Climate Actions, Pet Events,
9-11 Runs On Tap For PHX
By Staff Report
Modern Times Magazine
Aug. 23, 2019 — The Amazon rainforest is burning at levels not seen in recent times (which could have serious consequences for millions of species, along with world air quality). At the same time, Arctic ice is melting at faster levels, causing sea levels to rise and oceans to warm.
It may not mean doomsday in the near future, but ramifications from climate change are tangibly underway with no guarantees it will yield positive results for human, animal or plant life.
In general, these are not good times for Earth remaining as comfortable for humans as it has been over the past 10,000 years or so. As the bumper sticker says, “There Is No Planet B.” And, while the actions needed to slow climate change are not easy, there are things that Arizonans can do to make a positive difference.
The soonest event regarding climate change in the Phoenix area is on Wednesday, Aug. 28 (see date below for more information), when the Sierra Club sponsored West Valley Faces of Climate Action Town Hall will be held starting at 6:30 p.m. at Glendale Community College, 6000 W. Olive Ave., Glendale. The next day, Thursday Aug. 29, the East Valley Climate Action Town Hall will begin at 6:30 p.m. at 5801 S. Rural Road, Tempe. This event is also sponsored by the Sierra Club. This non-partisan forum will feature guest speakers Lauren Kuby, vice mayor of Tempe; state Reps. Isela Blanc, Jennifer Jermaine and Jennifer Pawlik; and numerous climate experts and activists.
Also on Aug. 29, Protect Our Water Arizona is sponsoring the forum “You Can’t Drink Helium” at noon in room 481 of Wrigley Hall, located on the Arizona State University campus in Tempe (see date below for more information). British engineering professor Kevin L. Gibson will explain the risks to Arizona’s major water supply from proposed fracking over the Coconino Aquifer.
On Saturday, Aug. 31, the National Geographic/Bloomberg documentary Paris to Pittsburgh will be screened free of charge at 2 p.m. in the Mesa Public Library Roadrunner Room, 635 N. Power Road. This film focuses on ways people can combat the effects of climate change and is sponsored by the Citizens’ Climate Lobby, in conjunction with Arizona Interfaith Power and Light.
Lastly featured is the Arizona Youth Climate Summit starting at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, in the Student Pavilion on the ASU campus in Tempe. Participants can learn how to take action with a variety of sessions designed to engage youth with different forms of activism, such as lobbying, public speaking, writing and civic engagement. This all-day summit is free to students in middle and high school or college.
Don’t forget all of the items listed above are expanded upon in their chronological order below. Oh, and go out and make a change before it is 130 F in Phoenix and the coasts are underwater.
Saturday, Aug. 24
A town hall, Criminal Justice Reform: A Look Inside the System, will be held from noon to 3 p.m. at 1407 E. Thomas Road, Phoenix. Panelists include state Rep. Gerae Peten and criminal defense attorney Benjamin Taylor. The Phoenix Alumni Chapters of Iota Phi Theta Fraternity Inc. and Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Inc. are hosting and moderatoring this event. An RSVP is required; more info can be found at https://azresist.org/event/criminal-justice-reform/
A Kwanzaa workshop is set for 1 p.m. at Black Wall St. Inc., 3146 E. Weir Ave., Phoenix. Professor Gershom from the Benuu Institute of Arizona will share his knowledge and experience in the African-American traditions of this holiday. To learn more, visit this Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/284838402469652/
David Lastinger will speak on his book How To Do Things Your Phone Won’t: A Common-Sense Guide to Real Life at 5 p.m. at at Changing Hands Bookstore, 300 W. Camelback Road, Phoenix. For more info, go to https://www.changinghands.com/event/august2019/david-lastinger-how-do-things-your-phone-wont-common-sense-guide-real-life
A criminal justice reform seminar will be held starting at noon at 1407 E. Thomas Road. Panelists include Dr. Gerae Peten, Assistant Police Chief Andre Anderson and attorney Benjamin Taylor. An RSVP is required for attendees 17 and older. To learn more, visit https://azresist.org/event/criminal-justice-reform/
Sunday, Aug. 25
A No on Prop 105 and 106 canvass will be held at 9:30 a.m. at 6427 S. Central Ave., Phoenix. Both ballot measures are for registered voters who live in the city of Phoenix only. The election is Aug. 27. Proposition 105 aims to stop all light rail construction and kill rail plans already approved by voters three times. Proposition 106 dictates new regulations for the city policy regarding pensions and the city’s budget. In doing so, it will limit the city’s ability to be flexible in economic downturns and mandate reductions in services such as libraries, parks and educational programming. To learn more, visit https://act.sierraclub.org/events/details?formcampaignid=7010Z000001w76KQAQ&mapLinkHref=https://maps.google.com/maps&daddr=NO%20on%20Prop%20105%20&%20106%20Canvass@33.387342,-112.072834
Monday, Aug. 26
AZ Celebrates the 19th Amendment, marking 99 years since American women got the right to vote, starting at 5:30 p.m. at Arizona State University’s West Campus, 4701 W. Thunderbird Road, Glendale. Kathy Hoffman, state superintendent of public instruction, will deliver the keynote speech, while Flagstaff Mayor Coral Evans will also speak. Along with a parade of runners, there will be networking opportunities, a dessert reception and voter registration. Admission ranges between $10 and $20; to learn more, check out https://www.eventbrite.com/e/az-celebrates-the-19th-amendment-2019-tickets-62171427413
Tuesday, Aug. 27
A seminar on conscious parenting will be held at 6 p.m. at Westside Multi-Generational Center, 715 W. Fifth St., Tempe. To RSVP or learn more, visit https://projecthumanities.asu.edu/content/humanity-101-homefront-conscious-parenting-and-social-change
Wednesday, Aug. 28
Yappy Hour, benefiting Foothills Animal Rescue, will be held at 4 p.m. at 18 Degrees Neighborhood Grill, 9375 E. Bell Rd., Scottsdale. The $10 entry fee includes appetizers and two complimentary cocktails; there will also be raffle prizes. For other information, check out https://www.eventbrite.com/e/neighborhood-give-back-yappy-hour-tickets-68696576309?aff=ebdssbdestsearch
The West Valley Faces of Climate Action Town Hall will be held starting at 6:30 p.m. at Glendale Community College, 6000 W. Olive Ave., Glendale. Sponsored by the Sierra Club, this forum — described as non-partisan intergenerational, multicultural and interfaith — will focus on the climate emergency. Speakers include elected officials, community climate and social justice activists, and climate experts. To learn more, go to https://act.sierraclub.org/events/details?formcampaignid=7010Z000001w76PQAQ&mapLinkHref=https://maps.google.com/maps&daddr=West%20Valley%20Faces%20of%20Climate%20Action%20Town%20Hall@33.569433,-112.190827
Thursday, Aug. 29
Quartermania for Dsquared4homeless.org will take place at 6 p.m. at Hilton Phoenix/Chandler 2929 W. Frye Road, Chandler. This auction/raffle event allows people to win prizes donated from local businesses and various home business vendors. Admission is $10; check out https://www.eventbrite.com/e/quartermania-for-dsquared4homelessorg-tickets-65235299537?aff=ebdssbdestsearch for more details.
The East Valley Climate Action Town Hall will begin at 6:30 p.m. at 5801 S. Rural Road, Tempe. Also sponsored by the Sierra Club, this non-partisan forum will feature guest speakers Lauren Kuby, vice mayor of Tempe; state Reps. Isela Blanc, Jennifer Jermaine and Jennifer Pawlik; and numerous climate experts and activists. For more details, go to https://act.sierraclub.org/events/details?formcampaignid=7010Z000001w76UQAQ&mapLinkHref=https://maps.google.com/maps&daddr=East%20Valley%20Faces%20of%20Climate%20Action%20Town%20Hall@33.370253,-111.927563
Protect Our Water Arizona is sponsoring the forum “You Can’t Drink Helium” at noon in room 481 of Wrigley Hall, located on the Arizona State University campus in Tempe. British engineering professor Kevin L. Gibson will explain the risks to Arizona’s major water supply from proposed fracking over the Coconino Aquifer. A light lunch will be provided; go to https://sustainability.asu.edu/events/rsvp/you-cant-drink-helium/ for other details.
Saturday, Aug. 31
The National Geographic/Bloomberg documentary Paris to Pittsburgh will be screened free of charge at 2 p.m. in the Mesa Public Library Roadrunner Room, 635 N. Power Road. This film — which focuses on ways people can combat the effects of climate change — is being sponsored by the Citizens’ Climate Lobby, in conjunction with Arizona Interfaith Power and Light. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for further information or visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/paris-to-pittsburgh-free-film-screening-tickets-68634492615?aff=efbeventtix&fbclid=IwAR3ly4Iv1h6WYA5Qo8gmKY5v654PWF98Yc6OmIiR53Pkk1R1-22GuJvo8e4
Sunday, Sept. 1
The 9-11 Memorial Towers Virtual 5k and 10k Run will be held through Sept. 30. Participants raise money for a charity of their choice, and run a race wherever they choose and at their pace. Admission fees start at $29. For more details, check out https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2019-9-11-memorial-towers-virtual-5k-10k-run-walk-new-york-registration-64512863712?aff=aff0eventful
Wednesday, Sept. 4
HomeSmart Helps Feed My Starving Children, a volunteer event, starts at 6 p.m. at 1345 S. Alma School Rd., Mesa. Participants will hand pack scientifically formulated meals for undernourished children, which are distributed to a network of 80-plus partners in over 60 countries. To get involved, check out https://www.eventbrite.com/e/homesmart-helps-feed-my-starving-children-tickets-64206618725?aff=ebdssbdestsearch
Thursday, Sept. 5
Learn Legislative Advocacy at the State Capitol will take place at 6 p.m. at Temple Emanuel, 5801 S. Rural Road, Tempe. State Reps. Mitzi Epstein and Alma Hernandez will discuss their experiences serving on the Arizona Legislature. Arizona Jews for Justice is sponsoring this event. Visit this Facebook page to learn more: https://www.facebook.com/events/358810154837632/
Saturday, Sept. 7
A cleanup of the Salt River will be held starting at 8 a.m. at the Phon D. Sutton Recreation Area in Fort McDowell. Keep Nature Wild is sponsoring this event, which includes light refreshments. To learn more, check out https://www.eventbrite.com/e/salt-river-cleanup-registration-53552640389?aff=ebdssbdestsearch
9000 Miles and a Dream: Inspiration that Drives will be held at 6 p.m. at the Campus Christian Center, 1034 S. Mill Ave., Tempe. Participants can learn about the Pauline Foundation, which is focused on empowering women and children in Uganda. Admission is free; register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/9000-miles-and-a-dream-inspiration-that-drives-change-tickets-69152411725?aff=ebdssbdestsearch
The Arizona Youth Climate Summit will start at 8:30 a.m. in the Student Pavilion on the ASU campus in Tempe. Participants can learn how to take action with a variety of sessions designed to engage youth with different forms of activism, such as lobbying, public speaking, writing and civic engagement. This all-day summit is free to students in middle and high school or college. Refreshments and lunch will be served. For more info, check out https://sustainability.asu.edu/events/rsvp/arizona-youth-climate-summit/
Sunday, Sept. 8
The 2019 Tunnel to Towers 5K Run & Walk will be held at the Tempe Town Lake 9/11 Healing Field, 80 W. Rio Salado. The run was created to honor the late Stephen Siller, a New York City firefighter who lost his life on Sept. 11, 2001 after strapping on his gear and running through the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel to the Twin Towers. Entrance fee is $45; the event kicks off at 7:30 a.m. Visit
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2019-tunnel-to-towers-5k-run-walk-tempe-az-registration-55794324326?aff=ebdssbdestsearch to learn more details.
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