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Warming Climate May Spread Drying to a Third of Earth

Warming Climate May Spread Drying to a Third of Earth

Science Daily notes that “a new study by the Earth Institute at Columbia University estimates that 12 percent of land will be subject to drought by 2100 through rainfall changes alone; but the drying will spread to 30 percent of land if higher evaporation rates are considered.” An increase in…

Do We Swallow The Brown Water Plan?

Is raising Shasta Dam and adding twin tunnels in the Delta to move more water to thirsty parts of the State in the best interests of the environment and residents of the north State? In other words, do we just swallow the brown water plan? Come to a free forum…

The Winds Above

Click on this image to see a beautiful display of the winds above us. Zoom in and out to see the context and the real effect of the animation above where you live. Click here to see a full screen version. Redding, CA downtown is 40° 35.227′ North latitude, -122° 23.432′ West longitude Thanks to Dan […]

Closing the Consensus Gap About Global Warming

Time and time again we have heard that there is a consensus among scientists that global warming is being caused by human actions. The best documentation of this recent evidence I have found is from a 2013 article by John Cook, et. al. with an accompanying short video on the…

If only I could make this message go viral!

As I washed the car this morning I thought about the rain we almost, but didn’t have. I thought of less than half full Shasta Lake reservoir. I thought about our friends who are farming Oliview CSA in Happy Valley.  They wonder if they will have adequate water this season…

Building Resilience from the Ground Up

Last fall, Bioneers.org had a great series XIII on Chico, CA radio station KCHO (88.9 FM) Fridays at 10:30 AM, entitled Revolution from the Heart of Nature. This 13-part series of half-hour shows featured various social and scientific innovators who offer breakthrough solutions for people and planet. Check out the transcripts here. Read a description of Resilience From the…

Connect! Transform The Future

Learn about complex issues in the energy conversation from National Geographic. Connect! Transform the Future is collection to find multimedia activities, an interactive map, student-friendly encyclopedic entries, brief videos, and more!  It’s an energy initiative that will help kids (and adults) connect the dots to a brighter, greener future. Connect! is the collaborative work…

California Native Plant Society

At 9 AM on November 16, 2013 the Shasta Chapter of the California Native Plant Society will be leading a fieldtrip on 385 acres of City of Redding owned land at Oregon Gulch in southwest Redding. Seven organizations in the area are advocating keeping this land as open space and…

Shasta Land Trust Great Sierra River Cleanup 2013

Shasta Land Trust Great Sierra River Cleanup 2013

Shasta Land Trust is interested in “conserving the beauty, character, and diversity of significant lands in far Northern California.” This year the annual Great Sierra River Cleanup Event will take place on Saturday, September 21, from 9 AM to 12 PM. As part of a region-wide effort, led by the Sierra Nevada Conservancy, Shasta Land…

Sustainable Cities

Did you know that by 2050 a third of all humans will be living in cities? How can local governments make our urban areas become more sustainable, resilient, biodiverse, low-carbon producers and resource efficient with smart urban infrastructures, green economies as well as be healthy and happy? ICLEI is the world’s…

California EPA on Global Warming

A recent editorial in the San Jose Mercury News calls for California to continue to lead the climate change fight. They plea that “If we care about the lives our great-grandchildren will live on earth, then we have to act. And action has to start somewhere. We’re proud that one of…

Permaculture for Sustainable Systems

According to Wikipedia, “Permaculture is a branch of ecological design, ecological engineering, and environmental design which develops sustainable architecture and self-maintained agricultural systems modeled from natural ecosystems. The core tenets of permaculture are: Care of the earth: Provision for all life systems to continue and multiply. This is the first principle, because without a healthy earth, humans cannot flourish. Care of the people:…

World Environment Day

June 5, 2013 is World Environment Day. Today the United Nations spotlights the absurdity of global food waste. With tons of edible produce squandered each year – never making it from farm to fork – senior United Nations officials are issuing a call on World Environment Day to “reduce your foodprint!,” urging everyone to help […]

Earth Day 2013

Today, April 22, 2013 is Earth Day 2013. With over one billion people in 192 countries participating in Earth Day activities, Earth Day is now largest civic observance in the world! Forty-three years ago, on April 22, 1970, over 20 million Americans took to the streets, parks, auditoriums, and classrooms across the country to…

Whole Earth and Watershed Festival 2013

The Whole Earth and Watershed Festival will be at Redding, CA City Hall on April 27, 2013 from 10 AM to 4 PM. The theme is Healthy Children; Healthy Communities; and Healthy Planet. WEWF is a free, community-wide event that gives focus to sustainability on our planet and in our…

Keystone XL Pipeline

Last evening the PBS Newshour aired an interview with spokesmen for the two sides to the Keystone XL Pipleline controversy. Judy Woodruff moderated the debate between Anthony Swift of the Natural Resources Defense Council and Andrew Black of the Association of Oil Pipelines. The primary objection to the Keystone XL pipeline by…

Floods of Light from Spiritual Ecology

What is the connection between modern-day spirituality and ecological concerns? How does the first century, Christian, Biblical world translate into ethical actions in the 21st century? How do the various world religions integrate their spirituality with ecology? FORE is a good place to start finding answers. Mary Evelyn Tucker is the co-founder and co-director with […]

Unreasonable Effectiveness

Science and religion are not in conflict – they are two different areas of inquiry or concern. As Paul Chiarello puts it, “Science is dependent on philosophy to discuss what has value and what we should aim for, and philosophy is dependent on science to figure out the starting point of…

Is Climate Change Action about to Change?

Now that the 2012 U. S. presidential election is behind us, will we again hear about government actions to counteract the global warming of man-made climate change? Overall, the candidates were noticeably silent about the topic except for minor comments and a few jabs. The New York Times on October 25, 2012 quoted Andrew…

American Meteorological Society on Global Warming

We try real hard at ReddingVoice to focus only on policy issues and not to engage in partisan politics. You can judge for yourself who says what and how it stacks up with truth, as best we know it. Last week the American Meteorological Society voted to adopt a new…

Bioneers Host Speaks Out Against GMO’s

Neil Harvey, Host of the radio program Bioneers, which broadcasts Friday mornings on Chico, CA NPR station KCHO, was at Shasta College in Redding, CA last Monday morning talking about his art and the dangers of GMO’s. He stressed that “seeds carry tremendous potential. “He who controls seeds controls the food…

Art, Activism and The Change of Seeds

Shasta College is presenting ART, ACTIVISM & THE CHANGE OF SEEDS, featuring the art of David Eisenhour, Neil Harvey and Kathryn Miller at the Art Gallery (Building 300) starting Monday, August 20, 2012. The following Monday, August 27, 2012 from 9-9:50 AM Neil Harvey, Host and Senior Producer of the Bioneers:  Revolution from…

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We Have a Global Sustainability Crisis

“We need to invent a new model – a model that offers growth and social inclusion – a model that is more respectful of the planet’s finite resources. That is why I have made sustainable development my number one priority.” UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Rio+20 is a chance to move away…

How Painting Roofs White Can Help “Turn Off The World For A Year”

Written by Stephen Lacey I’m drawn to “boring” ways to change energy use: things like daylighting, reducing packaging, and making company supply-chains more efficient. Without these methods to help reduce our energy demand, the “exciting” solutions like renewable energy are less valuable. And what could be more boring than painting a roof white? Turns out, it’s […]

Alex Steffen Sees a Sustainable Future

Alex Steffen Sees a Sustainable Future

Worldchanging.com founder Alex Steffen argues that reducing humanity’s ecological footprint is incredibly vital now, as the western consumer lifestyle spreads to developing countries. Alex Steffen explores our planet’s future, telling powerful, inspiring stories about the hard choices facing humanity … and our opportunity to create a much better tomorrow. On…

The Earth is Full

Paul Gilding is the author of The Great Disruption, which was released around the world over 2011 He gave this talk to a crowd of 1,500 people at TED Talks 2012 in Long Beach, CA. He is an independent writer, advisor and advocate for action on climate change and sustainability. An activist and social entrepreneur for 35 […]

Celebration of Life

Whole Earth and Watershed Festival

Earth Day is Sunday, April 22, 2012, but Redding is holding the 7th annual Whole Earth and Watershed Festival on Saturday, April 28, 2012 from 10 AM to 3 PM at Redding City Hall Sculpture Park, 777 Cypress Street, Redding, CA. 100+ exhibitors (including government agencies, businesses, educational organizations, community groups,…

Global Warming Denial?

Don’t let politicians get away with denial of human-caused, global warming, climate change! Science is very clear about this. We all must take action now. The Climate Reality Project, launched on September 14, 2011, is bringing the facts about the climate crisis into the mainstream and engaging the public in conversation about how to solve […]

Fair Trade Certified in Redding

Fair Trade is various crops and commodities such as coffee, Fair Trade Resource.org has a good summary on frequently asked questions. The newly redesigned Fair Trade Certified logo (above) was released this year and will replace the original black and white “Bucket Boy” label created in 1998. Fair Trade Principles:…

Earth Day 2012

Earth Day 2012

As we observe Earth Day, take a moment to listen to the voices that call for the care of God’s generous gift of life on this earth, and then tell your elected officials that their policies and votes are moral choices for the next generations. The upcoming Interfaith Action on…

Buy Local – Vote No on Measure A

Buy Local – Vote No on Measure A

On June 5, 2012 Shasta County’s 94,000 registered voters will be able to express their opinion on a referendum to overturn approval of a shopping center planned for Churn Creek Bottom at the northeast intersection of I5 and Knighton Road and an initiative to temper development there. Voting No on Measure…

Shasta College Sustainability Conference 2012

 Shasta College is having a Sustainability Conference with two FREE events: April, 24, 2012 at 7 PM the film entitled Mother: Caring for 7 Billion in Shasta College Room 806. This film breaks a 40-year taboo by bringing to light an issue that silently fuels our most pressing environmental, humanitarian and…

Faith in Action: Power and Light

An Interfaith Call to Action on Earth Day, April 22, 2012

Faith leaders have been a driving force behind the most important and successful social movements. We encourage all people of faith across the globe to join us on Earth Day this April as we Mobilize the Earth™. Interfaith Moral Action on Climate (IMAC) is calling for interfaith actions on climate change April…

Ocean Acidification From Global Warming

While politicians call global warming a hoax, thoughtful scientists are pointing to evidence that our oceans are acidifying. A recent article in Wired Science states: “A new paper in Science examines the geologic record for context relating to ocean acidification, a lowering of the pH driven by the increased concentration of carbon dioxide in the…

Chevy Volt – A Political Punching Bag

The Chevy Volt electric car was Motor Trend’s 2011 Car of the Year, but yesterday, General Motors told 1,300 Detroit employees “they will be temporarily laid off for five weeks” due to lower than expected demand for its Chevy Volt plug-in hybrid-electric vehicle. No doubt there are many contributing factors, but…

Climate Science Deniers

Heartland Institute is an organization known for giving a microphone to climate science deniers. They now want to bring this false message into America’s classrooms. Joseph Blast, its President and CEO just admitted, Heartland is writing a global warming curriculum that would say climate science isn’t settled. Heartland would like to create the appearance of […]

Visualizing Climate Change

Most of us have seen the dramatic time lapse satellite image animations from an Inconvenient Truth showing recent reductions in the Arctic ice coverage in Greenland and north of Canada, but it is often hard to translate the impact of global warming locally, close to where we live. However, a phenomenon know…

Think Global, Map Social

Open Green Map is an interactive mapmaking tool that helps people worldwide quickly share their own selection of Sustainability Sites, Pathways and Resources online. OGM allows people to participate locally in creating a healthy, sustainable and just world. Since 1995, Green Map System has promoted inclusive participation in sustainable community development around the world. Over 675 […]

A Sustainable Christmas

Allport Editions & the Portland Card Collective sells Sustainable Christmas greeting cards, among other things. The image above, from card #H860 which sells retail for $2.50 is by artist David Price. Here are the words and meaning that go with the images: A Forest of Sustainably Grown Trees: When buying paper,…

Alternative Christmas Faire

Alternative Christmas Faire

An Alternative Christmas Faire will be held on December 4, 2011, from 1-4 PM at the First United Methodist Church, South and East Street in Redding, CA. The “alternative” in this Gift Faire refers to choosing to support an organization as a gift for someone, thus helping that organization continue doing the great work they do…

Eco-Friendly Wheels

  Los Angeles, California is a mecca for high-end car enthusiasts and eco-minded drivers alike. This year, the line between the two blur at the LA Auto Show, taking place at the Los Angeles Convention Center Nov. 18-27, 2011. More than 1,000 cars are on display, of which more than 70 are…

The Economics of Happiness

Mark your calendar for December 2, 2011 for screening of the Economics of Happiness film. This film looks at current conditions of globalization, climate change, decreasing equitable job opportunities, crumbling communities, and the stress of modern life. Most important, this films provides solutions to reverse these trends. The Economics of Happiness describes…

Interstate 5 Waterfowl Watching Time

Did you know that fall brings the arrival of roughly 3 million ducks and 750,000 geese to the Sacramento, Colusa and Yolo Bypass Wildlife Refuges near Interstate 5 about midway between Redding and Sacramento, CA. Here’s a great map. Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge: In the Sacramento Valley, take I-5 to County…

One Day on Earth

It happens again today, 11/11/11… and everyday. We’re all in this together. On November 11th, 11.11.11, across the planet, documentary filmmakers, students, and other inspired citizens will record the human experience over a 24-hour period and contribute their voice to the second annual global day of media creation called One Day on Earth. Together, we […]

Food, Energy and the Environment

Here’s a link to a video with a big picture view of food, energy and the environment from Professor David Tilman of University of Minnesota. The video is an hour long, so I tried to hit the high points below, with the hope that you will find the time to watch…

Economics of Happiness

Mark Your Calendar for the December 2, 2011, 7  PM screening of the Economics of Happiness at First United Methodist Church in Redding, CA. Join The Green Film Series and Growing Local who are presenting this film, which looks at current conditions of globalization, climate change, decreasing equitable job opportunities, crumbling communities, and the stress of modern life. […]

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