Fracktivist Training--This Saturday, June 28, Environment California is holding a “Fracktivist Training” in Sacramento to teach local activists how to fight fracking in California. This training will give you the background and instruction you need to meet with elected officials, build the anti-fracking movement in your area, and get the campaign covered in the media. Big Oil is pushing hard to frack across California. But because of fracktivists from Los Angeles to Butte County, cities and counties across the state have been passing moratoriums and bans on fracking at the local level. We need to keep up this momentum, and we need well-trained leaders to help lead the way forward to win a statewide ban. That’s where you come in. Meet at the Environment California offices at 1314 H St. Suite 100A in downtown Sacramento from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. RSVP to join the training on Saturday!
Volunteers needed for Solar Cooking Festival--With the Solar Cooking Festival fast approaching on July 19 (10–3 at William Land Park), we need volunteers. There is a variety of volunteer tasks available, and shifts are two hours. Help educate the Sacramento community about solar cooking. Contact Svetlana at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 916-455-4499.
350 Sac Book Club--Tuesday, July 22 (location TBA). Read the following 3 books for a discussion of resilience and perseverance:
- Resilience: Why Things Bounce Back, Andrew Zolli, 2012. “Resilience sheds light on why some systems, people and communities fall apart in the face of disruption and, ultimately, how they can learn to bounce back.” Zolli brings together research on ways to approach personal and organizational resilience. The book is more for the Head and Intellect.
- The Green Boat: Reviving Ourselves in a Capsized Culture, Mary Pipher, 2013. This book is a very personal perspective of how Mary, a counseling psychologist, comes out of her despair about climate change by creating a network in Nebraska to shed light on the extensive damage that the Keystone XL Pipeline will inflict. She writes eloquently of the power of community and brings light on the reviving energy of celebration. For Heart and Character strengthening.
- Perseverance, Margaret J. Wheatley, 2010. Very short essays on the qualities that contribute to perseverance over the long haul. Margaret, an organizational development consultant, works mostly with communities that are econmically disempowered or challenged in other ways. She has a contemplative spiritual practice strongly influenced by Tibetan Buddhism while staying abreast of research findings in epigenetics and neuroscience and applying these to cultural and organizational behavior with a strong flavor of realism and compassion. For Heart and Character strengthening.
George Marshall to speak on Friday, Sept 12. Author of Don’t Even Think About It: Why Our Brains are Wired to Ignore Climate Change, George Marshall is touring the US from Great Britain with a fast-moving and highly entertaining presentation that explores this fascinating subject. Mark your calendar--details to come.