Biochar Update: 55X Scale Up Without Burning Down The House!
Join us for our October 27, 2016 meeting! Jon Saunders will be telling us his story of improving his BioChar platform. Apparently he has been successful in creating a much larger unit without burning his house down. What has he learned? What are the benefits of owning such a unit? Are they easy to build? Read More
Ecosystem Services And Natural Capital
Ecosystems and Natural Capital; ever hear of those? Those unique environmental platforms are complex yet very important to the sustainability of the Earth and to our relationship with the Earth. In our October 20, 2016 meeting, Mei-Ling will lead some discussion on this topic as well as showing some very interesting videos. Please join us and learn more about Ecosystems and Natural Capital! Read More
Five Small Ways To Have A Huge Impact On The Environment & The Science Behind It
Still questioning what you can do to help solve the big environmental problems facing us today? Can't get started doing something about it? In todays session, Tony Green will help kickstart your effort and show you some easy things you can get started with. Remember; doing something small multiplied by many people doing it means a big step in the right direction! Please join us on October 13, 2016 and learn something about the science behind some good environmental efforts! Read More
A Look At Desert Salt Water Farming
The ability to provide food to Earth's inhabitants is becoming a bigger problem as each day passes. With the impacts of climate warming and increasing drought conditions, a solution is desperately needed. Join us at our October 6, 2016 meeting where we will take a look at promising methods of using salt water to provide food for the masses. Read More
Several months ago, Jon Saunders introduced us to BioChar. He brought to the meeting his own creation to create BioChar. In this meetin, Jon will update us on his attempt to improve the characteristics of the unit he built. As you can see from the picture, list latest installation is a much larger version. Please join us for this exciting meeting where we will learn all about his latest creation!
A Presentation, Discussion, and Video Viewing by Rod Kirk
The world is being challenged with trying to feed its growing population while witnessing global warming, not enough fresh water to go around, and increased desert lands. Many people are working on solutions to this problem. One promising solution that is being used around the world is desert salt water farming. Our normal fresh water crops have low tolerance to salt water and will not produce well in the presence of saline. Halophytes are one class of plants that contain edible varieties that flourish in the presence of saltwater. This is an exciting area and seems to be one method that will at least help put a dent in food shortage.
In todays session, we will go over some of the ideas and science behind saltwater farming, review some of the leading organizations and supporters of this science, and view some related videos which tell the story of the effort to turn desert lands into food bearing landscapes.
Please join us for this exciting adventure into our future!
Nature sustains us with food, water, raw materials, and medicine. But, it is easy to overlook the complex, direct, and indirect ecosystem services that are essential to us, particularly in an urban environment. Gretchen Daily, professor at Stanford University, believes that in the near future, all planning of urban development and land use needs to take into consideration the protection of biodiversity and ecosystem services. As one of the world´s foremost experts on valuation of natural capital, she is convinced that the only way to create long-term welfare is to quantify the value of ecosystems. We shall view and discuss the videos “Ecosystem Services”, “Environmental Value Systems”, and “Inspiration: Why we need to put a price tag on natural capital and ecosystem services”.
Networking, Verge Pictures, Video Day Hosted By Rod Kirk
This week we are going to take a breather and do some general networking, looking at some pictures from the Verge Conference, and possibly some interesting videos or recorded Verge presentations. Feel free to come with your ideas to talk about anything green and clean. We will fill the hour and half we have available with some interesting things.
Please join us for this interesting session and mingle with like minded people.
Thursday Morning Meeting, Sept 29, 2016 8:00am - 9:30am Free, No reservations required, but it would be appreciated if you register on our Meetupsite. Saratoga Federated Church, Richards Hall, 20390 Park Place, Saratoga, CA 95070 Enter on west side, corner of Oak Place and Saratoga-Los Gatos Rd (Highway 9).
There are many small actions you can take to have an impact on the environment. The perception is the steps required to be more green are expensive and involve a great deal of effort. Furthermore, some believe understanding the science behind the actions aides people with implementing these practices into their daily lives. Hear more about the some of the science involved in impacting the environment. I will cover questions such as:
- The five small actions you can take to have a huge impact on the environment. - Why being “Green” does not have to be expensive or time consuming. - How understanding the science can provide clarity on what it takes to be more green. - How the science can help you make more informed lifestyle choices.
Come join us for this special Eco Green Group meeting!
The question of whether nuclear power should be adopted as a technology to produce clean energy along with wind and solar has been hotly debated for years. In fact, during last years’ COP21 meeting in Paris, the debate over whether nuclear power should be part of the climate change solution was almost enough to distract the attendees from the true goal of the meeting which was to come to an agreement to carbon dioxide reducing targets. Amazingly, beneath the surface, both the pro and anti-nuclear communities have more in common than you would think. I will cover questions such as:
>>How the rift developed between the pro nuclear and anti-nuclear communities.
>>The common ground shared by both sides.
>>Why future technologies may make the nuclear argument null and void.
>>Why both sides will need to work together to tackle our planet most pressing problem.
Come join us for this special Eco Green Group meeting!
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