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There’s an effort to get Santa Barbara County residents to go solar.

The Community Environmental Council has launched Solarize Santa Barbara County, which is its first countywide group purchasing program.

April Price, a renewable energy specialist with CEC, says it provides residents with discounted solar electric systems while helping the environment.

Photo by Yale Program on Climate Change Communication

A South Coast professor is playing an important role in analyzing opinions about climate change across the nation.

Researchers say about 70% of Americans think global warming is happening. While that’s encouraging to scientists, it doesn’t paint the full picture. That’s why Matto Mildenberger, an assistant professor of political science at UC Santa Barbara, became one of the lead researchers in creating a map that details climate beliefs at every level – including the hyper-local.

Eating healthy foods can do more than improve your health.  Researchers say it can also benefit the health care system and even the planet. A new study by scientists on the South Coast finds that healthy eating will reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Taking a bite out of an apple or chomping on some carrots can actually make inroads in addressing climate change, according to a study led by UC Santa Barbara researchers.

Climate change was the topic of a forum held on the South Coast this weekend.

The League of Women Voters of Ventura County and Ventura College hosted Saturday's free event on campus called “Climate Change is Here to Stay…So What’s Next?”

Jim Hines, chair of the Sierra Club’s Los Padres Chapter and one of the panelists, said people must become activists to turn the tide.

Photo by Skyler Bennett​, MyWorld Productions​; Art by Claire Frandsen​ and Iris Kelly​

Thousands of people across the country and right here on the South Coast marched over the weekend to demand action on climate change. The People’s Climate Marches took place on Saturday, which coincided with President Donald Trump’s 100th day in office.

Katie Davis, the chair of Santa Barbara Sierra Club, was one of the organizers of the march from La Playa Stadium at Santa Barbara City College to Shoreline Park.

The governor has signed into law a bill co-authored by a state senator from the Conejo Valley which sets some of the toughest greenhouse gas emission reduction targets in the world.

SB 32 builds on the existing 2020 pollution reduction requirements, requiring even more stringent rules by 2030. California will have to cut its greenhouse gas emission levels by 40% from 1990 levels. Democratic State Senator Fran Pavley of Agoura Hills introduced and co-authored SB 32.

A two-day event aimed at tackling climate change, “The Environment: Issues and Strategies in the U.S. and China” is being held at UC Santa Barbara and has drawn experts from both China and the United States.

The annual Santa Barbara Earth Day Festival is taking place Saturday and Sunday in Alameda Park, organized by the Community Environmental Council.

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