Extreme Heat Forum


August 15, 2023    
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

If you or someone you know are 65 and older, live on California’s Central Coast, and are concerned about rising temperatures in our community, we invite you to join us for our inaugural Extreme Heat Forum presented by the Gray Panthers Santa Barbara Network, Society of Fearless Grandmothers Santa Barbara, and the Community Environmental Council on Tuesday, August 15, from 5:00 – 7:00 PM. 

Extreme heat events are increasing in the United States and the rest of the world. The UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, shared his deep concern over increasingly intense and frequent heat waves by warning the public that, “The era of global warming has ended, the era of global boiling has arrived.” It is crucial now more than ever to stay informed about extreme heat and learn how to stay cool during these extreme events.

The forum will be offered in person (at our new Environmental Hub in downtown Santa Barbara) and live streamed via Zoom. Space is limited for the in-person option and an RSVP is required to attend (both in person and via Zoom).

About this Forum

Dr. David Lebell and Rich Appelbaum of the Gray Panthers Santa Barbara Network, Pam Bury and Maureen Ellenberger of Society of Fearless Grandmothers Santa Barbara, Yumi Sera, Executive Director of the Governor’s Office of Community Partnerships and Strategic Communications, and Em Johnson, CEC’s Director of Climate Resilience will lead a discussion of the real and lasting impacts of heat and climate change on our elderly, how seniors can play a more active role in protecting our most vulnerable populations, and what actions are needed to ensure we not only support resiliency at the neighborhood level, but also at the policy level.