EV range and charging.
    • The role of hybrid, plug-in-hybrid, fuel-cell (hydrogen) electric, and battery electric vehicles.
    • Automaker initiatives and EV availability.
    • The value proposition of EVs.
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  • The Issues & Solutions to Climate Change

    Henry Moss, Outreach Educator, Citizens Climate Lobby Education

    Climate Change is humanity’s greatest challenge. Its solution depends on innovative policy and low-carbon technology that will catalyze and accelerate the global transition to a clean energy economy. Henry’s presentation will increase awareness of the urgency of Climate Change and how your members can be part of the solution to Climate Change. MORE >

    Presentation Overview:
    How to be part of the solution to Climate Change
    The importance of political will
    The basics of Climate Change
    The urgency of Climate Change
    An innovative bipartisan policy solution
    Pricing carbon to accelerate technical solutions
    Renewable energy to grow our economy & jobs
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  • Solutions to Climate Change

    Andrew Panelli, Group Leader, Chicago South Suburbs, Citizens' Climate Education

    Here’s an opportunity to engage your audience in a fun way to learn more about the climate change issue, solutions, and the relative effectiveness of those solutions. As part of the exercise, we discuss various actions that can be taken. The audience is engaged to offer suggested solutions to slow climate change. MORE >

    Our trained facilitator will show the group how each suggested action(s) will impact climate change on a MIT/Sloan simulator that will model their proposed solution(s) instantly in “real-time”. This stimulates discussions as to why an action may or may not be as effective a course of action as expected. We’ll also share bipartisan actions that Congress is considering and evaluate what impact those actions have on climate change.

    Participants leave the discussion with new insights on how the problem should be addressed.

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  • Climate Change in Illinois and Chicago: Impacts, Forecasts and Solutions

    Cynthia Linton, Chair, Climate Reality Project: Chicago Metro Chapter

    Although Illinois is not on a coast facing sea level rise, or in a severe drought area beset by wildfires, or in the South with it's increasingly severe hurricanes, we do have some serious climate impacts here in Illinois and they will grow in the future. Learn about severe weather, flooding and extreme heat in the Midwest and how Illinois and Chicago can cope with the changes. MORE >

    Linton will talk about what steps local and state government are taking and what you can do as residents.
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  • Yes we Can! We are the solution to climate change.

    Dorelle Ackermann, Activist, Pachamama Alliance: Chicagoland Co-Hearts

    Climate change is an immediate and serious threat that must be addressed this decade. We will briefly touch on the impact of climate change that is evident today as well as the basic science of global warming. However, our main focus will be on the fact that the solutions to climate change are already here. We have the technology to "drawdown" our atmospheric carbon dioxide and prevent catastrophic climate change. MORE >

    The "doom and gloom" scenario often heard on the news is not the reality of sustainability. Instead, we will embrace grounded optimism that recognizes our achievements, acknowledges future uncertainites while remaining hopeful that what we do in the present will shape the future. We will invite participants to consider individual actions to reduce their carbon footprint while inviting participants to join us at a local level to advocate for community, state, national and international action.

    Presentations are individually tailored to your group and we are especially excited to present to youth and school groups where we provide raffle prizes to motivate students to take action.

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  • How I Became a Climate Advocate.

    Mark Ailes, Climate Advocate, Citizens Climate Education

    My climate story. A brief tour of how as an active bicyclist I became an advocate for national action on climate change. In particular how an effective nonpartisan solution became a large focus of my retired life. Followed by a question and answer session focused on the interests and concerns of the audience about solving the climate problem. (30 minutes to 1 hour) MORE >

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  • Climate Crisis Urgency and Remedies

    Tom Coleman, Sustainability Analyst, Climate Reality Chicago Metro Chapter

    Learn from Tom about the scientific consensus on climate change, as well as fossil fuel pollution, climate warming problems, and other challenges. Tom will also discuss the pillars of needed change and market approaches and business solutions for change. Also covered is: MORE >

    • The role of business in the convergence of environmental, social, and governance (ESG) forces.
    • The value proposition for change
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  • What You Eat and How It Affects the Climate Crisis

    Cynthia Linton, Chair, Climate Reality Project: Chicago Metro Chapter

    Diet and food waste are two major drivers of greenhouse gases that cause the planet to warm. Learn the facts about food impacts and have a lively discussion about how you would be willing to change your diet to fight climate changes.

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  • Solutions to Climate Change that benefit you and the Environment

    Dorelle Ackermann, Activist, Pachamama Alliance: Chicagoland Co-Hearts

    Every presentation is created to address the specific interests of your group. This presentation highlights 4 solutions that can benefit individuals while contributing to healing our planet. Food waste is the first solution discussed. One third of the world’s food is never eaten and is responsible for 8 percent of global warming emissions. Learn how you can reduce food waste, save money and at the same time create a more environmentally sustainable future. Reducing meat intake is the second solution. If everyone in the U.S.skipped red meat just one day per week for a year, it would be the equivalent of taking 7.6
    million cars off the road. Did you know that ComEd will give homeowners a free energy assessment, install low flow faucets and LED lights without cost? The third solution highlighted is home energy use. Save money and save the planet! The final solution discussed is transportation. Consider your options when traveling and quick trips to the store. Small behavioral changes can make a difference. Finally, in addition to individual solutions, the presentation will touch on our power to influence companies and government (especially local government) to move us to a more sustainable way of life. MORE >

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