Person holding sign saying "We Demand Justice & Change"
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This weekend marks the start of Climate Week NYC, one of the largest climate events to happen each year. Hundreds of events take place with people from all around the world joining to fight for rapid action to combat climate change. This week-long program is run by the non-profit Climate Group in coordination with the United Nations and the City of New York. Many of the events are offered virtually and can be accessed through their online registration form.

Despite USF being across the country in the Bay Area, there are still many ways to get involved and participate in our own community to honor Climate Week. Check out some on and off campus events you can join below!

Speaker Event with Kristy Drutman: Own Your Environmental Story – Fighting For Climate Justice

Thursday, September 14th from 4:30-6pm | USF On-Campus Event in McLaren Center Room 250

Open to the USF community, this event welcomes Kristy Drutman, founder of “Browngirl Green” who brings together media, diversity, and environmentalism. She has been featured in a variety of publications from the NY Times to Refinery 29 and has been invited to the White House on different occasions as a reporter. Bringing her climate communications expertise to this speaking event you will leave feeling inspired and ready to tackle Climate Week!

Bike Ride to End Fossil Fuels

Friday, September 15th from 5-8pm | Great Highway at Judah Street

Bring your own bike, helmet, and throw on anything blue or green to kick off this event. Beginning at the car-free part of the Great Highway bikers will head down down JFK through Golden Gate Park to the Conservatory of Flowers and ultimately ending at San Francisco City Hall with live music and guest speaker. Organizer Kirsten Tieche will have a petition together for participants to sign asking Governor Newsom to stop new fossil fuel projects, phase out oil in California, end drilling in neighborhoods, and provide equitable access and a just transition to renewable energy.

Action to End Fossil Fuels in Sacramento

Sunday, September 17th from 11am-2pm | 1100 Front St. Sacramento

Hosted by 350 Bay Area, a climate justice advocacy group, this family-friendly event will be a day to join at the state Capitol and demand an end to fossil fuels and declare a climate emergency. From games, performers, and speakers, this is a great way to get involved and push for change!

Can We Lower the Earth’s Temperature While Increasing our Food Resources?

Tuesday, September 19th from 6-8:30pm | Capgemini Applied Innovation Exchange

Join this discussion event with John Wick, co-founder of the Nicasio Native Grass Ranch and the Marin Carbon Project. This conversation will highlight carbon farming techniques and how we can transform our agricultural practices while increasing productivity and our relationship with the land.

Trouble the Water with Abby Seiff

Wednesday, September 20th from 5-6pm | USF On-Campus Event in Handlery Room, Lone Mountain

The MSEM program is happy to announce our co-sponsoring of this event. This speaking event features author, Abby Seiff, for a discussion focusing on the once beautiful and captivating lake in Cambodia that has fallen victim to hydropower dams, illegal fishing, and intense climate events.

Tag us @usfmsem on Instagram and Facebook to share what Climate Week events and festivities you participate in.