July 20, 2023



Here's just some of what we're working on.

This month, we've been rethinking our food systems to address climate change and improve children's health. We hosted a trip to a ballet, supported inner-city gardens for kids, and always, always, kept the pressure on utilities and the government to rid our coastline of nuclear contamination.

Thanks so much for joining us. Stay in touch!

First Friday

Speakers connect food systems, climate change, children's health.

Our First Friday webinar June 7 brought a warning from Nora LaTorre that the nation's food system is failing the health of our children.

As CEO of Eat REAL, Nora is a food systems expert and sustainability leader. She's on a mission to make our next generation healthier.

But highly-processed food, she said, threatens to decrease the average life span of millennials to less than that of their parents.

Joined by Sonia Hunt, a health and wellness author and coach, Nora laid down parallel tracks to improve children's health and address the global climate crisis.

Watch the video for our full talk with Nora and Sonia.

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Open Door For Art

SLF brings students to United Ukrainian Ballet performance.

During an Open Door For Art field trip this month, we hosted a group of 50 young dancers and their parents to attend an unforgettable performance by the United Ukrainian Ballet.

Led by Russian-American choreographer Alexei Ratmansky, the company seriously impressed the children in our group with its interpretation of Giselle.

The United Ukrainian Ballet features dancers in exile from their homeland because of the Russian invasion.

For our group, the excitement began from the moment we left for the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa.

Open Door For Art is designed to expose those less served to top-drawer, live performances in music and dance.

Barrio Botany Summer Camp

City kids get a taste of what it's like to grow up on a farm.

Barrio Botany wrapped up its garden-themed summer camp with a ferry ride to visit the Coronado Certified Farmers' Market, where young gardeners from Sherman Academy learned what it was like to grow up on a farm.

Barrio Botany brings gardening and improved nutrition to inner-city schools. We are proud to support the group's outstanding work.

During the camp, students harvested and prepared produce from the school garden. They completed hands-on science experiments, engineering and service projects. The kids also learned about bees from a visiting beekeeper from Sager Family Farm.

At the farmers' market, Cowboy Clyde talked about the 2 1/2 million bees that pollinate his orchard.

Farmer Ta'gash, 10, explained how she grows and harvests microgreens for her family business.

Take Action on Diablo Canyon

Mothers for Peace leads opposition to renew the aging plant's license. Join NRC meetings July 25.

The California Public Utilities Commission is meeting on Diablo Canyon next week. Join our friends from Mothers for Peace July 25 to oppose the extension of the aging plant's operating license.

On its website, the group provides instructions for submitting oral or written comments. It also provides message points on why the plant must close:

  • Improvements have been sidelined because the plant was expected to close;
  • Built in the 1960s, the plant's systems are corroding and failing;
  • The region is crisscrossed by earthquake faults;
  • Plant operator PG&E is a convicted felon;
  • Continued operations will continue to produce radioactive waste that is dangerous to store;
  • Diablo Canyon's electrons impede the flow of renewable energy electrons on the grid; and
  • The plant's cooling system harms marine life in violation of the Clean Water Act.
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Hot Globe

Our Senior Fellow's conversation with a nuclear expert.

In the latest post to his Hot Globe blog, Samuel Lawrence Foundation Senior Fellow Steve Chapple speaks with nuclear expert Paul Dorfman.

“Nuclear power already is a climate casualty," Dorfman says.

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Getting Gold

Samuel Lawrence Foundation saluted for transparency.

We are proud to have earned a 2023 Gold Seal for transparency from @CandidDotOrg. Learn about our mission, programs and view our financials on our GuideStar profile.

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