All good things begin with a good plan. How about a plan to reduce the greenhouse gases and fight global warming? Yes! There is a plan. Come to our November 16, 2017 EGG meeting and you will learn all about it. The plan we will be talking about originated from the thinking of Paul Hawkin, environmentalist. WE will watch some interesting videos and have some discussion and maybe take some steps along that plan! Join us for a good time! Read More
Conflict Minerals & Us
Have you ever thought about how many parts there are in any of the consumer appliances we use? Take it one step further. Have you thought about the source of all the raw materials that are in those cell phones and monitors you use? The situation is not so pretty. In our November 09, 2017 EGG meeting, we will learn about areas in the world where human life and health are being impacted by the extraction of minerals and materials used in the production of the gizmos and widgets that are used by everybody. Mei-Ling Shek will provide us some info and show us some videos which reveals the nature of this problem. Join us and become educated in this important issue. Read More
Soil Health for Water and Climate
Soil; this is the good stuff that our kids play in and track into the house. it might look plain and simple, but there are many important properties of it that can have affecst on our natural living systems. We are kicking off our November EGG meetings with a presentation by Elizabeth Guimarin which will enlighten us with the many things about soil which can have wonderful impacts on our Earth. Join us on November 02, 2017 and become enlightened on soil! Read More
Sugar & Us
It is almost Christmas holiday time. You know what that means for many people; sweets, more sweets, and then some more sweets. A lot of sugaree delights tempt us during the holiday season. We know that they are playing havoc with our bodies but yet we still indulge. At our October 26, 2017 EGG meeting, Mei-Ling Shek will dive into this topic. She will show some videos and we will partake in a discussion and see where it takes us. There is a lot of scientific information and interesting details that she will be sharing with us. Join us for this interesting and sweet session! Read More
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- What are the most effective ways to draw down atmospheric greenhouse gases on a global scale, so as to arrest and reverse climate change? - What are their costs?
In 2013, Paul Hawken - environmentalist, entrepreneur, author and activist – founded the Drawdown project, and 70 researchers from 22 countries came up with an inventory of solutions, after compiling literature reviews, and devising detailed climate and financial models. The seminal work is presented in “Drawdown : The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming”. Altogether there are 80 solutions listed, and 20 “coming attractions”. What are the top-ranking solutions that reduce atmospheric greenhouse gases on a global scale? Come to the meeting to find out how good your guesses are. Hint: If you cannot wait, visit http://www.drawdown.org.
Almost all of us like eating sweet things, and we would like to forget that food loaded with sugar is not good for us. Scientists believe that ten years from now, between 20% to 50% of the entire world's population will be classified as obese. We shall view “Sugar—the elephant in the kitchen”, in which Dr. Lustig, Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at UC San Francisco, assesses the health dangers of sugar and its link to Type-2 diabetes and the global obesity epidemic. He is the author of several books and many articles on childhood obesity, including “Obesity Before Birth”. Then we shall see a neuroscientist’s perspective by viewing Dr. Amy Reichelt’s “This is Your Brain on Sugar”. The role of sugar is really complex, as Stanford Chemistry Professor Carolyn Bertozzi will tell us in “The sugar coating on your cells is trying to tell you something”.
What are conflict minerals, or blood minerals as some call them? What do they have to do with us?
We will first view the video “How to Avoid Conflict Minerals” from PBS, as Alison Stewart explains the role of conflict minerals, mined and sold by warlords in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and their paths to our consumer products. Then we will view Marcus Bleasdale’s documentary “Capturing Conflict Mineral Trade in DRC” to understand the tremendous human toll of conflict minerals.
In 2010, the United States Congress passed the Dodd-Frank Act, and section 1502 mandates the issuance of rules requiring certain companies to disclose their use of conflict minerals if those minerals are "necessary to the functionality or production of a product" manufactured by those companies. What has happened to the law since then?
Join us as for this interesting session where we look at the conflict minerals problem and discover how we are affected by it.
Another easy going day is on our agenda. Today we will view a video of Scott Pruitt's recent session on Frontline regarding the EPA. We might view several other videos and have some discussion. This is a golden opportunity for attendees to bring up related sustainability topics and issues and get dialogue going. Drop by and enjoy the event and do your part in reducing our overall carbon footprint.
It’s time to ask ourselves, what is possible? It’s time to pull our understanding of natural living systems together and manage land for better soil health, human health, and planet health. Looking at any piece of open land from a residential yard, urban parks, farms and ranches, statewide and planet scale landscapes, its condition can be improved to cumulatively contribute to water abundance and climate stability.
> What is the small water cycle? > What can soil as a sponge do for us? > What is one small thing?
Learn about the power of small patterns to cycle into big impacts.
When it rains and all the raindrops fall on our roof, have you thought about where the rainwater go to? Well, most of it just goes down the sewer, into the creeks and rivers, and eventually out to the ocean. In the past, stormwater was viewed as a something akin to waste; something we’d get rid of as soon as possible. Not any more. After the historic drought of the last 5 years, everyone realizes how valuable water – in any source or form – is. When it comes to rainwater, in addition to rain barrels, there is another great and more direct way to capture and use it. Better yet, it can be turned into beauty in your garden. How? Come join the discussion and find out more.
A very important meeting took place on 08/22/17 at the Almaden Expressway site of the SCVWD. It was a packed house and a lot of interesting questions, discussions, and presentation related to the Delta Tunnels (WaterFix) Project. This is an important issue. Please read about it here and get involved to get the SCVWD Board of Directors to vote no on participation in this project! Read More
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We are trying to get the native ecosystem back up and running here in Santa Clara Valley. Come learn all about it, why it is so important to accomplish, and what you can do. Join us for this special event! Read More
Learn about a great product that provides for more efficient usage of water in the landscape. The Water Saver product is now available at Home Depot. Click on the title link above to learn more about the product and where to get it! Read More
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The Agrihood Project, which is destined to be located right near the corner of Stevens Creek Blvd and Winchester in Santa Clara needs your help to ensure the project proceeds in the right direction! Please read on and get involved! Read More
This is going to be an important meeting. If you cannot show up to vocalize your opposition to the WaterFix/Delta Tunnels Plan, then you can send in your comments to be read out load. Join us! Read More
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