We will be evaluating our deployment of 1000 Mewar Angithis (MAs) in four villages of Udaipur district in Rajasthan, India. We will be interviewing the village women, examining the conditions of the MAs and assessing any potential changes for future deployments. Kayley Lain and AJ Walker, two students of Prof. UdayKumar at the University of Iowa, Donna Schill, a journalist, and Dr. Bhaskar Rao, retired oncologist, are expected to join.
Our paper, coauthored with Prof. Atul Jain and Shijie Shu of the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, showing that 265GtC can be sequestered in recovering forests if the whole world goes vegan, will be presented at the AGU Fall Meeting, 2015. The AGU Fall Meeting, the largest gathering of climate scientists in the world with over 25,000 attendees expected, runs from Dec 14 through Dec 18 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, CA.
COP-21, Paris, France
Paris, France is hosting the 21st Session of the Conference of the Parties (COP-21) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) from Nov 30-Dec 11, 2015. COP-21 is intended to achieve an inclusive international agreement designed to keep average global temperature from rising 2C above the pre-industrial level.
Unfortunately, the agreement is likely to be inadequate as animal agriculture, aviation, shipping and biofuels are off the table during the negotiations. MIT's climate scorecard shows that the Intended Nationally Defined Contributions (INDCs), the voluntary restraints that Nations have proposed for themselves, are likely to cause 3.5C increase in global temperature, even if all the pledges are kept.
In collaboration with Prof. Sri Narayan of USC and his research team, we will be deploying solar energy units in three households in Navajo Nation with the blessings of Grandmother Grace Yellowhammer. The units will include solar panels, Nickel-Iron batteries, LED lights, cell-phone chargers as well as usage monitoring hardware, courtesy of NexLeaf Analytics.
Join an all-night multi-faith vigil at the Lincoln Memorial in DC on Sep. 23, organized by the Franciscan Action Network. For more info, please check out
Cowspiracy screening hosted by the Santa Clara County Animal Advocates, the Saratoga Hindu Temple and Saratoga City Council Member, Rishi Kumar. Panel Discussion to follow with co-director Keegan Kuhn and co-producer Sailesh Rao.
Lunch will be served.
Venue is the Joan Pisani Community Center, 19655 Allendale Avenue, Saratoga, CA, The Saunders Room
For RSVP, please visit https://www.facebook.com/events/845396352202954
The keys to healing our Earth’s climate lie in being kind to animals and in understanding the plants that are all around us. In this walk, we will explore the landscape consequences of overgrazing and the diverse plant life that is signaling us to change our ways, heal ourselves and our planet.
Our walk leader will be Sailesh Rao, the Executive Director of Climate Healers , a non-profit dedicated to healing the Earth’s climate through systemic and behavioral changes in human societies. Sudha Fatima is a doctoral student in Cultural Anthropology at the California Institute of Integral Studies, a natural healer, and a plant aficionado. This walk is supported by Factory Farming Awareness Coalition (FFAC), a non-profit committed to spreading awareness about factory farming. For RSVP, go to http://wildoakland.org/event/how-is-overgrazing-affecting-our-climate/?instance_id=462