Events

Jul
21
Tue
Just Recovery Panel (July Monthly Membership Meeting)
Jul 21 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Join us for the July Membership Meeting which will be livestreamed on Facebook and our website (NOTE: we are no longer using zoom due to level of interest – details below). New and long-time members are welcome! 

This meeting will feature a panel of climate activists discussing Just Recovery, and information on upcoming SD350 actions and events. Attendees will have an opportunity to ask panelists questions. 

Just Recovery Panel

We're excited to welcome panelists who work hard for environmental justice in our communities to discuss what Just Recovery is and what we can do as activists to make a push towards racial, social, and environmental justice.

Our panelists will discuss the key elements of a Just Recovery including:

  • How we can tackle climate and social justice issues simultaneously 
  • Opportunities and challenges arising from the COVID pandemic
  • How we can leverage this situation to make a positive impact
  • Hope for the future

After the panel, we will take questions from meeting attendees and we encourage your thoughts and feedback.

Featured Speakers:

Carolina Martinez – Climate Justice Campaign Director, Environmental Health Coalition

Carolina works together with residents in low-income communities of color to advocate for climate and land use policies that respect their priorities, improve health, and are consistent with environmental justice principles. For 8 years she worked with National City residents implementing a comprehensive community plan that phased out polluting industries out of a residential neighborhood and created an affordable housing project. Currently, she is advancing the equitable implementation of San Diego’s Climate Action Plan.

Sonja Robinson – Chair, Environmental, and Climate Justice Committee, NAACP San Diego Branch & NAACP North San Diego County

As Chair of ECJ, Sonja has lobbied countless efforts throughout San Diego County to bring substantial climate justice. She believes in building support across communities to meet our sustainability goals, including environmentally sustainable buildings, energy democracy, transportation, and an inclusive green workforce. She has an internet talk radio show, S.U.N (Sustainable Urban Network) addressing environmental justice on G.O.D.Radio1.com airs on Saturdays. She has been recognized for her work by San Diego County Democrats for Environmental Action Club, Indivisible Women of Color Roar, and an “Unsung Hero” award from Climate Action Campaign.

Dr. Amrah Salomón J -, Co-Founder of Rez Beats

Amrah Salomón J. is a writer, artist, activist, and educator of Mexican, Native American (Akimel O’odham and Tohono O'odham, descendant, not enrolled), and European ancestry. Amrah has a Ph.D. in Ethnic Studies from the University of California, San Diego, and is a UC Presidents Postdoc in English at UC Riverside. She is a co-founder of Rez Beats youth performance space and her academic and literary work has been published in the United States, U.K., and Mexico. She has over 15 years of experience in radical social justice collectives, actions, and projects; including consulting on anti-oppression, conflict mediation, transformative justice, and community organizing.

Rebecca Rojas – Board Member of SanDiego350

Rebecca has been a volunteer with SanDiego350 since 2013 and a board member with SanDiego350 since 2019. She's involved with the Member Engagement Team and focuses on work to increase justice, equity, diversity, and inclusivity within SanDiego350, including coordinating training for members. During the day, she works as a personal injury, maritime attorney.

Dr. Kyra R. Greene – Executive Director at CPI

Dr. Kyra R. Greene became Executive Director of the Center on Policy Initiatives in June 2017. She also served as CPI’s Deputy Director and Research/Policy Analyst. 

Before joining CPI, Dr. Greene was an Assistant Professor of Sociology at San Diego State University, where she taught courses on socioeconomic inequality, race, and qualitative research methods. She has served as an instructor in sociological courses on public policy at both Rider University and Stanford University. She was also the Diversity Coordinator for Enhancing Diversity in Graduate Education in the Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences (EDGE-SBE) program at Stanford University. Dr. Greene’s past research has focused on social movement messaging/framing, legislative processes, and public policies affecting the lives of people of color and people with disabilities.

The panel will be moderated by Maddie McMurray, Member Engagement and Public Policy team member of SanDiego350.

This meeting will be a Facebook Live event and can be viewed from the SD350 Facebook page or the SanDiego350 Website. Meeting participants will have an opportunity to ask our panelists questions. 

Jul
22
Wed
Transportation solutions with SANDAG Executive Director
Jul 22 @ 7:00 pm – 8:15 pm

 

San Diego teeters on the edge of a decision that will impact our community for the next 30 years: Continue building highway infrastructure, which promotes air pollution that unequally impacts underserved communities OR redesign the public transportation network to promote healthier communities and lower greenhouse gas emissions. The SanDiego350 community must raise our voices and mobilize to create a better transportation future for our county. Join us on July 22 at 7pm for a momentous opportunity to discuss the most pressing issues in regional transportation and climate change with SANDAG's Executive Director, Hasan Ikhrata.

At this event co-hosted by Interfaith Coalition for Earth Justice and SanDiego350, SANDAG staff will provide an update on the regional transportation vision, the 5 Big Moves, and what they are learning from the COVID-19 crisis. This interactive, virtual event will help SD350 and ICEJ members and allies advocate effectively for a sustainable and equitable transportation system in San Diego County.

Aug
1
Sat
Orientation Chat – August 1
Aug 1 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Join us for a SanDiego350 “Orientation Chat”
Are you considering becoming a member (or do you know someone who is interested)? This is the perfect place for you! You can learn more about our approach to climate activism in a low-key, welcoming setting. Meet members, ask questions about how we are mobilizing the community through our policy work, outreach, education, and direct action.

We will talk about our many volunteer opportunities, our amazing teams, and the community that we are building to confront the climate crisis through collective action.

Our meetings will be held on the Zoom platform, so if you haven’t used zoom before please download the app onto your computer or phone now, and read more about how to use zoom. You are able to either videoconference in (with your camera on or off) or call in on your phone.

We can't wait to meet you!

Aug
4
Tue
Orientation Chat – August 4
Aug 4 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Join us for a SanDiego350 “Orientation Chat”
Are you considering becoming a member (or do you know someone who is interested)? This is the perfect place for you! You can learn more about our approach to climate activism in a low-key, welcoming setting. Meet members, ask questions about how we are mobilizing the community through our policy work, outreach, education, and direct action.

We will talk about our many volunteer opportunities, our amazing teams, and the community that we are building to confront the climate crisis through collective action.

Our meetings will be held on the Zoom platform, so if you haven’t used zoom before please download the app onto your computer or phone now, and read more about how to use zoom. You are able to either videoconference in (with your camera on or off) or call in on your phone.

We can't wait to meet you!

Aug
6
Thu
Franchise Agreements City Council Meeting
Aug 6 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

The proposed terms of the energy franchise agreements will be presented to the City Council on Thursday, August 6 at 1 pm. We need a strong presence at this meeting to pressure City Council members to get the best deal for our clean energy future. Register for this event to get the latest updates, public comment instructions, and talking points. 

Aug
11
Tue
Climate Action Plan Update Workshop
Aug 11 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

When the City of San Diego released the landmark Climate Action Plan in 2015, it included a commitment to update the plan in 2020. “Our Climate, Our Future” will be an expanded vision for climate action in San Diego. The initial plan was ambitious and served as a model for other cities. Sadly, the City is not on track to meet many of its goals and there has been a lack of accountability.

The City has released a survey and is hosting a public workshop on Thursday, August 13 at 12 pm about the CAP update to gather input from residents and businesses. At this meeting, we will guide you through the City's survey, help craft talking points you can use at the City's public workshop, and show you how to get involved in our CAP committee!

Sign up for the City's event, Our Climate, Our Future Forum here

 

Aug
13
Thu
City of San Diego Climate Action Plan Update Forum
Aug 13 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

When the City of San Diego released the landmark Climate Action Plan in 2015, it included a commitment to update the plan in 2020. “Our Climate, Our Future” will be an expanded vision for climate action in San Diego. The initial plan was ambitious and served as a model for other cities. Sadly, the City is not on track to meet many of its goals and there has been a lack of accountability.

The City has released a survey and is hosting a public workshop on Thursday, August 13 at 12 pm about the CAP update to gather input from residents and businesses.

Sign up for the City's event, Our Climate, Our Future Forum here

SanDiego350 will be hosting a workshop on Tuesday, August 11 at 7 pm to prepare participants to take the City's survey, craft talking points you can use at the City's public workshop, and show you how to get involved in our CAP committee! Sign up for SanDiego350's workshop here.

 

Aug
14
Fri
SANDAG’s Vision for the 2021 Regional Plan
Aug 14 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

At this presentation, SANDAG staff will report their vision for the 2021 Regional Plan and how our region can address traffic congestion, increase social equity by expanding access to quality transit, and meet state greenhouse gas emissions mandates. This presentation will be complemented by a panel discussion with SANDAG staff experts.

Find the agenda and the Zoom information here.

 

Aug
18
Tue
Youth Panel (August Monthly Membership Meeting)
Aug 18 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Join us for the August Membership Meeting featuring young climate leaders. 

We're excited to welcome high school and college age climate leaders to discuss: the Youth4Climate virtual Summer Camp program, student participation in the camp and the youth leader's main takeaways, and youth's work on direct actions that can be taken to address climate issues. Attendees will also learn about the upcoming youth fellowship program that SanDiego350 is putting on in the fall. 

After the panel, we will take questions and feedback from attendees.

Meet the Youth Speakers
Hannah Riggens is a rising sophomore at Del Norte high school and participates on a humanitarian/philanthropist committee in student government. Hannah is committed to living a sustainable lifestyle and believes this is an important aspect of fighting climate change. 

Alexa Castruita is a rising junior at Hilltop High School who has actively been involved with supporting SanDiego350's Youth4Climate efforts. Alexa will be participating in the fellowship program this fall and is excited to continue to work as a passionate activist.

Eva Geierstanger is an incoming junior in high school who founded an environmental club at school last year. She helped plan and facilitate the Youth4Climate summer camp and is currently involved in SanDiego350's Youth v. Oil Campaign.

Kathryn Chen is a rising second-year undergraduate at UCSD, majoring in marine biology and minoring in climate change studies. She is a camp planner and is also coaching a team of campers on their activism project. 

Aledka Hancova (Moderator) is a senior at PLHS who loves gardening and going to the beach. Adelka also loves youth activism opportunities that broaden perspectives and have the power to change the world. 

Sep
15
Tue
Voting 2020: What You Need to Know
Sep 15 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Voting 2020: What You Need to Know

Join SanDiego350 for an educational discussion about the voting process for the September 15th Monthly Membership meeting. A group of informed speakers will discuss important details about the voting process to prepare voters for the November election. 

The speakers will discuss some of the key elements of the voting process: 

  • The voter registration process and rules pertaining to mail-in ballots 
  • Non-partisan Get Out The Vote efforts that provide tools to get people to vote
  • Various perspectives about the voting process and challenges that persist 

Meeting attendees will be able to ask questions and participate in an educational discussion about pertinent 2020 voting information. SanDiego350 encourages everyone to invite their friends and family to the meeting to prepare for the election and to gain valuable tools that will  encourage others to vote.