Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Pando Populus Earth Week Events in the LA area

As Earthday approaches, I would like to share about events that are taking place in our area. It is encouraging to see so much activity going on. And don't forget to do your part by contacting your elected officials and letting them know how you feel about the climate crisis:


The Citizen Climate Lobby is doing excellent work to influence legislators, not only the liberals, but also the climate change deniers. In my blogs this week I will quote from bankers, generals, and yes, Republicans who believe that the climate crisis is real and we need to do something about it.


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What are you doing for this Earth Day week?  If you’re in Los Angeles County, here are some options – for Earth Day itself and the days leading up to and right after it (go to Pandomonium on the Pando Populus website for flyers):  
April 21 in Los Angeles:  Inaugural Lecture of the Joseph Prabhu Fund for Interfaith Peace and Justice.  3:15-5:15 pm; Cal State LA, Student Union, Los Angeles Room.  Speaker: Philip Clayton. Respondents: Joseph Prabhu, John B. Cobb, Jr., and Ruth Broyde Sharone.

April 21, 28, May 5, 7 in Westwood:  Sustainable Works Green Living Workshop.  7 – 8:30 pm; Belmont Village Westwood; 10475 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles 90024.

April 22 in Venice:  Sierra Club Angeles Chapter hosts celebration of National Park Service.  G2 Gallery, 1503 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291.

April 23 in Carson:  Earth Day Celebration.  9 am – 2 pm; Veterans Park, 22400 Moneta Ave, Carson, CA 90745.

April 23 in Claremont:  Sustainable Claremont “Rooting for our Community.” 10 am – 3 pm; along Second Street in the Claremont Village.

April 23 in Rolling Hills Estates:  St. Luke’s Climate Action Forum.  9 am to noon; St. Luke’s Presbyterian Church, 26825 Rolling Hills Rd, Rolling Hills Estates, CA 90274.

April 28 in North Hills:  Film premiere of “Dear President Obama.”  The film covers Obama's all-of-the-above energy strategy, and how that's panned out for communities across the U.S.  7 pm at the Onion:  Sepulveda Unitarian Universalist Society, 9550 Haskell Ave, North Hills, CA 91343.
Just a week after Earth Day, we’re launching the first Pando Hub!  The hub is located at the Natural Ivy Foundation, a homeless shelter in Los Angeles’ Koreatown focusing on the needs of women, children, and elderly, and is the collaborative effort of Pando Partners and pandomaniacs of all stripes.  Launch event:  May 1.  Watch this space for announcements of Pando Hubs across LA County in the weeks to come.
This same weekend, urban farmer Andrew Douglas launches LA’s first ever urban agriculture summit.  The two-day event (April 30 and May 1) welcomes  all LA region non-profits and other urban ag stakeholders to share, engage, learn, and organize for collective impact. The office of Supervisor Mark-Ridley Thomas, the Empowerment Congress Environmental Committee, and CUALA serve as event hosts on the campus of LA Trade Tech. 
Then on May 14, you can help LA Break Free!  Join pandomaniacs marching in Downtown L.A., together with hundreds of others living alongside the effects of the oil and gas industry. Our joint demand is simple:  end neighborhood drilling in Los Angeles, keep oil and gas in the ground, and accelerate the just transition to 100% renewable energy.  To change everything, we need everyone. Please help make this the largest climate mobilization in California's history. RSVP here.
Join John Cobb for a book signing that celebrates his new book about Jesus’ Abba.  The God that Nietzsche announced dead and that spurred the famous TIME Magazine cover in 1965 was a monster, says Cobb.  But, he adds, “I think that we can correct these mistakes and enable believers to experience God as truly the “giver of all good gifts…”  The signing takes place Wednesday, April 20 4:30-6:30 pm at the Claremont School of Theology.  
We welcome the new managing editor of the Pando blog, Kevin Madden, and Pando’s new webmaster, Dale Lature. Two new posts are up this week that you’ll want to read:  one, by Cobb, on the radical philosophy of ecological relations of Alfred North Whitehead; and another by Cobb, Meijun Fan and Zhihe Wang onWhitehead, ecological civilization, and China – what’s happening and why.  Even if you think you know something about these subjects, you’ll want to read these new posts. 
And if you’re not following the Pando Populus Facebook page, you’re missing out on curated news, stories, and opinion pieces that relate to creating a more ecological way of life.  This week, for instance, features a fascinating article in NATIONAL REVIEW on the pope’s recent encyclical and the modern university; the definitely-not-pando story of a Berkeley student getting removed from a Southwest Airlines flight for daring to speak Arabic on a plane; an inner-circle account of the rule of banks, written from the perspective of Greece; and Nick Kristof on the sins of animal agriculture.  
Do you want to help create a more ecological civilization in Los Angeles County?  We’re needing tons of volunteers to fill meaningful and exciting service opportunities across the southland.  If you have talents and time to lend, write:  Eugene@pandopopulus.com.  
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