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May 2014 Community Resilience Challenge

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Grow food

Save water

Conserve energy

Build community.

 

Help us reach the goal of 3000 actions by May 31st!

Here’s How:

  • Harvest rainwater
  • Install greywater
  • Hang a clothesline
  • Get a home energy upgrade
  • Convert your lawn to food
  • Set up drip irrigation
  • Bring your own mug
  • Create your own project

Be inspired by great ideas here on the pledge form. Find easy steps and municipal rebate programs in our How-To Action Guides. (more…)

Posted in Community Building, Energy, Food and Agriculture, Local Activities, Social Justice on April 23, 2014

Homeoprophylaxis: The Vaccine Alternative 4/27

(Event Sponsored by Transition Albany Health Group)
April 27, 2014 2:00 pm - Event Details

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In this class, we will talk about Homeopathic Prophylaxis (HP) as a safe way to “educate” our immune system.

So what is Homeoprophylaxis?

It is the use of homeopathic medicines to protect the individual from a certain disease or affliction. In this class, we will focus on the use of HP to prevent infectious disease. Especially childhood infectious diseases. We will talk about the work of Free and Healthy Children International (FHCI). To read about the work they do, go here.  FCHI is a non-profit dedicated to research, education and access to HP.

OK, so you’re thinking: Does California (or any state for that matter) consider enrollment in FCHI’s homeoprophylaxis program as meeting state mandated requirements for immunization?

Nope.

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Posted in , , on April 10, 2014

Calendula Officinalis and its Uses

(Event Sponsored by Transition Albany Health Group)
April 22, 2014 6:00 pm - Event Details

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On Earth Day, April 22nd, we will launch Transition Albany Health Group’s Medicine-Making Series.  And we start with how to make your very own Calendula tincture!  It’s the perfect time. Calendula blossoms are everywhere. Gorgeous blossoms that follow the sun from sunrise to sunset.  If you walk around the neighborhood, you’ll see them.

What’s Calendula officinalis and why should you bother making a tincture out of it?  Well, it is only the number one homeopathic remedy for open wounds! I routinely slice off tips of my fingers  and I’ve never had to have any of it  stitched up. I simply spray Calendula on the open wound and the next day I only have a pink spot. Yes, yes,  only slivers of my flesh were cut off, but enough to cause profuse bleeding, etc. But with my Calendula around, no more open wound. No infection. No scar.  If you have children who occasionally lose the skin off their knees, etc., Calendula can easily become  your best friend, if not already.

So wouldn’t you like to know how to make your own stash of this awesome vulnerary?

Thought so.   (more…)

Posted in , on April 1, 2014

Earth Day SF

April 19, 2014 10:00 am - Event Details

Screen shot 2014-03-31 at 10.38.07 PMWELCOME TO SAN FRANCISCO’S Fourth Annual Earth Day Celebration and 1 pm Rally for Climate Sanity

On April 19th, up to 10,000 people from the San Francisco Bay Area, and beyond, will converge at U.N. Plaza/ Civic Center to celebrate Earth Day San Francisco 2014. The event will feature three stages of Multi-Cultural Music and Performance, Renowned Keynote Speakers, Interactive D.I.Y. Workshops, Green-Economy and Businesses Info, Representatives from Indigenous Community Leaders, Civic Agencies,  Youth Empowerment Groups, Green Tech Info,  Fashion Industry Leaders, Religious Leaders, and Prominent ‘Eco-Green’ Political Officials.

The public is promised a fantastic day with exposure to various informative & interactive learning experiences, such as Green Jobs Info, Cutting-Edge Eco-Fashion Shows & Eco Artist Grove, Organic Food Cooking Demos, a Huge Green Kids Zone & Eco-Carnival.

Join Musicians and Performers, Educators and Mentors, Artists and Artisans, Crafts People, Civic and Community Leaders, Ceremonialists, Workshop Leaders, Youth Activists and Social Justice Non-Profit Organizations, in this powerful full-on day of green sustainability solutions.  This year’s festival focuses on activating the public to energetically pursue effective green solutions and integrate these sustainable practices into everyday life. Designed to empower the people of the Bay Area Community, and beyond, to start individually and collectively addressing the local and planetary environmental challenges we all face.

Earth Day San Francisco is a partner and fiscally sponsored by The Park Trust Alliance and will host the following amazing array of activities:

  • Internationally Recognized Speakers: BILL MCKIBBEN [best-selling author and environmentalist], Leila Salazar-Lopez  [Amazon Watch], Kevin Danaher [Green Festivals Director], Dr. Margaret Lowman [Director Chief of Sciences and Sustainability at Cal Academy of Sciences] and many more, who will grace our stage and engage the public in stimulating and educational discussion
  • Organic Food & Beer Court: Healthy Food and Organic Beer served throughout the day
  • Green D.I.Y. Zone: This hands-on ‘Do It Yourself’ Section will feature classes in converting your car to electric power, building a solar oven, building your own bike, and many other family fun activities.
  • Permaculture Zone: Presenting an exciting array of ongoing creations and workshops with Permaculturist, Living Mandala’s Jay Ma, Gray Water/Rainwater Demos, Cob Hut Creation, Earth Mandala, Worm Farm Workshop, Urban Gardening, Common Vision Tree Grafting Intro, and a Vertical Garden Installation.
  • Clean Energy Zone: Electric Car Showcase, Bio-Diesel and Demos on Wind, Water and Solar-Driven Energy (as well as a few Eco-Art Cars).
  • Eco-Exhibitors: More than 80 Earth-Friendly Products, Green-Fashion, and Handmade Crafts
  • Earth-Friendly Fashion: throughout the day & Eco-Fashion Shows: Top Earth-Friendly Designers and Youth Fashion Groups on display
  • Youth in Action Zone: Leaders from Green Youth-in-Action Groups, such as “Teen-Turn Green,” “Challenge Day,” Generation Wake Up and many others, speak out on Cutting-Edge Environmental Topics
  • Sustainable Chef Showcase: All Day Cooking Demos !! 
JOIN Thousands IN A ‘CALL TO ACTION’ !!! Our Climate Action Rally leaves from Justin Herman Plaza and joins the Earth Day Festival at 1 PM. Let your voice be heard on April 19th 2014 at U.N. Plaza. Transition Albany will join other Transition Initiatives to make our presence felt and we may even have a mini float! Contact us at TransitionAlbanyCA at gmail dot org to be involved.
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Spring Planting Celebration at the Gill Tract Farm 4/26

(Event Sponsored by Gill Tract Farm Coaltion)
April 26, 2014 11:00 am - Event Details

gill tract 2The community and UC Berkeley have been collaborating for months to open this area to community farming, and a small group has  been preparing the soil for this special day when a lot of planting will happen. If you would like to be more involved, contact Vanessa below, and come to this celebration!

Come celebrate with us on our big spring planting event! Invite all of your friends, family, neighbors, and communities! Mark your calendars for 11am-3pm at the Gill Tract for a fun family celebration of the spring and earth day, and planting the land.

We will need some dedicated members of the soil and planting team, and other community members with experience in gardening, to lead volunteers! (more…)

Posted in , , , , , , on March 31, 2014