VCCOOL April News & Earth Month info

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VCCool Newsletter April 15, 2008

Dear Climate Activists,

It’s an Earth Day event smorgasbord, so get your calendars out, air up your bike tires, find the bus schedule, and call your car-pool buddies! It’s time to meet, greet, and cool the heat.

VCCool will have a booth at two of the events – so see you there.

Also in this issue – important policy information.

-From the folks of VCCool

Mid Town – Earth Day Expo and Green Home and Garden Tour, April 19th, 2008
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
336 Sanjon Road, Ventura
Expo free – tour $10

Come out and see what your neighbors are doing to go green at home. The Midtown Ventura Community Council is sponsoring an Earth Day Expo and Green Home and Garden Tour. Visit the displays and pick up the map for the tour.

Updated Slide Show – An Inconvenient Truth, April 19th
5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
EP Foster Library, Topping Room
651 E. Main St., Ventura

Gretchen Lewotsky “Climate Jedi” will be presenting this Climate Project presentation. Gretchen is one of 1,000 people who trained with Al Gore. The slide show has been updated with new information and facts about our local communities.

This event is sponsored by Jorgensen for Congress. Marta Jorgensen is a candidate for the United States House of Representatives, 24th District, and will also be at the event.

Earth Day in Santa Barbara – CEC Style, April 20
10 am – 5:30 pm
Santa Barbara County Courthouse
1100 Anacapa Street, Santa Barbara

Sponsored by
the Community Environmental Council

Highlights include:
Green Car Show and Advanced Transportation Marketplace, Energy Village, Environmental Entrepreneurs and Innovators, Live Music and Entertainment on the Solar-powered Stage, Free Bicycle Check-ups, Children’s Area, Ride Free on MTD.

Ventura College Earth Action Day, April 23
10:00 to 2:30 p.m.
Ventura College
car parking is $1 on campus, bicycles free

VC’s second annual Earth Day is about ACTION–taking action, advocating action–with an emphasis on actions related to global warming.

The event features two stages of entertainment, a film series, booths, a program by EATM, music, singer/songwriters, poets, writers, clothing swap, alternative transportation info, and speakers. (A big thanks to Gwendolyn Alley and Elzbet Diaz de Leon!)

More information

Carl Morehouse:
Creating Sustainable Communities

(a Ventura College Earth Week event )

Thursday, April 24th
12:30 to 1:20 p.m.
SCI 352 (the Science Building), Ventura College Campus
Off Telegraph, Ventura

Carl Morehouse, Ventura City Council Member, previously Ventura’s Mayor, will speak on creating sustainable communities. This is an excellent opportunity to hear about city planning issues that affect Ventura citizens, and our ability to curb climate change.

Faith, Food, and Farming:
Presentation and Communal Supper, April 26
1:30 – 5:30 p.m.
North Oxnard Methodist Church
1801 Joliet Place, Oxnard, 93030
$7 (no one turned away)

Presented by Progressive Christians Uniting

Environmental Justice:
Our Faith, Our Bodies, Our Neighbors, our Planet

How does what we eat really matter — and what does it really cost, now and in
the future? Join us for an afternoon of learning and action on the issues of how
our culture of food production and food choices impacts our bodies, our planet,
and our life together. Breakout sessions on organic farming, nutrition, farm
policy, and more. We’ll worship together and share a simple meal at 5 PM. Flyer

Californians for Solar and Clean Energy has just collected enough signatures to put the Solar and Clean Energy Act (SACE) on the California 2008 November ballot!

This act requires 50% of all electricity sold by California utilities after 2025 to be generated by clean, renewable sources including: solar, geothermal, wind, biomass, small hydro, and tidal. According to the group, “California’s major investor-owned utilities, as well as coal and nuclear interests have indicated they will vigorously oppose this ballot proposition.” press release,

Two More Green Events

Saturday, April 19th, 10 a.m. to Noon
Low Flow Irrigation practical workshop with John Lamar – 401 South Ventura Street, Ojai

Saturday, April 26, 3-7 pm
EcoLogic Life – green interior building store opens in Ojai – Refreshments and Harp Music Flyer

If you received this message from a friend, and you’d like to be on Ventura’s Global Warming email list, send a note to the with instructions to add you to the global warming e-mail list.V

Tips on Writing a Publishable Letter to the Editor about an environmental problem

Take action or advocate an action! Write a letter to the editor for extra credit or to make-up an absence! Here are some tips how from the Earth Day Network News:

Tips on how to write your own Opinion Editorial or
Letter to the Editor and get it published!

Letters to the editor are an easy and effective way for us to voice our opinion to policy makers, corporations and the general public on the negative impacts of climate change. You can use letters to correct or interpret facts in response to inaccuracies, statements by corporations or government officials, to explain the connection between the news story and your priority issues, or to praise or criticize an article. The letters section is one of the most frequently read segments of newspapers.

Know your paper’s policy
Find out the newspaper’s policy for printing letters. Some have word limits and all require that you include your name, address and phone number. Your address and phone number will not be printed, but most publications will want to call you before they print your letter to confirm that you really did write the letter and that you want to have it published.

Keep it simple
Keep your points short and clear, and stick to one subject. If you focus on one specific issue, you’ll already have an edge on the writer who thinks they will be able to fill up their letter with a laundry list of details. Also, stick to commonly used terms and avoid jargon. Connect to basic values such as clean water and healthy communities.

Make your letter short
Make your first sentence short, compelling and catchy. Be direct and engaging. Try to hold each sentence to a minimum of 20 words. Your whole letter should ideally be a maximum of 150 words. No more than four paragraphs total, two paragraphs is best.

Get personal
Newspapers, at their core, are community entities. Editors will be much more likely to publish a letter, and the letter will have much more impact, if it demonstrates local relevance. The tips below are especially relevant if you are submitting a letter to the editor to your local paper.

Use local statistics. For example, a letter focusing on climate change should point out what is at stake in your local area.

Use personal stories. For example, if you or someone in your family relies on agriculture to make a living, for example, you should talk about your experience in a letter to the editor addressing your concerns about how climate change will affect the industry.

Use names to encourage action. If a letter to the editor mentions a Representative or Senator’s name, they will see it as their aides comb through all of the press in their district. They care about how they are being perceived in the district, and they will pay attention to a letter that asks them to take a specific action. You should also urge readers to support your position and to let their elected officials know their views<!– (please visit our resources page to see how to contact your local representative).–>

Use your credentials. If you have expertise in the area you are writing about, be sure to include that information even though it may not be printed in your letter.Y

Earth Network News

Earth Day 2008 is shaping up to be the biggest yet! We are approaching our goal of 1,000 campus events! From the national Mall in Washington DC, and major events in New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Denver, Dallas, & Miami to millions participating in the Call for Climate. From Togo to Buenos Aires people are mobilizing to make their voices heard this Earth Day.

On Earth Day, April 22nd, you can help send a loud and clear message to Congress. Help get as many concerned people as you can to call Congress at 202-224-3121 to tell their Representative or Senator that they want tough action on climate change.

Here are some ways you can help:

  • On Earth Day, organize volunteers on your campus to help generate calls to congress. Use banners, tables, posters, or fliers to encourage people to call while walking between classes. Ask your professors to allow you to make an announcement before class or get there early and write a message on the board.
  • Contribute an op-ed to your campus or local newspaper. We have templates for you to use so all you’ll have to do is fill in the local details and submit. Contact your regional organizer for help or for a copy of the template.
  • Hand-deliver one of our celebrity PSA’s to your campus or local radio station. By hand delivering a copy, you will greatly improve the odds that it will be played!

Current options include:

  • Collect signatures for Earth Day Network’s Sky Petition.

Earth Day network wants you to have Live Earth short films at your Earth Day event! Live Earth will send you a special DVD produced only for Earth Day event organizers – it will have a selection of 8 of the Live Earth short films. Sign up here by April 17th and you’ll receive a free DVD in the mail in time for Earth Day!Ear

E2: Earth Month posters & research project

English 2 Earth Action Day Service Learning Assignment

Due Monday 4/14 (guest Laynie Browne)
Draft of Earth Day Publicity Poster with a tip on “how to save the earth”; include citation for source of tip

Due Weds. 4/16 (no guest–library time)
1:15p Earth Action Day Planning Meeting
Final draft of Earth Day Publicity Poster
Research Paper Ideas Down draft: name a problem, reflect on possible solutions, advocate an action

Due Mon. 4/21 (guest Al Young)
Draft of Earth Day Info Poster: name problem, advocate action

Dues Weds. 4/23 (Earth Action Day; guest Brad Monsma)
As early as possible, post your poster so people will see it!
Research Paper Up Draft Due

Due Mon. 4/28
Dental draft research paper; library time

Due Weds. 4/30
Final draft research paper

more details: VC NaPoMo & NaEaMo 08

Celebrate National Poetry and National Earth Month at Ventura College

Poet Laureate Al Young with VC English Instructor Gwendolyn Alley. Mr. Young will speak in two of Ms. Alley's classes at Ventura College and a reception will be held in his honor.

Poet Laureate Al Young with VC English Instructor Gwendolyn Alley. Mr. Young will speak in two of Ms. Alley’s classes at Ventura College and a reception will be held in his honor.

In celebration of both National Earth Month and National Poetry Month, Ventura College English instructor and poet Gwendolyn Alley will host California Poet Laureate and novelist Al Young on Monday, April 21 from noon to 12:45pm, and then again from 1:30 pm-2:30 pm. Mr. Young will read his work, discuss the role of poetics for change, and conduct a writing workshop in the second class. Both readings will take place on the patio behind the Student Services Center that faces the LRC. The same evening, there will be a reception for Mr. Young beginning at 7:00 pm in Guthrie Hall, complete with jazz and choral music and refreshments. All events are open to the public and free of charge

Mr. Young has written more than 20 books, including his most recent collection of poetry, The Sound of Dreams Remembered: Poems 1990-2000 (Creative Arts Book, 2001) which won the American Book Award in 2002.

He has taught poetry and fiction writing at colleges and universities and lectured widely across the country and overseas. Among his numerous honors and awards are fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation, a Wallace Stegner Fellowship, a Fulbright Fellowship, the American Book Award, the Pushcart Prize and the PEN/USA Award.

The College will host three other events in recognition of National Poetry Month. All are scheduled to take place on the Student Services Center patio as well, and are free. Parking on campus during the day is $1.

Wednesday, April 9: Noon-12:45 pm, Poetry and Discussion of Poetics and 2:00 pm-3:00 pm, Poetry plus a writing workshop, both events with poet Amalio Madueno of Taos, New Mexico, author of Lost in the Chamiso.

Monday, April 14: two events with poet Laynie Browne of Tucson, Arizona, author of Daily Sonnets and The Scented Fox, and winner of the National Poetry Series 2006. Noon-12:45 pm, Poetry and Discussion of Contemporary Sonnets: and from 1:30 pm- 2:30m pm, Poetry plus a writing workshop

Wednesday, April 23: Earth Action Day: 10:00 am-1:30 pm, Poets, Singers and Songwriters, Open Mic, 1:30 pm 2:30 pm, non-fiction prose reading and discussion, CSUCI English professor Brad Monsma, author of Sespe Wild.

The authors will have copies of their publications available for purchase and signing. These events are supported by a Ventura College Foundation Staff Innovation Grant, ASVC funding and the CSUCI’s American Democracy Project.

In addition to the National Poetry Month events and the joint Poetry and Earth Day event, the College will host three National Earth Month speakers:

Thursday, April 10, from 1pm – 1:20pm, in Room AA8: Jessica Daniels will address green building programs and livable communities. After Ms Daniels received her master’s of regional planning from Cornell University, she joined Solimar, one of the nation’s leading land-use research and policy consulting firms. As the 2007 Solimar Fellow, she worked on a wide variety of projects involving demographics, housing, land conservation and smart growth policy.

Thursday, April 17, from 1pm – 1:20pm, in Room AA8: Russell Galipeau, Channel Islands National Park Superintendent, will speak on resource management and wildlife ecology. A 27 year veteran of the National Park Service, Galipeau has also been the chief of resources management at Yosemite National Park and Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve in Alaska. Prior to that, he worked in the Everglades National Park and Canaveral National Seashore.

Thursday, April 24, from 12:30pm- 1:20pm, in Room SCI352: Carl Morehouse, Planner and Ventura City Council Member, will discuss affordable housing, pedestrian and transit-oriented development and other planning issues. Now in his third term on the City Council, he previously served as Mayor. During his term he won the American Planning Association Distinguished Leadership Award for an Elected Official. He has been instrumental in the Faulkner House Group, Seize the Future citywide visioning, the Sustainability Council of Ventura County and the Ventura County Civil Alliance.

And the Annual Ventura College Clean Up and Barbeque is set for April 22 from 9 am – noon. Volunteers are welcome and should contact Barbara Cogert at 805-654-6400×3142.

For more info go to or email, or contact the Ventura College Public Information Office at 805-654-6462.

VC Earth & Poetry Month Speakers & Special Events

Happy Earth Month and National Poetry Month!

Over at Ventura College, we have lots of great events planned!

Guest speakers include
> California State Poet Laureate Al Young,
> Channel Islands NP Sup’t Russell Galipeau,
> Ventura City Council Member Carl Morehouse, and > CSUCI Prof Brad Monsma, author of Sepse Wild.

Ventura College’s Planet Preservation Club invites you to join us at the following events sponsored in part by a Staff Innovation Grant from the Ventura College Foundation, Ventura College Associated Students, Elzbet Diaz De Leon’s Environmental Issues Class, CSUCI American Democracy Project, and more. Many of these activities are connected to student service learning projects.

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Earth Day Network News

The Teacher’s Quarterly – April 2008

Dear Network,

It’s already April and Earth Day is right around the corner. Join us at one of the eight national Earth Day celebrations, or at one of our school greening events in Denver, Chicago, New York City, and Washington, D.C. Now’s the time for you to register your events for Earth Day 2008! No matter how small, your Earth Day event deserves coverage. Submit your event straight away by clicking here!

Help Top School in the Nation Go Green!

EDN has proudly partnered with Climate Change Educator, Amanda Hurowitz, to fundraise for solar panels at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST), recently ranked best school in the nation by US News and World Report. Purchasing solar panels is part of the campaign by Amanda and students of the Environmental Impact Club to promote clean energy both at the school and on Capitol Hill. Given the huge vocational opportunities and status as a national model, we believe the best school in the nation should be one of the greenest as well!

Check out the EDN Solar Panel Initiative Web page to learn more. You can help the students accomplish their goal by clicking here

National Environmental Education Week promotes understanding and protection of the natural world by actively engaging K-12th grade students and educators in classrooms, nature centers, zoos, museums, and aquariums nationwide. As an inspired week of environmental learning before Earth Day, EDN is excited to be a national partner of this event, helping to write curricula and spread awareness of environmental education. To learn more, visit

Go Organic for Earth Day!
Go Organic! for Earth Day is an award winning project of the Organic Trade Association,MusicMatters and EDN. Our campaign increases awareness of organic products by providing consumers with savings on organic products, as well as valuable information on the benefits of organics. Visit our website to win a Bed & Breakfast Getaway, find a coupon book worth over $20 at a local store, or learn about our upcoming curriculum contest.

“Gorilla in the Greenhouse” Preview
Did you know there is a great garbage patch the size of Texas, 30 yards deep, floating in the Pacific Ocean? To find out how it got there and how to get rid of it, watch the debut of “Gorilla in the Greenhouse” on Earth Day TV this April 22nd! Mark your planning calendars now for this awesome new film featuring a visionary green gorilla and four kids who use their imagination, friends, and music to tackle our environmental challenges. EDN is providing fun curriculum to complement the episode, so you can learn and have fun in class for Earth Day

Are you feeling artistic? Design a poster! EDN is excited to be co-sponsoring EnVision 2050, a poster contest for students in grades 6-12. We want to see YOUR vision of tomorrow’s sustainable cities. Winning designers will receive a prize valued at $4,250! Complete rules, judging criterion and teachers resources are available here.

EDN’s Feature Teacher
Mr. Stuart Moody We are proud to recognize Mr. Stuart Moody of San Rafael, California, as the spring 2008 Feature Teacher. Mr. Moody plays an instrumental role in the San Rafael Clean Campaign, giving public presentations to schools, colleges, clubs, and churches and encouraging Marin County stores to eliminate plastic bags. Additionally, Mr. Moody is a founding member of the Green Yoga Association and volunteers with the San Rafael Davidson Middle School Garden project. One supporter stated, “Stuart Moody’s dedication to youth and environmental consciousness-raising is as boundless as his energy and inspiration.” To learn more about our Feature Teachers, click here.

New from the Department

Interview with Richard Louv

Buy Earth Day 2008 Poster

Earth Day TV recently interviewed Richard Louv, author of “Last Child in the Woods, Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder.” You can watch the interview here, but be the tenth (10th) person to email your Earth Day event’s info to, and you will receive a signed copy of the book from Mr. Louv and EDN.

National Civic Education Project (NCEP) Web Pages
Check our exciting, new NCEP webpages featuring EDN-sponsored teachers working to improve the environmental health of their communities.

spring poem by Amalio Madueno

My good friend the poet and general rascal Amalio Madueno is going to read at Ventura College next Weds. April 9 at noon and 2pm and I’ve been rereading his book, Lost in the Chamiso looking for a poem to use for a broadside to publicize his reading, National Poetry Month, and Earth Month activities.

Here is one I am considering: it’s short, accessible, local, earth oriented, fun. What will you do for a broadside this month?

Middle Spring

Below me and above, middle Spring.
Blossom air soothes gravel and stone.
Birds in my shaggy yard scamper in dust
At home in morning’s ocean breeze.
Night after night dreams become less
Familiar, like the landscape of a city
I will never see. Today is light,
Tomorrow will be lighter still. Sundogs
Streak the perihelion, spiders drop
Filaments of light out of the blue
Into sunny scrutiny – the intersection
Of the everyday.


Amalio Madueño grew up on the borderlands of California and Baja,organized farm workers with Cesar Chavez, and studied poetry in graduate school at UC Irvine; he now lives near Taos, New Mexico.

Long associated with the Taos Poetry Circus and Mexican Bob’s Poetry Camp, Madueno has published widely in journals across the United States and Europe. Recent anthologies featuring his work include Venus in the Badlands (ed. J. Macker, Santa Fe 2006) between sleeps: the 315 experiment 1993-2005 (ed. Dinsmore and Alley, Vancouver BC, 2006) and Wandering Hermit Review (Seattle, 2006). Ranchos Press has published almost a dozen chapbooks of his in the last 10 years; Lost in the Chamiso (wild embers press 2006) is his first full-length book. Amalio performs his work frequently the throughout New Mexico and the west in featured readings, seminars, television and radio, as well as on videos and CDs.