May 21, 2015
In the news today, most of the main articles I am seeing are about Climate Change. It is hard for me to watch my kids growing up in this sense of ongoing peril, and yet it does explain why they are not always as cheerful about life as I was as a kid. I certainly don’t remember having this constant sense of impending doom in the news every day, and people in the community trying to save habitats, frogs, fish, animals going extinct, “Spare the Air” days, and warnings of droughts, floods and tsunamis.
President Obama just spoke to the Coast Guard Academy about the threat of Climate Change:
“I am here today to say that climate change constitutes a serious threat to global security, an immediate risk to our national security, and, make no mistake, it will impact how our military defends our country, and so we need to act, and we need to act now.”
Another scientific article from The Times today talks about the plankton in the oceans all over the globe. Plankton are showing responses to global warming. The research will be published and available soon.
One of the best on site learning experiences I had in Marin serveral years ago that made me feel people really are doing things to improve global warming, was touring “Carbon Farm” in Nicasio with John Wick. John works at “carbon farming and sequestration”, and teaches classes from his land. Carbon Farming is successful when carbon gains resulting from enhanced land management and conservation exceed carbon losses. Learn more here.
I also recently learned about Matthew Dillon, Founder of OSA(Organic Seed Alliance) and his great work to create an open source seed bank of organic, farmer owned seeds. This is a great vimeo that explains the mission of OSA:
I can only get up each day and feel good about being here if I choose to share the good things with my sons too. It is hard to see the bad news in the paper or on tv, but don’t forget to show your kids the things that are being done to help too. I suppose, my biggest effort as a parent has been teaching my family about organic food and farming, and helping them to really believe in the absolute importance of this movement.