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“Rising Seas in California” Report – Get it here

The State has just released “Rising Seas in California,” that includes emerging science on the Antarctica and Greenland ice sheets. In calm, science-based language, the report puts the public on notice that things are changing at a faster rate. “Previously underappreciated glaciological processes, examined in the research of the last five years, have the potential to greatly increase the probability of extreme global sea-level rise (6 feet or more) within this century if emissions continue unabated.” The report also notes how for every foot of global SLR from Antarctica, California will get 1.25 feet. Special! In May-June, the State will hold workshops on how to use the new science.

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Participate in reducing your carbon footprint and have fun too! Here’s how.

Walk the talk by forming your own team!  The second session of Novato classes start on July 12th.  Click on the Calendar link on this homepage and view the July 12th entry to learn more.  Or go to the Resilient Neighborhoods website at

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100% Local Solar? That’s a bright idea! Sign up Now!

Check out Local Sol’s website for more info and learn how to sign up!

100% Local Solar Energy

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See Massive Human Impact on Our Earth

Check out this Google time-lapse high resolution map of the globe.  It shows the massive recent impacts of human activity on every part of the Earth.  Note that Marin County has remained relatively unscathed, at least visibly.  You can grab the map and drag it to the location you want to focus in on, like a logged forest or urbanized sprawl, you can stop the image in the bottom left hand corner of the screen, then you can grab the slider and move it at your own pace to the year you want to view and slide it forward in time or backward.

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SN Produces Climate Video

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Novatans Bob Brown and Nancy Foster have teamed up to produce a hard-hitting 30-minute documentary on coming local impacts of climate change and what local communities in Marin can do about them.

Produced by Novato Public Access Television and sponsored by Sustainable Marin, Sustainable Novato and Sustainable San Rafael, the program calls for action now and outlines a plan for more prepared, resilient, sustainable neighborhoods and towns.

Bob Brown is a Hamilton resident who has been a planning manager and director for 31 years in some of the most progressive cities in the Bay Area, including Palo Alto, Berkeley and San Mateo. He has specialized in reinvigorating downtowns into pedestrian-oriented, mixed-use/mixed-income community centers, promoting environmental protection and facilitating public involvement. He was the Community Development Director for the City of San Rafael for 12 years, and is currently acting in the same capacity for City of Novato. He authored San Rafael’s Climate Change Action Plan and is now leading an effort to create a county-wide energy efficiency and water conservation retrofit program for existing buildings.  Bob also teaches in Dominican University’s Green MBA and Sustainable Practices certificate programs.

Nancy Foster lives in Hamilton and is a mediator and trainer working in San Rafael.

In Novato, the video will air on Novato Public Access Television (NPAT) cable Channel 26 Thursdays and Saturdays at 8 PM and Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays at noon.  Sustainable Novato is also working on plans to air it on MCMC local access in San Rafael and southern Marin.

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We hope to produce additional programs on sustainability topics in the months ahead, and we would welcome suggestions for topics and/or potential expert guests. Just click here to leave feedback.


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Required Reading on Climate

Mckibbon math banner 600wBill McKibbon’s July 2012 paper in Rolling Stone“Global Warming’s Terrible New Math” is rapidly evolving from just a well-researched piece on climate change to a possible “tipping point.” We may look back in a few years and say that this paper was the catalyst that (with a little help from last year’s extreme weather) finally inspired a large chunk of the public (and even our elected representatives) to demand serious national action on climate change.  In it, McKibbon quietly, persuasively “does the math” to show how close to irreversible, catastrophic we are today, and how simply burning the oil and gas that is already on on the books of our energy companies will be several times more enough to push the planet over the edge.

That is why it is so critical that the Keystone XL pipeline not be built . . . that large scale mining of the Alberta Tar Sands not move ahead.  And, that we find ways to not burn the oil we already have.

If you haven’t read it already, read it here . . . .  now.  Then plan to attend the giant February 17 rally  in Washington, San Francisco and many other cities  to stop the XL pipeline.

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