Imagine. What would a climate-solved Arlington look like?

Presented in partnership with Parks and Recreation, Department of Environmental Services, and EcoAction Arlington.

The urgency of climate change is real and can be overwhelming and anxiety-inducing. But spending time and energy in imagining a future in which a problem is already solved can encourage taking action in the present. So, inspired by author Bina Venkataraman’s idea of the Optimist’s Telescope, let’s take a look through the telescope 50 years into Arlington’s future and imagine that we see an Arlington that is successfully combating climate change. What does Arlington look like? How can we each contribute to taking steps and decisions now that will help us get there? Join us for this three-part journey to transform Arlington into a world leader in climate action.   

Part 1: Imagine. What would a climate-solved Arlington look like in 50 years? In 100? First, grab a hot beverage (bring your reusable mug!), make some s’mores by the campfire, and get inspired by listening to excerpts from literature that imagine the possibilities of a climate-solved future. Then, follow the trail to the future, learn from local community organizations about their long-range climate action plans, and contribute your own solutions to climate problems facing Arlington. All ages welcome.

Location: Lubber Run fire ring & Lubber Run Community Center, Oak Room

For questions, or if you would like to sign up to read and share your favorite climate stories, please email

Registration encouraged to assist staff with space and supply management.

COVID-19 Safety: All attendees ages 2 and older – regardless of vaccination status – are required to wear a mask while inside a County facility. When visiting a County facility, the County Visitor Face Covering Policy from the Arlington County Government website is in effect. 

Parking/Transit Options: Lubber Run Community center has a garage with free parking for up to 4 hours, as well as free street parking for up to 2 hours. The parking closest to the Lubber Run fire ring is the parking lot for the Amphitheater (200 N Columbus St, Arlington, VA 22203). Check here for public transit and biking options.

In the case of inclement weather, the event will take place inside Lubber Run Community Center in the Oak Room.

Saturday, February 12, 2022
2:30pm - 4:30pm
Events for All Ages Good for Families
Arlington Public Library
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