If you’re like me, you usually enjoy Earth Day. It’s a celebration of our natural world and all the gifts Mother Nature has to offer. However, like me, you may find yourself a little depressed these days when it comes to our environment. The outlook isn’t especially cheery what with the current U.S. administration’s war on sustainability and society’s seeming indifference to the continuous onslaught of climate-related disasters. But take heart and shake off those blues, because what you’re feeling is a sign that you care and boy do we need you in the game. Noam Chomsky said, “If you assume that there is no hope, you guarantee that there will be no hope. If you assume that… there are opportunities to change things, then there is a possibility that you can contribute to making a better world.” You can only make a difference if you act to do so, and the best cure for feeling powerless is to take action. The payoff is knowing that you are doing good in the world and that, Earth Angels, is priceless. Savor nature, and save yourself in the process. Happy Earth Day.
The world’s oceans called and left us a message. They said… “#MeToo”
Please join us on Wednesday, April 18th, at 1 pm. for my talk on “The State of Our Oceans” at UCSD’s Erickson Hall (a.k.a. b210) in Mandeville Auditorium. Take this mindblowing trip under the seas to grasp the magnitude and scope of the problems we face, and explore how we may begin to heal our Big Blue. This lecture is free and open to the public. Join us for lunch afterward.
Next… Do you feel you have a big heart, but a little voice when it comes to climate change?
Join us on Thursday, April 26th, at 5 pm for my lecture on “Lobbying Broadcast Media on Climate” at UCSD’s Pacific Hall room 3500 (between Muir College and Revelle College). Gain remarkably practical insights that will amplify your message using the power of broadcast media to create and grow public will for a more sustainable world. Use these simple techniques and collective action to enlist broadcast media to cover and accurately report on the climate crisis. This lecture is free and open to the public.
In my efforts to stop offshore drilling along our U.S. coasts, I’ve learned of The SEA Act. It is horrific. It would wipe out most of the protections that the Marine Mammal Protection Act put in place decades ago. How can we continue to torture and kill most marine life in the name of blind greed? Don’t we know that if we kill off the ocean, we kill off humanity? Between our ocean’s increasing acidity, due to the burning of fossil fuels, to the coral bleaching due to a warming ocean, due to the burning of fossil fuels, to seismic air gun blasts for oil exploration so that we may burn more fossil fuels, to the ocean noise-pollution of tens of thousands of fossil fuel burning cargo ships constantly traversing the oceans, to the staggering amounts of toxic petroleum-based plastic pollution choking our oceans, to the warming Arctic which destabilizes our Jet Stream due to the burning of fossil fuels, which creates record smashing hurricanes and energizes superstorms, and causes flooding and mudslides and droughts and raises sea levels, to the tanker and oil rig accidents that cause oil spills, wipes out fishing, tourism, and fouls our beaches, all because we continue to cling to the completely incorrect notion that in order to make more and more money we have to keep burning fossil fuels instead of transitioning to clean energy. We will create more jobs, improve national security, save millions of human lives, and countless wildlife, grow the GDP, and save billions of dollars by freeing ourselves from the burden of fossil fuels. Doesn’t Congress know? Don’t they know? Now we know. Reject offshore drilling. Get environmentally active. Act.
Thursday evening March 15th, UCSD’s Muir Biology Bldg. room 1103, 5:50 p.m. Environmental speaker and former photojournalist Eve Simmons will present “Big Heart, Little Voice? Expanding Your Message Through Broadcast Media” You’ll learn how to use the power of your voice and collective action to enlist broadcast media to cover and accurately report the climate crisis. This event is free and open to the public.
P.S. Come early for pizza 🙂 Details
Attention: to those who were planning to attend my talk on Lobbying Broadcast Media – it has been rescheduled for Thursday, March 15th. So sorry for the necessary inconvenience and hope to see you in March.
Join us this Friday evening February 23rd, in UCSD’s Muir Biology Bldg. room 1103, for pizza at 5:30 pm and my talk at 5:50 pm, on lobbying broadcast media on climate. Entitled, “Big Heart, Little Voice? Expanding Your Message Through Broadcast Media” You’ll learn how to use the power of your voice and collective action to enlist broadcast media to accurately report and cover the climate crisis and solutions. Arrive early to buy a parking permit (small fee, get 2 hrs parking). The talk is free and open to the public.