Free Climate Topics in Chicago

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  • Climate Change Solutions: We already know how, so let’s “DO IT”

    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 >

    We will offer hope and 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 school groups where we provide raffle prizes to motivate students to take actions within a week of the presentation.

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  • Why Some Invisible Things Need a Visible Price

    Mike Zanillo, Community Outreach Coordinator, Citizens Climate Lobby / Citizens Climate Education

    To maintain a balance in an economy, there is a cost to everything. Yet, in one critical area, there is no cost to dump carbon into the air we breathe. From reading a basic primer in most economic educational programs, TANSTAAFL (There Ain't No Such Thing as a Free Lunch), we learn that free things, will ultimately be utilized or consumed on an unlimited basis. Hence, there’s growing support for carbon pricing as a necessary step to address climate change. MORE >

    Citizens Climate Lobby and Citizens Climate Education, are national nonprofit, non-partisan organizations that provide presentations to groups such as Rotary Clubs, Kiwanis Clubs, League of Women Voters groups, college clubs and other local groups.

    The presentation will educate, enable, and entertain your group members. The presentation can include short videos, slides, stories and time for audience questions. While the length of the presentation is at your discretion, the following topics will be covered.

    Come to learn:
    • What are the major alternatives to control carbon emissions
    • What role individuals, companies and government can play with carbon emissions
    • How pricing carbon pollution is the best economic-friendly policy
    • How carbon emissions can be reduced while getting the benefits of economic growth and jobs
    • A bi-partisan approach is the best option for achieving needed goals
    • How you can support a carbon pricing policy

    After participating in our meetings, participants often feel more informed, energized and hopeful for a future stable climate. There will be no solicitation of donations or attempts to sell anything.

    Please contact me if you would like to discuss this opportunity for a presentation of this timely topic.

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  • Why Net Zero Matters and How to Get There

    Mike Zanillo, Community Outreach Coordinator, Citizens Climate Lobby / Citizens Climate Education

    Climate Change has been called ’NOT the BIGGEST challenge of OUR time, but, the BIGGEST challenge of ALL time’. The topic can be confusing to many. Often, there is uncertainty of what Climate Change is, what are its effects and what can be done about it. MORE >

    In today’s media-rich environment, many issues are in the news, but, often not at a significant level of depth. One of the topics of growing interest to many engaged groups is the topic of Climate Change. The discussion related to Climate Change can be confusing to many. The Citizens Climate Lobby and Citizens Climate Education, are national nonprofit, non-partisan organizations that provide presentations to groups such as Rotary Clubs, League of Women Voters, college clubs and other local groups

    The presentation will educate, enable, and entertain your group members. The presentation can include short videos, slides, stories and time for audience questions. While the length of the presentation is at your discretion, the following topics will be covered.

    Learn about a simple, comprehensive, Climate Solution that is:
    - Supported by several major business organizations
    - Rapidly growing in public support
    - Is designed to appeal across partisan groups
    - Many view as the most effective climate policy
    - Will speed a transition to renewable energy
    - Considered as being a fair and just policy
    - Provides for economic growth and jobs

    After participating in our meetings, participants often feel more informed, energized and hopeful for a future stable climate. There will be no solicitation of donations or attempts to sell anything.

    Please contact me if you would like to discuss this opportunity for a presentation of this timely topic.

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  • Flood Inundation Mapping

    Kristina Murphy, Meteorologist, Water Resources Engineer, Confluence Climate Consulting

    Flooding causes billions of dollars of damage every year. To become resilient to flooding, there are a number of actions that can be taken. Having a dynamic, real-time model simulation of the river elevations and those forecast in the future can be useful in evacuations and preventing damages.

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  • Mitigation and Adaptation Solutions to Climate Change

    Kristina Murphy, Meteorologist, Water Resources Engineer, Confluence Climate Consulting

    Solutions for reducing our greenhouse gas emissions and addressing the impacts of climate change to public health and infrastructure. Individuals and organizations can take actions to improve our environment.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Solutions to Climate Change: Reducing Food Waste

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

    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. This presentation can be modified for your group's interest or age. Past presentations include high school consumer education classes and church groups. MORE >

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