The Chapter is in favor of reducing carbon emissions, but Solargen's proposal to build 1,822,800 solar panels on 4,717 acres of habitat critical for a number of important species in San Benito County still isn't a good idea. Further, the process of getting to an Environmental Impact Report has been unreasonably rushed.
"We had Ronald Reagan as governor, another actor named George Murphy as a senator, and now Shirley Temple was running for Congress. Something snapped." The 83-year-old former Congressman Pete McCloskey, co-founder of Earth Day and one of the authors of the Endangered Species Act, tells how he decided to get into politics in 1967 and other stories.
"It's an exciting experience." "It's not scary!" "It's a lot of fun. Just get out of your comfort zone!" And it's not an outing, at least not in the traditional sense. Chapter members reflect upon a recent Sacramento experience.
Five Chapter members we among 35 five Sierra Club volunteers from six chapters who descended on Sacramento for the August 2010 Lobby Day. These volunteers got a half-day training session and an all-day round of visits with State Senators, Assembly Members, and their staffers to talk about plastic bags, renewable electricity and other environmental concerns.
The Green Vision Cafe is a continuing series of free meetings that brings communities together to explore environmental topics. Its purpose is to empower residents to improve their community and the planet through education, connection, sharing,
and public engagement.
In less than 20 years, over one-fourth of the adult residents of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties will be over age 65. These people will have ideas about how housing should be built for them, ideas the align nicely with the ideas of environmentalists.
The environmental community lost open-space advocate Mary Davey to heart-related illness on October 2. Among many other accomplishments, Mary was a founder of the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District and worked tirelessly with the Committee for Green Foothills.
Redwood City's General Plan generally stinks. The city council voted to approve it anyway, but the result will be more road congestion than ever imagined, further water scarcity, and a downtown that will make it impossible for the city to address its carbon emissions effectively.
Three alternatives have been presented for land development around the Santa Clara / San Jose Water Pollution Control Plant. Unfortunately, all three are variants on the same theme rather than truly different possible directions. The Chapter suggests that at least one more alternative is in order.
The Loma Prietan is fortunate to have several talented photographers who donate their photographs to liven up our newsletter. Enjoy some of photographer Mike Kahn's observations of the state of personalized license plates.
Another report, this time by the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP), is urging a shift toward a plant-based diet to stave off world hunger, fuel scarcity, and the worst effects of climate change. Considering that global meat consumption is estimated to double by 2050, it is timely advice.
You want to do the right thing for the environment by planting water-wise native plants in the garden, but you also want the garden to look appealing during the long, dry California summer. No matter the season, we humans like our gardens to look green. Here's how.
Did you know that activism can make you happy? Or that car washes use less water than hand washing at home? For more on these and other environmentally friendly issues, check out John Maybury's latest column.
The Santa Clara County Vector Control District's mosquito control system focuses on the elimination of known breeding sites. However, when dead, infested birds or sick people turn up, the District employs fogging sprays to kill adult mosquitoes. Read on for why the benefits of fogging outweigh its risks.
One sunny day I was hiking a closed service road on San Bruno Mountain's western slope, when I came upon a large puma snoozing on the warm pavement. Sometimes, generally reclusive pumas do wander into settled areas. If you think you know what you would do if you met one, read on for what experts actually do recommend.
The state is currently reviewing the status of 21 game refuges, including lands near Mt. Diablo, Mt. Tamalpais, the Farallon Islands, and much of the watershed areas down the spine of the Peninsula. Learn more about the proposal to eliminate 19 of these refuges and how you can provide your input now on this issue.
Gloryland sweeps us into a world of conflict and injustice, action and introspection, and vivid descriptions of historical events. This novel recounts the fascinating life of Elijah Yancy, a South Carolina sharecropper's child who heads west to become a buffalo soldier. Read more about why you might want to put this book on your holiday gift list.
Cynthia's connection to our Chapter began when she visited her cousin in the Bay Area in 2001 and decided to move here. Now, Cynthia serves as chair of the Chapter's Wetlands Committee and works relentlessly to preserve, protect, and restore the integrity and biodiversity of the San Francisco Bay wetlands. Find out what keeps her going.