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The Evanston Public Library will launch the “Climate Resilient Communities” Series on Jan. 19. The virtual series which extends through April examines the global and local impact of climate change. Making the issue less abstract and more real for participants – bringing it home to them – is crucial in advancing collective and individual climate action.

The series also explores the ways in which environmental issues intersect with race, gender and other identities, bringing awareness over the need for communities to prioritize the mitigation of climate impacts and climate resilience amongst their most vulnerable populations

Climate Resilient Communities kicks off at 6:30 p.m. on Jan. with a virtual discussion of the film “Decoding the Weather Machine.”  Lauren Marquez-Viso, Vice-President of Citizens’ Greener Evanston, environmentalist, photographer and explorer, will lead the conversation.  Registration is necessary to learn more about how and why the Earth’s climate is changing, the impact of these changes and the science behind all of it. Please register online. A link to watch the film is provided.

The series which extends through April includes presentations, film discussions, take-home kits, and other events guided by experts in the field, making access to information about climate action accessible and interesting to a wide range of audiences and ages. Additionally, many events and their content will be held in Spanish. 

Individual events will be co-sponsored with a variety of organizations including the City of Evanston Office of Sustainability, Citizens’ Greener Evanston, Natural Habitat Evanston, D65 EvanSTEM, SWANCC, Comité Asesor Latino de ETHS, and ARISE Chicago.

The Climate Resilient Communities Series is funded by the Resilient Communities: Libraries Respond to Climate Change grant provided by the American Libraries Association

The next events in the series are “Saving Money while Greening your Bills,” a presentation on optimizing the use of utilities and taking advantage of public transportation to be held at 6:30 p.m. on  Jan. 27 and “Cambio Climático: ¿Qué es y cómo me afecta?”, a presentation geared towards Spanish-speaking community members, at 7 p.m. on Jan. 28. Registration at epl.org