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We are excited to announce that the 2023 Guardians of Nature Benefit for the Sierra Club Loma Prieta Chapter will honor Florence LaRiviere, who has dedicated half a century to advocating for the protection of San Francisco Bay wetlands and has been instrumental in establishing the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge and the Bair Island Ecological Reserve. Our event will take place at the Mitchell Park Community Center in Palo Alto on Friday, October 6th, from 6 to 9 p.m. Please read more about the event here.
Your gifts dedicated specifically to the Loma Prieta Chapter are fully used to support our local work for clean air and water, and to protect local wildlands and wildlife, so we are grateful to all our donors. With great appreciation, we present our 2022 Chapter Summary, highlighting the work which you have inspired and enabled. We hope that what you read will fill you with pride and joy!
BTW, note above your chapter's new & locally created 90th Anniversary logo!
Is Sediment a Solution for Sea Level Rise!?
San Francisco Bay is known as one of the world’s best natural harbors yet its average depth is only about 12 feet. Modern container ships require water at least 30 feet deep. So every year millions of cubic yards of sediment are dredged from the floor of the bay, to make paths for ships to travel, and mostly disposed of offshore in the Pacific.
Now, sea level rise is threatening to drown the healthy wetlands that border the Bay and nourish bay ecology. While any filling of the bay requires regulatory clearances, would a steady supply of clean sediment, to slowly raise their levels, be a strategy for wetland survival? For more see San Jose Merc and Sediment for Survival
New Study: Hundreds of Toxic Sites at Risk of Flooding
According to a new study, climate-driven coastal flooding could put over 120 hazardous facilities at risk, including oil refineries and sewage treatment plants by 2050, with over 400 at risk by the century's end if carbon pollution remains unchecked. This poses a significant danger to nearby residents, disproportionately impacting socially marginalized populations.
Bay Alive is working with frontline community members in the SF Bay Shoreline Contamination Cleanup Coalition to mobilize for the safe, comprehensive, and immediate cleanup of all toxic and radioactive contamination near the SF Bay shoreline.
Are you a Chapter activist or volunteer looking to take a more senior leadership role in Chapter advocacy?
Do you have non-profit board experience and want to serve on the board of your local Sierra Club Chapter?
Are you an aspiring leader of an environmental justice community looking to partner with other local environmental groups?
If you answered ‘yes’ to any of these questions, you might be a good candidate to serve on the Loma Prieta Chapter’s Executive Committee. Five ‘at-large’ positions will be elected at the end of this year to serve for two years.
Navigate more sustainably with Google Maps which offers more sustainable navigation options, like walking, cycling, buses, and trains. You can easily find transit routes and connections, shared bikes and scooters in over 500 cities around the world. Maps is a very well done transport app, which makes transit and micromobility viable, and can be stored on your phone for use in low cellular coverage areas.
From our friends at Keep Coyote Creek Beautiful
Embedded Way BioBlitz
Location: 800 Embedded Way, San Jose, CA 95138
Sunday, June 11th, 9 am - 11 am
A BioBlitz focuses on finding and identifying as many species as possible in a specific area over a short period of time. At a BioBlitz, scientists, families, students, and other community members work together to get an overall count of plants, animals, fungi, and other organisms that live in a place.
Docents will guide you and teach you to use the iNaturalist app on your smartphone to record all the living things you encounter.
"The Environmental Stewardship Program held by the Loma Prieta Chapter of the Sierra Club is not to be missed. I attended the first three years of the program, and since the program is different each year, that is a lot of learning! I appreciate the depth of knowledge of the guest speakers, the moving documentaries, the engaging discussions, and the connections that can be made. As a City Councilmember, it is very helpful to have experts to tap into on a wide variety of environmental topics, and now I have a deep bench of connections in the environmental sustainability area. Don't hesitate to sign up for this - you will not be disappointed."
Lisa Matichak, Councilmember, City of Mountain View
Environmental Stewardship Program 8.0 Applications Open for 2023
After a pandemic-induced hiatus of 3 years, we are resuming our highly successful Environmental Stewardship Program, which provided participants with thought-provoking educational presentations and opportunities to take action. ESP graduates have gone on to run for office and have assumed leadership positions in their local communities, including leadership roles in the Sierra Club. This year’s Environmental Stewardship Program (ESP) 8.0 will focus on critical environmental issues, and we will mentor participants who choose to work on advocacy projects. Click here for more information about ESP 8.0 and to apply.
Note: regardless of the name/origin of the outing section, all are welcome!
Wed 5/31/23, 9:00 AM. SCMO POLE Hiking Training for Sierra Club Leaders, Volunteers, Committee Member
Wed 5/31/23, 9:30 AM. Hike El Corte de Madera Open Space Preserve
Thu 6/1/23, 10:00 AM. Hike Cowell Purisima Trail
Sun 6/4/23, 9:30 AM. Palo Alto Baylands to Ravenswood and back (Front Country)
Wed 6/7/23, 10:00 AM. Hike Sanborn John Nicholas Trail
Stopping the destructive, expensive and unneeded Pacheco Reservoir is a high priority for the Loma Prieta Chapter; see article via the link below. Pacheco would primarily hold imported water from the San Francisco Bay Delta. For more information or to get involved, email the Loma Prieta Water Committee email@example.com.
Taking the Measure of Success at the South Bay Salt Ponds
The South Bay Salt Pond Restoration project is creating critical and invaluable natural assets for sea level rise resilience - supporting a biodiverse Bay ecosystem and protecting our shoreline communities by mitigating climate change and protecting us from floods and rising tides.
Sierra Club Military Outdoors (SCMO) program provides training for veterans (and their family members), skills which enable what we call Outdoor RX. Being outside, we are able to experience, and hope to share, the healing power of nature with those who have served our country.
3 levels of training are offered: Pole Walking for Exercise, Pole Hiking and Pole Walking for Balance & Maintaining Mobility. In this episode, we will discuss a few of the many benefits this training provides for those with mobility challenges.
If you know a veteran or service member, please share this information and website: https://www.sierraclub.org/loma-prieta/military-outdoors
You can help combate toxic "forever chemicals" by joining our Beyond Plastic Group.
EPA's big deal upcoming regulation not to contaminate water with PFAS chemicals, also known as forever chemicals, will result in a massive industrial overhaul and lead to less use of these chemicals because health effects are now known through movies like Dark Water. To volunteer to work with our Beyond Plastic group, contact Dr Sue Chow at firstname.lastname@example.org
Help require big companies and investment managers to disclose climate information
Financial regulators are hoping to force big companies and investment managers to disclose climate information. If you'd like to join local grassroots effective work to make these changes happen, please contact Sue Chow, email@example.com
Loma Prieta Chapter, Chair of Environmental Legislative Action Committee
Loma Prieta Chapter's Environmental Book Club Reading List for 2023
To join, contact Gladwyn d'Souza
January: Water Always Wins- thriving in an age of drought and deluge, by Erica Gies February: Nomad Century- How climate migration will reshape our world, by Gaia Vince March: Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver April: The Intersectional Environmentalist- How to dismantle systems of oppression to protect people plus planet by Leah Thomas May: Regenesis- Feeding the world without devouring the planet by George Monbiot June: Euphoria by Lily King July: The Flag The Cross, And The Station Wagon by Bill McKibben. August: Rescuing the Planet- protecting half the land to heal the earth by Tony Hiss. September: The New Wilderness by Diane Cook October: There Are No Accidents- the deadly rise injury and disaster, who profits, and who pays the price by Jessie Singer November: Bicycling with Butterflies by Sara Dykman December: How Beautiful We Were by Imbolo Mbue
Sierra Club California (SC CA) is the legislative arm for the 13 local Sierra Club chapters in California. As bills move through the legislature, things change. Some bills are weakened and some are strengthened. SC CA will update the priority bill list with the status and relevant changes for each bill, and also add or remove bills as necessary. The legislature moves quickly, so watch the list as it is updated and keep an eye on the legislation page.
Looking to electrify but don't know where to start? Begin here!
From Loma Prieta Chapter's friends at Nuestra Casa
What Is Water Justice?
The latest Ventana Abierta is all about water justice and East Palo Alto. Nuestra Casa's program director and host, Vicky Avila Medrano, interviews our water justice program coordinator, Rosa Nelson. They talk about the history, sources, and quality of drinking water in East Palo Alto.
Peninsula Clean Energy is providing homeowners in San Mateo County and the City of Los Banos interest-free financing and new rebates to install electric appliances and make other energy-efficiency upgrades.
The agency’s new Zero Percent Loan program will provide interest-free financing for as much as $10,000 per home for projects that include installation of electric heat pump equipment, including water heaters and HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) units. Gas-powered equipment will not be eligible for the financing.
If you would like to donate a Mazda Miata, please contact your Chapter Director directly.
One of the best ways to safeguard a thriving and just future is by ensuring that your Loma Prieta Chapter remains a champion for the environment of Santa Clara, San Mateo, and San Benito Counties. Naming us as a beneficiary in your bequest will provide meaningful and enduring resources that will allow continued local and powerful environmental activism.
Please contact our Chapter Development Coordinator Justyna Guterman at firstname.lastname@example.org for the specific language for your estate planning and/or read more here. For additional information about planning a bequest please contact Julia Curtis at julia.curtis@sierraclub or (800) 932-4270.
Photographers, see the great images in our Chapter Annual Summaries and help protect local nature with your images! Share with us your high-resolution photos of local nature, with or without people, to inspire local residents to support Loma Prieta Chapter work. Please contact Chapter Development Coordinator Justyna Guterman, email@example.com
Your Loma Prieta Chapter was founded in 1933, at Hidden Villa
What other important events happened in that year?
Keep reading the Loma Prieta Chapter eNewsletter this year to discover much more!
If you know of important local events that happened that year, then please let us know.
Science does not know its debt to imagination. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
2023 May 21: thanks to Loma Prieta Chapter's 20s - 30s Outing Section for hosting their Chapter Director on a hike in Purisima Creek Redwoods Open Space Preserve, here under the ancient Elbow Redwood. Boas aventuras to Jess & Bruno.
Thank you to our 2022 Guardians on Nature Benefit Sponsors
The COVID-19 crisis has not passed and continues to disproportionately harm Black, Indigenous, and Latinx people and other communities of color. The pandemic has revealed how the communities hardest hit are often the same communities that suffer from high levels of pollution and poor access to healthcare. The fight for environmental justice cannot be separated from the fight for racial justice.