LMore than 1200 attendees are convening today for the Climate Day LA conference to move climate solutions forward in Los Angeles. LA-based nonprofit Climate Resolve teamed up with ecoAmericato offer the day-long event at the The Theater at Ace Hotel (933 S. Broadway, Los Angeles), as part of their joint efforts to empower, engage, and celebrate new and established Angeleno leaders on climate solutions for the Path to Positive LA initiative.
Panels with leading and emerging leaders aim to accelerate and diversify Los Angeles climate leadership within five sectors — faith, health, business, higher education and local government. Speakers for the free conference: Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia, former LA mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Tom Steyer (NextGen Climate), Dr. Mark Gold (UCLA), Jacquelyn Dupont-Walker (AME Church), Rachelle Reyes Wenger (Dignity Health), Avishay Artsy (KCRW), Araceli Campos (LA County Women and Girls Initiative), Nourbese Flint (Black Women for Wellness), Aura Vasquez (LADWP). The evening benefit gala to cap off Climate Day LA will feature a DJ set by Moby.
“Now is the time to engage Angelenos on climate change,” said Jonathan Parfrey, Executive Director of Climate Resolve. “Washington is now intransigent and so Los Angeles must accelerate our walk on the path to a clean sustainable economy. When the feds go low, we go local.”
“People are told that the can’t make a difference on climate change, but the truth is just the opposite,” said Bob Perkowitz, President and Founder of ecoAmerica. “Angelenos see the benefit that solutions will bring to their lives, and if they lead on climate, so can any city, state, or nation. Los Angeles is poised to take up the mantle.”
The event is part of the Path to Positive campaign jointly organized by the nonprofits Climate Resolve and ecoAmerica. Sponsors and supporters include SoCal Edison, Faucet Face, Thrive Market, NextGen Climate, LADWP, SoCalGas, KIND, REI, dert bags, Athens Services, Repurpose, Endangered Species Chocolate, ALTER ECO, Imperfect Produce, Harvest Straws, and EZC Pak.
About Climate Resolve: The Los Angeles-based nonprofit founded in 2010 creates practical solutions to meet the climate challenge while building a better city for Angelenos.
About ecoAmerica: ecoAmerica is a national nonprofit that builds institutional leadership, public support, and political will for climate solutions in the United States.