Climate Smart Missoula is delighted to host the third annual Missoula Climate and clean energy fair, saturday 25 septembere, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Caras Park. It’s free, family-friendly, and filled with inspiration and climate action. We hope you can join us!
Why this Expo and why now?
This summer we have all been awakened to a world where the climate problem that was supposed to be decades away is actually today’s emergency. Drought, extreme heat, increasingly long fire season, smoke, storms. It is undeniable that we are all concerned. It is also undeniable that we can all be part of the solutions we need more than ever.
At the Expo, you can meet nonprofits, clean energy advocates, businesses and educators, all of whom will share their unique piece of the climate and sustainability puzzle. Interested in solar? Want to learn more about composting? Curious about learning about electric bicycles or building your own bike? Wondering what is going on with local zero waste efforts? Or what is the local government doing right now? Want to know how you can be effective in advocating for climate action in Congress? Want to board a brand new Mountain Line or ASUM electric bus? Or are you just curious about what an “Electrify Missoula” campaign is all about?
Find your answers this Saturday!
You might be thinking, I’m interested, but the climate and clean energy seem so overwhelming. What do I have to offer? What is my niche?
Come to the Expo and be part of our community’s Climate Action Venn Diagram! We’ll bring in some sidewalk chalk and create these giant circles (picture, right). Next, we hope you will consider and share your answers to these key questions:
What brings me joy?
What is the climate work to do?
What can I bring, do or give now?
What is in the center for you? Bring your ideas or even your own drawing. We’re excited to have a visual image of what our community can do to be part of the climate solutions we need more than ever.
To be honest, we know it’s not easy right now. Almost secure federal climate legislation is not a sure thing. Our state does not listen to science. The IPCC report is “code red”. COVID continues to disrupt our sense of normalcy. Inspiration can be hard to find, and it’s easy to feel disconnected or hopeless.
But we also know that the antidotes to despair are community ties and the feeling that we can make a difference. There are really amazing things happening in our community, and our Expo aims to showcase those efforts and opportunities to get involved.
As urgent as the challenge is, there have never been so many opportunities for all of us to be part of climate solutions, right here in Missoula. Local action not only helps create a safer climate, but also a stronger community, so that we can overcome the impacts we are already experiencing and build on each other to inspire us to move forward.
At Climate Smart, we’re a proponent of a mountain climbing metaphor: We may not be able to see the top, but we can see the next step. Even when it is intimidating, we channel our resolve and take the next step, then the next. As we climb we are beacons for others who are also on the mountain – helping to light the way for those who follow us and showing those ahead that they are not alone. .
So, we hope you will join us this Saturday at Caras Park.
The day’s activities will also include several short presentations. The main stage program includes:
- 11 a.m. & 1 p.m. How to go solar 101: 30-minute presentation and Q&A with MREA, Climate Smart and Clearwater Credit Union.
- 12h. Climate action in Missoula: the path to 100%: what, why and how. Hear community leaders and Expo hosts talk about exciting new projects and the launch of Electrify Missoula!
- 11:30 am & 1:30 pm. Electric vehicles, solar and batteries, oh my god! 30 minute presentation and Q&A with industry veteran Dan Brandborg of SBS Solar on integrating batteries into electric vehicles and home solar power.
And all day –
- The electric transport fair: cars, bicycles and electric buses
- Local solar installers and over 25 exhibitors on climate and sustainability
- Activities for children
- Cool and inspired people to chat with!
We take the health of our community seriously. COVID security measures will be in place; participants are requested to mask themselves to protect our community. Please stay home if you have symptoms of COVID or are in close contact.
Finally, we thank our title sponsors of the Expo: Clearwater Credit Union, City of Missoula, County of Missoula and the Montana Renewable Energy Association.
For more information visit: www.missoulaclimate.org/clean-energy-expo.html
Abby Huseth is the Director of Outreach and Amy Cilimburg is the Executive Director of Climate Smart Missoula.
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Ride climate protection – September 25, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Silver Park. Join Families for a Livable Climate, Missoula County Sustainability, Free Cycles and Pedal Missoula for a family ride that ends at our Expo. Details here.
Missoula’s Third Annual Climate and Clean Energy Expo – September 25, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Missoula, in collaboration with partners (Montana Renewable Energy Association, City of Missoula, County of Missoula and Clearwater Credit Union) is organizing this premier event. With solar installers, climate and sustainability organizations and businesses, mini-presentations on climate and clean energy topics, and the launch of a new Electrify Missoula campaign, activities for children and more ! More information is HERE.
National Public Lands Day – September 25:
· Work day on the Mount Dean Stone Trail (Missoula), 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Info / Register here.
· Help plant native plants along Rattlesnake Creek from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. for more information and to volunteer send email Clancy Jandreau of Missoula Conservation Land: [email protected]
· Help remove the old wildlife-damaging fence on Mount Jumbo, Missoula. Organized by Tangle Free MT & MT Fish, Wildlife Parks. Meet at 8 a.m. at the Lincoln Hills Trailhead on Mount Jumbo. More info here.
Workshop The work that reconnects – saturday 9 october. 3:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Join Families for a Livable Climate on a half-day outdoor gathering to engage in a widespread set of practices that can enliven our exhausted minds in this time of climate change, rekindling our awareness of how we are interconnected. and remember why it is worth it to step up and take action. Following here.
Climate Change and Your Child’s Health: What Every Montana Parent Should Know – 12 october 12h00 – 13h00. What are the threats of climate change to children in Montana and how can we keep them safe? Join Families for a Livable Climate and Montana Health Professionals for Healthy Climate for a special event with Dr Lori Byron and Dr Robert Byron. Following here.
Trees for Missoula has a LOT of fall Volunteer tree planting opportunities this autumn.
Missoula Farmers Markets. Eat local now until early fall! The original Farmers Market at the north end of Higgins takes place every Saturday from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. – info here. The Clark Fork Market is now located at 101 Carousel Drive near Dragon Hollow, runs every Saturday 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. – information is here.
Tour Bike to Barns – Aug 14-Sep. 30. Explore the local farms and flavors on a 15-mile bike tour through the Orchard Homes and Target Range neighborhoods of Missoula. Check again here for more information.
Material donations to Home Resource turns the wheels of reuse in our community; and remember that all you need to know about what to do with your unwanted items is below. www.zerobyfiftymissoula.com.
Find more local activities and events on Missoulaevents.net and the Montana Environmental Information Center Retention schedule. And you too can help organize events – here is the 2021 Calendar of Environmental Awareness Days – month-by-month distribution of World Day campaigns.