September 24: An evening in honor of the Earth
The Cool Davis Initiative and The Village Homeowners Association are presenting An Evening in Honor of Planet Earth featuring readings by internationally-acclaimed author Kim Stanley Robinson and songs by local musicians. On Saturday, September 24 from 7:00-9:00 p.m., guests will sample home-made desserts and enjoy some heavenly music and compelling storytelling in the Village Homes Community Center at 2661 East Portage Bay.
Please register at http://350goal.eventbrite.com
Kim Stanley Robinson, a local science fiction writer who often delves into ecological and sociological themes, has won eleven major science fiction awards.
On this 350.org evening, Robinson has chosen to read from his climate change trilogy, Science In the Capital, which is composed of Forty Signs of Rain, Fifty Degrees Below, and Sixty Days and Counting.
The Evening in Honor of Earth is registered as a Davis 350.org Moving Planet event. On September 24, people from all around the world will be joining together in a worldwide rally to demand solutions to the climate crisis. The focus is on how to move beyond fossil fuels, so folks are encouraged to come on bicycles, on skateboards, and on foot. 350 parts per million is what many scientists, climate experts, and progressive national governments are now saying is the safe upper limit for CO2 in our atmosphere. Our planet’s atmosphere has now climbed to 392 parts per million with troubling results for our climate.
Robinson remains hopeful, saying, “350.org sets an atmospheric goal that allows us to properly understand and envision our responsibility to our children and all the generations yet to come. It’s a goal that is achievable, and in the process of achieving it we will make huge advances in social and economic justice, because a just and ecologically aware civilization is even more important in coping with climate change than are technical advances. All of them will come, because the climate crisis is Nature’s way of telling us to get our act together, and we will.”
The evening’s musicians have voiced their concern for the well-being of Planet Earth in their original songs. George Haver was inspired to compose “How Big is Our Print?” based on the growing human population and its demands on resources. Andrew Corbett drew his lyrics from a photograph of the Earth revealing “that all of our precious Earth was in that small, bright, blue ball.”
Eve Bessier, James Williams and Scarlet Huber will also perform earth-friendly songs.
Guests curious about Village Homes may come at 6:00 for a walking tour emphasizing the sustainable features of the planned community including an inside view of a passive solar home.
The suggested donation of $10-20 will support the Cool Davis Festival on October 16, a free public celebration of healthy pathways to a low carbon life.
Please register at http://350goal.eventbrite.com to reserve a space, and indicate if you wish to take the walking tour. Space is limited.
Endorsements: Church & Society Committee of Davis United Methodist Church, Unitarian Universalist Church of Davis Green Sanctuary Committee, Lutheran Church of the Incarnation, Putah Creek Council, Sierra Club Yolano Group, Tuleyome and Unity Center of Davis
Generous donations from Sudwerk Restaurant and Brewery and Purple Pearl Winery