Compassion in Action for Climate Resilience

HHDL_final_socialOn Monday, July 6, 2015, the Sustainability Initiative of the University of California, Irvine, will host a Community Action Picnic to celebrate “compassion in action for climate resilience.”  The picnic is parallel to the Global Compassion Summit.  The Global Compassion Summit is a three-day celebration of the 80th birthday of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama hosted by Friends of the Dalai Lama, the Center for Living Peace, and University of California, Irvine.

Public Talk on Climate Change by His Holiness

As part of the Global Compassion Summit, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama will lead a public talk at the UC Irvine Bren Events Center on Monday, July 6, from 9:30-11:30 a.m. entitled, “Compassionate Planet: Panel on the Effects of Climate Change and Taking Action to Resolve this Global Issue.”  Tickets to attend live are still available.  For information and tickets please visit:

Community Action Picnic

Compassion in action for climate resilience takes many forms.  Come explore!

Date: Monday, July 6, 2015
Time: 11:30.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Location: Aldrich Park, UC Irvine
Who Should Attend: the Community Action Picnic is free and open to the public – climate resilience takes everyone, everywhere, with no one left behind!

Note: Check out sustainable transportation options to UC Irvine.  If driving, please carpool and park in the Social Science Parking Structure – directions. Please note there is a fee to park at UC Irvine campus.

Schedule of Activities

11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.


Food Trucks
The Community Action Picnic features food trucks with an eye for social responsibility and local, vegetarian food.
The UC Irvine Sustainability Initiative is working with community and university partners to make this a zero waste event. Please bring a re-usable water bottle and cutlery (check out other ideas to help make this a no-waste event).

Food Trucks include:

  • Falasophy —A gourmet falafel and hummus bar
  • The Lobos Truck – Organic, humanely-treated comfort food
  • Green Truck – Organic, thoughtfully sourced, healthy Americana cuisine served from a solar powered truck
  • Homeboy – Authentic Mexican cuisine cooked and served by a social justice organization
Climate Ribbon
Participate in UC Irvine’s first Climate Ribbon. The Climate Ribbon is a participatory public art ritual to grieve all that we stand to lose to climate chaos—and to recommit ourselves to action on behalf of the Earth and its people.

Participants will be asked to answer the following question on a piece of ribbon to hang in Aldrich Park: What do you love and hope never to lose to climate chaos?

The first Climate Ribbon was held in New York as an art installation at the end of the People’s Climate March on September 21, 2014. Since then, Climate Ribbon ceremonies have been hosted around the world. UC Irvine’s Climate Ribbon installation ultimately will become part of the next massive installation of the Climate Ribbon Tree at the UN Climate Summit in Paris in December 2015. Find out more on their website.

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Play for Peace
Play for Peace®  ~ for all ages
Play for Peace® will host drop-in activities at the Community Action Picnic for adults and children to use cooperative play to create laughter, compassion, and peace.

Play for Peace®  promotes lifelong friendships in children, youth and adults from different cultures and groups in conflict. Through cooperative play, we experience the “enemy” as someone not so different from ourselves and learn that when we work together, peace is possible. Find out more on their website.

community organizers
Community Leaders and Organizations
“The climate justice fight here in the U.S. and around the world is not just a fight
against the biggest ecological crisis of all time. It is the fight for a new economy,
a new energy system, a new democracy, a new relationship to the planet and to
each other, for land, water, and food sovereignty, for Indigenous rights, for
human rights and dignity for all people.” – Miya Yoshitani, Asian Pacific Environmental Network (APEN) 

1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Play for Peace® Introductory Training
The Play for Peace® training session will offer attendees an introduction to the Play for Peace® cooperative play methodology and global peace-builder community.

The Play for Peace® training session will include facilitators and trainers from Guatemala, India, the Philippines and across the United States as well as 15-20 staff and youth leaders from HOLA, a Play for Peace® club in Los Angeles. This training is a precious opportunity for teachers and other leaders of community and student groups to learn fresh skills for building peace across difference.

Climate Action Training and Dialogue
Participants will tap the momentum from the morning’s Compassionate Planet panel.  The Training and Dialogue will engage people on a deeper level about what “compassion in action for climate resilience” looks like in our homes, workplaces, places of worship, schools, and local and global communities.

The Climate Action Training and Dialogue will be facilitated by Corrina Grace, Sustainability Initiative’s Visiting Scholar in Sustainability Leadership, and partners.

To request disability-related accommodations that will facilitate your full participation in this event (such as Sign Language interpreting or mobility assistance), please contact Fernando Maldonado at least one week in advance: 323-326-4838 or