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March 8, 2019 Iss. No 63
Speaker Series: Matt Gough
March 14 @ 7:00 PM

This evening is a very interesting and important subject matter. Please come and attend. It will be time well spent.

Person of the Planet is happy to present Matt Gough from the Sierra Club. He will speak on Thursday, March 14 at 7:00pm in the Fireside Room at the Arlington Community Church. As Assistant Director of Communications, Matt worked with the community and with people across the country to help pass proposed legislation to promote renewable energy. and resist Trump's attacks on the environment. They have helped to shutter 30 coal fuel infra-structures and promote "Beyond Coal" agendas. As an honorary Person of the Planet, Matt will share what they are doing to resist Trump's attack on the environment and what solutions lie ahead. Come, learn and participate in the conversation.

Moment for the Planet
March 3, 2019 by Shanti Moorjani

Last Sunday, March 2, 2019 at the 10am service, I shared information on a book that was recently published called "The Uninhabitable Earth" by David Wallace-Wells. I had seen him being interviewed on the PBS News Hour two days previously. This book does not sugar coat the climate crisis our planet is entering but starts out with a statement like this: " It is worse, much worse than you think. If your anxieties about global warming is dominated by fears of sea-level rise, you are barely scratching the surface of what terrors are possible." One comment by another author about this book said: "This is truly the most important book I have ever read, and one of the best written. It is so good, so complete, and well-organized and argued that I immediately stopped writing my new book on the same subject."
 
When I listened to the interview of Mr. Wallace-Wells, he was firm that this generation alive at this time in history, is the only generation that can do something about changing the direction of global warming. The only way to do this is through elected officials; we need informed, responsible and strong leaders that can lead us to make the changes that will dramatically tackle the problem now.   For the next generation, the effects will have already disrupted our way of life and altered the planet.
 
I did disagree with the author on one point. He said, "one person, no matter how conscious they are about their living habits, they could not make a difference". Even so, a Tsunami is made up of many drops of water. When many people on the planet think of themselves as a "Person of the Planet" their many individual voices will make a big difference in how everything is done and what leaders are elected to do the work of reshaping business practices and patterns of consumption. Imagine millions of people asking the question; "Is this good for the planet?" about every decision they make and then doing the best they can to make the right decision.
The book is available on line. Local book stores are just starting to get it in.
Looking for the Perfect Environmental Gift?
March 3, 2019 by Shanti Moorjani

The Mighty Nest (www.mightynest.com) offers to send a gift every month that is something good for the planet. The gifts are something that will allow you to make changes in your habits. My husband received this as a Christmas gift from his niece. so far, he has received: 1. Beeswax papers for wrapping and storing food in the refrigerator, 2. Three clothes drying balls made from Australian sheep wool for softening your clothes (1000 loads). Store bought drying sheets have toxic chemicals in them. 3. Five 100% cotton washcloth-size towels for cleaning up your counters instead of using so many paper towels (think trees).
 
That's all for the first three months. Looks like we can expect to look forward to such gifts as reusable shopping bags (and produce bags), reusable to-go containers and thermos, maybe metal or bamboo straws. It will be a surprise.
 
In Berkeley, the Ecology Center at 2530 San Pablo Avenue is a store with a treasure trove of alternative choices for the conscious consumer.
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