Big Step Forward For Mountain Lion Protection

Big Step Forward For Mountain Lion Protection

You did it! On Thursday, April 16, the California Fish and Game Commission voted unanimously to designate Central Coast and Southern California mountain lions as candidates for protected status under the California Endangered Species Act (CESA). Thank you for the hundreds of emails you submitted in support of this action! What’s Happening Two weeks ago, we asked you to email the Commission urging them to take this step to protect our mountain lions. The Southern California and Central Coast populations of mountain lions, including those here in the Santa Cruz Mountains, face severe threats to their survival from habitat loss...

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50th Earth Day Celebration: A Pandemic Won’t Stop Us

50th Earth Day Celebration: A Pandemic Won’t Stop Us

Over 500 participants shared in the spirit of community, activism, and empowerment that permeated Green Foothills’ Virtual Earth Day event on April 22. Messages about the urgent need to act on behalf of our environment for our own sake and that of future generations were intertwined with calls for everyone to make a positive impact. (View the entire event on YouTube). Setting the stage for this multi-generational, thought provoking event was a live performance by Chris Reed from Sunny State who sang a rendition of Woody Guthrie’s This Land is Your Land. He also capped off the event with his...

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My Comments at the 50th Earth Day Celebration

My Comments at the 50th Earth Day Celebration

Some have asked me to share what I said at the 50th Virtual Earth Day Event on April 22, 2020. I’m happy to share them! Happy 50th Earth Day! Thank you for being a part of this celebration and moment in history. I’d like to talk today about the power of community. Community isn’t about physical proximity, it’s about coming together for one another. To talk, to support one another, and to share in the work ahead. We are still doing all that right now. It was almost 60 years ago that a community of 33 people came together to...

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The Trump Administration’s Latest Attack on the Cargill Salt Ponds

The Trump Administration’s Latest Attack on the Cargill Salt Ponds

Last fall, we sued the Trump administration over its failure to maintain Clean Water Act jurisdiction over the Cargill salt ponds in Redwood City. On March 12 of this year, at a time when most of us were focused on the growing seriousness of the coronavirus threat, the Trump administration was busy filing a motion arguing that the Cargill salt ponds do not contain water, but rather are “fast land” (i.e. dry, solid upland) and therefore not subject to the Clean Water Act. This is in spite of the fact that Environmental Protection Agency staff reached the opposite conclusion several...

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Celebrating Earth Day – 50 years later

Celebrating Earth Day – 50 years later

Every year on April 22 we celebrate the most important day of the year for the environmental movement — Earth Day — and this year is the 50th Anniversary. It’s time to channel the energy and excitement from the first Earth Day and be inspired by the credible community of people who are working locally for the health of our natural environment and prepare for the work ahead. Join Green Foothills for the 50th celebration of Earth Day. We’re excited to hear from Co-founder of Earth Day and former Congressman Pete McCloskey and his wife Helen and a line up...

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Local Food = Comfort Food During COVID-19

Local Food = Comfort Food During COVID-19

In these challenging times, we’re reminded how important many of the things we take for granted are. Although the produce sections at grocery stores are still well-stocked (unlike the toilet paper aisle), a growing number of residents are turning to local farms for their fruits and vegetables. Suddenly, community-supported agriculture (CSA) farm boxes — a program where you sign up to buy seasonal fruits and vegetables directly from a local farmer — are selling out across the Bay Area. For instance, in Santa Clara County, Spade and Plow Organics’ CSA membership jumped by 150 subscriptions in two days in March....

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Help Protect Our Mountain Lions

Help Protect Our Mountain Lions

On April 16, the California Fish and Game Commission will vote on whether to grant protection to our local population of mountain lions under the California Endangered Species Act (CESA). Please email the Commission using the form below, and ask them to protect our mountain lions! What’s Happening Staff at the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) have recommended that mountain lions in the Central Coast region (including the Santa Cruz Mountains) and Southern California be considered for listing as a “threatened” species under CESA. CDFW took this step because mountain lions in these areas are considered to be...

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Nature – It’s Good for Your Health

Nature – It’s Good for Your Health

It’s World Health Day. It may only come once a year, but for Green Foothills, we work every day to remind local leaders of the critical role they play in keeping our natural world healthy for the benefit of all. And on this World Health Day, the importance of nature to our wellbeing is more appreciable than ever.  Health, as defined by the World Health Organization (WHO), is “a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity”. WHO’s definition makes it abundantly clear that health is three-fold, consisting of the physical,...

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Ensuring Bay Access for All

Ensuring Bay Access for All

The Bay Conservation & Development Commission (BCDC) recently proposed new environmental justice policies to make access to the San Francisco Bay accessible and equitable for all. Green Foothills weighed in on the draft policies, advocating for guidelines that encourage development that works with nature. We’re pleased to say that BCDC incorporated our input into its new Guiding Principles. BCDC is a state planning and regulatory agency with authority over the San Francisco Bay, its shoreline, salt ponds, and managed wetlands. Its mission is “to protect and enhance the San Francisco Bay and encourage the Bay’s responsible and productive use for...

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8 Ways to Enjoy #NeighborhoodNature

8 Ways to Enjoy #NeighborhoodNature

As we shelter in place and practice social distancing, here are some suggestions for how to enjoy #NeighborhoodNature and get essential fresh air close to home. Many of these activities can be experienced over a phone call with a friend or loved one. 8 Ways You Can Enjoy #NeighborhoodNature 1. Look down at grass and flowers on a Micro Hike right outside your home. Name everything you find in one square foot. 2. Look up and listen. The sky is cleaner and quieter. Notice the clouds, the stars, the birds, and insects overhead. Breathe in. Do you hear any new...

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