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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.”


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


Earth Day with a Environmental View from the Pool

Across the globe, April 22 is celebrated as a day of support for environmental protection, but at Wells Fargo, every day is Earth Day. This commitment is illustrated through partnerships with businesses that are working to create a lower-carbon economy and reduce the impacts of climate change, like Alan Smith Pools in Orange Country, California believes in  water conservation and sustainability.
With almost 4 decades of experience, this company takes a long-term view toward the Earth Day mantra of reduce, reuse, recycle — using efficient and eco-friendly construction practices. With 29,000 projects completed, it is great environmental news that THIS  company has proven to be a pioneer in pools / spas.

  • innovative materials and repairs when possible
  • repairing pools with a view towards reuse, reduction of waste
  • saving millions of gallons of pool water
  • purifying water through osmosis
  • company-owned electric vehicles
  • implementing a waste management system for demolition debris
  • recycles 100% of demolition materials

“We know water is a precious commodity, especially in California, so we are continuously looking at ways to conserve the water that sustains our industry and manage our waste materials while constructing pools to be more sustainable. When the drought hit hard, we knew we had to help make our industry be more efficient and cut down on water waste to survive. This is why we began educating communities and regulators on the benefits of water recycling and purifying technology.”  — Alan Smith

Working with operators of large-scale pools such as YMCAs, & resorts, water waste is 3X – 4X  their annual water volume. Higher traffic means high levels of cleaning chemicals and the need to be completely drained and refilled with clean water every year. EACH 700,000 gallon pool that adds up to 2.8 million gallons of precious water drained into the sewers. The water purification technology that Alan proposed would recycle the existing water through reverse osmosis, removing impurities down to the level of drinking water–all within two to three days.

Smith recently acquired two water purification trailers to work with more customers; which makes $$ sense for CA homeowners as water districts move toward a tiered pricing system.

Kent Westfall
Commercial Division Manager
(760) 399-6428

New Book: “Magic Sack Come Back Come Back”

Author Deborah Watters’ new novel, “Magic Sack Come Back Come Back”, is an adventure through magic and fantasy full of eccentric characters and exotic creatures. Readers join the 9-year-old heroine Soshi in southeastern Australia as she grows toward adulthood with promise and optimism, embarking on rollicking adventures on an enchanted flying carpet, the “Magic Sack”.

“I wanted to write a book full of positivity and empowerment, even in the face of grim circumstances,” Deborah said. “I’m also concerned about the state of the environment, and made sure to weave themes of conservation and sustainability into the story.”

The Ospreys are BACK!

The Osprey population was decimated by DDT. A property manager at the campus, started looking into helping the small group of nesting pairs in Iowa (only 22 pairs) and that effort has been successful! Read the entire story here.

There’s a new arrival at Wells Fargo’s Jordan Creek office campus in West Des Moines: two new ospreys.

The birds joined their parents  in a nest the company and Iowa’s Department of Natural Resources built for them atop a 55-foot pole. The conservation success story began last summer when ospreys began building a nest atop the counterweights of a construction crane for a parking deck at the complex near the intersection of I-35 and I-80. The property’s six ponds and the ospreys’ renowned fishing skills soon created a new occupational hazard for the bemused construction workers: falling fish parts.

Force of Nature

Wal-Mart has embarked upon an unprecedented green makeover. The company’s move reflects the simple yet compelling philosophy that the most sustainable, clean, energy-efficient, and waste-free company will beat its competitors every time. Wal-Mart dispelled the long-held belief that going green kills jobs and profits, as it has been able to boost its bottom line even in the toughest of economies. In Force of Nature, Edward Humes chronicles the course of this unlikely second industrial revolution in which corporate titans enlist their supply chains to tackle product stewardship and sustainability, bridging the gap between planet and profit.

Jib Ellison was the change agent credited in proclaiming that Wal-mart could take a new green path. The Wal-Mart I remember? Low wages, skimpy benefits, and medical insurance that the tax payers pay for the giant Wal-Mart workers, add to that, Lousy products, careless location planning, poor disposal and clean up actions. To hear something different? Amazing! I am glad to read this book, it has been good for my brain and heart to be able to STOP ranting about Wal-Mart and its unending “bad-for-everyone” practices. Whew!  — the editor

 It makes me think ANY COMPANY can improve, set a goal and do better.  Green actions and conservation ARE GOOD for the Bottom-line. Read it with me!!

Native Birds, Native Plants – Talk Sept 20

You are invited to the following free talk this Friday at the Los Altos Library. Please spread the word. Thank you.

– Arvind Kumar

Native Birds, Native Plants: Made for Each Other, a talk by Bob Power

Friday, Sep 20 7:30p to 9:30p
Los Altos Library, 13 S San Antonio Rd, Los Altos, CA

The San Francisco Bay Area leads the nation in environmental awareness, education, and advocacy because of grassroots, volunteer-driven organizations like CNPS which work tirelessly to advance the cause of native plants and habitats and the environment as a whole. CNPS is fortunate in that it is not alone in this effort, having many excellent partner organizations to work with. This month we are pleased to present a program by our sister environmental organization, the Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society (SCVAS).

Executive Director Bob Power will speak to us about Audubon’s current priorities, and the areas in which Audubon and CNPS complement each other’s efforts. Native fauna depend on native plants for their very existence and survival, a principle that is well understood and internalized at SCVAS, which has devoted considerable staff resources towards habitat conservation. Environmental Advocate Shani Kleinhaus notifies CNPS of upcoming local conservation battles. Programs Coordinator Toby Goldberg lectures widely at area libraries and a key part of her presentation focuses on the importance of planting natives in order to attract and sustain bird populations.

Bob Power holds a Masters in Management from John F.Kennedy University and did his undergraduate work at Eastern Kentucky University. His previous professional experience includes assignments in both the public and private sectors. Most recently, he was the South and East Bay Trail Director for the Bay Area Ridge Trail Council. He also managed stores for Recreational Equipment Incorporated (REI) in Cupertino and Berkeley. He is a day leader for the Golden Gate Raptor Observatory’s hawk watch program, and has been a field trip leader for Golden Gate Audubon, San Francisco Bay Bird Observatory and Wild Bird Center.

Directions: From Foothill Expy., travel ½ mile on San Antonio Rd. towards the Bay, cross Hillview and turn right into the driveway; the library is on the left. From El Camino Real, travel towards the hills on San Antonio Rd., cross Edith and turn left into the unmarked driveway just before Hillview. The sign on San Antonio Rd. reads “Civic Center, Library and History Museum.” Enter through the lobby of the main entrance.

CNPS General Meetings are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Chapter President Stephen
Rosenthal at sailinsteve@sbcglobal.net or the Chapter phone at (650) 260-3450.