Climate Change & Community: a science cafe series

Photo of earth from space

How do climate change and severe weather events affect our lives in the Bay Area?

How do we become stronger, smarter, and more resilient?

The Oakland Public Library is one of fifty libraries nationwide to host a reading, viewing, and discussion program on climate change, called Pushing the Limits: PLACE (Public Libraries Advancing Community Engagement). Come to the Golden Gate Branch to explore adaptation strategies and building resiliency at this "science-cafe-meets-book-club."

At each meeting, we will view a short video and learn from local organizations playing active roles in adapation and resilience. We will also discuss the book "Being the Change: Live Well and Spark a Climate Revolution," by Peter Kalmus. Golden Gate will have extra copies available for pick up in October.

To encourage the conversation and provide context, we are joined by Brian Garcia, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service serving the Bay Area. An expert in weather- and water-related impacts of our region, Brian partners with Emergency Managers in the area to help their communities develop informed decisions on preparedness and resiliency. 


Saturday, October 14: Community

  • What local projects and initiatives can help us learn about, prepare, and protect ourselves against climate change impacts?
  • Guests: Representatives from the East Bay Regional Park District, stewards of nearly 121,000 acres and 55 miles of shoreline in the East Bay, discuss their Climate Smart Initiative

Saturday, October 21: Change

  • How will changes in weather and sea level rise effect the livability of the Bay? 
  • Guests: Eliza Berry from SF Bay Conservation & Development Commission and Brian Beveridge of the West Oakland Environmental Indicators Project provide information on sea level rise in the East Bay

Saturday, October 28: Strategy

  • How do our behaviors and choices contribute to climate change? What are some changes we can make on a personal level to improve our carbon footprints?
  • Guests: Sustainability Fellows Mukta Kelkar and Ben Lenthicum from the City of Oakland's Environmental Services Division discuss consumption and the impact of methane/natural gas
  • Enter our raffle to win a Kill-a-Watt meter, to monitor your home energy usage!


Pushing the Limits: PLACE is a library-hosted reading, viewing, and discussion programs for adults in rural and under-resourced communities, made possible by grants form the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the National Science Foundation. 



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Golden Gate Branch

5606 San Pablo Ave.
Oakland, CA 94608
Phone: (510) 597-5023