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Climate actions: Why and how to respond to climate change

This post includes climate action info and resources for Monterey Bay Area and beyond.

For the original Bicycling Monterey post, scroll below the green header * * * Climate Change: Bicycling is part of the mix in climate hope!* * *

Updates to this post are mostly in the form of social media posts about climate strikes.

Sunrise Movement Salinas had originally planned an in-person Climate Strike for Earth Day 2020. For the collective good, to prevent the spread of COVID-19, their actions now take place online.  

Below, grab Monterey Bay and Global Climate Strike resources and a list of some scheduled actions; see a bicycling company taking a stand in support; watch a video message from 23-yr-old climate activist Luisa Neubauer; get info about how transportation choices impact carbon emissions, plus other information on climate change.
Besides the Monterey Bay list below, find U.S. strikes near you using map, #ClimateStrike resources include (and aren’t limited to) #FridaysForFuture,,,

Some Monterey Bay Area

climate action resources

(not a complete list)

Monterey Bay resources include (and aren’t limited to):
Monterey County, (February 2021 update: Sunrise Movement Salinas youth disbanded, due to local youth leadership going away to college.) 
Santa Cruz County, and Santa Cruz Climate Action Network:
Directly below is an archive of September 2019 actions
Check with resources listed above for current activities.
For timeless information, scroll down this post.
Bike or bike-and-ride to gatherings, or use public transportation, carpool, walk, skate, scoot, etc.


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Climate Change:

Bicycling is

part of the mix in

climate hope!

Image above © Monterey County Weekly — “Wheel the Earth” text  © Mari Lynch

As stated in “Wheel the Earth: HER Helmet Thursdays cuts carbon emissions and costs,”  “Earth can’t wait until we all have enough time.”

Since that history of the HER Helmet Thursdays Project was published in the Earth Day 2010 issue of the Monterey County Weekly, the project passed its 9th anniversary. Thanks to the businesses and organizations in HER Helmet Thursdays, including the early leaders / charter participants.

In the January 17, 2019Monterey County Weekly, senior writer David Schmalz wrote: “Humans are transforming the Earth in ways that pose an existential threat to our civilization, and many of the other creatures we share this planet with.
“Central to that transformation is climate change, which is being driven by greenhouse gas emissions – whether from cars, planes, factories or power plants.” Read David’s story, “Local agencies are wrestling with how to adapt to a warming planet, and the crises it will create.”


and climate change

“We can’t afford to ignore significant climate mitigation measures just because they are politically difficult,” writes Meredith Hankins in a Dec 5, 2018 article in Legal Planet,We’re Never Going to Meet Our GHG Transportation Goals Unless We Radically Rethink Our Cities.” She refers to the following “groundbreaking” report from the California Air Resources Board (CARB)—the “2018 Progress Report on California’s Sustainable Communities and Climate Protection Act”; check it out:
Why bike or bike-and-ride in response to climate change?
The Guardian reported 1/1/18, Vehicles are now America’s biggest CO2 source but EPA is tearing up regulations“: “Emissions data has placed transport as the new king of climate-warming pollution.”
U.S. Department of Energy – Energy Information Administration data; a 1/19/17  report “Power sector carbon dioxide emissions fall below transportation sector emissions,” stated “On a 12-month rolling total basis, electric power sector CO2 emissions are now regularly below transportation sector CO2 emissions for the first time since the late 1970s.”
Some related posts on the Bicycling Monterey site

[The info directly below was originally added to this post October 23, 2016.]

Many people are unaware

of what Michèle Flournoy stated on March 26, 2018 at the Leon Panetta Lecture Series:

the military takes climate change seriously!

A climate action for Monterey-area people: November 16, 2019 tree-planting. Click here for details


Below, see a gallery of people who have started reducing carbon emissions right where they are—by bicycling  in Monterey County.

Good news for kids and others - Open Streets comingCheck out this gallery of people reducing carbon emissions through bicycling.

Salinas, Monterey County, California

Monterey, Monterey County, California

Carmel, Monterey County, California

The Alisal/East Salinas, Monterey County, California

Carmel Valley, Monterey County, California

Biking chic - gentleman bike commuter in Greenfield, CA 2012

Greenfield, Monterey County, California

Pebble Beach, Monterey County, California

Del Rey Oaks, Monterey County, California

Sand City, Monterey County, California

Bike to worship - Seaside young women

Seaside, Monterey County, California

Pacific Grove, Monterey County, California

Marina, Monterey County, California

Castroville, Monterey County, California

Big Sur, Monterey County, California

Moss Landing, Monterey County, California

Archive of some past events

A Monterey Bay Regional Climate Action Compact Climate Summit took place at California State University Monterey Bay (CSUMB) on Thursday, October 27, 2016. See James Herrera’s story in the Monterey County Herald to learn more about that summit. In this post, Bicycling Monterey encouraged attendees to bike or use a bike-and-ride option, such as Monterey-Salinas Transit, to get to the summit. And since October 27, 2016 was a Thursday, before or after summit activities they could make use of HER Helmet Thursdays discounts for people who bike.

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The below was previously published 9/21/14.

People’s Climate

We stand with the world family.

We all share the same mother.

Favianna-Rodriguez_LOW-RES_new-dateBicycling is part of the mix in climate hope. That’s one reason Monterey Bay Aquarium–an educator on climate change–includes biking as a transportation option. There are many good reasons to bike, not least of all—as the City of Monterey points out—the environmental impact of cars!

Very special thanks to the poster artist,
Favianna Rodriguez.

for permission to republish her art.


Be part of building a global climate movement.
 #PeoplesClimate #ClimateChange #ClimateHope

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This post was previously published Sept 21, 2014 and republished Oct 23, 2016 with some updates.

This post was published on 10 January 2018. One or more changes last made to this post on 20 February 2021.

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