The Town Halls presented by the Museum and the Santa Barbara Foundation are intended to provide a safe, neutral place for community conversation in which diverse viewpoints of a topic can be heard and discussed in a respectful manner. The discussions aim to foster public discourse around issues that will affect our lives and well-being as well as that of our children and grandchildren. It is not designed to promote one opinion, but to give an airing to a spectrum of views in order to safely talk about contentious issues as a community.
In March 2006, the series premiered with “Sea Otters in the Santa Barbara Channel: Harmful Competitors or Rightful Residents?” Biologists, fishermen, city representatives, and community members (adults and children) gathered together to discuss sea otter management issues and the environmental, economic, and social implications of a management plan. This community dicussion has continued into 2011 as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service considers ending its 24-year-old sea otter translocation program, which was designed to establish a popluation of sea otters on San Nicolas Island by physically relocating otters that ventured south of Point Conception.
The Town Hall series has also included the following topics:
How Will Santa Barbara Face Climate Change?
Thursday, April 18, 2013
Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History - Fleischmann Auditorium
Over 160 attendees came to this event! Please look below for more details.
In January 2013, President Obama challenged the nation to address the issue of climate change: "Some may still deny the overwhelming judgment of science, but none can avoid the devastating impact of raging fires, crippling drought, and more powerful storms...America cannot resist the transition; we must lead it." Join a dialogue that explores how Santa Barbara is currently impacted by climate change and what researchers expect to see in the city's future. What are Santa Barbarans doing now and what more can be done to prevent the acceleration of Global Warming? How can our city officials, educational institutions, companies and citizens be leaders in the challenges that lie ahead?
- MODERATOR: Stan Roden, JD, Mediation-Arbitration Specialist
- PANEL: Dave Davis, President and CEO of Community Environmental Council
- Frank Davis, Director of National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis
- John Ledbetter, Principal Planner for SB City Planning Division
- Bruce Allen, Co-Founder of SOS California
- John Jostes, Nationally Recognized Environmental and Public Policy Mediator.
Free. No tickets required. Presented by the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History and sponsored in part by the Santa Barbara Foundation. For more information call: Justin Canty at 805-682-4711 ext. 170 or firstname.lastname@example.org
TOWN HALL PROGRAM
SANTA BARBARA CLIMATE ACTION PLAN
John Ledbetter: "Santa Barbara Climate Action Plan"
TOWN HALL OPENING STATEMENTS: Click the link to read over a panelist's thoughts on Santa Barbara's climate future!
1. John Jostes: "Resiliency Networks - Changing the ME to WE"
2. Bruce Allen: "Optimism About Santa Barbara's Climate & Biosphere Future"
3. Frank Davis, "Probable Impacts of Climate Change in Santa Barbara and the South Coast Region"
4. Dave Davis, "Community Environmental Council Mission Statement & Carbon Math Made Simple"