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It’s all about the affiliate events at the Global Climate Action Summit

Emma is the Strategic Communications Director at Beneficial State Foundation based in Oakland, CA.

Every day, I receive a new invite to a Global Climate Action Summit event.  My calendar of events for the week of September 10 looks like I’ve merged five other calendars onto mine, with countless blobs of conflicting markers causing a level of anxiety unknown to pre-computer humankind (to all the Outlook diehards out there, you know what I mean). The Bay Area is mobilizing around the Summit, an initiative of the Governor’s office to affirm California’s commitment to climate action and celebrate achievements so far – and it’s great to see so many organizations getting involved.  I’m especially excited about the Climate Justice Alliance’s parallel summit that lifts up frontline communities who’ve been agitating for climate action forever yet whose successes are rarely recognized.

So, clear your calendars, folks, because there are events to attend! Cheese plates to devour! And real actions to take to fix this literal hot mess we’re in!

Here we share a brief roundup featuring some of our partners’ events to help you navigate the Summit.  Our own event is on there too. Oh, did I not mention we’re hosting one? We wouldn’t miss this party! Don’t forget to register for our (free!) event on Thursday, September 13 – an honest conversation about what banks must do to stop accelerating climate change featuring Beneficial State Bank CEO Kat Taylor and Reverend Lennox Yearwood, a longtime climate justice activist and president of Hip Hop Caucus. I’ll see you there!

Global Climate Action Summit Event Roundup:

Solidarity to Solutions Week
Hosted by Climate Justice Alliance
September 8 – September 14, 2018
Starting with the Rise for Climate, Jobs & Justice on September 8 at 10:00 AM in San Francisco, Solidarity to Solutions Week will spotlight frontline community solutions to the interlinked economic, democratic, and climate crises currently threatening humanity.

State of the Divestment Movement Press Conference & Celebration (by invitation)
Hosted by Divest Invest Network & 350
Monday, September 10, 2018 | 3:00 PM – 7:00 PM
To request an invitation, email Kendra Haven at

Women’s Assembly for Climate Justice: Women Leading Solutions on the Frontlines of Climate Change
Hosted by Women’s Earth & Climate Action Network (WECAN) International
Tuesday, September 11, 2018 | 1:00 PM – 8:30 PM
The Green Room, 401 Van Ness Ave | San Francisco, CA 94102

Spotlighting Latino Leadership on Climate Change in California and Beyond
Hosted by Latino Community Foundation, VOCES & NRDC
Tuesday, September 11, 2018 | 5:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Google Community Space, 188 The Embarcadero | San Francisco, CA 94105

California is a global model for climate policy. Should it be?
Hosted by CALmatters
Wednesday, September 12, 2018 | 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
Public Policy Institute of California, 500 Washington Street, Bechtel Conference Center | San Francisco, CA 94111

Blended Finance: Climate Solutions Across the Risk/Return Spectrum (by invitation)
Hosted by Confluence Philanthropy
Wednesday, September 12, 2018 | 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM
To request an invitation, click here.

Mangrove Forest Restoration and Grassroots Climate Action in Central America (by invitation) 
Hosted by EcoViva
Thursday, September 13, 2018 | 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Contact Karolo Aparicio for an invitation to this event.

Sharing Cities: Polycentric Planning for Climate Change
Hosted by Shareable
Thursday, September 13, 2018 | 12:30 PM – 2:00 PM
SPUR, 654 Mission Street | San Francisco, CA 94105

Happy Hour for Young Climate Activists
Hosted by NextGen America
Thursday, September 13, 2018 | 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
SPiN, 690 Folsom St | San Francisco, CA 94107
Kick off your evening with a happy hour, and then head over (5 min walk) to our Beneficial State event starting at 6 PM!

Banks: Climate Action Friend or Foe?
Hosted by Beneficial State Bank and the Global Alliance for Banking on Values
Thursday, September 13, 2018 | 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Brigade, 524 3rd Street | San Francisco, CA 94107

This blog post reflects the author’s personal views and opinions, and does not represent the views and opinions of Beneficial State Bank and/or Beneficial State Foundation.