Solana Beach Eco Rotary Club

Newsletter of the Month
October 2020


Beavers, Wolves, oh my!

Dear Members and Friends of the Eco-Rotary,

After watching “Kiss the Ground” on Netflix at Amélie’s suggestion, I felt hopeful and I was reassured that when we are able to implement more and more sustainable solutions, nature will kick in and start to restore itself.
What if we added natural solutions to regenerative farming? What if we added the beaver to a nearby watershed?  Here is a video on how Beavers can restore a natural watershed:
This video is about the Wolves’ reintroduction to Yellowstone and how it reshaped a river:
Never give up hope, the solutions are within reach.
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.
The Story of Second Chance
We are extremely pleased to host Jimmy & Lily Thai from Build a School Foundation Inc, on October 6, 2020 at 6:30 p.m. 
As former “Boat People” refugees from the Vietnam War, in everything they do, they believe in 2nd chance. They believe in giving differently. The way they give 2nd chance is by providing education to underserved children and giving scholarships to compassionate leaders in the US and Vietnam. Lily and Jimmy just happen to build 100 schools globally by 2025 through their foundation! Join us as we learn more about their amazing project.
Living Greenwalls
Join us on October 13, 2020 at 6:30 p.m. as we host Dan Meyer, from GrowUpTM.
Let's explore how we can bring vertical gardens into our world, the most flexible and versatile living green wall system available. 
Sustainable Investing: A Force for Positive Change
We are pleased to host Pat Phelan, founder and advisor at Optify Financial, on October 20, 2020 at 6:30 p.m. who will explain how to invest with the environment in mind.
Sustainable investing is a key strategy to ensure positive change that will benefit the people and the planet. Join us to hear more about this strategy and Optify Financial, a boutique wealth management firm serving working professional families utilizing sustainable and socially responsible investment strategies.

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 October 18, 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: The San Diego Sustainable Living Institute (SDSLI).

The Solana Beach Eco Rotary Foundation has successfully secured a $1,000 grant for SDSLI thanks to the Rotary matching grant program, for the year 2020-21. The Rotary Grant will help SDLSI accomplishing their educational mission.

The San Diego Sustainable Living Institute offers hands-on trainings to guide San Diego into an abundant “green” future: one home, one neighborhood, one community at a time. They solve global environmental problems through local, backyard, farm, and business solutions.

They are industry sustainability experts drawing from a range of experience in watershed understanding, permaculture, holistic design, and eco-business.  The San Diego Sustainable Living Institute is educating the next generation of permaculture and water harvesting experts. Follow them on Facebook, Instagram and/or discover their podcast: Permaculture for the Future.

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

Pain to Action
with Margaret Klein Salamon, PhD

Join this free event on October 8, 2020 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm (PT)

Are you experiencing grief, anxiety or even fear over the climate crisis and what is happening to our environment? Isolation, anxiety, and sadness caused by the pandemic have amplified those feelings for many of us.
The North County Climate Change Alliance invites you to join us for “Pain to Action” with our special guest, “Climate Psychologist” and founder of The Climate Mobilization Margaret Klein Salamon, PhD. Dr. Salamon is a clinical psychologist turned climate warrior whose work helps people to face the deeply frightening, painful truths of the climate emergency and transform their despair into effective action.
This unique event format will be led by Dr. Salamon to provide a supportive environment for people to share (if they choose, just listening is ok too) their difficult emotions about the climate emergency, as well as actions they will take in response.
Please register here, in advance for this Zoom meeting.
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.

Climate Reality Project

Countdown to the Future on October 11, 2020, 7-8 p.m. (PT)

Join Climate Reality Project Leaders, Nicole Campa, Gina Woodard, and Ning Jeng, with a special presentation from Rachal Hamilton for a conversation about climate change. 
Register in advance on Eventbrite to attend this presentation.
This presentation is part of the 24 Hours of Reality: Countdown to the Future, a global conversation on the future we want and how we get there, held in partnership with TED Countdown.
We are at an inflection point. COVID-19, the climate crisis, and a global reckoning on racial justice have forced us to rethink normal and created a new world of possibilities. Now it is time to ask ourselves one simple question. What is the future we want?
Join to hear about the science behind climate change, the present and future effects, current solutions, and ways we can all help. They will also have a special presentation about climate justice by Rachal Hamilton.

What Happened Last Month? 

The month of September was filled with amazing speakers and great community service projects. We started the month by listening to Tim Stillinger who provided an update in the San Elijo Lagoon restoration that started a few years ago. The project has progressed well and if trails are reopening/opening soon bridging Cardiff-by-the-Sea to Solana Beach. 
We then received Aziz Abu Sarah, a peace builder and avid traveler. His presentation combined social and environmental impacts of tourism on local cities and places. It was eye opening on a topic we do not reflect enough even if most of us live an eco-friendly and eco-conscious life. His book Crossing Boundaries: A Traveler’s Guide to World Peace is a good reference for our fellow travelers. 
We also hosted Emily Tianshi, a young and talented scientist student who discovered how Torrey Pines harvest water. She made a strong impression on all of us as she presented her study and thought process with clarity and details. She is now working on a prototype to develop a device that will reproduce the water harvesting process of Torrey Pines Needles.
Last but not least, we had the great pleasure to learn more about citizen science and stormwater programs as Leanne Vennemeyer and her student, Drew, explained how BCK Programs supports students of elementary schools with environmental actions and studies. As we are now forced to adapt to new ways of doing things. BCK Programs developed a stormwater citizen science project that any resident can do in its own neighborhood. This project has been initiated with the City of Encinitas but can be done in any jurisdiction. Follow this link to learn more or head over here to participate now.

Service Project at San Dieguito County Park

We had fun beautifying the Herb Garden on Sunday September 20, 2020, trimming plants, removing weeds, and cleaning the path. Thank you to all our volunteers for your hard work! Your help was very much appreciated by the park rangers.

Additionally, our hard work at the Butterfly Garden has been featured in the County newsletter this month: DPR Dispatch.




Additional Information

Narrated by Woody Harrelson, “Kiss the Ground” is a full-length feature documentary, directed by Sundance Award Winners Josh and Rebecca Tickell (FUEL, PUMP, The Big Fix). The film focuses on regenerative farming techniques that capture carbon and store it in soil. The film’s goals are to regenerate 1 billion acres of land and have one billion viewers. The movie is available on Netflix and you can view the trailer here

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