Toward a Better Future symposium, Earth Day Houston, Gulf Coast Water Symposium, and much more
Beginning Thursday, February 28, 2019, and continuing through March 2, Houston’s internationally renowned nondenominational Rothko Chapel and the University of St. Thomas are presenting “Toward a Better Future: Transforming the Climate Crisis.” The symposium will explore the current climate crisis, its impact on vulnerable communities, and mitigation efforts being implemented locally and nationally. A central focus will be on individual and institutional actions, practices and policies that must be taken to create a more livable and equitable future.
Thursday evening’s keynote address by New York Times international climate reporter Somini Sengupta is already sold out (although additional seats may open up), but Friday and Saturday offer a wide array of panel discussions, including:
- Navigating Climate Change: An Interfaith Conversation
- Exploring the Impact of Climate Change on Mind, Body, and Spirit
- Exploring the Impact on Frontline, Indigenous, and Vulnerable Communities
- The Science, Policy, Technology, and Economics of Climate Change: Past, Present and Future
- Young Activists Speak Out
- Communicating Climate Change
- Legislation and Public Policy Strategies
Mayor Sylvester Turner will give remarks on Saturday. Additionally, there will be a screening of the 2018 documentary Not Ok: A Little Movie About a Small Glacier at the End of the World, followed by a panel discussion with professors Dominic Boyer and Cymene Howe of the Center for Energy and Environmental Research at Rice University.
To see the full schedule and to register, please visit rothkochapel.org.
Earth Day returns to Discovery Green in 2019! Sponsor Deadline March 1
Presented by Green Mountain Energy in partnership with the Citizens’ Environmental Coalition, Discovery Green’s citywide Earth Day celebration is designed to educate, inspire and encourage action. The event features displays, exhibits and booths on topics ranging from alternative energy to recycling methods, a foodie farmers market, unplugged – a live music acoustic mini-festival, EarthTalks and more, all in a zero-waste footprint. This year’s event will be held on April 14 from 12 to 5 p.m.
Featuring exhibits, bands, food, speakers, and more, the 2019 celebration promises to inspire, educate, and motivate. And it supports Discovery Green’s mission of providing free events that promote a healthy environment and sustainable operations.
Haw can you be involved?
- Exhibit! Register by March 14 to be an exhibitor at earthdayhouston.org/exhibit/. Opportunities are available for nonprofits and government agencies; small, local businesses; and corporations with a commitment to the environment. Early registration discounts through February 14, 2019.
- Sponsor! Our sponsors range value the opportunity to demonstrate their commitment to sustainability and our community.Benefits include unique access to the green family market, exposure of you organization to over 10,000 festival attendees, and community stewardship and volunteer opportunities.The sponsorship deadline to be included in all promotion materials is March 1, 2019.
- Volunteer! Opportunities are available for both individuals and groups. Sign up at earthdayhouston.org/volunteer.
- Plan to Attend! Save the date on Sunday, April 14, 2019.
Houston Green Film Series: A Fierce Green Fire
Please join CEC, the Houston Green Film Series, the Rice Media Center, and additional partners on March 20, 2019, for A Fierce Green Fire: The Battle for a Living Planet,
the first big-picture exploration of the environmental movement – grassroots and global activism spanning fifty years from conservation to climate change. Inspired by the book of the same name, the film chronicles the largest movement of the 20th century and one of the keys to the 21st. It focuses on activism, people fighting to save their homes, their lives, the future – and succeeding against all odds. (See the trailer.)
6:30 p.m. conversation, networking, and a light meal, followed by the screening at 7 p.m.. Free to the public, though donations are kindly appreciated. For more information, see the Facebook event. Sign up for information about this event and other green film news at constantcontact.com.
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