On Wednesday, May 17 and Thursday, May 18 Pacific Standard Magazine and the Miller-McCune Center for Research, Media and Public Policy present the Women & the Environment Conference. The conference begins with a free lecture from Naomi Klein at 7:30 p.m. at the Granada Theatre (1214 State St.), a co-presentation with UCSB Arts & Lectures. May 18 is a conference at the Kimpton Canary Hotel (31 W. Carrillo St.).
These events are designed specifically for central coast leaders to connect, collaborate and create with one another. These organizations recognize the unique and integral role women play as catalysts for change across the globe. This conference aims to bring these women together for the opportunity to share their work, build communities and generate new ideas about environmental protection.
“Women are at the forefront of social and environmental change around the world. This conference honors and empowers this leadership at one of the most potent times in human history. We thought there was no better place to hold this conference than Santa Barbara the birthplace of the modern environmental movement and no better group to share this with than the innovative leaders on the central coast,” says Geane De Lima, Miller-McCune Center President.
Naomi Klein, an award-winning journalist will begin the conference with a strong start: her free lecture is on the topic of “Our Environmental Future: Connection, Collaboration and Creation.” Klein is a syndicated columnist and the author of This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs the Climate, a widely acclaimed book and winner of the 2014 prestigious Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction.
On Thursday, May 18 the Kimpton Canary Hotel hosts 150 conference attendees from Ventura, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties for a day of plenaries and exercises. Plenary speakers will come from around the West and speak about issues concerning Food and Agriculture, Social Impact Business, Capital Fundraising, Coastal Protection, Leadership Development, Sustainable Communities and Environmental Justice. These speakers include Maggie Fox, former President of the Climate Reality Project, Michello Romero from Green for All, Paula Daniels from Good Food Purchasing and more. The second half of this day will include a “Big Idea” session where community members have the opportunity to pitch a “big idea” for addressing environmental issues on the Central Coast.
For more information, visit weconference.events or call 805/899-8620.