Category Archives: Discover earth

Looking for Great Cultural Events on Asia

Asia Society in SF, continually offers interesting and fun events on various cultures. Our group, Asian Connection, enjoys these events, and they often are low-cost with food served. We will be going to this event on Friday! Join us!  they have an event on many nights each week.

Thursday 14 September 2017 – 5:30pm
Join ASNC for an evening of Indian street snacks, Kathak dancing, Asia trivia & prizes while mingling with our members and guests!

Established in 1998, Asia Society Northern California (ASNC) is uniquely positioned on the edge of the Pacific and at the entrance to Silicon Valley. ASNC connects the San Francisco Bay Area’s diverse local community with a wide network of leaders and visionaries in the fields of policy, business, arts & culture, and sustainability.

Through conferences, panel discussions, cultural programs, exclusive dinners, and networking events, ASNC presents timely and relevant forums for educating and engaging the public about the critical issues facing the United States, Asia, and the world.

Hurricane Irma

Get accurate information on Hurricane Irma and downloadable videos here at NOAA:  view the damage https://storms.ngs.noaa.gov

You can select a location and the download is usually very quick.

NOTE: I find the best data from sources other than CNN and other news outlets that specialize in hype and hysteria to boost ratings. I found their coverage to be ill-informed, out of date and repeated without substance.  I have family in Houston and the Keys and I don’t need to be overwhelmed by fake news and neither do you.

Eclipse and Planning

How did California Grid Operators Manage the Eclipse? This is the kind of thing our power companies plan for… While school kids were gathered to “see the sun go out” others were making plans to provide power from list solar generation.
Grid managers knew exactly when the moon would transit the sun’s path, blotting out gigawatts of solar power generation along its path. California was not in the path of totality, but it was projected that the eclipse would knock out about 5,600 megawatts of solar power supplied by utility-scale power plants and rooftop solar panels. Utilities, however, were prepped and ready to replace the shortfall. IEEE has meetings and a monthly magazine that explains and discusses engineering and more.

Five Inconvenient Truths -Global steel industry

Interesting article, it discusses trade, overcapacity, raw materials, growth/slow down in building, and re-purposing of existing mills.  Maybe that is true. Read more here.

I must admit I am most intrigued by the existence of this group:

John Lichtenstein is a managing director for Accenture Strategy and the global lead of Accenture’s metals group.
The article did not discuss:  
  1. Changes in Environmental regulation. What if the total cost of an item was part of the selection process for materials (Aluminum vs. Steel)? What if LEED building specified LOCAL MATERIAL use or adding the effects of long distance shipping into the environmental degradation? What if shipping companies were forced to contribute money to the clean-up of the plastic gyre in the Pacific Ocean when shipping across the Pacific Ocean?  Unlikely, but possible and more sensible than carbon credits.
  2. Quality of the steel produced in China (I’d really like to know why the Bay Bridge is rusting with its low quality steel imported from China), coupled with the environmental devastation caused by converting raw materials to finished goods in a country that does not have strict environmental regulations and technologies.
  3. The main premise that global demand is slowing and will remain so, flies in the face of the greatest population being urban, and the population continues to expand. Housing in urban areas is made with steel, when it is high-density.

There is always room to learn more. I’ll be interested in Accenture’s next set of statistics.

There are many other Accenture articles; here is another from the same author.

Origami Whales: A Gentle Way to Teach Conservation

Thanks TED Talks for this lovely broadcast!  Watch the video, link below

Allow things to unfold and you will find your Purpose in Life. | Peggy Oki | TEDxQueenstown   (time 16.34)

Image result for Origami WhalesThis insightful artist folds paper whales using origami and thousands of volunteers to fold the whales & dophins and give a clear call to action and visual reference point.  Children, Adults, Students, Seniors – all join in and FOLD then STITCH these whales into curtains to be displayed in galleries, schools, civic centers.

HINT: There are YouTubes and Pinterest on origami

Peggy Oki leads with passion. She gives advice to a beginning environmental activist: “Follow your heart with vision and actions, create your fold and you will find your porpoise in life.”

ART THAT HAS PURPOSE:

Published on Apr 28, 2016

With an appreciation of flow and motion Peggy’s life has been always been driven by passion. From surfing and skateboarding to the intimate appreciation what she calls the ‘Cetacean Nation’. Discovering the transformative force of participation artwork through her Origami Whales project was the first step to realising that passion could be harnessed, amplified and ultimately inspire for a deeper purpose.

Surfer, Skateboarder, Artist and Activist.
Once the only female member of the famous Zephyr Skateboard team from documentary ‘Dogtown and Z-Boys’: Peggy’s love of the outdoors inspires her to travel worldwide in search of good surf. In 2004, she founded the Origami Whales Project to raise awareness about commercial whaling. She has also developed the Whales and Dolphins Ambassador Program and led campaigns such as ‘Let’s Face It’, which petitions to save New Zealand’s critically endangered Maui’s dolphins and Hector’s dolphins.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx

 

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

Geocaching and Letter-Boxing

On May 3 2000, Dave Ulmer, a computer consultant, wanted to test the accuracy by hiding a navigational target in the woods. He called the idea the “Great American GPS Stash Hunt” and posted it in an internet GPS users’ group. The idea was simple: Hide a container out in the woods and note the coordinates with a GPS unit.

The finder would then have to locate the container with only the use of his or her GPS receiver. The rules for the finder were simple:

“Take some stuff, leave some stuff.”

Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices.

Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location.

*A great summer activity.* Some helpful websites:

Geocaches can be found all over the world. It is common for geocachers to hide caches in locations that are important to them, reflecting a special interest or skill of the cache owner. These locations can be quite diverse. They may be at your local park, at the end of a long hike, underwater or on the side of a city street.

Maybe Geocaching is a little like Pokémon Go, but it has been going for a long time… even before GPS, when compasses were used for scavenger hunts. It is a fun way to explore and learn more about the local area that you live in!

June is here, let’s Celebrate

Month of JUNE events:

Adopt-a-Shelter-Cat Month Gay and Lesbian Pride Month International Picnic Month
National Dairy Month National Fresh Fruit/Veggie Month National Iced Tea Month

National Rose Month National Safety Month Recycling Month
Turkey Lover’s Month Zoo and Aquarium Month The Third Sunday in June is Father’s Day

What are you going to do for JUNE? The weather is nice. You could have a walk with your FAMILY or YOUR TEAM at work.  Plan a picnic. These are great low cost events. Pot Lucks, Ice cream break time, and swapping chili and BBQ sauce recipes are all fun to do with your friends, family or work groups. Get outside and enjoy the summer!  Plant a tree, take a hike, clean a beach!

Interspersed in this list are a few interesting historical events to this month, so you can think back in time.

A Garden of Inspiration: Quotes

Gardeners will love this book! Full of beloved quotes and new ideas too, all about gardening. Who has Spring Fever? They will love this book.

“We gardeners are healthy, joyous, natural creatures. We are practical, patient, optimistic. We declare our optimism every year, every season with every act of planting.” — Carol Deppe author of the book The Resilient Gardener: Food Production and Self-reliance in Uncertain Times.

From the book of Quotations: A Garden of Inspiration.

It is TICK Season – Be Prepared

Don’t let ticks bother you! There is the avoidance method, Only walk on paved paths which means you are pretty safe. Or stay inside. However, if the great outdoors calls you, please consider this information about ticks.

Here is some Good Advice about ticks –

  1. AFTER hiking, playing outdoors, or as a general summer practice: Have your children check themselves and each other, closely. And parents check children and themselves, too,  Armpits, backs of knees, ears, shoulders, scalp, groin……
  2. Remember, ticks can be passed to humans by pets, farm animals and just a bit of dry grass may support an enterprising tick that can transfer to your skin/clothes as you walk by.

Here’s the really important (good) news about tick-borne diseases: they DON’T get passed over to us for SOME TIME after the ticks have attached themselves to us.

“(Wikipedia): For a person or companion animal to acquire a tick-borne disease requires that that individual gets bitten by a tick and that that tick feeds for a sufficient period of time. The feeding time required to transmit pathogens differs for different ticks and different pathogens. Transmission of the bacterium that causes Lyme disease is well understood to require a substantial feeding period.”

That article sources from good  medical science. What is a substantial feeding period? Well, the researchers who probably have the most conservative view of how long say 24 hours after attachment.

And that was just for ticks in the eastern part of the US. Here’s a really good link about ticks and ways to keep from getting a tick-borne infection: http://www.tickencounter.org/prevention/protect_yourself

Greeneroo has information about many hikes in the San Francisco Bay Area.