Public Hearing on Climate Action: Hayward, CA

Wednesday, August 7, 2024
Co-hosted by CPR Initiative and the City of Hayward, California

Sunset view of residential and industrial areas in East San Francisco Bay Area; green hills visible in the foreground; Hayward, California

A People’s Public Hearing on Climate Action

Wednesday, August 7, 2024 · 6PM 8:30PM (PST) · Reception to follow

Registration to Attend & Speak Will Be Open June 3 – August 1, 2024
This event is free and open to the public

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    The science is clear. Comprehensive, concrete action to phase out fossil fuels and their emissions is required. Devastating climate impacts are upon us already, and far worse is yet to come.

    On June 16, 2022, Climate Protection & Restoration Initiative (CPR Initiative), along with five renowned climate experts, petitioned the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to phase out greenhouse gas (GHG) pollution and compel major climate polluters to clean up their mess. Over a thousand individuals and more than a hundred organizations endorsed the effort.

    Despite the Petition’s strong legal foundation and its summary of the overwhelming evidence, EPA declined to act, asserting it was already doing enough under other law. But further delay in real climate action is not tenable, especially for coastal communities — including Hayward, California.

    Accordingly, CPR Initiative is conducting a series of public hearings on the fundamental question: What More Should the United States Do on Climate?

    Give Testimony

    The hearing will be held in partnership with a key ally, the City of Hayward, California.

    Everyone is welcome to register to attend or provide testimony along with other international climate experts. Previous events have benefited from valuable contributions of key thought leaders, including: 

    • Dr. James E. Hansen, Director of Climate Science, Awareness and Solutions, Earth Institute, Columbia University;
    • Kevin Anderson, Professor of Energy & Climate Change, School of Mechanical, Aerospace & Civil Engineering, University of Manchester; 
    • Donn Viviani, a 35-year veteran EPA policymaker and President of the Board of CPR Initiative;
    • Dr. Lise Van Susteren, a practicing general and forensic psychiatrist and an expert on the physical and mental health effects among children of climate disruption.

    As we have continued to do for previous hearings, we will invite the EPA to attend, and we will make the full record, including both expert and other public testimony, available to the Agency and the public on our website’s Hearing Archive page. That way, when EPA reconsiders its present position, it can hit the ground running.

    CPR Initiative welcomes your considered thoughts on the climate crisis, its current and likely impacts to California, and what additional federal action is required to confront the climate crisis. More specifically, we appreciate testimony that moves the conversation forward as it relates to the following:

    1. Community youth & climate solutions
    2. Imperiled communities
    3. Climate “tipping points”
    4. CPR Initiative’s Petition to Phase Out Fossil Fuel Production

    Learn More

    CPR Initiative’s 1st Public Hearing on Climate Action took place on November 1, 2022 in Boulder, Colorado, and was co-hosted by the City of Boulder.

    CPR Initiative’s 2nd Public Hearing on Climate Action took place on September 29, 2023 in Honolulu, Hawaii, Co-hosted by the Environmental Law Program at the University of Hawai’i William S. Richardson School of Law, and the Sierra Club of Hawai’i:

    CPR Initiative’s 3rd Public Hearing on Climate Action took place on January 25, 2024 in Santa Barbara, California, Co-hosted by the Community Environmental Council:

    Event Details


    Hayward City Hall
    Council Chambers
    2nd Floor, 777 B St.
    Hayward, CA 94541

    Date & Time

    Wednesday, August 7, 2024
    6:00pm – 8:30pm (PST)


    Notes for Speakers

    • All registered speakers will have 2 minutes to provide testimony;
    • A microphone will be provided and all verbal testimony will be video recorded;
    • Written testimony is also welcome, and will be accepted up to 14 days after the event (See form below);
    • Rules are subject to change in order to ensure ample opportunity for all who wish to speak to do so.

    Submit Written Testimony

    Whether you register to speak or attend, in-person or remotely, you may also submit written testimony to the public record up to two weeks after this event. The deadline to submit written testimony is 5pm PST on August 17, 2024. Thank you.