India won’t allow driverless cars if they take away jobs

In language that is sure to frighten the likes of Google, Tesla, and every other company with a foot in the driverless car game, India’s road transport and highways minister Nitin Gadkari has said that driverless cars will not be allowed in the country if they take away jobs, reports the HindustanTimes.

“We won’t allow driverless cars in India. I am very clear on this. We won’t allow any technology that takes away jobs. In a country where you have unemployment, you can’t have a technology that ends up taking people’s jobs.” — Nitin Gadkari Highways minister 7/25/2017

India is one of the top destinations tech companies are focusing their resources on for growth. With a consumer market of 1.2 billion people, if India actually ends up not allowing driverless cars in the country it will effectively seal off one-sixth of the world’s population from the autonomous car market.  – Michael Grothaus (FastCompany)

After working in technology for 4 decades, it seems that technology doesn’t take jobs, but rather creates a new employment track that is fascinating and innovative. Yes training is needed to participate, but that should be an obstacle that we can tackle.

However my logic could be skewed, since I am eagerly awaiting autonomous cars and more innovation. — the editor

And just for fun, you might want to read this one too:  “Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg are having a spat about whether AI will kill us all”

Master Class Preview August 12 2017

Get involved – learn more: Environmental Forum of Marin

Offered only once per year…the Master Class begins in August 2017 Preview Event for the Master Class 44

Don’t miss our Preview Event on the morning of Saturday, August 12, 2017. Open to everyone considering the Master Class, it is your opportunity to hear highlights of our special program.  Learn more about the class series, our dedicated and professional presenters, and meet other participants. While this event is not mandatory, all potential and registered students are highly encouraged to attend. We will be accepting registrations and provide direction on how to access all class agendas and materials on-line.

Be inspired and hear about everyone’s favorite class. On the West Marin field trip, you will visit the Straus Family Creamery, and have lunch by the bay at Hog Island Oyster Farm. Learn about our keynote speaker for Face to Face with Climate Change Class; Mark Hertsgaard, author and journalist who has traveled around the world reporting about climate change, politics, culture and the environment. Have you had a chance to play Game of Floods? You will in Master Class 44.  Join us.

Preview Event Saturday, August 12 10:00 am to Noon

VenturePad 1020 B Street, San Rafael Classes begin on Saturday August 26, 2017!

For more information about Master Class 44, contact us by clicking here.

If you have not registered for Master Class 44, but would like to attend the Preview Event please email us at: Masterclass@marinefm.org

Looking forward to meeting you at the Preview Event

Environmental Forum of Marin

An East Bay Gem: Garin Regional Park

GARIN PARK:: An amazing park full of activities and places to explore!

LOCATION: Garin Regional Park Cattlemen’s Picnic Area 1320 Garin Avenue Hayward, CA

The summer Park Hours are from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. There is a visitor center where you can learn more about Garrin Park and its history- there are hiking trails,, a kite flying area, horse back riding trails, native plants garden and many other features. Link for more information on the Park. This is a beautiful historic park in the East Bay. To Reach the Park. . This park is beautiful with so much to do, take a look.

Vina Enoteca to serve first ‘Impossible burger’ in Silicon Valley

A burger made entirely from plants at a Redwood City startup has been making waves at select restaurants in San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York — and now, in Palo Alto.

The Impossible Foods burger sun-dried tomatoes, cavolo nero (or lacinato kale) and a sun-dried tomatoes mayonnaise on a poppy seed bun will make its debut today at Vina Enoteca, the first Silicon Valley restaurant to serve the scientifically engineered veggie burgers.

The goal is to not only make a veggie burger that tastes good, but one that is environmentally sustainable and ultimately will change the way we consume meat.

World Environment Day June 5

What can you do? TIPS and HINTS

Energy:

  • Make your computer more efficient. Remove screensavers and turn on your computer’s power management features to save energy and extend the life of your battery.
  • Unplug. Devices like phone chargers and power adapters continue to draw electricity even when not in active use. So unplug these items when they are not in use to save energy and the environment.
  • Opt for the revolving door. Energy is wasted when we enter and exit a warm or cool building. Help us conserve by using the revolving door.

Use Less Paper:

  • Make your meetings digital. In the meeting invitation, let your colleagues know that the meeting will be paperless. Use projectors and monitors to display slides rather than printing handouts and encourage attendees to use their laptops for slide viewing and note taking.
  • Print responsibly. Make double-sided printing your default, purchase 100% recycled paper and reuse sheets whenever possible.
  • Transition to online banking. Take advantage of  many paperless banking options, which offer convenient and secure access for account holders while conserving resources and money.
  • Use Microsoft OneNote.  This is so much easier and better than a paper notebook! Take your meeting notes online, file them online and easily share them. This works so well for me!

Reduce Waster & Recycle:

  • Dispose of Electronic Waste responsibly. Never recycle it or throw it in the regular trash. There are many local recyclers in your area, Goodwill and community groups have recycling days.
  • Trade before you buy. Before you purchase something new, see if your friends family have what you need, or upgrade to get just the thing you need. Look on Craigslist.org for swaps and trades. Renting equipment, or using a renting/sharing app  works well for equipment that you seldom use: trimmers/hedgers, kayaks, canoes, wheel-barrows, cement mixers, tile cutters, nailers, floor sanders…. you know! …the stuff that can fill up your garage!
  • Take advantage of the recycling and composting facilities available near you. Protect the environment and save valuable company resources by sorting your trash correctly.

Save Water:

  • Refill and reuse. Conserve water when using a reusable water bottle or hydration backpack by reducing water used in producing disposable bottles and shipping containers to new locations.
  • Conserve energy. Electricity uses water. In fact, the energy sector is the single largest consumer of water in the United States, using 201 billion gallons a day to generate electricity. WOW!!! So, save two resources at once by being energy efficient.
  • Turn faucets off all the way. A steady drip can waste 20 gallons of water per day. And report any leaks as soon as you notice them in bathrooms, kitchens, gyms or any other locations.
  • When working out, make sure your fitness center knows you are environmentally minded by asking your fitness center staff about low volume shower heads. Post-workout showers: turn off the water while shaving, shampooing or lathering up.

Green your Commute:

  • Route your commute. You can find the fastest way to work using public transit — and other useful information — by using helpful websites like publictransportation.org
  • Combine your commute with exercise. Check out bicycle safety tips  from the CDC and facts and stats  from Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center to learn how you can commute by bike or walking and save yourself a trip to the gym.
  • Use more active transportation. Researchers looked at residents in Charlotte, North Carolina , before and after the city built a light-rail transit system (LRT). People who used the LRT reported they walked more when using the train than when they drove regularly. And they lost weight.

Get involved in your community and help with conservation, tree planting, beach clean-up and other eco-activities!

Dandelion Chocolate Oatmeal Cookie RECIPE!!

Dandelion has graciously offered their recipe for their delicious hearty Chocolate Oatmeal Cookie! You can give these to Dad for Father’s Day, to the Grads in your life on their special day, or for yourself any day of the week!

YUM!

Give a Shuck about the Oceans! June 8 at Hog Island

Mark you calendars! June 8th is World Oceans Day and Hog Island Oyster Co. is celebrating with their next dine and donate, Let’s Give A Shuck for the Oceans!

Nothing is more important to the Hog Island team, then the health of our oceans. That’s why they have chosen to donate 10% of their proceeds to Humboldt BayKeeper – a Northern California organization that works to safeguard coastal resources for the health, enjoyment, and economic strength of the Humboldt Bay.

Join the Hog Island Oyster Co. team for a day of dining and donating and help Give A Shuck for Our Oceans!

Bay Area Book Festival June 3 & 4

A Festival for Books? At Greeneroo, we LOVE books, not just green ones but all kinds of books on travel, geology, conservation, and even the winemaker detective series.

Over the weekend of June 3rd and 4th, 2017, the third annual Bay Area Book Festival will fill downtown Berkeley with a literary extravaganza that offers pleasure to anyone who has ever loved a book.

Whether you’re a fan of science fiction or history, of fiction or memoir, of poetry or food writing, of children’s literature or science, come experience one of the best book festivals on the planet!

There are 86 sessions, many have several speakers, so many subjects and multiple locations.  You’ll want to get your most organized friends to help you plan your 2 day agenda. Some sessions will be full, so go early.

  • For more information on authors, speakers, tickets:  https://m.baybookfest.org
  • Schedule of Writers

Hurricanes – Be Prepared

With the start of the Atlantic hurricane season beginning June 1, it is time to prepare and use emergency procedures and resources to stay safe.

According to NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center, there is a 45 percent chance of an above-normal season. Forecasters predict there is a 70 percent likelihood of 11 to 17 named storms (winds of 39 mph or higher), of which five to nine could become hurricanes (winds of 74 mph or higher), including two to four major hurricanes (Category 3, 4, or 5; winds of 111 mph or higher).

Take these steps to prepare:

  1. Secure your home, including windows, roof, soffits, and other openings.
  2. Know your evacuation route.
  3. Don’t hesitate when it’s time to leave.

To be ready for any emergency, make a personal disaster plan that fits your needs and those of your family. Take a look at the Disaster Prepper’s book!

Consider how you will contact each other and where to meet if you can’t go home. Also think about creating a “go kit” that includes a battery-powered radio, medications, records you may need, food and water, and comfort items if you have to shelter or evacuate for a few hours or days.

Download the American Red Cross Hurricane App for iPhone and Android devices to monitor conditions in your area or throughout the storm, prepare your family and home, and notify others you’re safe even if the power is out.

You can get free community training throughout the USA, look up CERT – Community Emergency Response.

Related Links: CERT Training Classes    Disasters Infographic  Disaster Prepper’s book

Yerba Buena Art Walk, and its FREE

13 museums, galleries and institutions open for FREE for this special day. 

  • DATE: Saturday June 17
  • TIME: 2-6 p.m.
  • AND….. AFTER PARTY 6-9 p.m.

The Yerba Buena Alliance proudly presents the Yerba Buena Art Walk

Explore the heard of downtown San Francisco’s Yerba Buena neighborhood at 12 locations open for FREE.

This is a GREAT area to walk in, so much to see and do! You’ll love the museums – each is different, creative and awe-inspiring!  — the editor

Win prizes from each institution. Collect stamps from each Art Walk location in your Yerba Buena Passport at the TechShop Even Gallery featuring live band Positively Space Music. Grand Prize winners must be present to win

Schedule of Events

Pre Event Art Walk Reception
12:00-2:00 pm
California Historical Society, 678 Mission Street

Yerba Buena Gardens Festival
1:00-2:30 pm
Presents
M.A.K.U. SoundSystem
A Party for the People

Free concert in Yerba Buena Gardens on Mission between Third and Fourth Streets

ART WALK
2:00-6:00 pm
12 locations, 13 institutions

Art Walk After Party and Prize Drawing
Tech Shop Event Gallery
910 Howard Street
6:00-9:00 pm

Prize Drawing at 6:45 pm
Featuring Positively Space Music
(Bob Bralove, Henry Kaiser, Chris Muir)

  1. 111 Minna Gallery
    111 Minna Street
    111minnagallery.com
  2. American Bookbinders Museum
    In collaboration with The Mexican Museum
    355 Clementina Street
    Bookbindersmuseum.org, mexicanmuseum.org
  3. California Historical Society
    678 Mission Street
    Californiahistoricalsociety.org
  4. Mirus Gallery
    540 Howard Street
    Mirusgallery.com
  5. Museum of Performance + Design
    893B Folsom Street
    mpdsf.org
  6. Museum of the African Diaspora
    685 Mission Street
    Moadsf.org
  7. SFMOMA (until 5pm)
    151 3rd Street
    sfmoma.org
    Free admission only inlcudes acess to the pbulic spaces
    sfmoma.org/visit/free-to-see
  8. SPUR
    654 Mission Street
    Spur.org
  9. TechShop
    926 Howard Street
    Techshop.ws
  10. The Contemporary Jewish Museum
    736 Mission Street
    Thecjm.org
  11. Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
    701 Mission Street
    ybca.org
  12. Yerba Buena Gardens Festival
    Inside Yerba Buena Gardens on Mission between Third and Fourth Street
    ybgfestival.org