Category: Environment

Let’s Go to the Do The Math Tour in L.A.! Sunday, Nov 11

Bill McKibben & 350.org are taking their show on the road — driving a biodiesel bus all over the country for the Do The Math Tour! They’ll be in Los Angeles this coming Sunday, Nov 11, 2012. Tickets are still available, and TCC is planning on attending! Will you join us?

WHEN: Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012
Doors open at 6 pm, show starts at 7 pm

WHERE: Ackerman Ballroom @ UCLA Student Union
308 Westwood Plaza, Los Angeles 90095

COST: $10 + small ticketmaster fee
Prepurchase tickets 

The goal of this tour is to jump-start the next phase of the climate movement across the nation. But this is NOT your typical stand-and-deliver lecture! Each city’s event will be unique and interactive, including video footage from environmental luminaries (including Naomi Klein &  Josh Fox) as well as live music. LA’s musical guest is Nellie MacKay.

Join the TCC field trip to Do The Math:
If you’d like to join up with us to attend, you have two ways of getting there:

BY BIKE:
Bike meet-up at 5 pm in downtown Culver City. RSVP for exact location. Route planned by members of the Culver City Bike Coalition. Helmets, lights and lock required.

BY FOSSIL-FUEL MOBILE:
Carpool meet-up at 5:15pm in Culver City just west of Sawtelle. RSVP for exact location. If more folks than can fit in  one 5-seater, we will improvise on a caravan.

We will reconvene and find each other at Ackerman Ballroom so we can experience the presentation together. Please purchase your tickets independently but you’re welcome to travel there together with us!

More about Bill McKibben >>

 

Awakening the Dreamer, Changing the Dream SYMPOSIUM Sat., Sep 29th, 2-6pm

Awakening the Dreamer Symposium

We’re teaming up with Transition Mar Vista to present this awesome afternoon of inspiration!

SYMPOSIUM:
AWAKENING THE DREAMER, CHANGING THE DREAM

Saturday, September 29 from 2:00–6:00pm
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center
13325 Beach Ave. Marina del Rey, CA 90292
COST: FREE! 

Calling all citizens of Planet Earth!
Our world needs us to be
awake and active now more than ever.

This half-day symposium provides dynamic group interactions, leading-edge information, and inspiring multimedia to empower participants to respond to humanity’s current situation with informed, grounded optimism and clear-headed action plans for the future.

Don’t miss this FREE opportunity to feel connected with other change-makers in local and global community and be empowered to help accelerate the emergence of an environmentally sustainable, spiritually fulfilling, and socially just human presence on this planet.

Followed by a community potluck meal — bring a dish to share.

LOCATION:

Questions/RSVP appreciated:
e-mail transitionmarvista@gmail.com or call 310-822-9642

See trailer at www.AwakeningTheDreamer.org (Pachamama Alliance)

 

Fracking From Above…

Baldwin Hills Oil Fields

MYSTERY PHOTO CAPTION: Cappuccino Latte Froth?

No, it’s an aerial view of the Baldwin Hills oil fields between La Cienega and WLAC’s College Blvd — the largest contiguous urban oil field in the U.S.

This area has become a focal point for Fracking discussions in Southern California as concerned citizens seek accurate and trustworthy information and momentum builds to put a moratorium or ban on this controversial drilling trend that’s been sweeping the nation in the name of energy autonomy.

So what’s going on below ground?
Are Southern Californian oil fields like Baldwin Hills the same as other fields across the nation? Is horizontal fracking happening here? Is the technology safe? Can gas & chemicals migrate? How do we protect our precious water resources? Does fracking trigger earthquakes? Who’s monitoring the drilling? What’s going on with Assembly Bill 972?

Get the scoop on all this and more at:

FRACKING AWARENESS NIGHT at the Aero Theatre!
Tuesday, August 21, 2012 — 7:30 pm
DETAILS IN PREVIOUS POST>>

This educational evening of film, panel discussion and Q&A focuses on the issues from a Southern California perspective. Action plans will also be discussed.

Panelists include:
• PAUL FERRAZZI, Executive Director of the County-wide Citizen’s Coalition for a Safe Community

• DR. CLYDE TOM WILLIAMS, retired oil/gas field specialist

• MEGHAN SAHLI-WELLS, Culver City Council Member

The Panel will be moderated by DONALD STRAUSS, MFA, Founding Chair and Core Faculty, Urban Sustainability Master of Arts at Antioch University. Donald has an interest in urban ecosystems and global environmental change narratives.

Fracking Awareness Night @ the Aero, August 21, 2012

WORDS MATTER: Culver City Council votes 5-0 in favor of statewide Fracking BAN!

Ban Fracking in CC

photo: J. Oyama

With this motion, Culver City becomes the first California municipality to approve a resolution to call for a statewide ban against fracking.

Prior to Monday night’s (July 2, 2012) vote, the council was considering calling on the state for a moratorium.  However, as Councilmember Meghan Sahli-Wells stated on the dais: “We have to be bold. The state needs pressure. We don’t have time to mess around. The message really does matter—‘Ban’ sends a strong message.” Vice Mayor Jeff Cooper echoed Sahli-Wells’ sentiments, stating,  “ ’Ban’ shows we’re serious. We should let the state know how we really feel.” Initially, Councilmembers Jim Clarke and Micheal O’Leary favored a moratorium over a ban but… Read the entire Council report on Culver City PATCH >>

As a longtime steering committee member of Transition Culver City, Meghan has a firm understanding in local environmental issues—and now she serves our entire city in an official capacity! Meghan showed great courage and elegant statesmanship at the meeting as she remained true to her position until all five councilmembers achieved consensus. Here’s what Meghan had to say post-meeting on Culver City Patch:

Ban Fracking in Culver City Demonstration

Demonstration at City Hall, June 12. Photo by Kate Parkinson-Morgan

“Words matter. The original resolution called for a moratorium… but after hearing from scores of residents over the last several months and reading many studies, reports, and articles, I made the motion to change the word moratorium in the resolution to ban.” Read Meghan’s whole commentary on PATCH >>

A bold first step has been made by our City Council in protecting the health of our environment and our citizens. To be continued!

 

Garden Showcase D.I.Y. Talk — Helpful & Inspiring!

A short report on TCC’s participation in Mar Vista Green Garden Showcase which occurred on Earth Day—April 21st, 2012:

The Bike Corral came in handy as the TCC Bike Tour of the Mar Vista Green Garden Showcase  arrived en masse at the first garden on their itinerary.

We made it! Michelle leads the TCC Bike Caravan to House #1 on the Green Garden Showcase Tour

 

After lemonade and snacks, the group settled in for TCC’s presentation, “D.I.Y.: Yes You Can! Creative Lawn Conversions on a Budget.”   Attendees picked up some helpful tips for finding inexpensive and creative ways to convert a conventional lawn into a drought-tolerant landscape.

This Showcase location exemplifies the D.I.Y. philosophy:  it features a bistro-style patio hardscape, “urbanite” terraces, meandering flagstone walkways and a homemade park bench, dwarf fruit trees & stealth edibles mixed in with drought tolerant natives, plus two methods of rainwater capture—all accomplished D.I.Y. and under strict budgetary parameters (everything cheap, recycled, or free!).

The TCC bike caravan then rode five blocks west to the next Showcase garden on their itinerary, Yuling’s fabulous Chinese herbal garden, before heading to points beyond. Perhaps a full report of the Bike Tour will appear here soon…

Below is some information from the hand-out from D.I.Y. presentation,  including resource links… Enjoy!

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D.I.Y.: Yes You Can! Creative Lawn Conversions On a Budget
(Recycled • Used • Repurposed • Unwanted & Abandoned: It’s All Good!)

Presented by Transition Culver City
Saturday, April 21, 2012 • 11:30 a.m.

Design:

•1st Step is Observation: How does nature function on your property thru the seasons? (sun, wind, water).
• Identify your Zones around your home & personal usage patterns
• Will the project be gradual, step-wise, or a grand transformation?

Gathering Materials:

SOIL, COMPOST, MULCH, & OTHER HARDSCAPING MATERIALS:
• Neighbors, Noticing Your Environment, Word of Mouth in the Community
Freecycle, Craig’s List, Free Green Exchange, etc.
Our Time Bank: Sharing Economy (from materials urbanite to tool borrowing)
Free Mulch & Compost from LA City
• Mulch: Ask local tree trimming companies working in your neighborhood
• Soil: look for local remodel activity
• Venice Learning Garden (donations appreciated) — mulch & compost

THE PLANTS:
• Sharing clippings & seeds with neighbors
Venice Learning Garden — just ask what needs cleaning up… and reap the benefits by leaving with clippings & rootballs
Seed Library of Los Angeles (SLOLA) — non-GMO, heirloom seed — come swap & learn about seed saving!
• Unlabeled plants at the gardening shops— deep discounts
• Once again, Freecycle, Craig’s List, Free Green Exchange, etc.

Repurposed & Make It Yourself Items:

“Stacking Functions” = many yields from a single element
Examples: Benches, bistro planters, pavers, bamboo trellises and gates, “hugelkultur,” greenhouse.

Getting The Work Done:

Work parties — Barn Raising Style
Our Time Bank — work trade
• Teen or college-student labor from the neighborhood or recommended by friends

 

 

Bag It! Free Screening at West LA College, Friday April 13, 7 pm

BAG IT is a humorous yet penetrating documentary that investigates the effects of plastics on our waterways, oceans, and even our bodies. 

 

Assemblymember Holly J. Mitchell and the 47th Environment Cabinet invite you to a FREE local movie screening of the documentary BAG IT! , followed by a discussion.

BAG IT!
FREE Movie Screening
Friday, April 13th, 2012
Doors open @ 7 pm, Movie starts @ 7:30 pm
Discussion @ 8:30 pm
West LA College
ATA 128 (Theatre Room)
9000 Overland Ave, Culver City
(convenient parking in Lot #5)

For more info or to RSVP, phone 310-342-1070
or email: Sidney.Kamlager@asm.ca.gov
Co-sponsored by L.A. Green Machine

TRAILER: http://www.bagitmovie.com/

 

Grass-UP-Roots work party this weekend!

Join the Work Party — Saturday, June 25th 9am-2pm & Sunday, June 26th, 9am-3pm

on Madison Ave. in Culver City (please RSVP transitionculvercity@gmail.com for address)

Grass-UP-Roots campaign launch in April

Come help convert a local lawn into a sustainable garden, with food, music & lots of community spirit. The Transition Culver City Grass-UP-Roots Campaign is a pay-it-forward work party (with emphasis on the party!) where two Culver City homes are being awarded the “treatment” of experienced on-site lawn conversion guidance and support plus access to materials in order to transform their front lawns into drought tolerant food gardens.

On Saturday, June 25th, we will gather materials for our first lawn conversion and prep the site for the next workday. On Sunday, we will sheet-mulch and plant.

Volunteers are a key element of the project. Participants will learn first hand how to transform a lawn to a water-conserving space for natives, vegetables and other plants suitable for a Mediterranean climate. Bring gloves, sunscreen & your garden tools or use tools provided. Part of the fun is a group meal provided by the host for all the volunteers.

The Grass-up-Roots campaign offers an opportunity to build community in your neighborhood, make new friends and have fun while tackling a large project. Picture old-fashioned barn-raising—conquering inertia for change through camaraderie and skillful goodwill. Fill out the volunteer form here.

RSVP for address and more info: transitionculvercity@gmail.com -or- (310)845-5831

—– Also don’t miss the Eco-movie night on Saturday 6:30 pm – see this post for details! —–

Eco-Movie Night: The Economics of Happiness – and – Simon Says “Let’s Stop Climate Change!”

 

This family-friendly evening will include a screening of the documentary The Economics of Happiness while children are invited to make art out of recycled materials and/or watch the animated short film, Simon Says, ‘Let’s Stop Climate Change!

Refreshments will be served, $5 suggested donation (to pay for the screening rights)
Co-sponsored by Transition Mar Vista and Transition Culver City

The Economics of Happiness features a chorus of voices from six continents, including Vandana Shiva, Bill McKibben, David Korten, Samdhong Rinpoche, Helena Norberg-Hodge, Michael Shuman, Zac Goldsmith and Keibo Oiwa. They tell us that climate change and peak oil give us little choice: we need to localize, to bring the economy home. The good news is that as we move in this direction we will begin not only to heal the earth but also to restore our own sense of well-being. The Economics of Happiness challenges us to restore our faith in humanity, challenges us to believe that it is possible to build a better world.
By by Helena Norberg-Hodge, Steven Gorelick & John Page
http://www.theeconomicsofhappiness.org/

Simon Says, ‘Let’s Stop Climate Change! is a 28 minute animated film recommended for children ages 4 and up. With humor and song, the film teaches kids about global warming, the food chain, carbon footprints, composting, carbon offsetting and eco habits like the “three r’s” (reducing, reusing and recycling).
By Denis Thomopoulos
http://www.hippoworks.com/

About the space:
ReDiscover promotes creativity in early childhood and elementary education while encouraging environmental responsibility. ReDiscover recycles everyday discards donated by business and gives them new purpose as hands-on learning materials. ReDiscover is a community art center, reuse warehouse, gallery and event space.
http://www.rediscovercenter.org/

 

Questions?

transitionculvercity@gmail.com

transitionmarvista@gmail.com

Mar Vista Green Garden Showcase

The 2011 Mar Vista Green Garden Showcase will be held on Saturday April 30th from 11:00 AM to 4 PM.

TCC core member Ginny LeRossignol Blades, whose house is on one of the gerrymandered corners of Culver City in the 90066 area code west of Sawtelle is participating. Her initial inspiration came from the FREE drought tolerant gardening classes offered at Vets Auditorium in 2007-2008 sponsored by West Basin under the encouragement of Ed Little — back when CC residents were first being notifed of impending lawn watering restrictions.

Ginny_s_House_-_Garden_SHowcase

11375 Matteson Avenue

This is how she describes the conversion from grass to “green” (reposted from the Mar Vista Green Garden Showcase website):

Starting with zero knowledge in gardening, in 2008 this family stopped their battle with a monoculture lawn and began learning how to cooperate with nature on their learn-as-you-go journey of drought tolerant landscaping and urban gardening.

Their hope is to model creative self-reliance and to encourage growing food and community in a frontyard display that is friendly and inviting and not too “farm-y.” This entire DIY project has had strict budgetary parameters (everything cheap, recycled or free) as the homeowners slowly converted their post-lawn moonscape into a creative garden hodge podge complete with stealth edibles mixed in with drought tolerant natives and succulents, small “urbanite” terraces and swales, planter boxes crafted from unusual recycled materials, and a bistro-style hardscaped frontyard room with homemade concrete planters and pavers. The L-shaped corner lot features a spectrum of microclimate sectors from sunbaked to mossy deep shade which has provided a steep learning curve for these beginning permaculture enthusiasts. Some areas are handwatered, others left to the seasons. The front entry of river rock, DG & flagstone is wide & inviting as well as easy to maintain. In efforts to fuzz the boundary between public and private, the family placed a bench next to the sidewalk and enjoys growing a few edibles in the parkway with signs inviting passersby to pick & enjoy. Some areas are still unresolved (blank canvasses!). On the learning curve has been resculpting the berm with mini-swales and a keyhole feature to help prevent mulch and water runoff and learning about soil pH and the impact of excess lime from concrete leaching.

“Our reason for participating: We have had such fun with the project so far — we really want to encourage others to be brave and take up their lawns. Now that the biggest physical part of the work is done, we are discovering the many joys of puttering in the garden and growing some of our own food. Plus since we’re out front for all to see, a side benefit has been connecting with neighbors and building community!”

They will also share information and materials about the local chapter of the Transition movement.

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TCC will organize a bike tour to this year’s Garden Showcase >> join us! transitionculvercity@gmail.com

Rainwater Harvesting in Culver City

On Thursday, Ivan and Heather of the Culver City Rainwater Harvesting Program came over to M n R’s on Rhoda Way and installed a rainbarrel, just in time to catch Friday’s rains. If you would like to do some guilt-free watering during the dry spells, while protecting the watershed from polluted city run-off, read on for more information about this wonderful program.

Culver City Rainwater Harvesting Program

The City of Culver City and the Santa Monica Bay Restoration Commission have partnered to implement a city-wide rainwater harvesting program. The program offers Culver City residents and commercial properties in the community the opportunity to receive a professionally installed rain barrel at a drastically reduced rate.

The first 500 residents to sign up can take advantage of this opportunity for a professionally installed rain barrel for a suggested donation of $40 to cover material costs for the barrel, an estimated value of over $250!

What is a Rain Barrel?
A rain barrel is a collection and storage system used to harvest rainwater from your roof before it’s lost to urban runoff. A rain barrel consists of a 55 gallon industrial strength food-grade plastic container, a hose bib for watering your garden and landscape, a mesh screen to prevent the entry of trash and insects, a vinyl hose to redirect excess rainwater to permeable areas in your yard.

Advantages of Rain Barrels
The US EPA estimates that outdoor water usage comprises nearly 40% of a typical family’s water budget during the summer months. Collected rainwater can be stored for times of drought and provides a plentiful source of chlorine and calcium free “soft water” – great for watering gardens or washing cars – and costs a homeowner practically nothing.

Registration Information: If you live in Culver City and are interested in this pilot program, Email Questions and Application forms to rainwater@santamonicabay.org. Heather (424) 645-7017 or Ivan (310) 961-4606 or go to http://ballonawatershed.org/CCrainwater.html