Imagine having an ‘ah ha’ moment about the world and how we live in it several thousand feet above ground over Afghanistan. That’s what happened to Brad Machado.
Brad – while deployed in Afghanistan as a flight paramedic – realized this while staring down at the earth below from his perch above: there was nothing. Particularly striking to him about the vast landscape below was how empty it was in the absence of any sort of resource management. For example, he observed that a total lack of flood mitigation resulted in washing out farms in the rainy season, leaving a barren landscape below and the people who lived there struggling with a general lack of resources.
Fast forward to Brad’s return home to Modesto (where he was born and raised) in the middle of one of the worst droughts California has ever seen – it felt like a strange parallel. It gave Brad what he describes as a “front row seat in how we manage our own resources and how our environment is affected by our actions.”
Continue reading “From There to Here: Why the Environment Matters to One Tree-planting Volunteer”
On 27 April 2016, Tuolumne River Trust – Executive Director Patrick Koepele and Bay Area Program Director Peter Drekmeier – spoke at the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco about The El Nino Effect—California Water, Snow Pack and Drought. Listen in to the audio recording here. [1hr8min]
Can you imagine being so afraid of your neighborhood that you never spent any time outside…ever, including your own backyard? This was once the grim day-to-day reality for the Sanchez-Baylon family.
Continue reading “What It Takes to Get to the River (Even When It’s Right In Your Neighborhood)”