Antioch Hosts Discussion on Paris Climate Conference

Ethan Stewart

Ethan Stewart of the Santa Barbara Independent presents at the public forum. Photos by Rose Gregory.

Antioch University Santa Barbara hosted a crowded public forum presented by the Santa Barbara Permaculture Network on Thursday, January 28, 2016 with Ethan Stewart, a reporter with the Santa Barbara Independent, who reported from on the 2015 Paris Climate Conference in December.

While at the conference, Ethan provided daily coverage through the Independent, covering official events as well as behind-the-scenes discussions and meetings with non-governmental organizations, officials, activists, and concerned citizens. Click here to read Ethan’s coverage at the Independent’s website. During the forum, Ethan displayed photographs by the Independent’s Kodiak Greenwood and recounted their experience covering the conference in Paris.

In addition to Ethan, the discussion will include a panel of community members with backgrounds in local government, business, education, faith-based organizations, and activism. David Fortson, CEO of LoaTree, served as facilitator for the panel, and Dr. Dawn Murray, the Chair of AUSB’s Bachelor of Arts program and a marine biologist, made remarks at the beginning of the forum. Dr. Murray’s Environmental Studies students attended the discussion.

Climate change panel

Members of the panel discuss climate change at the forum.

“We are all a part of the solution,” Dr. Murray said. “Come and learn more about our community efforts and connect to the global movement.”

The event was co-sponsored by the Santa Barbara Independent, LoaTree, Antioch University Santa Barbara, and the Community Environmental Council.

Video of the forum is available for those who wish to view it in full:

Posted on February 2, 2016

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