Russian River – ALL RIVERS Films for the Future #3

THE VALUE OF AN AMERICAN WATERSHED©

boom, bust and binge — a morning-after water story

The 110-mile long Russian River flowing through the gladed forests and farm lands of Mendocino and Sonoma County and its vast watershed is the subject of an upcoming film presented by Transition Sonoma Valley (TSV) and the Center for Sustainable Living of the Sonoma Community Center (SCC). This final offering in the Films for the Future series will be screened on Friday, March 20, once again on the new 16-foot theatrical screen on the Rotary Stage in Andrews Hall, located at 276 East Napa Street.

The Russian River: ALL RIVERS – The Value of an American Watershed was shown at Sebastiani Theatre in February to a full house and tickets for the upcoming screening are moving swiftly with 70 tickets already presold (roughly half of capacity) according to SCC’s Event Manager, MC Cutcliffe.

To ensure a seat, buy tickets in advance at SCC’s Box Office.
The evening’s presentation will include an opening reception beginning at 7:00 pm with refreshments, the film showing at 7:30, immediately followed by informal conversation to enhance the film’s message and to encourage community dialogue and engagement.

Download the SCC/TSV Press Release >>

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Read a Filmmaker Interview in The Sun >>

Learn about SCWA’s new $1.8 million salmonid monitoring grant >>

Join Russian Riverkeeper’s Mailing List >>

 image: Finlay McWalter

How to Win the Food War

Decades of believing that our daily foods will soon be endangered could all just be a myth. Dr. Jonathan Latham claims that the real food crisis is of overproduction of foods. Food campaigners have carefully strategized their marketing techniques by using this food scarcity myth to disguise the pesticide usage and GMOs as beneficial resources for this generation. Latham explains that people must shift their perception to understand that the biggest struggle in the food war is the one inside our heads.

Read Latham’s Article >>

Fluoride in Our Water – No Thanks

UPDATE: On March 2, 2015, the Sonoma City Council voted 3 to 2 to send a modified letter to the Board of Supervisors outlining why we as a community oppose adding fluoride to our water supply at this time. Transition Sonoma Valley thanks our Mayor and other council members who voted with us on this challenging issue.

To those who felt that taking a stand at this time was premature, we respect your opinions. We hope everyone on both sides of this issue will join us in promising to keep an open mind as new scientific evidence may become available.

Read the story in the Press Democrat>>


On Wednesday February 18, 2015 at 6:00PM, the Sonoma City Council will consider whether to send a letter of opposition to the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors regarding fluoridation of our local water supply.

Transition Sonoma Valley has looked into this issue already and decided to oppose fluoridation, as have many our partners including the Sonoma Valley Grange, Sonoma County Water Coalition, and Fluoride Free Sonoma County.

Read TSV’s letter to the Sonoma City Council (Feb 25, 2015)>>

Read TSV’s letter to the Board of Supervisors (Feb 21, 2014) >>

GMO OMG – Films for the Future 2

GMO OMG director and concerned father Jeremy Seifert is in search of answers. How do GMOs affect our children, the health of our planet, and our freedom of choice? And perhaps the ultimate question, which Seifert tests himself: is it even possible to reject the food system currently in place, or have we lost something we can’t gain back? These and other questions take Seifert on a journey from his family’s table to Haiti, Paris, Norway, and the lobby of agra-giant Monsanto, from which he is unceremoniously ejected. Along the way we gain insight into a question that is of growing concern to citizens the world over: what’s on your plate?

Join us February 20 at the Sonoma Community Center >>

Plant Native Milkweeds to Help Monarchs!

With the recent declines in numbers of monarch butterflies leading to the popular insect becoming a candidate for listing as an endangered species, more and more gardeners are thinking about growing milkweed. Milkweed, after all, if the only kind of plant monarch caterpillars can eat, and so growing milkweed in your garden means you’re providing monarchs with a nursery and larder for their young.

But there’s a problem: there are about 140 known species of milkweed, some of them potentially invasive in California wildlands. In fact, not all milkweeds are of equal benefit to monarch butterflies. There’s even some thought that one popular tropical milkweed may be harming North American monarchs by changing their migration habits.

Fortunately, there are fifteen species of California native milkweed that gardeners can choose from to give monarchs a helping hand. Not all of them are readily available in nurseries, but with a little searching you should be able to find at least one species appropriate for your part of the state.

Image credited to Marshel Hedin

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Estimated Cost of Climate Change Too Low

Stanford University scientists have found that the economic damage caused by a ton of CO2 emissions–often referred to as the “social cost of carbon–could actually be six times higher than the value that the United States uses to guide current energy regulations, and possibly future mitigation policies.

A new study by Frances Moore and Delavane Diaz finds that the ‘social cost’ of one ton of carbon dioxide emissions may not be $37, as previously estimated by a recent U.S. government study, but $220.

Learn More >>

March for REAL Climate Leadership

On February 7th, thousands of people from all corners of the state will take to the streets of Oakland to call on Governor Jerry Brown to protect all Californians from dangerous oil activities that harm our water, our health and our communities.

Join us in Oakland, Governor Brown’s hometown, on February 7th to demand that he be a real climate leader by stopping fracking, standing up to Big Oil, and moving beyond fossil fuels to 100% renewable energy.

HERE ARE THE DETAILS:

WHAT: The March for Real Climate Leadership: Our Water, Our Health, Our California
WHEN: 11:30 am, February 7, 2015
WHERE: Frank Ogawa / Oscar Grant Plaza, 14th & Broadway, Oakland, California
Please stick to the blue and yellow color scheme for the march when making your outreach or day-of materials. And, don’t forget to tell everyone to dress in blue!

February 7th will be a game-changing moment for the climate movement in California — but only if you’re there!

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WATERMARK – Films for the Future #1

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Sonoma Community Center and Transition Sonoma Valley present Edward Burtynsky’s acclaimed film, WATERMARK, on January 23, 2015.

Shot in stunning 5K ultra high-definition video and full of soaring aerial perspectives, this film shows water as a terraforming element and the scale of its reach, as well as the magnitude of our need and use.

The film will be shown on a new 16’ theatrical screen on the Rotary Stage at the Sonoma Community Center 276 E. Napa Street, Sonoma CA 95476.

Doors open at 7:00 with light refreshments served, Films start 7:30

Tickets $12.

Available online at www.svbo.com or by calling 707.938.4626×1

Hello World – TSV is Back Online!

As you can see, we were down, but we’re not out… your beloved Transition Sonoma Valley website is finally back online.

Pardon our humble appearance, while we reassemble the glory that once was this community-loving website.

Admittedly we haven’t been as quick to get back online as some others who have been pwned recently by hackers. Take for example our colleagues over at @CentCom, (who like us are also deeply concerned about climate change).

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… but rest assured that on a budget-normalized basis we still managed to get ourselves back online WAY AHEAD of them.

Stay tuned (LOL) for lots more to come in 2015 and beyond from all of us at Transition Sonoma Valley!

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