California Climate Expedition 2019
What We're Doing
We're leading a team of explorers in a 550-mile bicycle journey down the California Coast to learn first-hand about climate change impacts and solutions in the state we love.
Why We're Doing It
When it comes to our climate future, the science is telling us more than ever.
For California, we have a wealth of information about how climate change is affecting us in our backyards - information we can use to plan for the future. And the UCLA Center for Climate Science keeps pushing the boundaries, doing ground-breaking research that answers pressing questions about how to manage our water, forests, and energy systems, improve the health of our communities, and protect the natural places we love.
Everyone in California needs to know what we're finding. But the message is not getting out as widely as it needs to. The California Climate Expedition is designed to change that. By supporting this ride, you will support our critical efforts to put our science into action.
We're unique among climate science research centers in California in that outreach is an integral part of our mission. We don't keep our science in the ivory tower or behind journal paywalls: our stakeholders include policymakers, resource managers, and all residents of California. We engage stakeholders early in our research process to ensure our findings can and will be used in planning for our climate future. We produce written and visual materials about our work that nonscientists can easily understand, and that decision-makers can translate into action. We travel the state to talk about our work to anyone who will listen. We conduct countless interviews with print, online, radio, and TV news outlets. We engage Californians at live events and on social media.
This kind of work isn't easy to fund via traditional research pathways, and we need your help to keep our efforts going - and expand them.
How You Can Help
By donating to support the California Climate Expedition, you are equipping the UCLA Center for Climate Science to continue our critical science activation work. As we pass the following funding milestones, here's what we can achieve:
Where will your donation go?
Donations will go into the the Norman J. Powell Sustainability Fund. This fund was established in 2018 by UCLA alumnus Norman J. Powell with the goal of improving the sustainability of water management operations and planning in Los Angeles County. The Fund has provided seed funding for partnerships between the UCLA Center for Climate Science and local water management agencies to assess their climate change vulnerabilities and help them plan for a more sustainable future.