McCone Irvine Auditorium
McCone Building
499 Pierce St
Monterey, CA 93940
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Open to the Public

A green earth on one side, industrial stacks and hot earth on the other side

We all know by now that climate change is one of the greatest threats the planet has ever faced, and that it’s caused by us, humans, burning fossil fuels. But solutions to the climate crisis are available and California has long been leading the way through community action, regulation, and consumer behavior.

Climate Crisis & Action: A Discussion with California Leaders

Wednesday, February 19th, 2020

6:30 PM to 8:00 PM (doors open at 6:00 PM)

Irvine Auditorium

Middlebury Institute of International Studies

499 Pierce Street, Monterey, CA 

Video Available:  Climate Crisis & Action



72% of Americans believe that global warming is a threat and the government should regulate carbon dioxide as a pollutant - and yet only 36% say they ever talk about climate change. Climate scientists, economists, and national security experts across the political spectrum agree that climate change threatens the security of our nation, our economic security, and the health of all citizens, especially the poor, children, and the elderly.

Citizens’ Climate Lobby Monterey County, the Center for the Blue Economy, and the Monterey Bay Aquarium invite you to dive into policy and local community solutions to climate change.

Panelists will discuss the urgent need for – and availability of – solutions to reduce fossil fuel emissions; debate the costs and benefits of current and proposed green initiatives; and empower the audience to advocate and vote for regional and national climate solutions.

  • Keynote speaker: Congressman Jimmy Panetta
  • Panelists:  Dr. Jason Scorse, Center for the Blue Economy, Ted Terrasas, City of Monterey, and Amy Wolfrum, Monterey Bay Aquarium 


Location: McCone Irvine Auditorium

The McCone Building is located at 499 Pierce Street, Monterey, CA, 93940, on the campus of the Middlebury Institute of International Studies. Attendees should enter through the glass doors from Pierce Street, and the Irvine Auditorium is located inside to the left. View the campus map.


Parking is available in any Middlebury Institute campus lot after 5 p.m., or on the street (time limits on surrounding streets end at 6 p.m.)


Citizens’ Climate Lobby is a non-profit, nonpartisan, grassroots advocacy organization focused on national policies to address climate change. For questions contact:  or visit

The Center for the Blue Economy is a research organization at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies.  Our mission is to promote a sustainable ocean and coastal economy (the “Blue Economy”) through leadership in research, analysis, and education.  For questions contact: Rachel C. at or visit or call 831-647-4183.