Category Archives: Discover earth

Marty Essen – new book

Marty has done it again, but instead of inspiring us to love our environment and protect ecosystems- this book is a fictional departure! Time is Irreverent — it combines all the things you tremble over, global warming, nuclear bombs, and travel writers! How can these go together, you ask?  Read on!

Just when we need a good laugh. So put the air-purifier ON, and enjoy! Marty has poked fun at the current state of affairs, the total disarray of a solid science-based view between our movie stars, government, the public, teachers and just about everything! It is a light-hearted book and wittily will help you draw conclusions while having a belly-life.  Just what we need.

You can return to one of his many books on the environment- I’d Recommend Cool Creatures, Hot Planet or  Endangered Edens.  OK the. are not full of laughs, but the pictures and words are so compelling.  (see the list below.)

Some of Marty’s notable achievements are:

Author of Time Is Irreverent
Amazon #1 Best Seller in Political Humor, Parodies, and LGBT Science Fiction
Amazon Canada #1 Best Seller in Comedy, Humour, Political Humour, LGBT Science Fiction, Alternative History, and Time Travel
Author of Endangered Edens
Amazon #1 Best Seller in Ecotourism, Travel, Caribbean Travel, and Puerto Rico
Winner: Readers’ Favorite Book Award—Environment
Winner: National Indie Excellence Book Award—Nature
Silver: Nautilus Award—Animals & Nature
Silver: Nautilus Award—Middle Grades Nonfiction
Author of Cool Creatures, Hot Planet
Amazon #1 Best Seller in Wildlife
Winner: Benjamin Franklin Award—Travel/Essay
Winner: Green Book Festival Award—Animals
Winner: National Indie Excellence Book Award—Travel/Essay
Winner: USA Best Books Award—Travel/Essay
Bronze: ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Award—Travel/Essay
Bronze: IPPY Award—Travel/Essay
Minneapolis Star-Tribune Top-10 “Green” Book
APCA’s #1 Booked College Speaker for 50 total months

Nature Hikes – with Diane- Sign up now

DEAR NATURE LOVERS,

 
“NATURAL HISTORY OF THE SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA,”
Nature Explorations with Diane West-Bourke 
FALL 2018 HIKES begin on:
OCT. 9th (6 Tuesdays)    OR      OCT. 10th (6 Wednesdays) 
Diane is a great nature- biology teacher, specializing in our local bay area. She is so good at adding the why /how  into a discussion that you will learn What Matters about our ecosystem and environment! Highly recommended!
 

Are you ready to sample some fabulous Fall nature hikes with me? Forest trails, coastal canyons, maple-dappled creeks & beaches are all perfect for Autumn exploration. Discover new trails, make new friends, & awaken to the wonder & mystery of nature around us!
I hope that you can join us!
Happy Trails,
Diane West-Bourke

A new book, you’ll love: Dispatches from the Sweet Life

William Powers on his new book, DISPATCHES FROM THE SWEET LIFE: One Family, Five Acres, and a Community’s Quest to Reinvent the World. In it, this gifted writer and expert on sustainable development shares the trials and joys of a family striving to live sustainably off the work-and-spend treadmill in South America.  it is a story of both hope and how-to for a world in desperate need.

In addition to his storytelling prowess and expertise, Bill has worked for more than a decade in development aid and conservation in Latin America, Africa, and North America. He is a senior fellow at the World Policy Institute and an adjunct faculty member at New York University.

 the community table:  
In his first book, Twelve by Twelve, Bill lived in an off-grid tiny house in rural North Carolina. In New Slow City, he and his wife, Melissa, inhabited a Manhattan micro-apartment in search of slow in the fastest city in the world. In Dispatches from the Sweet Life, the couple, with baby in tow, search for balance, humanity, and happiness in Suraqueta, Bolivia, a subtropical town where the Andes meets the Amazon. Surequeta is also a Transition Town — a model community that aims to increase self-sufficiency to reduce the potential effects of peak oil, climate destruction, and economic instability.

Worldwide, about sixteen hundred Transition initiatives currently exist, part of a global Transition Network, in which local communities foster “glocal” low-carbon economies through alternative energy, local consumption, organic agriculture, and more.

Leaving behind America’s work-and-spend treadmill La Familia Powers embrace the potential of the Sweet Life (vivir bien) — the Bolivian idea that happiness is best achieved in deep community in balance with nature.

Oh you’ll love this book! A great real-life drama, rather than just talk, this is DOING!

Identifying Plants on Mt. Tamalpais – Environmental Forum of Marin

One TamBookjack BioBlitz and Rare Plant Treasure:

  • Friday, May 11 — 9:00 – 3:00 pm
  • Help identify and document every living species on Mt. Tam. A second BioBlitz will take place on June 9.

This group is a great resource for the Bay Area, with many classes, activities, talks and training sessions. They also have a video library that chronicles their projects and classes. — the editor

 

Master Class 44 Graduates Ready to Stir Up Some Trouble!

Each year, as the Forum’s Master Class students present their stewardship projects and graduate, we feel emboldened by our “Education for Action” mantra. Master Class Director, Norma Fragoso, and MC assistant Tom Arthur, organized expert speakers at various venues throughout Marin and provided engaging coursework to strengthen our students’ knowledge about environmental issues.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

  • www.MarinEFM.org
  • Environmental Forum of Marin | P.O. Box 151546, San Rafael, CA 94915 | 415-484-8336

San Bruno Mountain- plant Wildflowers for Butterflies

Imagine The Mission blue butterfly sipping nectar!

Plant Wildflowers for Mountain Butterflies!
Nourish mission blue & callippe silverspot butterflies this Saturday 1/20 or Sunday 1/21 at Owl Canyon!
San Bruno Mountain California.jpgJoin in on the first butterfly plantings of the year! Help plant native wildflowers for the benefit of the endangered mission blue and callippe silverspot butterflies at beautiful Owl Canyon. Rain or shine! Picnic by the gurgling Owl Creek included!

We’ll be there both Saturday and Sunday, 10am to 1pm; come one day or both! Click here to see event details and RSVP!

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