I have a trio of exciting announcements, so please be sure and read the whole post.
1) Britt Bravo of Have Fun * Do Good emailed me a few days ago to help spread the word about Van Jones’s new book, The Green Collar Economy: How One Solution Can Fix Our Two Biggest Problems,which is being released on October 7. If you don’t know who Van Jones is, you should! Ten years ago, he founded the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights here in Oakland to promote positive alternatives to violence and incarceration through efforts which include the Green Collar Jobs Campaign to create opportunities in the green economy for poor people and people of color. And he was recently named a Time Magazine Hero of the Environment.
I heard Van Jones interviewed several months ago on Britt’s Big Vision podcast and was blown away by this man who is able to bridge many different communities and make the links between environmental and social justice. This book is just what our country needs right now. And the campaign is urging folks to pre-order the book NOW before it releases Oct 7 so that it has a chance on the Best Seller list. All pre-orders are counted on the day the book releases, apparently.
2) Saturday, October 11, is Earth Resource Foundation’s 1st Annual “No Plastic Left Behind,” A Campaign Against the Plastic Plague Conference at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa, CA. I’ll be participating in the 1pm panel: “Acting Out” – How activism can make a difference and also leading a break-out session on alternatives to plastic.
Do you live near Costa Mesa? Please come and join us for an entire day devoted to plastic and what we can do about it!
3) The following Monday, October 13, Anna Cummins and Dr. Marcus Eriksen will speak on marine plastics at the Marin Humane Society in Novato from 7:30 – 8:50pm. Anna and Marcus are about to begin the third leg of their “Message In A Bottle” tour which began last winter aboard the Alguita research vessel, on which they sailed out to study the plastic in the North Pacific Gyre; continued with Marcus’s journey aboard the Junk, a raft made of plastic bottles; and will finish up with an amphibious bicycle trip from Vancouver to Mexico during which they’ll give presentations about plastic marine debris and deliver samples of the plastic soup directly to educators, organizations, and policymakers.
I’m excited to finally meet Anna and Marcus in person after emails and phone conversations with Anna. The Algalita Marine Research Foundation’s efforts to bring the “Pacific Garbage Patch” to the world’s attention was the original impetus for Fake Plastic Fish! So of course I jumped at the opportunity to make a few introductory remarks before the presentation, which is being sponsored in part by Green Sangha. Green Sangha will also have its plastics display on view. If you’re in Marin and you’re free that night, please come and hear about what plastic is doing to our marine environments from a couple of people who have seen it with their own eyes.
That’s all for now. I leave for a weekend meditation retreat tomorrow afternoon and will be gone until Sunday night. Perhaps another zero plastic week?