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CONES: California Online Naturalist Event Series

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Welcome to CONES, the new monthly California Online Naturalist Event Series. This series is created by and for UC California Naturalists and UC Climate Stewards to connect across the state on topics including natural history, ecology, climate change, and the intersections of pressing human and environmental issues. While we're not checking IDs at the door, we're also not advertising beyond our community of certified California Naturalists and Stewards to ensure we create a space to connect and grow together. A recording of each talk will be available to the public afterward, pending speaker approval.

We're kicking off the UC California Naturalist CONES this fall with a three-part series on climate justice and community resilience. 


How resilient communities respond to climate change

Tuesday, October 27, 12-1PM

UC California Naturalist panel discussion moderated by Francis Mendoza.

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Francis Mendoza
Moderator Francis Mendoza (Salmon Protection And Watershed Network California Naturalist) is a Supervising Naturalist at the East Bay Regional Park District in the Oakland/San Francisco Bay Area. He has worked for Literacy for Environmental Justice, served on the Steering Committee Chairperson for ChangeScale (an Environmental Education Collaborative in the San Francisco and Monterey Bay areas), and specializes in working with BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) and other marginalized communities. 

Panelist Jerome Gaw (Dominguez Rancho Adobe Museum California Naturalist) is a wildlife photography hobbyist, science communicator, and conservation educator. A mental health practitioner by profession, he is a firsthand witness to the power of nature to promote community involvement and facilitate well-being. 

Panelist Brenda Kyle (Pasadena City College California Naturalist) is a Southern California based naturalist who leads environmental programs all over the L.A. area. She rates herself an 11/10 on the, "I love nature scale!" Brenda is deeply connected to the mountains in L.A., and is descended from the Tarahumara and Tepehuan peoples from Mexico.

Additional Panelists TBA! 


Changing the climate of fear through elemental activism

Tuesday, November 17, 12-1PM

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 AshEL “Seasunz” Eldridge, MA. Transpersonal Psychology, resides in Oakland, CA. AshEL has worked with the Alliance for Climate Education, been a Green For All Fellow, a Climate Justice, Race, and Activism instructor at San Francisco State University, and taught conflict resolution skills with Soul Shoppe. He is the founder of Soulestial Church, Earth Amplified, and S.O.S (System out of our System) Juice. He is a co-founder of United Roots – Oakland’s Green Youth Arts and Media Center. He serves on the board of Hip Hop is Green, an international organization promoting the 10th Element of hip-hop: Health and Wellness. AshEL's most recent project is EFAM, a collective of community organizers, farmers and gardeners, and healers committed to bring essential food and medicines to all.


Policy opportunities to effectively support the climate justice movement 

Tuesday, December 8, 12-1PM

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Joana Flor Tavares is a PhD Candidate at the University of California, Irvine in the Earth System Science Department. She is a Future Investigator in NASA Earth and Space Science and Technology (FINESST) grantee, a Community Science Advisor for the FLOW Program, and a Board Member of the Amigos de Bolsa Chica and the Newport Bay Conservancy. Joana is interested in intersectional environmentalism, the nexus between climate change and environmental justice, and the challenges and opportunities to effectively address systemic racism and cultural, social, and economic oppression.