Earth Day 2019: PROTECT OUR SPECIES
* HUMAN ANIMALS * NON-HUMAN ANIMALS * PLANET EARTH *
In honor of EARTH DAY 2019 Living Ubuntu presents PROTECT OUR SPECIES
“In Nature, Nothing Exists Alone” — Rachel Carson, 1962
Saturday, April 6, 2019, 5:00pm – 9:00pm 5:00pm – 6:30pm | Vegan Cooking Demo & Dinner 6:30pm – 9:00pm | Speakers (plus a dessert break)
Free Admission -- (includes dinner)
The Duck Club, 15 Riparian View, Irvine, CA 92612
For complete program schedule, list of speakers, updates & to register: livingubuntu.org (Space is limited, register early.)
JONI MARIE NEWMAN, Vegan Author & Chef, Just the Food
ANDY SHRADER, Director of Environmental Affairs, Water Policy and Sustainability for Los Angeles City Councilmember Paul Koretz
[Additional speakers are still being confirmed, check back for updates!]
***"All living things have an intrinsic value, and each plays a unique role in the complex web of life."
* CLIMATE CRISIS * ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE * PLASTIC POLLUTION * * DYING OCEANS * ANIMAL AGRICULTURE * BIODIVERSITY LOSS *
Why this event?
Nature’s gifts to our planet are the millions of species that we know and love, and many more that remain to be discovered. Unfortunately, human beings have irrevocably upset the balance of nature and, as a result, the world is facing the greatest rate of extinction since we lost the dinosaurs more than 60 million years ago. But unlike the fate of the dinosaurs, the rapid extinction of species in our world today is the result of human activity.
The unprecedented global destruction and rapid reduction of plant and wildlife populations are directly linked to causes driven by human activity: climate change, deforestation, habitat loss, trafficking and poaching, unsustainable agriculture, pollution and pesticides to name a few. The impacts are far reaching.
If we do not act now, extinction may be humanity’s “most enduring legacy.” Here are some quick facts on the current wave of extinction and additional information about this problem here.
All living things have an intrinsic value, and each plays a unique role in the complex web of life .
The good news is that the rate of extinctions can still be slowed, and many of our declining, threatened and endangered species can still recover if we work together now to build a united global movement of consumers, voters, educators, faith leaders, and scientists to demand immediate action.
The Earth Day Network is asking people to join their "Protect our Species" campaign. Their goals are to:
Educate and raise awareness about the accelerating rate of extinction of millions of species and the causes and consequences of this phenomenon.
Achieve major policy victories that protect broad groups of species as well as individual species and their habitats.
Build and activate a global movement that embraces nature and its values.
Encourage individual actions such as adopting plant based diet and stopping pesticide and herbicide use.
***ABOUT THE SPEAKERS:
JONI MARIE NEWMAN is a vegan for the animals. She is a ten-time published plant-based cookbook author. Her work has been featured in VegNews, Mother Jones, One Green Planet, and many others. She can be found teaching cooking classes and speaking at VegFests, and vegan events. She is the founder and contributor to Justthefood.com.
***ANDY SHRADER is Director of Environmental Affairs, Water Policy & Sustainability for Los Angeles City Councilmember Paul Koretz. He has been integrally involved in Councilmember Koretz's efforts to ban plastic bags, move the City beyond coal power, implement the City’s United Nations' award-winning Good Food Purchasing Policy, close down the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, establish the City Council’s climate emission reduction goals, initiate the City's groundbreaking biodiversity index effort, retire the Scattergood, Haynes, and Harbor coastal natural gas power plants, and launch the creation of the world's first Climate Emergency Mobilization Department, guided by the principles of equity, environmental justice, a just transition and a Green New Deal. ***Questions? Email: aW5mbyB8IGxpdmluZ3VidW50dSAhIG9yZw==***Note: The Irvine Ranch Water District neither supports nor endorses the cause or activities of organizations which use the District’s facilities. The facilities are made available as a public service.