Thinking ahead to 2050, voyaging solo across the Pacific, celebrating earth Day ... Our new environmental column looks at how we're living within the natural world
However, "the results provide a key baseline from the West Coast prior to the arrival of the Fukushima plume," according to an update on the project website, ourradioactiveocean.org. "Models of ocean currents and cesium transport predict that the plume will arrive along the northern sections of the North American Pacific Coast (Alaska and northern British Columbia) sometime in the spring of 2014 and will arrive along the Washington, Oregon, and California coastline over the coming one to two years. ... We expect levels of cesium-134 to become detectable in coming months."
CELEBRATE EARTH DAY
Get some fresh air and do your part at these planetary happenings.
Earth Day San Francisco Action Parade and Rally Sat/19, 11am-3:30pm, free. This march for climate justice will start from Justin Herman Plaza and end at UN Plaza with a 1pm rally, featuring talks by Bill McKibben, author and founder of 350.org, and other notable environmentalists. Join by bike, on foot, or with some other form of carbon-free transportation. For more information, visit 350bayarea.org.
Earth Day Festival Sat/19, UN Plaza, 10am-6pm, free. This daylong festival will feature live musical performances, talks by renowned environmentalists including Bill McKibben, Leila Salazar-Lopez of Amazon Watch, Green Festivals director Kevin Danaher, Cal Academy of Sciences Director of Sciences and Sustainability Margaret Lowman, and more. Also check out green exhibitors, eco-fashion shows, organic cooking demos, information on green jobs, an electric vehicle showcase, and green D.I.Y. workshops. For more, visit earthdaysf.org.
People's Earth Day Sat/26, Bayview Hunters Point, SF. 11am, free. Join Greenaction, the Huntersview Mothers and Fathers Committee, residents, cancer survivors and grassroots groups from Bayview Hunters Point and other low-income communities impacted by pollution for the People's Earth Day: Environmental Justice Walk Against Cancer and Pollution. Meet at 10:30am in front of Martin Luther King Jr. Park, in the 5700 block of Third Street at Carroll.
Oakland Earth Day Sat/26, various locations, Oakland. Free. More than 3,000 volunteers will to help clean and green over 90 locations throughout Oakland. The first 2,000 Oakland Earth Day volunteers will receive a complimentary reusable bag, snacks from Cliff Bar and Numi Tea, and a Chinook Book smart phone app with coupons for green products and service from East Bay businesses. For more, visit tinyurl.com/oakday14.
Rebecca Bowe is the Bay Guardian's news editor. Send environmental news items to firstname.lastname@example.org.