Climate Resiliency Series

Inspired by the  ALA Resilient Communities: Libraries Respond to climate change Grant that was awarded to the EPL in the last quarter of 2020, this series of presentations, film discussions, community conversations and hands-on learning kits will focus on climate change, its causes and effects. It will also zoom in on its intersection with race, gender and other identities, while making an effort to bring participants closer to the realities of climate change in other communities, near and far, as well as to make these issues more accessible to our local communities in Evanston in culturally relevant ways

By providing participants with a better understanding of the science behind climate change, the social, ecological and political consequences of its impacts, and with effective and simple tools and inspiration to work towards solutions, this series’ ultimate goal is to inspire participants into climate Action, in whatever sphere of life they are most interested in.

We hope this Series moves you from climate indifference or climate despair into a healthy, sustainable and long-lived commitment to Climate Action.

Decoding the Weather Machine
January 19, 6:30 pm

Join the Evanston Public Library and Lauren Marquez-Viso of Citizens Greener Evanston, for a discussion on our changing climate, its causes, and how scientists are on a quest to better understand it.  Please view the documentary film for free prior to the event:

“Decoding the Weather Machine”

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Saving Money While Greening Your Bills

January 27, 6:30 pm

Co-sponsored by the City of Evanston’s Office of Sustainability, the presentation will offer attendees tips on how to save money by by their use of water and electricity as well as various public transportation options.

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Cambio Climático: ¿Qué es y cómo me afecta?
28 de enero, 7 pm
Presentación y plática

Evento co-sponsorizado por el Comité Asesor Latino de ETHS. En esta charla explicaremos qué es el cambio climático, sus causas y consecuencias a nivel local y global y qué podemos hacer al respecto.

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Environmental Racism & Community Gardens
February 10, 6:30 pm
Community Discussion

Join Ajiah Gilbert, Dominique Edwards, Nia Williams & Maia Robinson in this discussion centered around the value of community gardens in Black neighborhoods in order to begin combating environmental racism.

Co-sponsored by the City of Evanston Office of Sustainability.

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Climate Change in Africa: Sources, Impacts and Mitigation
February 25, 6:30 pm
Discussion + recommended film viewing

Using the film “The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind” as a baseline, Dr. Isidore Udoh will discuss underlying causes of climate change in Africa, their complex effects at both a local and global level,  as well as policies and programs to help mitigate them.

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Garden Clean Up with Good Insects in Mind
March 3, 5 pm

What can you do that advances climate action, community health and biodiversity? Do Less. Find out why a gentler garden clean up is better for you, songbirds and bugs like fireflies, praying mantises, and butterflies.

Co-sponsored with Natural Habitat Evanston

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Limpieza Verde
4 de marzo, 7 pm
Kit & presentación

Este evento está organizado para personas que trabajan en tareas de servicio doméstico. Aprenderán elementos de seguridad sobre los productos de limpieza comerciales y fabricarán sus propios productos verdes, seguros para las personas y el planeta. Personas interesadas contactar con Beatriz en

Quienes participen en este evento y rellenen un formulario recibirán la correspondiente Certificación de la UIC.

En colaboración con ARISE Chicago.

Fire+Flood: Queer Resilience in the Era of Climate Change
March 10, 6:30 pm
Film Discussion led by Liam Engel

“People don’t see the connection between climate change and the treatment of queer and trans people. We need to start having different conversations about how to address the powerful changes that need to happen for us to survive and to thrive as a community, as a people, as a species.”Javier Armando Rivera-Rosales Former Director of Positive Images, LGBTQ+ Youth Center.During the 2017 fires in Santa Rosa, CA. Co-sponsored by the City of Evanston – Office of Sustainability.

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Seed Bomb Kit: Helping Mother Nature Spread Love
Pick up starts March 13

Starting March 13, come and pick up your kit to make your own native plant seed bombs. We will also share recommendations on where to throw them and the beneficial impact they will have on the environment.

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Preparación ante clima extremo: Frio, calor e inundaciones
18 de marzo, 7 pm
Plática comunitaria

¿Qué necesitamos saber ante los eventos de clima extremo que están ocurriendo cada vez más? Asista a esta plática para saber qué hacer para cuidar a su familia y a las personas vulnerables de su comunidad ante el frío polar el calor extremos y las inundaciones.

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Nature Scavenger Hunt around Evanston
Saturday, March 27: All Day

Starting on March 27, pick up or download the Nature Scavenger Hunt Sheet and Guidelines.

Explore Twiggs Park, the Ladd Arboretum and other natural areas in Evanston on a Scavenger Hunt Adventure! To claim your prize, bring your completed card before April 5.

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Lunch & Learn: Why Native Plants?
April 8, 12 pm
Presentation & discussion

Bring your questions on natives and learn more about how these plants are essential to increase biodiversity, regenerate soil and make our communities more resilient to climate change. In partnership with Natural Habitat Evanston.

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