WorldWide Opportunities on Organic Farms (WWOOF)

 
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Jessica Brodie, WWOOF Board Member

WorldWide Opportunities on Organic Farms-USA (WWOOF-USA)

Jessica Brodie graduated from the University of California Santa Cruz with a Bachelors of Arts in Community Studies. Her field work has included internships at the Homeless Garden Project and Women’s Organic Flower Exchange in Santa Cruz. Her main field work was a six-month internship with WWOOF New Zealand in which she worked on ten organic farms on both the north and south island. Her thesis focused on bioregionalism and the state of genetic engineering in New Zealand at the time of her field work. Jessica has worked as an activity leader for developmentally disabled adults at the Clausen house in Oakland, California. She is currently a recreation coordinator at the Jewish Home for the Aged in San Francisco, California.

For more information about WWOOF (Worldwide Opportunities on Organic Farms), please visit wwoofusa.org.

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Climate Solutions

 
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Paul Horton, Executive Director of Climate Solutions

Paul Horton, Executive Director of Climate Solutions

Climate Solutions mission is to accelerate practical and profitable solutions to global warming by galvanizing leadership, growing investment and bridging divides.

Our regional organizing approach is transforming the global warming debate in the region and laying the groundwork for a successful, multi-stakeholder climate action agenda. We’re generating fresh political momentum for energy and transportation solutions that benefit the region’s economy and quality-of-life.

Global warming is our generation’s greatest challenge and solving it is our greatest opportunity to build a healthy, prosperous future.

For more information about Climate Solutions, please visit ClimateSolutions.org.

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Population Connection

 
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John Seager, President and CEO of Population Connection

Population Connection

For nearly forty years, Population Connection (formerly Zero Population Growth) has been educating young people with its award-winning Population Education program and advocating for progressive action to stabilize world population at a level that can be sustained by Earth’s resources.

Mr. Seager was formerly with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and also served as Chief of Staff, Communications Director and District Director for U.S. Representative Peter H. Kostmayer. He holds a BA in Political Science from Trinity College, Hartford. Mr. Seager was been appointed President and Chief Executive Officer effective January 2005.

For more information about Population Connection, please visit www.population connection.org.

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Broken Limbs: Apples, Agriculture and the New American Farmer

 
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Guy Evans, Executive Producer of Broken Limbs

Broken Limbs: Apples, Agriculture and the New American Farmer

The ultimate goal behind the creation of Broken Limbs was to help viewers begin to change the way they think about the food they eat and the vital role of farmers in their communities.

Broken Limbs took as its starting point the writings of Dr. John Ikerd, professor emeritus from the University of Missouri. Dr. Ikerd’s work comprises a vast and thoughtful body of literature on the topics of sustainable agriculture and the economics thereof.

Since retiring from the University in early 2000, Ikerd spends most of his time writing and speaking out on these issues. We encourage anyone interested in these topics to spend some time perusing his work. His many papers, as well as the full text of his new book entitled The Case for Common Sense can be found at: www.ssu.missouri.edu/faculty/jikerd

For more information about Broken Limbs: Apples, Agriculture and the New American Farmer, please visit www.brokenlimbs.org.

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The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals – Michael Pollan

 
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About Michael Pollan:

Michael Pollan is the author of a new book, The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals, published April 2006 by the Penguin Press, as well as three previous books: The Botany of Desire, Second Nature, and A Place of My Own. Pollan is a contributing writer to the New York Times Magazine and the Knight Professor of Journalism at UC Berkeley.

Michael Pollan

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For more information about Michael Pollan, please visit www.michaelpollan.com.

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Sustainable Connections Executive Director – Michelle Long

 
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About Sustainable Connections:

Our Mission: Sustainable Connections is a business network establishing and supporting a local living economy that sustains itself, our community and a healthy environment.

Our Vision: We envision sustainable business practices that lead to a healthy environment, meaningful employment, strong communities and buying local first as commonplace in our region and a model for the rest of the world.

Sustainable Connections

All of our members are local and independently owned businesses, organizations and supportive individuals. Locally owned businesses give back to the community, offer more living wage jobs, ensure the unique character of a region, and have greater control over minimizing the environmental impact of their businesses.

Our members commit to improving specific business practices benefiting our community, economy, environment and workplaces.

For more information about Sustainable Connections projects, please visit www.SustainableConnections.org.

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Beyond Pesticides Executive Director – Jay Feldman

 
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About Beyond Pesticides:

Beyond Pesticides provides the public with useful information on pesticides and alternatives to their use. With this information, people can and do protect themselves and the environment from the potential adverse public health and environmental effects associated with the use and misuse of pesticides.

Beyond Pesticides

Jay Feldman, Executive Director, is a cofounder of the organization and has served as its director since 1981. Jay dedicated himself to finding solutions to pesticide problems after working with farmworkers and small farmers through an EPA grant in 1978 to the national advocacy organization Rural America (1977-1981).

For more information about Beyond Pesticides projects, please visit www.BeyondPesticides.org.

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Mark D. Plunkett – Seattle Aquarium Conservation Coordinator

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About Mark D. Plunkett – Seattle Aquarium Conservation Coordinator:

Mark D. Plunkett is the Conservation Coordinator for the Seattle Aquarium. The Seattle Aquarium is wealth of undersea information for educators, kids, parents and visitors. Here’s your chance to get face-to-fin with marine life. Through specialized teacher programs, field trip opportunities, events and other marine resources, everyone can learn to share the knowledge and encourage the protection of the Sound that surrounds us all.

The heartbeat of hands-on marine experience and preservation education in the Pacific Northwest, the Seattle Aquarium offers fun, exciting ways to discover more about the amazing Puget Sound that surrounds you!

Seattle Aquarium

Mark D. Plunkett Education:
M.S. Biology, Western Washington Univ., 1980
B.S. Biology, cum laude, Seattle Pacific Univ., 1978

The Seattle Aquarium – See. Touch. Explore.
Website: http://www.seattleaquarium.org/

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Insulate Your Home With Old Blue Jeans?

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About Environmental Home Center:

A heartfelt thank you to Lisa DiMartino, Marketing VP at Environmental Home Center, for taking the time to speak with us. She was gracious, open and informative, and a pleasure to talk to. Of particular interest was Forest Stewardship Council at www.fsc.org, an international organization promoting environmentally appropriate, socially beneficial, and economically viable management of forests throughout the world. The linoleum Lisa spoke of is called natural linoleum, a durable, antibacterial and antistatic (repels dust) flooring and countertop material made of natural, renewable products (linseed oil, wood flour, pine resin, and pigments with a plant fiber backing). The only downside is it is manufactured overseas in Europe rather than locally, leaving the level of transportation impact to be desired.

How long before some industrious, environmentally minded person on this side of the ocean taps this market? Denim insulation? How cool is that? While off-gas was mentioned the term itself was left undefined. Off-gas is the vaporization of chemicals (ex. urea-formaldehyde) from materials and substances (carpets, paints, particle board, etc.) into the immediate surroundings and environment. Off-gas has long been suspected of respiratory illness and other maladies.

I hope to speak with Lisa, again, and some of the other fine people at Environmental Home Center (www.environmentalhomecenter.com) doing their best to better live in this world. The wood I spoke of with the fire rating of cement seems to grow more obscure with each telling. Maybe it was just a sample piece. Maybe it was just a section of my mosaic memory.

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The Most Important Quote

The world we have made as a result of the level of thinking we have done thus far creates problems that we cannot solve at the same level as the level we created them at (Einstein).

This is the most significant, timeless axiom I’ve ever come across. Whether on a social or personal level, this saying proves to be profound and heralds a turning point. Sometimes great labors produce revolutionary methods to address an impasse. It could have be the thought Newton encountered before he invented calculus. Other instances find an almost Zen-like, no-mind state where an uninhibited condition is open to a new perception. Einstein, himself, said he was at a very calm stage when the Theory of Relativity struck.

The invaluable, self-evident truth this quote offers and how desperately needed it is in this day and age becomes painfully obvious with the reading of any newspaper worth a damn. The days of our collective impact on the world merely drifting downstream or being absorbed by nature’s regenerative processes cannot serve as the placebos that once sufficed an uniformed people. Our concoctions are too toxic. Our transports are archaic. Our methods are dated. Our numbers are too great. We cannot live downstream from many of our factories. We cannot drive the combustible engine forever. We cannot endlessly bury waste, deplete the soils, pollute the air and water in the Manifest Destiny/ Industrial Revolution manner all the while increasing the world population 6% to 7% annually.

Our way of life based on the present level of thinking is creating problems that cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we created them at. We cannot simply build a better combustible engine. Oil is a limited resource and running a car in an enclosed area will still kill you. MTBE, an additive to gasoline in the late 20th century, seeped into ground water in some areas rendering the region’s drinking water unsafe. A suicide gene? Excuse me. What kind of mind thinks a crop genetically engineered to die is a good idea, never mind containable? What kind of world are we bequeathing to the children of tomorrow, or today, for that matter? How bad does it have to get? Critical Mass – the point at which the trend and tendencies of events becomes irreversible.

A new level of thinking is required. An alternative. The fields of alternative energy, sustainable resources, and organic agriculture are steps in the right direction. Will we still have an impact? Yes, but these are systems designed to work with nature. Once we become knowledgeable of our situation it is our obligation to act accordingly. It is naïve and irresponsible to believe otherwise, to believe nature can simply deal with our exploitative and arrogant methods. For those who believe we are separate or distinct from nature, try living without it.