Solana Beach Eco Rotary Club

Newsletter of the Month
September 2020


Educating & Supporting our Community

Dear Members and Friends of the Eco-Rotary,
The Solana Beach Eco Rotary Club has been moved to an online format since the health crisis started in March and we have successfully continued our educational mission.
The year 2020-21 started two months ago and we have adapted to the new format by hosting a few more speakers every month. Check out our September program below and our calendar. Our program provides exceptional education and helps our members gain a better and deeper understanding of various environmental topics. As said by a member: "All the materials, resources and books shared by the club provided me a level of optimism for the future that had been running thin in the past few years."
By becoming a member, you'd join a group of environmental leaders and friends who support each other in their activities and organizations. While we open all our speaker meetings to guests, we provide recordings of the past presentations and organize social events and small group, outdoor field trips to our members only. We strive to create a fun, friendly and supportive group to serve our community and help make the world a better place.
One of our key annual activities is the Encinitas Rotary Wine & Food Festival. Not only do we serve as volunteers to make this event zero waste, we raise funds for our Solana Beach Eco Rotary Foundation. Thanks to this effort, we support several charities every year, raising about $4,000 annually. This month, we highlight one of these non-profits: San Diego Climate Action Network (read the spotlight article below).
Due to COVID-19, this year's Encinitas Rotary Wine & Food Festival has been canceled. However in an effort to keep supporting our community, the festival team has started a digital campaign to honor food and beverage vendors and highlight beneficiaries of the fundraising. Check out their website and social media (Facebook & Instagram) to learn how you can contribute and support your community.
Yours in Rotary,
Carter Stafford
Club President 2020-21

Upcoming Events

Speaker Program

Due to the ongoing health crisis we are experiencing, we have moved our club meetings to an online format. We are extremely happy to be able to continue our mission to educate our members and our community despite the challenges!
All guests are welcome to attend presentation meetings. Please RSVP for each meeting you would like to attend.
Reviving Your Wetlands, San Elijo Lagoon Restoration Project
We are very pleased to host Tim Stillinger, from The Nature Collective, on September 1, 2020 at 6:30 p.m. 
Working in the vision for healthier ecosystems, Tim is integral in the multi-disciplinary team responsible for ensuring San Elijo Lagoon Restoration is a success. Tim designs and implements scientific monitoring protocols that track the health of the lagoon and nearshore marine environment. Join us to learn more about this multi-year project.
Crossing Boundaries
Join us on  September 8, 2020 at 6:30 p.m. as we host Aziz Abu Sarah, peacebuilder, cultural educator, entrepreneur, author, and international speaker. 
A Palestinian raised in Jerusalem, Aziz will tell us his journey from a radical seeking revenge to peacemaker seeking reconciliation that led to an innovative method of peacemaking. Harnessing the transformative power of travel, he co-founded MEJDI Tours in 2009—originators of the Dual Narrative™ and a leader of socially conscious travel.  Aziz’s educational and conflict resolution work throughout the world has earned him the titles of National Geographic Explorer and Ted Fellow. Join us to discover his journey!
Saving Water Inspired by Torrey Pine Needles
We are pleased to host Emily Tianshi, on September 15, 2020 at 6:30 p.m. who will present her project inspired by Torrey Pine needles to overcome water scarcity using an atmospheric moisture harvesting device.
Join us to hear more from Emily a senior at The Cambridge School. She is a thinker, researcher, and inventor inspired by the natural world and devoted to creating social impact. Passionate about water conservation and environmental sustainability, Emily and her brother launched an outreach program, Clearwater Innovation, which generates awareness of the global water crisis and encourages water-related research in home labs.
Environmental Education Program in a COVID world
We have the great pleasure to host Bill Dean, Amy Wilson, and BCK Program students on September 22, 2020 at 6:30 p.m.
Educating and engaging students and residents about important environmental issues has changed dramatically with COVID-19’s emergence.  The traditional methods of school assemblies and presentations are no longer available.  Beach cleanup events, information booths, any activity bringing people together to help improve our environment have ended.
The need for environmental education and engagement has not ceased.  It must now be done at a distance. BCK Programs has helped bridge this divide with Earth Smart Actions
Join us to hear from Amy Wilson, a BCK Instructor and several students who have accomplished meaningful changes at home and in their neighborhood.
Field Trip for Members Only
We will have the great pleasure to tour the MAP of the Grand Canyons of La Jolla with Cynthia Matzke. Additional details will be shared later.
With over 100 life-sized mosaic images of local marine life, THE MAP (R) will provide interactive, identification based learning opportunities for millions of visitors each year. It also features local dive sites, surf spots and beaches, as well as Marine Protect Area and State Marine Reserve boundaries.

Community Service at San Dieguito County Park

We are pleased to volunteer again with Park Ranger Alejandro Santos at San Dieguito County Park. Please join us on September 20, from 9-11 a.m. to help beautify the park. 

Visit our website for more information.

An Eco Conscious Lifestyle

Spotlight of the month

Through the Solana Beach Eco Rotary Foundation, Rotarians of the club are supporting several nonprofit organizations which missions help the environmental cause. Every year, our foundation applies for matching grants through the Rotary district 5340 to increase our impact. This month, we would like to highlight one of these organizations: San Diego Climate Action Network.

San Diego Climate Action Network is a local non-profit that links together people and organizations committed to working on the issue of climate change. SDCAN facilitates resource sharing, coalition building, and public relations to amplify the climate advocacy efforts of its member organizations. 
Its mission is to provide education and resources that enable member organizations to engage at a deeper level, supporting their focus on issues such as: environmental justice in poor, working-class neighborhoods and communities of color; creating and
expanding accessible green jobs; supporting the advancement of renewable energy and emission-free transportation; and educating the general public about how our climate is changing, and how groups and individuals can help in reducing the impacts
of climate change.
SDCAN has been successful in creating and maintaining an online calendar of events and a weekly email that is viewed by thousands of people in the county. This effort increases attendance at presentations, educational workshops, group meetings, and
service projects that support local impacted communities.

The Solana Beach Eco Rotary Foundation raised $1,800 for SDCAN thanks to the Rotary matching grant program, for the year 2019-20. The Rotary Grant enabled SDCAN and its volunteers to expand the number of events displayed on their calendar, and enabled more consistent social media posts highlighting events, meetings, educational items, and news related to climate action, advocacy, and impacts in San Diego County. It also supported the education on the design and creation of a communication platform that enables podcasts, which will serve the creation of a climate-related podcast.

The Solana Beach Eco Rotary Foundation has successfully secured a $1,000 grant for the year 2020-21 to further support SDCAN mission and operation. 


Events in North County San Diego

Many groups in the San Diego region are very active in promoting efforts and action taken to address environmental challenges.

Due to the ongoing physical distancing requirements, many organizations have adopted new gathering formats. Check out your favorite organization's website regularly as they may have transitioned to an online platform. Most of them are continuing taking action to protect our environment!

Eco-Rotarians are leaders and key players of other various groups in our community. Because it is critical to collaborate and share events and information as much as possible to support each other, I encourage everyone to follow San Diego Climate Action Network, which provides a great calendar of events happening in the region. If your organization has transitioned to an online format, contact SDCAN to promote your online events!

Clean Earth 4 Kids holds a weekly virtual webinar on Thursdays, at 5:30 p.m. to discuss important updates on environmental policies and regulations. The youth board provides updates on regulation and roll backs related to climate change, wildlife and ecosystem protection, clean air, clean water, toxic free neighborhoods and zero waste.

Visit their website to register and attend their meetings.


North County Climate Change Alliance

Pre-Release Screening and Panel Discussion of
the New Documentary “Public Trust”

Join this free event to watch the documentary, Sept. 2-4, 2020 and participate in the panel discussion on September 5, 2020 at 10 a.m. (PST).

In a time of growing polarization, Americans still share something in common: 640 million acres of public land. Held in trust by the federal government for all citizens of the United States, these places are a stronghold against climate change, sacred to native people, home to wildlife and intrinsic to our national identity. But today, despite support from voters across the political spectrum, they face unprecedented threats from extractive industries and the politicians in their pockets. Part love letter, part political exposé, PUBLIC TRUST investigates how we arrived at this precarious moment through three heated conflicts—a national monument in the Utah desert, a proposed mine in the Boundary Waters and oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge—and makes a case for their continued protection. 

Please click here to register. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing a private & confidential link to view “Public Trust” between Sept 2-4, 2020 and information about joining the Q&A panel discussion on Sept 5, 10 AM PT.


September 10, 2020, 5:30 p.m. PST
Earth’s Climate Crisis… and What to Do About It!

The North County Climate Change Alliance invites you to “Our Changing Climate Series” event on September 10, 2020, 5:30 PM PT. Join us to hear from University of Washington professor, scientist and climate activist Dr. William Calvin. Following the presentation there will be a Q&A session moderated by NCCCA President Karl Aldinger.

Dr. Calvin will present the connections between Extreme Weather events and his ideas to quickly draw down GHG to insure a livable planet for future generations.

There is no charge for this online event but you must register in advance. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. Please click here to register.


Climate Citizen Lobby

You are invited to the next meeting of  Citizens  Climate Lobby at 10:00 AM on Saturday September 12. The main speaker will be Tina Johnson of the National Black Environmental Justice Network. That will be followed by a local (CA OC South Chapter) meeting at 10:45.
If you are interested in attending any of these online meetings contact Larry Kramer at to obtain the links to these meetings. 

36th Annual Virtual Coastal Cleanup Day

September 26 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Join the global movement, and volunteer to protect the region's natural environment, waterways and the ocean by removing litter and debris from your corner of San Diego County!
Free registration opens September 1st at
Whether you live on the coast or inland, cleaning your neighborhoods, local parks, streets, and storm drains helps protect our coast. Trash travels through storm drains, creeks, and rivers to become beach and ocean pollution. Help clean the beach by picking up litter in your community with your household.

What Happened Last Month? 

Virtual Journey through Tropical Dry Forest
We had the great pleasure to host Bruno Paladines, from Nature & Culture International, who has worked with rural communities in Ecuador on conservation and community development projects for more than 20 years. This presentation was hosted both by the Solana Beach Eco Rotary Club and the District Environmental Sustainability committee. We had the great opportunity to receive many Rotarians from other clubs.
Bruno presented the water project that will take place in Southern Ecuador through a Global Grant sponsored by the Solana Beach Eco Rotary Club in partnership with Nature & Culture International. This project aims at improving drinking water to rural and remote areas of the tropical dry forest of Ecuador while improving the natural ecosystems and protecting wildlife. It will focus on improving the infrastructure and water treatment and conserving water through community outreach and training.

 Citizen Science Projects

We were pleased to host Jay Klopfenstein, one of our members who discussed how to engage the community, people of all ages, in environmental projects. People can get engaged through citizen science programs. Many of them can be done individually or in small groups. Jay encouraged us to discover the mobile application iNaturalist that anyone can use when going on a walk. Through this app, you can discover plants and collect data on what you see around you. So next time you go on a hike, connect to nature and share your pictures through iNaturalist. Collecting data is key to protect our natural ecosystems. 

This app can also be used by teachers to engage students in connecting with nature. For more information click in this link.

Do you want to learn more about Citizen Science? Watch this video!

For additional information and resources on the topic, please read the full story on our website.

Trends in Residential Solar

We concluded the month of August with a great presentation by Seth Tilley on residential solar. We learned how this sector has evolved throughout the years and how it will look like in the coming years. 


Service Project at San Dieguito County Park

We had fun beautifying the Butterfly Garden on Sunday August 23, 2020, removing invasive plants, trimming plants and cleaning the paths. Thank you to all our volunteers for your hard work! Your help was very much appreciated by the park rangers.



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