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Santa Barbara Permaculture Network Presents

Eco-Film Nights at the Drive-In with
Kiss the Ground Film Premiere

Joined by Ojai’s Big Picture Ranch filmmakers, Josh & Rebecca Tickell

Monday, September 21, 2020
8:30–10 pm
(Admission Kiosk opens at 7:30pm)

Admission $10 per person, or $20 per car (cash only, pay at event)

Watch inside your car, or bring chairs to sit outside (cars safely spaced)

Listen with your car or portable radio, 102.1 FM

COVID safe & secure for a fun & inspiring summer evening

Location: West Wind Drive-In Movie Theater

907 S. Kellogg Ave, Goleta, CA 93117

Save the Soil, Save the World!

Please join Santa Barbara Permaculture Network on Monday, September 21, as we continue our Eco-Film Night series at the West Wind Drive-In with the newly released documentary Kiss the Ground.  Big Picture Ranch filmmakers Josh & Rebecca Tickell, who also authored the groundbreaking book with the same title, will be in attendance, sharing with the audience their seven year journey making the film.

Carbon is a naturally occurring chemical compound vital to life, that provides soil its fertility and water holding capacity, but since the industrial revolution and the advent of modern farming practices, too much carbon has been released into the atmosphere, causing climate disruption with increases in temperatures and extreme weather events around the world.

Kiss the Ground reveals that by regenerating the health of the world’s soils, we can completely and rapidly stabilize Earth’s climate, restore lost ecosystems and create abundant food supplies.  And not a minute too soon!

Using compelling graphics and visuals, along with striking NASA and NOAA footage, Kiss the Ground artfully illustrates how by drawing down atmospheric carbon, soil is the missing piece of the climate puzzle.  This film is positioned to effectively educate and catalyze a movement to accomplish the impossible – to solve humanity’s greatest challenge, to balance the climate and secure our species future.

Featured in the film are many illustrious climate problem solvers, including Paul Hawken, Ray Archuleta, John Wick, David Bronner, to list just a few, but of special note for our community, Santa Barbara Permaculture Network’s 2019 Eco-Hero Award recipient, John D. Liu, of Ecosystem Restoration Camps.    

Come join us as we share another community event at the unique setting of our local drive-in, adapting in a creative way to the realities of COVID.  We will start the evening with a chance to hear from our exemplary cosponsors about their work, and also, a short film debut by Ray Cirino, who created a fun children’s film about Beaver to begin the evening.

The event takes place on Monday, September 21, 8:30-10pm (gates open at 7:30) at the West Wind Drive In, located at 907 S Kellogg Ave, Goleta, CA 93117.  $10 per person, or $20 per car.  No advance tickets, pay at event, CASH only.  For more information, 805.962-2571, www.sbpermaculture.org, or margie@sbpermaculture.org.

Eco-Film Night is a Community Event Hosted by
Santa Barbara Permaculture Network

Special thanks to John Roulac with support for Kiss the Ground Film & the Eco-Film Night

Co-sponsors: Santa Barbara Permaculture Network, Community Environmental Council (CEC), Blue Sky Biochar, World Business Academy, The Optimist Daily, Explore Ecology, Sustainable World Radio, Hour Books, LOACOM, Regenerative Landscape Alliance, Teeccino, Ojai Center for Regenerative Agriculture (CRA), Casitas Valley Pastures, Santa Barbara Aquaponics, & the Santa Barbara Independent

Facebook Event Page

Kiss the Ground Official Film Trailer

1 month ago
Santa Barbara Permaculture Network Presents

Eco-Film Nights at the Drive-In
2040 Film Premier

It’s time for a better future!

Australia’s top grossing film for 2019 comes to Santa Barbara with an evening
at the West Wind Drive-In Movie Theater
COVID safe & secure for a fun & inspiring summer evening

Monday, August 10, 2020
Gates & Kiosk open at 7:30pm, film starts at 8:30

Admission $10 per person, or $20 per car (pay at event)
Watch in your car, or bring chairs to sit beside your car

Location: West Wind Drive-In Movie Theater
907 S Kellogg Ave, Goleta, CA 93117

A Vision Of The World In 2040

Please join us on Monday, August 10 as we co-sponsor Santa Barbara Permaculture Network’s Eco-Film screening at the West Wind Drive-In outdoor theater with the premiere of the newly released Australian film 2040.

What will the future look like in 2040? As a parent of a four-year old daughter, award winning filmmaker Damon Gameau deeply contemplates the effects of climate change over the next 20 years and how it will impact the planet and his daughter’s future.

Although the future looks a bit uncertain, and even scary, Gameau begins to think we might have the means to do better if we simply embraced the best solutions already available and shifted them into the mainstream. With this in mind, Gameau embarks on a journey around the world to learn what solutions might actually already exist, and discovers some remarkable and inspiring people with stories to tell, and innovations to share.

Structured as a visual letter to his daughter 2040 blends traditional documentary footage with dramatized sequences and high-end visual effects to create a vision board for his daughter and the planet. Gameau is both the storyteller and the active researcher, and while taking his film worldwide, has been conducting interactive public webinars with input from additional climate activists and experts.

The evening will start with a brief film about a potential Marine Permaculture project hoping to locate in California. Brian von Herzen of the Climate Foundation is featured in the 2040 film showcasing Marine Permaculture as one of the most promising solutions for solving climate change by restoring the health of kelp forests around the world, and has launched a fundraiser for their California project.

The event takes place on Monday, August 10, 7:30pm at the West Wind Drive In, located at 907 S Kellogg Ave, Goleta, CA 93117.  Tickets available at the entrance kiosk the night of the event (no advance tickets). $10 per person, or $20 per car.  For more information: 805.962.257, www.sbpermaculture.org, or margie@sbpermaculture.org.

Eco-Film Night is a Community Event Hosted by

Santa Barbara Permaculture Network  www.sbpermaculture.org

Co-sponsors: Santa Barbara Permaculture Network, Community Environmental Council (CEC), Blue Sky Biochar, World Business Academy, The Optimist Daily, Explore Ecology, Regenerative Landscape Alliance, Teeccino, Santa Barbara Aquaponics, Hour Books & the Santa Barbara Independent

Facebook Event Page

2040 Official Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p-rTQ443akE

2 months ago
Santa Barbara Permaculture Network joins
The Great Work of Our Time with John D Liu & Guests
Sat April 18 9am- 12pm PST Register Eventbrite
Streaming on youtube and Facebook

The purpose of the Livestream is not to make a media event, but to achieve a shared intention to work together for the benefit of all life on Earth.
We're striving to have a profound and nuanced conversation about ecosystem restoration and the potential of the 23 existing Ecosystem Restoration Camps and the thousands more needed worldwide. In a crisis with few immediately actionable solutions ... Ecosystem Restoration Camps https://ecosystemrestorationcamps.org can not only help mitigate and adapt to climate changes, restore hydrology, soil fertility and biodiversity ... they can help address hunger, homelessness, unemployment and social disruption.
Renowned guest speakers will share their various restoration efforts via short video presentations and participate in live Q & A.
Everyone is equal and everyone has a role to play in THE GREAT WORK OF OUR TIME.

Livestream pilot for a series focusing on specific ecological restoration happening now in 23 camps and needed on a planetary scale.

PROMO For EventEcological Restoration LIVESTREAM with John D. Liu and Linda Gibbs | 4-18-20

Forest Keep Drylands Working - Short Film by John D. Liu

Decade on Ecosystem Restoration’ announced by UN


Elder Tina Calderon, Tongva Nation  

Pieter van der Gaag, Ecosystem Restoration Foundation

Helmy Abouleish, Sekem

Arouna & Biko

John Allen, BirdHouse

Matthew E. Trumm, Treetop Permaculture

Andrew Langford, Gaia University

Band of Singers

Finian Makepeace, Kiss The Ground

Dr. Allen Williams, Soil Health Academy

Mollie Engelhart, Sow A Heart

Wouter van Eck, Foodforest Ketelbroek

Rising Appalachia

Paul Stamets, Fungi Perfecti

Sonne Copijn, The Bee Foundation

Li An Phoa, Drinkable Rivers

Manari, Sapara tribe

Didi Pershouse, Soil Carbon Coalition

Sam Teicher, Coral Vita

Roxane Boonstra, Coral Restoration Foundation www.coralrestoration.org/

Willem Ferwerda, Commonland

Jessie Smith, White Buffalo Land Trust

Tom Duncan, Earthbanc

Ties van der Hoeven, The Weather Makers

Dulanie Ellis, Ground Operations: Battlefields to Farmfields

Misha Teasdale, GreenPop

Christopher Breedlove, Burning Man Leadership Council

Charles Eisenstein

Adrian Vallera, Disclosurefest

Playing for Change

6 months ago
Santa Barbara Permaculture Presents

An Evening of Film & Fun
Celebrating Beavers - Climate & Ecosystem Restoration Heroes!

featuring the newly released film The Beaver Believers
with special guest artist Ray Cirino, and his Beaver artwork & Summer Solstice Beaver float on display

Friday, June 28, 7-9pm  2019
FREE, Kids Welcome!
Outdoor Event, in the patio of Bici Central

Location: Bici Centro,  434 Olive St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101 (corner of Haley & Olive St)

Join us for an evening celebrating our new climate & ecosystem heroes, the beavers!

Santa Barbara Permaculture Network hosts an evening of fun & film, featuring the recently released documentary, The Beaver Believers, to be shown in the spacious outdoor patio of Bici Centro (Santa Barbara Bicycle Coalition), in downtown Santa Barbara.  Families welcome, bring your own picnic sandwiches, snacks provided.

The Beaver Believers documentary film tells the urgent, yet whimsical story of an unlikely cadre of activists – a biologist, a hydrologist, a botanist, an ecologist, a psychologist and an hairdresser – who share a common vision: restoring the North American Beaver, the most industrious, ingenious, bucktoothed little engineer, to the watersheds of the American West.

The Beaver Believers encourage us to embrace a new paradigm for managing our western lands, one that seeks to partner with the natural world rather overpower it.  As a keystone species, beavers enrich their ecosystems, creating the biodiversity, complexity, and resiliency our watersheds need so desperately to absorb the impacts of climate change.

Beavers can show us the way, and do much of the work for us, if only we find the humility to trust the restorative power of nature and our own ability to pay a positive role within it.

Shot in eight western states, also Mexico and Canada, through desert drought, raging wild fires and floods, and wetland tranquility, the Beavers Believers film will change the way you think about climate change and inspire you to think about the opportunities of working with nature for solutions.

Most south coast residents aren’t aware beavers were in our region, and some still remaining, but when hiking in the backcountry behind Santa Barbara and Ventura, you might come across beaver rock art done by the original native peoples of this land, proving beaver have been here for thousands of years.  Let’s welcome them back to help rehydrate the land!

Ray Cirino, local artist, has fallen in love with beaver, and will display and share his Summer Solstice Beaver Float, and other beaver artwork.  Others are encouraged to bring artwork, poems, or favorite books about beavers to share.

The free event takes place on Friday, June 28, 7 – 9pm, and will be held at Bici Centro, 434 Olive Street, in an outdoor courtyard (bring sweaters & jackets).  Please come early to explore the community bike center, the beaver artwork & float, feel free to bring sandwiches, informally picnic, some snacks provided.  The event is FREE and no reservations are required.  For More Info: margie@sbpermaculure.org; www.sbpermaculture.org;  805-962-2571.

-This event is a part of the Santa Barbara Permaculture Network Civics 101 for Climate Change educational series-
Event Co-sponsors:
Santa Barbara Permaculture Network, the Santa Barbara Bicycle Coalition (Bici Centro)

More Info:
Santa Barbara Permaculture Network

Facebook Event page:
Learn More:

Beaver Believers Film Trailer:

BEAVER IN CALIFORNIA: Creating a Culture of Stewardship
Booklet Download:

Extensive research has recently heightened recognition of the important role beaver (Castor canadensis) can play in watershed health and climate change resiliency. The species’ ecological services include enhanced water storage, erosion control, habitat restoration and creation, listed species recovery, the maintenance of stream flows during the dry summer period, and other beneficial adaptations to our changing climate conditions

Eager, The Surprising Secret Life of Beavers and Why They Matter by Ben Goldfarb

In Eager, environmental journalist Ben Goldfarb reveals that our modern idea of what a healthy landscape looks like and how it functions is wrong distorted by the fur trade that once trapped out millions of beavers from North America’s lakes and rivers. The consequences of losing beavers were profound: streams eroded wetlands dried up and species from salmon to swans lost vital habitat:   https://www.chelseagreen.com/product/eager/

THE ECOLOGICAL BENEFITS OF BEAVERS -  Martinez CA Beaver Festival June 29 2019

Because the beaver isn't just an animal; it's an ecosystem:

Beavers in Santa Barbara County:

The historical range of beaver (Castor canadensis) in coastal California - an updated review of the evidence:

Beavers Used to Be Almost Everywhere in California, by Alison Hawkes:

In an interesting historical footnote mentioned in the paper, California brought back some beavers to stem erosion from 1923-1950, bumping the statewide population from a dwindling 1,300 in 1942 to 20,000 by 1950.
The translocations happened in 58 counties — including Marin, Napa, Contra Costa, Alameda, San Mateo and Santa Cruz — and are thought to be responsible for the beavers that live here today….So, it’s not a crazy idea that beavers could be brought in again to help mitigate twenty-first century problems like climate change-induced droughts and water shortages.  https://baynature.org/article/beavers-used-to-be-almost-everywhere-in-california/

1 year ago
Santa Barbara Permaculture Network Presents:

What if… We change
Let’s Fix This Earth!

Join Santa Barbara Permaculture Network for an award winning documentary film series featuring John D. Liu
Highlighting Ecosystem-Restoration projects around the world

Sunday, August 19, 4-6:30 pm  2018, FREE
Children Welcome!  Informal potluck in the park following

Location: South Coast Watershed Resource Center
2981 Cliff Drive, Santa Barbara, CA 93109, at Arroyo Burro County Beach Park (also known as Hendry’s Beach)

Together, we can help to restore Paradise on Earth - John D. Liu

I t all started in 1995 when John D. Liu, an award winning journalist and cameraman working for CBS News, got an assignment to film the Loess Plateau in China, one of the poorest regions in the country.  He observed how the local Chinese people transformed a massive degraded desert area the size of Belgium, into a verdant and productive green oasis.

Liu was stunned by what he saw and, and with the realization this ecosystem restoration model could be replicated all over the world, he was inspired to become a soil scientist.  
Of course there was a message to be shared, so as a talented storyteller and filmmaker, Liu spent the next 30 years documenting large scale restoration projects around the globe , eventually creating the award winning What if … We Change documentary series.  The series covers large scale restoration projects in Portugal, China, Ethiopia, Sweden, Rwanda, Mongolia, Uganda, Australia and more.

Because Liu considers Global Ecosystem Restoration the great work of our time, with others he helped launch Ecosystem Restoration Camps, a grassroots NGO that engages people of all ages to come and live for an extended time, and help transform damaged landscapes into thriving, biodiverse ecosystems.  The first camp is located in the Spanish Altiplano region, where one of the largest dryland deserts is growing, threatening the health of Europe.

In an era when the world, including our own Santa Barbara community is facing many daunting environmental challenges, including droughts, fire, floods, and an increasingly erratic climate – we know innovative solutions are needed.  Santa Barbara Permaculture Network is excited to have John D. Liu join us online LIVE via ZOOM platform to explore some of these possible solutions.  Please bring your ideas and questions for John, so jointly, with all our hearts and minds,  we can help fix this earth!

John D. Liu is a soil scientist and an American filmmaker who has lived in China for over 30 years.  His early career with CBS News as a producer and cameraman had him covering the major geopolitical events of the time, but after an assignment with the World Bank covering the Loess Plateau Watershed Rehabilitation Project, he became an ecological filmmaker.  Liu is the founder and director of the Environmental Education Media Project.   In addition to the  What if We Changed documentary, Liu’s other films include Hope in a Changing Climate; Rwanda---Forests of Hope; and Emerging in a Changing Climate.  Liu is Senior Research Fellow with IUCN, and Visiting Fellow with the Critical Zone Hydrology Group; Faculty of Earth and Life Sciences at the Vrije University Amsterdam.
John D. Liu Chairman of Board of the Advisory Board of Ecosystem Camps Foundation

The event takes place on Sunday August, 19, 4-6:30pm, at the South Coast Watershed Center at the Arroyo Burro County Park, 2981 Cliff Drive, SB, CA 93109, no reservation required.  Bring a brown bag lunch or favorite potluck appetizer or dish for an informal outdoor picnic and time for conversation following the  event.  Children welcome!  For more information, www.sbpermaculture.org, or margie@sbpermaculture.org

A Community Event Sponsored by Santa Barbara Permaculture Network
Facebook Event Page https://www.facebook.com/events/408730009534426/

Learn more:

Ecosystem Restoration Camps -  a grassroots non-profit organization that is engaging people to transform damaged landscapes into thriving, biodiverse ecosystems. The organization was founded in response to a groundswell of support from people worldwide who see the amazing potential of soil restoration.  http://www.ecosystemrestorationcamps.org
John D Liu Hope & Ecosystem Restoration Camps

2 years ago
Sunday, May 6th, 2-5pm
South Coast Watershed Resource Center
Location: 2981 Cliff Drive, Santa Barbara, CA 93109, at Arroyo Burro County Beach Park (also known as Hendry’s Beach)

Every year Permaculture organizations from around the world celebrate International Permaculture Day in May with special events and projects.

Please join Santa Barbara Permaculture Network, on May 6th, as we celebrate in our community by sharing our recent experiences at the 2017 International Permaculture Conference & Convergence (IPC) in India.

The International Permaculture Convergences (IPC’s) that take place every two years in different parts of the world, continue to grow in size.  IPC India had over 1000 participants from 63 countries, for an incredible diversity of ideas, from a wide diversity of countries & regions, creating a huge diversity of solutions.  Permaculture projects and work were shared from around the world.

It was the 30th Anniversary of Permaculture in India, and attracted both international, but also local and regional speakers, media, policy makers, and government officials.  Students from local area schools in the region were invited, and came in large numbers.  

The IPC India host organization, Aranya Agricultural Alternatives,  brought attendees & speakers from all parts of India, including hundreds of women farmers, as one of the important themes was Women as Agents of Change.  Vandana Shiva was the keynote speaker.  

Learn about future IPC’s, the next one will take place in Argentina in 2020, near a beautiful UNESCO National Park, in the northern part of Argentina.

The event will be both indoor & outdoors, on Sunday May 6, 2-5pm, at the South Coast Watershed Center at the Arroyo Burro County Park (Hendry’s), 2981 Cliff Drive, SB, CA 93109, no reservation required.  Bring a brown bag lunch or favorite Indian potluck dish/appetizers for an informal picnic following indoor talk.  Children welcome!

For more information, www.sbpermaculture.org, or margie@sbpermaculture.org

FACEBOOK EVENT PAGE Please join us for the 2018 International Permaculture Day in Santa Barbara, CA


Learn More:

IPC India, 2017:

Future International Permaculture Convergence will be in Argentina in 2020, location, near Iguazu Falls National Park, a UNESCO Heritage site
2 years ago
Santa Barbara Permaculture Network Presents:

The Santa Barbara Film Premiere of
Evolution of Organic
with filmmaker Mark Kitchell

How a cultural revolution changed the way we eat food

Thursday, March 8, 7-9 pm
Tickets $20 -$10 (plus Ticket fee)
Location: Marjorie Luke Theatre

Among all the films on food and farming, Evolution of Organic is the first to tell the story of the organic movement.  How it started, who the people were who bravely initiated it, and how it literally changed the way we eat food.

In this funny and engaging film you will learn about the organic agriculture movement, past, present and the future.  Not just a history, Evolution of Organic explores an exciting future and the next generation who are broadening the definition of organic into no-till farming, urban farming, and considering carbon farming as a solution to climate change.  Come share the fascinating and joyous journey…

Mark Kitchell is a filmmaker interested in the social movements of our time and how they change culture.  In addition to Evolution of Organic, his earlier films include the iconic Berkeley in the Sixties, which was nominated for an Academy Award; and Fierce Green Fire, an acclaimed exploration of environmental activism from conservation to present day climate change issues.  Kitchell will be in attendance and available for questions at the event.

Invited as guests to be honored at the film premiere will be organic growers and farmers from the Santa Barbara region, many who were instrumental in launching the organic movement.  After the film will be time for discussion about the future of organics, and who the emerging farmers are in our area, what assistance do they need.  We will also take a moment of gratitude for all those local farmers who kept growing on our behalf, during the fire & flood events in recent weeks.    

The event takes place on Thursday, March 8, 2018, 7-9pm, at the Marjorie Luke Theatre, 721 E. Cota St, Santa Barbara, CA 93103.   Tickets  sbindepent ticket .  For more info; www.sbpermaculture.org;  Margie@sbpermacuture.org, 805-962-2571. Facebook event page  https://www.facebook.com/events/1853715608263032/


A Community Event Sponsored by Santa Barbara Permaculture Network & the Marjorie Luke Theatre

Event Co-sponsors:   Community Environmental Council (CEC), Island Seed & Feed, Ah Juice, Santa Barbara Independent, Rhodes Family, SB Permaculture Network, the Marjorie Luke Theatre

Evolution of Organics www.evolutionoforganic.com

FILM Trailer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mh_9ojGcYoE  and https://vimeo.com/170086849

People in the Film from
Santa Barbara area
Sunburst Community
Michael Ableman formerly Fairview Farms
Also Severine v T Fleming Green horns
Rebecca Burgess Fiber Shed


2 years ago
Interview with host Jill Cloutier​  of Margie Bushman​ and Wesley Roe

Episode 142: Have you ever thought of going to the International Permaculture Conference and Convergence (IPC)? Held every two years, switching between continents at different locations, the IPC is a gathering of Permaculture designers, teachers, and enthusiasts. This year, the IPC is held in India, which is celebrating 30 years of permaculture!

To learn more I spoke with Margie Bushman & Wes Roe of the Santa Barbara Permaculture Network. In this interview, Margie and Wes discuss Permaculture, their involvement with the IPC, and the next one taking place in Hyderabad India, in November and December of 2017.

Hosted by Aranya Agricultural Alternatives NGO, the IPC 2017 will be a unique and possibly transforming experience. The whole Aranya organization, including community members, farmers from nearby villages, a dynamic group of international volunteers, and especially the community’s women and children are all joyfully preparing to welcome the world to the IPC conference & convergence.

Margie & Wes are founding members of the Friends of the International Permaculture Convergences (FIPC) that works to insure there is a diversity of participants at each IPC by providing scholarships for delegates from around the world. Diversity is key here.

Delegates come from a wide variety of regions and contribute toward a diversity of ideas and solutions arrived at each IPC. IPC’s reach into every corner of the world, local to global, to bring forth and share these ideas.

Past host sites have been in Australia, USA, New Zealand, Scandinavia, Nepal, Croatia, Brazil, Malawi, Jordan, Cuba, United Kingdom, and India in 2017, followed by Argentina in 2020.

This year for the first time FIPC launched an ambitious worldwide crowdfund, so all in the global Permaculture community could easily contribute using the powerful energy of money to help shape a better world.

We are a global society, and more than any other time in history, in order to be resilient, we need a diversity of ideas from all regions and cultures to survive. For more than forty years Permaculture has been leading the way with innovative, planet and climate friendly design strategies, that are just now being fully recognized by the rest of the world as the answer to some of our most pressing challenges.

Margie Bushman and  Wesley Roe​ are the co-founders of the Santa Barbara Permaculture Network, an educational non-profit founded in 2000 that has sponsored hundreds of workshops and events about Permaculture and sustainability. Margie was the Program Coordinator for the Santa Barbara City College (SBCC) Center for Sustainability from 2009-2013, where she developed a Cities as the Solution series and an Eco-Entrepreneurship pilot program. Together Margie and Wes teach the Invisible Structures component of the Permaculture Design Course, a credited class, that they are proud to have helped initiate at SBCC. Wes served as a board member of the Permaculture Credit Union for nine years, later as Board President. Margie and Wes have been volunteer coordinators for the IPC Support Group since its inception in 2005.

For more information on IPC2017, visit the IPC India website at : http://ipcindia2017.org/
Visit the Santa Barbara Permaculture Network/IPC page for the FIPC and crowdfund information: http://www.sbpermaculture.org/ipc.html
Live Well & Spark A Climate Revolution
Book Signing & Talk

with Author & NASA Climate Scientist
Peter Kalmus
Bicyclist, Backyard Gardener & Beekeeper

Sunday, November, 12, 6:30–8:30pm
FREE Event

Location: Bici Centro, 434 Olive St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

These two disparate things---reducing my own fossil fuel use and increasing my ability to love— are actually intimately connected.
 There is no separation between me and the rest of the life on this planet.  Peter Kalmus

Join Santa Barbara Permaculture Network as we host Peter Kalmus, author of the newly published book Be the Change; Live Well & Spark a Climate Revolution, on Sunday November 12, 2017, at Bici Centro in downtown Santa Barbara.   Special guest Paul Relis,  co-founder of the Community Environmental Council (CEC), that was founded after the devastating 1969 oil spill in the Santa Barbara Channel when he was just 22 year old, will introduce Peter, linking two generations of committed and passionate citizen activists.

Alarmed by drastic changes now occurring in the Earth’s climate systems,  Kalmus,  a climate scientist and suburban father of two,  embarked on a journey to change his life and the world.  He began bicycling, growing his own food, meditating, and making other simple, fulfilling changes.  Ultimately, he slashed his climate impact to under a tenth of the US average, and became happier in the process.

Being the Change explores the connections between our individual daily actions and our collective predicament.  It merges science, spirituality, and practical action to develop a satisfying and appropriate response to global warming.  The core message to his book is deeply optimistic: living without fossil fuels is not only possible, it can be BETTER.

Peter Kalmus is an atmospheric scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory with a Ph.D. in physics from Columbia University, and a BA in Physics from Harvard, maintaining clearly in his book and talks he is speaking on his own behalf, not representing any of the scientific agencies he works for, or institutions where he studied.  At home in Altadena, CA, a suburb of Los Angeles, he enjoys orcharding, beekeeping, and backpacking.   Kalmus is a contributing editor and columnist for YES! Magazine.

The event takes place on Sunday, November 12, 6:30 – 8:30pm, and will be held at Bici Centro, 434 Olive Street, in an outdoor courtyard.  Please come early to explore the community bike center.  Books will be available to purchase, author donating profits.  The event is FREE and no reservations are required.  For More Info: margie@sbpermaculure.org; www.sbpermaculture.org;  805-962-2571.

Event sponsors: Santa Barbara Permaculture Network, the Santa Barbara Bicycle Coalition (Bici Centro), Community Environmental Council (CEC), & Oasis Design

This event is a part of the Santa Barbara Permaculture Network Civic 101 for Climate Change educational series -

FACEBOOK EVENT PAGE https://www.facebook.com/events/1351132924995557

Additional Resources:

Peter Kalmus website http://becycling.life

Being the Change | New Society Publishers

Paul Relis, author of Out of the Wasteland: Stories from the Environmental Frontier:  http://www.paulrelis.com/

To My Fellow Climate Scientists: Be Human, Be Brave, Speak Truth YES Magazine

Peter Kalmus A Scientist pioneers a low carbon Lifestyle in Altadena CA

"Being the Change" is proof that weaning oneself off fossil fuels is not only possible, but also joyful and fun for a young suburban family.

How California Could Get to 100 Percent Renewable Energy/Peter Kalmus

Climate Change and Be-cycling With Peter Kalmus Interview https://www.rootsimple.com/2015/02/039-climate-change-and-be-cycling-with-peter-kalmus/

3 years ago
Please join us for a special 15 day fundraiser in honor of Ali Sharif,  one of the original Permaculture “missionaries” who took permaculture out to the world in its earliest days, and convened an International Permaculture Convergence (IPC) in Brazil in 2007.
Special Ali Sharif Scholarship Memorial Fund
Honor Permaculture Pioneer Ali Sharif/Donate to Scholarship Fund for Delegates from around the world attend the International Permaculture Convergence (IPC) in India  NOV 2017, by donating to FIPC Crowdrise:  

Won’t you help get things started with just $20?   If 1000 people sent in just $20, we would have enough to cover most of the costs of scholarships for delegates from all over the world waiting to hear if they can come to IPC India in November 2017.
Larger donations also welcome, big generosity of heart, super appreciated!

Read more…
We first met Ali Sharif in Croatia in 2005 where we attended our first International Permaculture Convergence (IPC).  In those days, only the bravest stepped forward to take on the task of hosting these enormously complicated international events.
After Croatia,  Ali volunteered to host the next IPC in Brazil, where he had been working for more than 20 years, establishing Permaculture centers in all the regions and ecosystems of Brazil, from the  favelas in huge cities, to remote jungle centers on the Amazon.   He was up to the job.
In addition to organizing the convergence, Ali dedicated time, money, and fundraising to make sure delegates from all over the world could attend IPC Brazil, never constrained by the limitations of money.
And of course, these delegates, who had so much knowledge & skill to share,  often had never traveled outside their own countries, and needed assistance with visas and passports, and the logistics of travel, which Ali provided.
Ali Sharif missed the last IPC in 2015 in London and the UK,  but was happy to hear India would be the next IPC host, and had expressed his strong desire to attend, and, once again, help find funding for delegates get there, when he became ill.  Ali died recently in South Africa, while awaiting a heart transplant.

The Friends of the International Permaculture Convergences (FIPC) would like to establish a special Ali Sharif Scholarship Memorial Fund to honor all his years of fundraising efforts for delegates, and continue with his vision of helping both the delegates and the IPC conveners, now and into the future.
Ali Sharif visited Santa Barbara, California in 2016, and we recorded an informal, but very special interview with him  (see below).  Please listen to this remarkable story of a Permaculture “missionary”,  who along with other permaculture pioneers, made permaculture the global movement it is today.

Information About FIPC:
Friends of the International Permaculture Convergences (FIPC)
 ~Assisting the future by design with support for the International Permaculture Convergences~
The Friends of the International Permaculture Convergences (FIPC) is a USA based, fiscally sponsored nonprofit of Inquiring Systems Inc; whose specific mission is to provide scholarships for delegates from around the world attend the International Permaculture Convergences.  All donations are tax deductible.
History of IPC’s: IPC’s take place every two years and switch between continents.  Past host sites have been in Australia, USA, New Zealand, Scandinavia, Nepal, Croatia, Brazil, Malawi, Jordan, Cuba, the United Kingdom, and India 2017, followed by Argentina in 2020.

Have a Listen, Ali in his own words:
Interview with Ali Sharif in Santa Barbara, CA (2016):  
Interview with Ali Sharif
Permacultura Latina America

IPC India 2017, celebrating 30 years of Permaculture in India this year.  There is great excitement building with those hosting, women, children, all joining in, as they prepare a convergence village, and grow almost all the organic food that will feed IPC participants, hoping to welcome you soon!  

Diversity of participants, from a diversity of regions around the world, for a diversity of ideas & solutions

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