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Dinner Program: Abrupt Climate Change - Answering the Call of Life
SF Bay Chapter Sierra Club Presents The John Muir Series “Answering the Call of Life” Part I: March 22, 2018 Part II: April 26, 2018 Part III: May 24, 2018 Location: Berkeley Yacht Club 1 Seawall Dr Berkeley, Ca Abrupt climate change is now upon us. An overview of the last 12 months reveals a rapid downward spiral: from droughts, wildfires, and mudslides here in California to melting icecaps, rising seas, and 100-year hurricanes becoming the new norm. The possibility of near-term human extinction, driven by extreme climate change, is a real concern; and the acceleration of the current sixth mass extinction event, a near certainty. No one knows for sure when we will pass the tipping point of runaway climate change, or whether we have surpassed that point already. And if and when we do cross it, what then? How high will temperatures and sea levels rise? How quickly? Come join us for a three-part series of Sierra Club Dinners: the John Muir Series on Answering the Call of Life. We will “answer the call” together, both in-person at the Dinners, and via continuous online conversations on •March 22: Part I: On the spectrum of scientifically predictable impacts and timeframes of abrupt climate change, what is the worst-case scenario? What is the likelihood of it coming to pass? Short of that “worst case,” what are the other scenarios predicted by scientists? And finally, in the face of such serious scenarios, what set of strategies and goals may still be established for life on Earth to survive and perchance even thrive? •April 26: Part II: Among all the possible strategies (discussed during Part I) to combat abrupt climate change, which ones ought we to prioritize as most important? Which set of solutions should humanity design, develop, and deploy in order to stave off such worst-case scenarios and even regenerate the ecosystems that remain? •May 24: Part III: From the many forums convening all around the world to address climate change, how can we convene a planetary “forum of forums” that would unite us and focus our collective intelligence on our shared predicament? As one of the oldest and best known environmental organizations in the world, the Sierra Club is perfectly positioned to be a leader in this collective adventure. Program and Directions for each Dinner No-host cocktails/social hour—6 pm, dinner—7:00, program—8:00, intermission—9:00, after hours group discussion—9:15-11:00 pm. Berkeley Yacht Club on the Berkeley Marina, one block north of the west end of University Avenue (ample free parking is available in the Marina parking lots). Cost of dinner and program is $30, including tax and tip. $10 for program only, starting at 8 p.m. For a reservation, please send your check, payable to "Sierra Club," with your name, your telephone number, and the names of your guests, to: Jane Barrett 170 Vicente Road Berkeley, CA 94705 510 845-8055 by Monday March 19.

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Welcome to the Santa Cruz group of the Ventana Chapter Sierra Club! Here you will find a listing of some of the Santa Cruz Group outings and meetings, as well as opportunities to engage with the broader environmental/social justice/sustainability community in Santa Cruz. We welcome everyone to participate and encourage all to become members on our website at . To see our future events, click here ( The current liability waiver may be found here ( .

John Muir co-founded the Sierra Club in 1892 to share his love of nature. Since then, the Club has matured into the nation's largest and most influential environmental organization. The Club’s mission is to explore, enjoy, and protect the wild places of the earth; to practice and promote the responsible use of the earth's resources; and to educate and enlist humanity to protect and restore the quality of the environment.

The Ventana Chapter serves Santa Cruz and Monterey counties of central California and hosts numerous outings, conservation actions, and ways to get involved. The Santa Cruz Group serves Sierra Club members in Santa Cruz County and was originally formed in 1966 as part of the Loma Prieta Chapter. In October 1974, the Santa Cruz Group became part of the Ventana Chapter. Information about the Santa Cruz Group is on our web site at (

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