Let's come together and celebrate climate action with the first annual Iowa City Climate Fest, taking place virtually from Sept. 19-26, 2020.

The festival will celebrate all the ways Iowa City residents, businesses, and organizations are taking action to address climate change.

Using the hashtag #IowaCityTakesAction, locals can post videos, pictures, and more to share their own stories on several climate action topics: how they address climate change, their next climate action goal, why climate action matters to them, and why they are hopeful. 

The goal is to connect and amplify these stories through the #IowaCityTakesAction hashtag. For those who don't follow social media, but want to share their story, a form will be available on the event website, icgov.org/ClimateFest. Locals can upload text and photos to be shared by the City for the festival. 

"This is a city full of great stories. So many efforts, big and small, by so many people have helped Iowa City make progress reducing emissions," Sarah Gardner, the City's Climate Action Engagement Specialist said. "We know there's still hard work to do, but we're up to the challenge, as these stories show."

The Climate Fest will feature other ways to participate as well through daily at-home challenges and opportunities for socially-distanced outdoor activities. Activities will follow daily themes related to the Iowa City Climate Action and Adaptation Plan.

A complete schedule of the daily activities can be found on the event webpage, icgov.org/ClimateFest. Throughout the festival, stories and activities also will be shared on City social media accounts: Facebook, Twitter, Nextdoor, Instagram.

Check out the introductory video for the Iowa City Climate Fest online.

More information can be found on the event page or by calling organizer Sarah Gardner at sarah-gardner@iowa-city.org or 319-356-6162.

Date of publication

Wednesday, August 05, 2020