Cool Davis Festival, October 11 2014

Cool Davis had a wonderful festival. Come back for photos and reports soon!

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New chair of Cool Davis coalition

Sara Husby has become Cool Davis coalition’s new chair, bringing a wealth of experience, ideas and community contacts that will boost our work to reduce our community’s carbon impact.

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Per Capita Davis: When push comes to shove


This column by John Mott-Smith is republished from the Davis Enterprise.

Perhaps this is not true for everyone, but it has been an article of faith (and hope) for me that the consequence of delaying action now to curb emissions would be the necessity for future actions, be they laws or regulations, to be stronger.

The assumption is that at some point we would reach a point where policymakers catch up with scientists and get off their rear ends to tackle climate change. The laws and regulations enacted in the future would be more stringent than if enacted now because we would have less time to avoid reaching tipping points.

There’s another possible scenario, however. The most recent report from the scientific community expresses alarm and deep concern that our failure to act now to reduce emissions could result in worldwide food shortages, regional displacement of large numbers of people, flooding of major cities, and other events and circumstances that will put people and nations in conflict with each other.


Per Capita Davis: News from the Funny Papers


This column by John Mott-Smith is republished from the Davis Enterprise

The last column was somewhat sobering, so I thought I’d start this one out with news from the funny papers. A recent cartoon pictured a factory, labeled “U.N. Climate Summit,” with smokestacks spewing what appears to be black smoke into the air.

Upon closer inspection, however, the smoke is not smoke at all, instead the cloud consists of hundreds of written “blah, blah, blahs,” the “emissions” from a meeting of leaders of nations not doing anything but talking about climate                                                     change. Ha ha.

Now for the news from the not-so-funny pages. The last column was about what might happen when push comes to shove with climate change and we actually confront adverse effects such as rising seas, hotter climates, reduced crop yields and mass dislocation of populations. The column worried that conflict rather than communication or compromise might be the norm.


Per Capita Davis: Stamp Out Global Warming


This column by John Mott-Smith is republished from the Davis Enterprise.

The US Postal Service is making a commitment to sustainability with “Go Green” stamps and practices.

I confess: I still go to the library to look things up, have a land line in the house, and use snail mail to pay bills and (gasp) correspond with friends.

I have always thought that the U.S. Postal Service was one of the greatest deals ever. For pennies (OK, now it’s dimes) I can write a letter to a friend who lives across the country in New York, drop it into a mail box (not so many around as there used to be) and it will be picked up, taken to a post office, sorted and sent to a distribution center, put on a truck, airplane or both, and delivered in just a couple of days to my friend’s door. (more…)

Cool Davis Festival promotes healthy living, family fun and saving money

Emma Carney, 10; Sarah Carney, 12; and Sara Noren, 11; give away free veggie bags to Gina Bloom and her son Max, 6.  Wayne Tilcock/Enterprise photo

(By Claire Black Slotton and Nick Buxton) Let’s see, would you rather go downtown with friends or stay home to save money to pay your water and electricity bill? Spend large sums on gas and get snarled in traffic or keep fit and live strong?

The answers are easy. Money in your pocket can mean more time with family and friends; a few simple steps can make your home much cheaper to run; and getting on a bike, walking or taking a bus can save you money and make you buff.

Whether you do it for your pocketbook, for comfort and fitness, or because you want to do your part to address climate change, the Cool Davis Festival on Saturday holds the answers to all these challenges. (more…)

Festival links sky to soil to plate

Leslie Crenna digs in at the Community Garden on Fifth Street

(By Leslie Crenna) Look skyward and you will intuitively sense the need to conserve water and support an ever drier landscape.

When you lower your gaze, you may feel a bit overwhelmed to see lawn irrigation flowing into storm drains, trees with burned leaves and drooping branches, confused and dying bees littering concrete slabs, and oodles of water escaping down the shower drain because it takes forever for the water to get hot.

The annual Cool Davis Festival —which will run from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 11, in Central Park — has arrived yet again to help residents implement meaningful solutions to these dilemmas and more — moving us all toward a more sustainable future. (more…)

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Davis Bike Collective: 2013 Climate Solution Award

Davis Bike Collective

Jason Moore, Jan Wright, and Matt Seitzler have been with the Davis Bike Collective since the begining. They helped establish the Bike Church which eventually became today's Bike Forth at Fourth and L Streets.

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