Earth Talk: Global Climate Action Summit

Dear EarthTalk: How did the Global Climate Action Summit coming up later this year come about and what do organizers hope to accomplish? — J.S.

 

The purpose of the forthcoming 2018 Global Climate Action Summit—scheduled to take place September 12-14, 2018 in San Francisco, California—is to showcase the actions that state and local leaders, businesses, investors, scientists, students, non-profits and other so-called “sub-national actors” have taken to reduce their emissions already. Organizers hope to secure bold commitments from them to do even more, thus showing that decarbonization and economic growth go hand-in-hand and galvanizing a global movement for climate action that leaves no one behind.

 

 

This new international meeting is the brainchild of California’s 79-year-old outgoing governor Jerry Brown, one of the country’s great crusaders for cutting carbon emissions despite lack of federal interest in solving the climate crisis. According to Brown, subnational actors are a critical part of the climate solution and can help push the world’s leaders to go further, faster. These leaders will join citizens from around the world to showcase examples of major climate action initiatives already taking place without the aid of the federal government. They hope to inspire deeper commitments from each other and from national governments in support of the Paris Agreement.

 

 

Brown has tapped three leaders as summit co-chairs: Patricia Espinosa, executive secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change; Anand Mahindra, chairman of the Mahindra Group, an Indian conglomerate that recently committed to meet its Paris climate agreement commitments; and Michael Bloomberg, the former mayor of New York City and founder/CEO of Bloomberg LP who is a vigorous campaigner for and generous donor to environmental causes. These three are primarily responsible for shaping the event’s purpose, format and overall curation and leveraging their voices and network for the cause.

 

 

Why now? According to Brown, 2018 is a turning point: Countries and all of us must step up the commitments that were made in Paris and do more. “The momentum we generate this year must lead to a climate turning point by 2020 in order to prevent the worst effects of climate change,” says Brown. “It must be the beginning of a new phase of action and ambition on climate change.”

 

 

Participants are expected to go beyond just sharing what they have achieved to date and announce stepped-up commitments to usher in what organizers are hoping will be “a new era of decarbonization and prosperity.” The culmination of the meeting will be a call to action to nations to step up their ambition under the Paris Agreement and cut emissions on a science-based trajectory that limits warming to well below two degrees Celsius.

 

 

“The Summit seeks to change the climate conversation, broaden and depoliticize the issue, and activate everyone to call for change to preserve our future,” Brown concludes. The governor’s actions in steering California to be one of the world’s most fuel efficient large economies is even more inspiring than his words. Given that Brown won’t be able to run again for governor due to term limits, the Summit may represent the last hurrah of his storied political career.

 

CONTACT: Global Climate Action Summit, globalclimateactionsummit.org.

 

 

 

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Apr 11,2018: Hermosa Beach Farmers Market

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Apr 10,2018: Manhattan Beach Farmers Market

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Winter Market

Tuesdays, 11AM – 4PM

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Memorial Day – Labor Day
Tuesdays, 11AM – 5PM

Location: Metlox Plaza behind Shade Hotel – 13th Street and Morningside Drive



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Apr 06,2018: Cash’d Out

Cash’d Out is the premier Johnny Cash tribute band in the world, bar none. Cash’d Out is the only tribute band endorsed by and linked to the official Johnny Cash website.

Cash’d Out live shows respectfully reference the late, great Man in Black’s early Columbia era and Sun Records sound, combined with the energy of the classic multi-platinum live recordings from Folsom Prison and San Quentin. Bill Miller (owner of johnnycash.com and JC’s best friend for 25 years) requested Cash’d Out perform at the recent opening of the Johnny Cash Exhibit as the Fender Museum. Not a bad compliment from the man who has lived and breathed Johnny Cash since first hearing him in 1969! Not only that, they bear a striking resemblance to Johnny Cash and the Tennessee Three!

Cash’d Out has over 100 of JC’s songs in their repertoire, and can deliver up to 4 hours of non-stop entertainment, including the June Carter Cash duets brought back to fame in the recent Oscar winning movie, “Walk the Line”. Cash’d Out can tailor a performance to suit any venue or function, from clubs, theatres, fairs and casinos to museums and corporate events.

The product Cash’d Out delivers is a guaranteed hit with any audience. This is due to the music’s universal appeal to young and old fans of virtually all musical genres, and in no small part to the group’s reverent and genuine love of JC’s music. Their live performance encourages happiness and unity and celebration. In fact, in more than a few occasions Cash’d Out performances have set new bar sales records for the venues they play at! And yet, in a more intimate setting, the sound of Cash’d Out can be so delicate as to raise the hairs on the back of your neck and give you goose bumps.



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Rooftops Newsletter: Everyone Has To Eat

There is little to dispute that statement. Food, as we all know, is critical to maintaining life and health. Everyone does have to eat, but not everyone has to, or even wants to, eat the same things. The evidence of that can be found in the aisles of every supermarket and the array of restaurants…

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Apr 04,2018: Hermosa Beach Farmers Market

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Mar 28,2018: Yonder Mountain String Band and Old Salt Union

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Mar 24,2018: Rhett Miller and Matthew Ryan

“The songs on The Believer are about sex, war, love and death . . . but mostly sex,” Rhett Miller says of The Believer, his second solo album and his Verve Forecast debut. “Before going into the studio, I thought I’d be making a punk rock Ziggy Stardust, but I wound up with George Gershwin does T. Rex’s The Slider.”

Already widely loved for his work as frontman and main songwriter of the hard-charging rock ’n’ roll quartet the Old 97’s (of which he is still a member), Miller revealed a more introspective side with his acclaimed 2002 solo debut The Instigator. The Believer takes its predecessor’s achievements several steps further, with a dozen deeply-felt, craftily melodic tunes that demonstrate the Texas-bred artist’s knack for using accessible songcraft to address complex emotional issues.

The Believer ranges from the puckish rock punch of “My Valentine” and “Ain’t That Strange” to the expansive art-pop textures of “Brand New Way” and “Meteor Shower.” “Help Me Suzanne,” “I’m with Her” and “Fireflies” — the latter a duet with Rachael Yamagata — demonstrate Miller’s ability to write poignant, pointed love songs whose depth and insight are matched by their tunefulness. The spare, thoughtful “Question” finds Miller revisiting an Old 97’s favorite from an older-and-wiser perspective. The album’s one cover is a buoyant, barbed reading of “I Believe She’s Lying,” written by frequent Miller collaborator Jon Brion.

The Believer’s quietly powerful title track was inspired by Miller’s acquaintance with the late alt-rock troubadour Elliott Smith. “I wrote it in New York City the day he died,” he explains. “It really hit home for me. I met him and spent some time with him during his last years. My first date with my wife was seeing Elliott play at the Royal Albert Hall, and his drummer Scott McPherson ended up playing with me on the tour for The Instigator. I had a pretty serious suicide attempt when I was 14 years old, and I’ve always wrestled with that impulse, as do a lot of people in my line of work. I don’t know if the song is all about Elliott maybe it’s about me at 14, I’m not exactly sure. But the song’s kind of saying thanks for doing the good work you did, and I understand that you were doing your best.”

Miller recorded The Believer with renowned producer George Drakoulias (Black Crowes, Tom Petty the Heartbreakers) and a distinguished musical cast including guitarists Lyle Workman and Josh Schwartz, bassist Salim Nourallah, drummer Matt Chamberlain and keyboardists Patrick Warren and Jon Brion, whose collective resumé encompasses work with the likes of Tori Amos, Fiona Apple, Frank Black, Macy Gray, Robyn Hitchcock, Aimee Mann, Michael Penn, Todd Rundgren and Elliott Smith. Gary Louris of the Jayhawks adds backing vocals.

Jon Brion last worked with Miller as producer and multi-instrumentalist on The Instigator. “I made The Instigator while I was homeless as a result of 9/11, and there was some stuff on there that was really raw and directly out of that experience,” Miller observes. “But in a lot of ways it was a very stiff-upper-lip kind of record. Kind of like ‘We love each other, everything’s gonna be great.’ For me, The Believer is more confident and more based in reality.

“I thought that with George Drakoulias I’d end up making a straight-up rock record,” the artist continues. But the night before we started pre-production, George came and saw me play a solo gig at Largo, and I did what I normally do, spazzing out, thrashing around and breaking guitar strings. The next day, George told me that his vision for the recording was that I would be Frank Sinatra, that I would be surrounded by the greatest musicians and I could give myself up to that process. It was less a matter of me putting myself into someone’s hands and more a matter of me using this system, where I had written these songs, but I was now also interpreting them, like I was Bing Crosby or something.

With The Believer, it was very much my show. George put me in front of a microphone in a room full of incredibly talented musicians, most of whom were already friends of mine, thank God, so it didn’t feel at all like an L.A. snow-job. I had no guitar to hide behind, and I flourished. I accepted the responsibility, and was able to direct the proceedings in a way that I hadn’t before.”

Miller continues to balance his solo endeavors with his membership in the Old 97’s. The still-active quartet has released seven albums since 1994 (the latest being the live set Alive and Wired) and are prominently featured in the soon-to-be-released Jennifer Aniston/Vince Vaughn romantic comedy The Breakup.

“I love to rock, but it’s liberating not to always have to keep up with the freight train that is the Old 97’s,” Miller says of his dual musical careers. “When I made The Instigator, I was constantly calling the 97’s, sending them mixes, trying to feel out how this was gonna work. But making The Believer, I felt like I didn’t have to answer to anybody. Part of that was because I’d proven that I could do both, and part of it was because the guys in the band have been so cool about it. After ten years, we’re beyond the bullshit. The other guys all have lives and families, so now we’re at a point where we can do the Old 97’s for the rest of our lives, but we don’t have to do it every day.”

“I always secretly fantasized about making the perfect record and then faking my own death, but none of my previous albums seemed quite good enough. Now, if I disappear, you should check the beach in Bora Bora,” Miller laughs, “Because I feel pretty fucking strongly about this one.”



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Mar 24,2018: Conquer Our Run

Schedule:

–  7:00am Conquest Launch

– 6:30am Check in to get your bibs tshirts, stretch and hangout!

 

Course:

Welcome to spring and join us at the iconic Manhattan Beach Strand. Invite dad, mom, buddy, foe or pal to join us at the beautiful beachfront and conquest friendly running environment. This is the perfect place to conquer your limits 1 run at a time. We dare you to join us and run further than you have before! Accept the Challenge!

 

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