[Vision2020] Column: Thanks to Thunberg, 101-year-old makes a stand against climate change
kmmos1 at frontier.com
Sat Feb 1 10:40:55 PST 2020
Aside from the matter of the vote totals reporting being cattywampus,
this is a nice little idea that can have a cumulative positive effect.
On 2/1/20 10:27 AM, Moscow Cares wrote:
> Courtesy of the /Los Angeles Times/ at:
> Column: Thanks to Thunberg, 101-year-old makes a stand against
> climate change
> At first glance, it wasn’t a message that grabbed me.
> “I am seeking publicity,” began the email from Marian Sachs.
> She must have known I would roll my eyes.
> “Stop,” she wrote. “Don’t delete this … please.”
> I didn’t, fortunately.
> “I am 101 years old and live in an assisted living facility,” Sachs
> wrote, saying that she was inspired by Swedish teenager Greta
> Thunberg’s activism on climate change.
> “There is not much we seniors can do to help,” Sachs wrote. “However,
> I have thought perhaps we could observe one meatless day a week in our
> dining room. The proposal has met with remarkable acceptance by our
> A little publicity might inspire other seniors to do their part, Sachs
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> “Can you help?” she asked.
> Her timing couldn’t have been better, because I’d just met with two
> climate change experts to talk about the specific threats in
> California and what we can do about it. So before I tell you about my
> trip to see Mrs. Sachs at her home in Pasadena, let me tell you about
> my visit with the experts.
> Bill Patzert, a former climatologist at NASA’s Jet Propulson Lab, and
> Steve LaDochy, a semi-retired meteorology and geosciences professor at
> Cal State L.A, were both quoted in a Jan. 11 Los Angeles Times story
> by Paul Duginski about the decreased prevalence of tule fog in the
> midsection of the state.
> “In the dry Central Valley, plants, especially native plants, love the
> extra water that this fog provides,” Patzert said in that story. And
> LaDochy explained that warming temperatures and a decrease in air
> pollution — which absorbs vapor — were to blame for the decrease in fog.
> Over a cup of coffee with me in Sierra Madre, Patzert and LaDochy had
> a lot to say, and most of it was frightening.
> That’s not surprising when the news is filled with horror stories
> about melting glaciers, rising sea levels, raging wildfires and killer
> drought-deluge cycles. Global greenhouse-gas emissions reached a
> record high in 2019, we just completed the hottest decade on record,
> and heat stored in the upper levels of oceans is at a record high.
> With islands disappearing in the oceans and glaciers melting, it’s
> easy to overlook the effects in a place like Southern California. But,
> as Patzert and LaDochy explained, climate change is having a huge
> effect here, where population explosions and increased emissions have
> created so-called heat islands.
> While the average global temperature has risen about 1.7 degrees above
> the 20th century average, Patzert said, it’s risen closer to 5 degrees
> in downtown Los Angeles.
> “In August and September, it’s 8 to 9 degrees warmer than it used to
> be,” Patzert said, noting that, since the 1950s, California’s
> population has quadrupled while the nation’s has merely doubled.
> “As you build a great megalopolis … you tend to generate your own heat
> with shopping centers, housing developments, blacktop,” Patzert said.
> And then there’s the obvious. More people means more vehicles.
> LaDochy drives a Prius. Patzert doesn’t fly as much as he used to.
> Everyone can find a way to make a contribution, they said. But the
> greatest tool for change, Patzert said — noting the unconscionable
> policies of certain so-called leaders — is the ballot box.
> Marian Sachs isn’t waiting for an election to do her part. She had
> left her door ajar and called for me to come on in when I knocked. She
> did not look her age, and when she began speaking I wanted to check
> her birth certificate.
> After more than a century on the planet, she’s still sharp, curious,
> engaged. She worked in nursing and then architecture; she and her late
> husband raised three kids, drove one of the first hybrid vehicles,
> collected rocks and shared a love of nature. She now aims her
> binoculars at nearby birds, follows the news closely, and is horrified
> by growing evidence of an overheated planet.
> Her hero Thunberg, 84 years her junior, has stared down complacent
> world leaders and exclaimed, “How dare you … entire ecosystems are
> collapsing.” But Sachs — whose home is a gallery of the wildlife
> painting she took up as a hobby — did not want to talk politics.
> “I’m rendered speechless,” Sachs said. “Don’t get me stirred up.”
> She told me she recognized that she and her fellow residents couldn’t
> change the world on their own, but doing nothing is not an option. The
> meat-free menu was all she could think of, and her neighbor and friend
> Marion Marx embraced the idea.
> They wrote up their proposal and circulated a memo to the 130
> residents of the Fair Oaks, telling them that Thunberg had raised the
> consciousness of young people the world over, including “our
> grandchildren and our great-grandchildren.”
> “As responsible seniors, we should give them our support in this
> climate crisis. We feel we can do our part by observing a meatless day
> once a week. It will be our opportunity to be of some help.”
> Residents were asked to say yay or nay. A week later, with 44 ballots
> cast, the Fair Oaks climate change initiative won in a landslide, 44-6.
> One resident who voted against added a comment: “God controls climate.”
> Another resident wondered if the banned meats would include venison.
> “I don’t think they’ve ever even served venison,” said Mrs. Sachs.
> Sachs and Marx delivered the news to the chef, Rigo Arias, who said
> the plan was for Meatless Mondays to begin soon — no beef, chicken or
> pork for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Arias told me that, with tofu,
> pasta, eggplant and the new lines of plant-based meat substitutes,
> menus wouldn’t be hard to put together. And at the moment, fish has
> not been banned.
> “I think it’s great idea,” Arias said. “I was really surprised, in a
> good way, that in these kinds of places, there’s still an interest in
> supporting a cause.”
> I followed Sachs to lunch — soup, tuna salad and ham sandwiches were
> on the menu — and she sat with her pals Marx, Shelley Gutman and
> Luretta Rideout, all of whom support the motion.
> “We have to do something,” said Marx, “or we’re going to be in dire
> Less meat means lower methane emissions, said Sachs. And if we don’t
> keep cutting down trees to clear space for grazing, that would help,
> too, said Marx.
> A small weekly sacrifice at one retirement center won’t accomplish
> much, the women conceded.
> But it’s better than doing nothing, Sachs said, and the idea might
> catch on at other retirement centers. If a teenager was able to start
> a movement, why can’t they?
> Photo . . .
> Senior living residents Marion Marx, left, and Marian Sachs, 101, were
> instrumental in getting meat removed from the menu one day a week at
> the Fair Oaks Assisted Living facility in Pasadena.
> She must have been one tough lady in decades gone by.
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