TCEC members receive the Eco-Logic Newsletter, which is published monthly except for July/August and November/December issues. Each issue is full of local environmental news, events and activities, and ways you can get involved in environmental issues. Review a sample (past) issue.
Online, we feature the Closer Look column, written for our newsletter by TCEC Publications Chairperson, Donna Olsen.
Closer Look — April 2017
Another Eco-Grant Awarded
TCEC is always happy to encourage young people in their environmental endeavors. So is the case this month. We have awarded Boy Scout Viraj Kundra $400 to build bleachers for a new classroom at Ardenwood Historic Farm. The 14’ bleachers, seating about 16 people, will be used for nature and farming classes. Congratulations, Viraj!
Library Displays in April and May
Yes, we’re at it again. This month, the ecology center has an exhibit honoring Earth Day at the Fremont Main Library About ten children’s books are on display in a small case in the entrance area. The brightly-covered, eye-catching. books have all been donated by TCEC. Drop by.
In May, we will occupy one of the large cases at the library. The subject is pollinators, particularly bees. Bees are in decline worldwide. This display will describe the problems (toxics and habitat loss) and how you and I can help. Forty percent of our food is available to us because of pollinators. This display will first be seen at our Earth Day Booth on April 22. See page 12.
Do You Want to Learn More about the Bay?
Then go to bay.org and you will receive a comprehensive view through its six divisions. The six divisions are Aquarium of the Bay, The Bay Institute, EcoCenter at Heron’s Head Park, GoPlaces, Sea Lion Center, or Bay Model Alliance! The mission of the parent organization bay.org is to protect, restore, and inspire conservation of San Francisco Bay and its watershed, from the Sierra to the sea. Sign up for all bay.org news in one email message. Source: Bay.org
President Trump’s proposed 2,000-mile wall along the U.S.-Mexico border would be bad news for wildlife in the area. Wildlife including pygmy owls, jaguars, and pronghorn sheep will no longer be able to move across their entire habitat. Barriers, like border walls and highways, can interfere with the ability of animals to meet their daily needs, make seasonal migrations, or disperse to new habitats. Source: National Wildlife Federation
License Plate Would Benefit California Parks
California has a spectacular state park system ranging from giant redwoods to beautiful coastal beaches to historic landmarks. As always the parks are under stress…budget problems and park closures lead the way. But a movement is under way to help solve some of these ongoing issues.
A license plate sporting California redwoods is on sale to supply a continuous funding source The plates cost $50 for the first issue; $40 each year after that. Personalized plates start at $98 the first year, $78 after that.
To order, go to https://parksplate.parks.ca.gov
State law requires 7500 plates be ordered within a year for any specialized plate to be printed. Plate backers can get a year extension if needed. If the required number of plates are not ordered by May 18, prepaid orders will be refunded.Hop on the bandwagon! Help preserve our state parks in a way that they should be.
March for the Peoples Climate Movement
April 29 is the March for the Peoples Climate Movement in Washington, D.C., with a sister march taking place in Oakland. This is a chance for all of us in the Bay Area to come together, hit the streets and raise our voices for action on the climate crisis. The Trump administration has already started dismantling key climate wins from recent years, so we need to show massive opposition to this dangerous agenda.
When: Saturday, April 29 — we’ll meet at 10:30 a.m.
Where: Alameda Courthouse steps (look for Center logo), 1225 Fallon St., Oakland, CA. Together we’ll walk over to the Lake Merritt Amphitheater, where there will be a rally and guest speakers (including Center for Biological Diversity staff) at noon. The plan is to surround Lake Merritt and process around the lake. Bring signs.
Reminder……..Ducks for Bucks Fundraiser
In the March Newsletter, we included the D4B yellow form (and prize descriptions) and your return envelope. Please send your donation today. You may be a winner! (Over the years, we have had three winners!) The deadline is April 17. If you need another form, call Ann Morrison at 650-714-0910
Where does your donation go? *To fund the Youth Eco-Grants (over $10,000 so far) * To upgrade and maintain the Museum of Local History Garden * To donate book/DVDs to the Tri-City Public Libraries
Join the Ducks for Bucks Brigade today
Celebrate Earth Day …Let’s Go Green Together
Saturday, April 22, 11am to 3pm
Washington West Building, 2500 Mowry Ave., Fremont
Activities, bicycle rodeo , educational booths (TCEC!) and Drop off locations and exchanges Meet the experts on energy reduction. See: www.Fremont.gov/EarthDay or call 494-4570. See you at there!
LWVFNUC and Greenbelt Alliance invite you to…
AT RISK: THE IMPACT OF SPRAWL ON THE BAY AREA GREENBELT
Monday, April 24th, 7.00 pm to 8.45 pm……Fremont Senior Center, 40086 Paseo Padre Pkwy.
Come join in a conversation with Jeremy Madsen, CEO of Greenbelt Alliance.