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I’m speaking at the National Heirloom Festival

I’m speaking at the National Heirloom Festival

In less than a month, the National Heirloom Festival will be held in Santa Rosa. Are you going? This celebration of seeds and vegetable plant diversity is lots of fun! And this year, I will be speaking!  I’ll talk about Cityscape Seeds, the micro-scale seed enterprise that Matt VanDiepen and I have run (selling seeds at Mar Vista Farmers Market) for the past four years. And I’ll talk about Seed Saving in the City: what’s special about it, what are…

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Grassroots solutions to global warming

Grassroots solutions to global warming

ClimateSolvr is a program that connects you with grassroots climate solutions. It helps you discover what you can do about global warming in your own life. And it helps you transform those new, lower-carbon practices into habits – your new pattern of approaching the world. ClimateSolvr helps you connect with the joy and satisfaction of a life well-lived.

Comprehensive climate action

Comprehensive climate action

Government alone cannot do it.  There are plenty of cries to political entities to “do something about global warming.” Yes, it is important for government to impose carbon limits — to drive home the seriousness of a unified effort.  To give us all a collective goal to strive toward.  And to rein in the huge corporations, without which this never will succeed, and over which we locals have very little power. But at the same time as we ask government…

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Divesment from fossil fuels: tips for activists

Divesment from fossil fuels: tips for activists

The process of divesting from fossil fuels follows a certain timeline.  (What is Divestment from Fossil Fuels? It’s basically un-investing from oil, gas and coal.)  And where an organization is on this timeline determines the type of action, talking points, and answers that activists need to use. I break the timeline down into the Consideration phase, the Declaration, and the Implementation phase.

What is Divestment from fossil fuels?

What is Divestment from fossil fuels?

Divestment is the opposite of investment: you can think of it like “uninvesting.” To divest from fossil fuels means to sell all the oil and gas company stocks in your investment portfolio (or your university’s portfolio, or your faith community’s portfolio, or your city’s portfolio…). Every day, the fossil fuel industry moves steadily closer to killing the planet and rendering humanity extinct. It has already begun: People are dying from climate-change-driven storms and diseases. From farmland to fisheries, people’s livelihoods…

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8 Things you can do now, to prepare for summer heat

8 Things you can do now, to prepare for summer heat

If you’re reading this and you live in L.A., California, or the U.S. Southwest, here are some simple things you can do now — as an individual or as a community group — to prepare for summer heat before the inevitable onslaught begins. 1. Install blinds and sun barriers. Look for thermal drapery lining fabric (available by the yard at many chain fabric stores) which will reduce the amount of heat that comes into your room. If you are a…

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Powerdown: Let’s Talk About It

Powerdown: Let’s Talk About It

We’re caught in the squeeze right now. Climate change is advancing at an incredible speed. We know we should do something, but we lack the political will to do what it takes to hold it to 2°C. UN committees are now being counseled to prepare for 4°C of warming. To keep it survivable, there’s got to be a powerdown — starting today. Meanwhile green-tech enthusiasts cheer the rapid rate at which certain countries are installing renewable energy infrastructure. But reports are now surfacing…

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What everybody ought to know about Energy

What everybody ought to know about Energy

If you’ve ever looked for an iron-clad case that the fossil energy supply is out-of-control, over-the-top destructive –of planet, wildlife, people’s health and culture– then check out Energy, the latest publication of the Post Carbon Institute. The word “breathtaking” has become cliche when put with “photographs” but here it really applies. You will gasp aloud as you turn each page. (even my teens did) And then you’ll want to show the pictures to more people, because you can’t keep this kind…

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The Lost Art

The Lost Art

  “Can she bake a cherry pie?” chants the American folk song.  That didn’t mean opening a can of goo from the supermarket and dumping it into a frozen pie shell.  It mean knowing when the cherries were sweet and ripe, harvesting and pitting them, creating the pie shell from scratch (perhaps hand-churning the butter), and knowing what other local and available ingredients to mix in to make it all taste good.  The song referred to a real and necessary…

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