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ACE Educators have presented climate science that sticks to 235,000+ Southern California students and are pleased to support more than 175 Action Teams working to address the causes of climate change.
Regional Manager, Kristina von Hoffmann conducted research about national biofuel production in Madagascar and is an accomplished spoken word poet. Rochelle Younan, Educator, worked as a Canvassing Field Manager for Environment California and most recently volunteered on organic farms in South Korea and India. Our newest Educator on the team, Jessica Mariglio, has traveled the world studying spoken word, hiphop, folk music, and storytelling as tools of political and cultural expression, and recently received her Master's degree in environmental conflict resolution.
What's your favorite part about working in Southern California?
We love the spirit. Nowhere else can you find hare krishna devotees lifting weights on the beach or spot a celebrity while waiting in line at the DMV. Diverse cultures combine to keep life super-interesting when presenting across Southern California.
What's the most inspiring student project you've worked on in Southern California?
We've worked with students to support recycling programs, intergenerational environmental literacy initiatives, water filtration and more. But in sunny SoCal, the most inspiring student project would have to be our work with Adam Raudonis and Students for Solar Schools. Not only did Adam succeed at solarizing his school, he also founded an organization that is now helping students at more than two dozen schools across the nation to do the same.
What's a fun fact about the SoCal team?
We're yogis! Jess, Rochelle, and Kristina all practice yoga weekly.
What are some Southern California student blogs?
Alexa founded the GreenTeens, a group that discusses environmental responsibility with elementary school students.
An LA area Field Correspondent discusses the projects she and her action took during Earth Week to raise environmental awarence.
A Field Correspondent from Marlborough High School in LA discusses the fresh, local lunch her and her Action Team put together to raise awareness about eating local food.
Check out more blogs at Hot and Bothered.
What are Southern California Action Teams up to? How are they doing?
Region Specific Climate info
Learn more about the specific impacts of climate change in Southern California
- Water supplies will become increasingly scarce, calling for trade-offs among competing uses, and potentially leading to conflict. Water supplies in some areas are already becoming limited. Large reductions in spring precipitation are projected for the Southwest. Continued temperature increases combined with river flow reductions and rapid population growth will increase competition for water supplies.
- Increasing temperature, drought, wildfire, and invasive species will accelerate transformation of the landscape. Record-setting wildfires are resulting from the rising temperatures and related reductions in spring snowpack and soil moisture.
- Cities and agriculture face increasing risks from a changing climate. With more intense, longer-lasting heat waves projected to occur over this century, demands for air conditioning are expected to deplete electricity supplies, increasing risks of brownouts and blackouts.
- On the upside, LADWP (Los Angeles Department of Water and Power) is at 20% renewables! (but we know they could do better). Of the renewable mix, wind power comprised nearly 50% in 2010, with small hydroelectric contributing 30%, geothermal/biofuels: 22%, and solar: 1%.