News & Updates

March 7, 2019

Executive Director Monthly Update – March 2019

 

A few weeks ago the results of a survey conducted by the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication and the George Mason University Center for Climate Change Communication showed that 69 percent of Americans are “somewhat worried” about climate change and 29 percent are “very worried.” These are the highest values since the surveys began in 2008, and the “very worried” category shows an 8 percent jump compared to the previous survey published in April 2018. So, people are aware of the problem, but many say they don’t know what can be done to slow global warming. But we do!  And, so do ReScape Qualified Professionals, including 64 professionals who recently completed our Oakland Training sponsored by StopWaste (congratulations!).

 

At our first Speaker Series event on Firescaping in February we had double the number of expected participants who confirmed that we must continue to address pressing climate change issues. With spring just around the corner, we have several events on the horizon that will include actions you can take to mitigate climate change with regenerative landscaping practices:

 

We have extended the deadline for our Instructor RFQ from February 28 February to  March 15. We have had more requests for our trainings and courses and want to expand our pool even more. There are also volunteer opportunities for those qualified professionals who would like to participate in Practicum Day exercises and other activities—stay tuned for upcoming opportunities.

 

On March 12 we will be accepting a WaterSmart Partner award from East Bay Municipal District in recognition of our work to “champion water conservation.” We are honored to be receiving this award alongside other WaterSmart Partners, including Alameda County Green Business Program, UC Master Gardeners of Alameda & Contra Costa Counties and StopWaste.

 

World leaders say that one of the most important things people can do is to work individually right where they are, and then to come together to push for changes big enough to matter, from city-wide renewable energy programs and regenerative landscaping activities and policies, to large-scale divestment from fossil fuels. So, join us as we continue our efforts, and expand them, focus them. We will join in the efforts of others and bring more communities together—educating, researching, sharing.

 

We truly believe that together we can make a difference. Thank you for your contributions!

 

-Milena Fiore

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