Monthly Program Meeting -- Water on the 38th Parallel
On Thursday, MARCH 13, 2014 The SIERRA CLUB is very happy to present the global journey of David and Janet Carle chronicled in their book, TRAVELING THE 38TH PARALLEL, A WATER LINE AROUND THE WORLD, (published April 2013 by University of California Press). Please join us at Bartley Ranch at 7 PM (6:30 social). Don't miss this informative and relevant presentation.
"Between extremes of climate farther north and south, the 38th North parallel line marks a temperate, middle latitude where human societies have thrived since the beginning of civilization. It divides North and South Korea, passes through Athens and San Francisco, and bisects Mono Lake in the eastern Sierra Nevada, where authors David and Janet Carle make their home. Former park rangers, the authors set out on an around-the-world journey in search of water-related environmental and cultural intersections along the 38th parallel. This book is a chronicle of their adventures as they meet people confronting challenges in water supply, pollution, wetlands loss, and habitat protection. At the heart of the narrative are the riveting stories of the passionate individuals—scientists, educators, and local activists—who are struggling to preserve some of the world's most amazing, yet threatened, landscapes.
Traveling largely outside of cities, away from well-beaten tourist tracks, the authors cross Japan, Korea, China, Turkmenistan, Turkey, Greece, Sicily, Spain, Portugal, the Azores Islands, and the United States—from Chesapeake Bay to San Francisco Bay. The stories they gather provide stark contrasts as well as reaffirming similarities across diverse cultures. Generously illustrated with maps and photos, Traveling the 38th Parallel documents devastating environmental losses but also inspiring gains made through the efforts of dedicated individuals working against the odds to protect these fragile places."
"Regardless of our differences, all humans share an utter dependency on water. We will run out of oil eventually, but if we allow reason to prevail, we need not run out of water. This beautiful book both reveals the threat to our water resources and gives us hope. Read it for your sake and your children’s sake.” —James Lawrence Powell, author of Dead Pool
Goodreads, August 11, 2013: “The perfect combination of arm-chair travelogue and environmental treatise. I learned as I joined them on their journey, and I saw things I will most likely never see. I came away with an important message: It is the power of place that moves us to do things we might never have considered doing, like standing up for the environment against incredible odds.” Debbie Boucher, author of Oblivia, Back to Normal, and Millennial Fears
At the California Parks Conference in March, 2013, retired Park Superintendent and Parks Resources Chief Bud Gettyt “TRAVELING THE 38TH PARALLEL, A WATER LINE AROUND THE WORLD is not just a good read, but an important work, maybe the new SILENT SPRING of our time.”
Posted: Feb 26, 2014
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Get Kids Outdoors -- Grant Application Available NowRecognizing that our kids are our future earth stewards and Sierra Club members, our Great Basin Group has committed to helping support outdoor excursions for local children. Many children have so few opportunities to leave the pavement and explore natural areas. We are helping with annual fundraisers and mini-grants to offset some school field trip expenses and are giving selection priority where the need is greatest. The grant application is available here.
Classes with the majority of the children living in poverty have already traveled to the Sierra Nevada with past support from our group. Children from Sun Valley Elementary School in Sparks reported the most interesting thing I learned about myself is: “that I can have lots of fun outside”, “how important my life is”, “how to make a difference”, “that I like to be in nature more than play video games”, “I can help the environment”, “that I can recycle and make a difference in a lot of ways”, “I can do anything if I work hard”, “that I can do stuff that I did not know I could”.
Your support will help more kids with their nature connection and commitment. Members and friends are encouraged to make donations via checks to “Great Basin Group Sierra Club” with “Get Kids Outdoors” noted at the bottom. Please mail your donations to Great Basin Group, Sierra Club, P.O. Box 8096, Reno, NV 89507.
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Posted: Dec 09, 2013