Wed, Oct 9, Before The Flood, Documentary Screening

In this award-winning documentary, Before the Flood, actor and environmental spokesperson Leonardo DiCaprio meets with scientists, activists and world leaders to discuss the dangers of climate change and its possible solutions. A sense of urgency runs throughout the film, balanced by the presentation of potential actions to solve this most critical problem.

“Climate change is the single greatest threat to a sustainable future but, at the same time, addressing the climate change presents a golden opportunity to promote prosperity, security and a brighter future for all.” — Ban Ki-Moon , Secretary General, United Nations

The public is invited to this free event.  

Wednesday, October 9, 2019, 7 pm-8:30 pm.  
Pacific Grove Community Center
515 Junipero Ave
Pacific Grove, CA

Hosted by Sustainable Pacific Grove and Communities for Sustainable Monterey County


Contact for more information.Commu

Pollinator Party

POLLINATOR PARTY 🐝 Celebrate Pollinator Week in Seaside! 

June 22, 2019,
10 am to 12 noon 
Manzanita Stuart Park.

Located where San Pablo Avenue intersects with Mescal St. near the pedestrian bridge.

10 am: Volunteer Cleanup/Prep for pollinator plantings
11am: Pollinator Info Fair

After the usual cleanup activities, stay and learn more the importance of pollinators in a fun and interactive way.

Pollinator partners from Sustainable Seaside, Seaside Environmental Committee, FOSPA, Return of the Natives, and more, will team up with the City of Seaside to present a child-friendly Pollinator Info Fair. Learn and share information on bee raising and bee-friendly pollinator attractor plants.

Volunteers: Meet on the hill by the pedestrian bridge. Work will involve general park cleanup and prepping an area that will become home to pollinator plants.

Seaside, California is a BEE CITY USA and is committed to increasing pollinator awareness and creating supporting habitats! June 17th-23rd celebrates efforts to support pollinators. All Seaside residents are encouraged to plant and cultivate native species to promote the well-being of this and future generations.

National Pollinator Week is a time to celebrate pollinators and spread the word about what you can do to protect them. Visit the website for more info.



One Seed, One Community: From Seed to Harvest

Cultivating Cherokee Trail of Tears beans – Workshop 
Wednesday, June 5 at 6:00 pm
Monterey Public Library, 625 Pacific Street
Monterey, California

Learn from Master Gardener Carole King about planting, growing, and harvesting the Cherokee Trail of Tears bean — good as both a snap and a dry bean. The beans, donated by the Seed Savers Exchange, were acquired from the late Dr. John Wyche of Hugo, Oklahoma, whose Cherokee ancestors carried them over the Trail of Tears, the infamous winter death march from the Smoky Mountains to Oklahoma (1838-39) that left a trail of 4,000 graves.

RSVP online at or by phoning (831) 646-5603.

The Policy and Politics of the Green New Deal

An insurgent movement is pushing Democrats to back an ambitious climate change solution.  Representative Ocasio-Cortez introduced a House Resolution entitled “The Green New Deal.”  What exactly did it propose? Why was it voted down? Join Mr. David Roberts, energy and environment writer with Vox and Dr. Jason Scorse, Director of the Center for the Blue Economy to discuss the history, basic premise, and politics of the youth-driven Green New Deal.  Location:  Middlebury Institute of International Studies, McCone Building, Irvine Auditorium, 499 Pierce Street, Monterey.   Free, Open to the Public.  Registration Requested.  Website for more info:

Carbon Dioxide Removal and the Paris Agreement

 In recent years, the response of the world community to climate change has led to a steadily growing drumbeat for research into, and potential deployment of, so-called “climate geoengineering options.”  While climate geoengineering approaches could potentially help, many of them are also fraught with risk, and could produce winners and losers, emphasizing the need for just, equitable and effective governance architecture. Join Dr. Wil Burns,  Co-Founding Executive Director & Professor of Research, Institute for Carbon Removal Law & Policy, School of International Service, American University, to discuss climate geoengineering research and deployment. Location:  Middlebury Institute of International Studies, Morse Building, room B104, 426 Van Buren St, Monterey, CA 93940.  Free, Open to the Public, No Registration Required.

Paris to Pittsburg

Tuesday, April 23, 7:00 pm, Paris to Pittsburgh. From coastal cities to the U.S. heartland, this documentary film celebrates how citizens are demanding and developing real solutions in the face of climate change.  And as the weather grows more deadly and destructive, they aren’t waiting on Washington to act.
Osio Theater, 350 Alvarado St, Monterey
Jane Parker, Monterey County Supervisor (invited)
Reel Work Labor Film Festival 
Hosted by the Monterey Peace and Justice Center 
Directed by Sidney Beaumont and Michael Bonfiglio, 2018, 78 min, USA

Energy Security

Tuesday, April 23, 6:00 – 7:30 pm, Energy Security:  Challenges and Opportunities.  What does a secure energy future look like?  What are the greatest vulnerabilities to our energy system?  Join this panel discussion with speakers from government, industry, and defense. Students in the International Environmental Policy master’s degree program at the Middlebury Institute have organized this event, bringing energy experts from diverse perspectives to address this important issue.  The public is invited to both the reception and discussion event.  Location:  Middlebury Institute of International Studies, McGowan Building, Room 102, 411 Pacific Street, Monterey, CA 93940.   Reception, 5:00pm to 6:00pm, Discussion, 6:00-7:30pm. Free, Open to the Public.  No registration requested.  Website for more info:  For Questions, contact Rachel Christopherson at the Center for the Blue Economy at or (831) 647-4183. 

Defend Measure Z


In November 2016 voters of Monterey County, California, passed a fracking ban known as Measure Z with 56 percent of the vote, despite being outspent 30-to-1 by the industry-backed group, Monterey County Citizens for Energy Independence.

Passing Measure Z makes Monterey the sixth California county to ban fracking, but the first to face a serious legal challenge.

So the struggle continues.   In December 2016, Protect Monterey County became the target of two lawsuits filed by oil companies Chevron and Aera Energy against the county, with the aim of blocking implementation of Measure Z.  Don’t let the oil industry undermine the will of the people.  Don’t let the petroleum industry decide Monterey County’s future. Visit the Protect Monterey County website to LEARN MORE and TAKE ACTION! 

History and Current Status of Measure Z:

On March 19, 2014, the county board of supervisors voted three against two in opposition to a proposed two-year moratorium on fracking – despite a unanimous recommendation by the Planning Commission, and thousands of letters, emails and demands from residents. In response, a group of county residents met to discuss and formulate the citizen initiative that later became Measure Z.  The newly formed citizen group was named Protect Monterey County.

On November 8, 2016, the voters of Monterey County approved Measure Z, an initiative to impose a ban on new oil and gas operations in Monterey County’s unincorporated areas. The initiative was designed by Protect Monterey County to prohibit the use of hydraulic fracturing, commonly called fracking, as well as other high-intensity methods of oil and gas extraction, such as acid stimulation.  The measure als0 prohibited new land uses that utilize oil and gas wastewater injection and impoundment and phased out those in operation.

On December 12, 2016, the Board of Supervisors, in a closed session, entered into an agreement with the oil companies (who are currently suing the County) to indefinitely halt the implementation of Measure Z with an indefinite Stay Order.

On December 14, 2016,  Chevron and Aera Energy, the two biggest companies drilling in Central California’s San Ardo fields, both filed lawsuits in Superior Court of Monterey County against Monterey County to block implementation of Measure Z, alleging that it restricts how they can use their property.  Both lawsuits claim that the county does not have jurisdiction over oil and gas operations and that Measure Z amounts to an unconstitutional taking of private property without just compensation. The San Ardo Union Elementary School District also joined Chevron’s lawsuit due to the fact that much of their funding comes from property taxes, 89 percent of which comes from the oilfield where the company operates.

On January 9, 2017, citizens demanded transparency concerning the implementation of Measure Z.  PMC demanded that the Board of Supervisors cancel the indefinite Stay Order and conduct all future proceedings concerning Measure Z implementation in public session, with public input, as required by the Brown Act.

On March 17, 2017, Monterey County Superior Court Judge Thomas Wills ruled that the group behind the measure, Protect Monterey County, had standing to join the lawsuit as an intervening party. In addition, a group of South County mineral rights owners filed a lawsuit against Measure Z on March 13, 2017, and Eagle Petroleum also filed a suit on March 17, 2017.

On June 7, 2017, Measure Z legal team and supporters attended a hearing in Superior Court in Monterey, CA to uphold the will of the people in the face of lawsuits by Chevron, Aera Energy & others challenging Measure Z. Judge Thomas Wills set the schedule for Phase 1.  The trial date is November 13, 2017.

Help Defend Measure Z:

Your gift will go towards assuring that the intentions of Measure Z are fully implemented by county regulators, and not undermined or weakened by the challenges of the oil industry.

How to contribute:  You can make a secure donation through Paypal (you needn’t have an account) with your credit card.

If you prefer to mail your contribution, please send your check, payable to PMC, and mail to:

P.O. Box 1946
Monterey, CA  93942

Stay connected with Protect Monterey County and on Like on Facebook.


Wed, May 10, 7pm, Speaker Tama Olver – “Carbon Fee and Dividend”

Sustainable Pacific Grove Presents:  Tama Olver of Citizens’ Climate Lobby, on “Carbon Fee and Dividend,” a national revenue-neutral solution to reduce carbon emissions.

In just 20 years, studies show, such a system could reduce carbon emissions to 50% of 1990 levels while adding 2.8 million jobs to the American economy.

All are invited to an educational program!

Wednesday, May 10th
7 pm to 8:30 pm

Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History
165 Forest Ave, Pacific Grove, CA 93950

Carbon Fee and Dividend Video