Environmental healing through awareness, education and action.

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August 13, 2021

The launching Ecohana on Social Media!

I am excited to officially call myself an environmental advocate. I’ve always cared about mother Earth and practiced environmental awareness activities to do my part in slowing down the degradation of our atmosphere through simple things such as composting, recycling, and just recently decreasing the amount of waste that I consume and send to landfills.

Last month, I was granted the special opportunity of participating in the Oakland Shoreline Leadership Academy, where I am currently learning about our Bay Area Shorelines, their rich natural resources and the various toxins that exist in the land. I am also learning more about the importance of acknowledging and honoring the Native Americans that once occupied in this country, specifically the Ohlone people that lived here in Oakland. It truly seems like the Universe is creating a path for me to become more involved and educated in environmental awareness and protection through the various opportunities that have been presented to me, such as the Oakland Shoreline Leadership Academy, and just recently through two documentaries that I found on Netflix, Fantastic Fungi and Kiss the Ground.

These two videos provided me with a comprehensive picture of how we are destroying our planet, atmosphere, and the chances for survival of our near future generations. The videos were also extremely effective in educating me on how we can not only slow down the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere, but how we can decrease the amount of CO2 that has already been released into the atmosphere. I recommend that you watch these videos as soon as possible. Please do so and we can compare notes. I will be talking more about what I have learned in my next post.

Until then, please continue to recycle, compost and decrease your waste amount. We are in this together and if we begin the journey now, we CAN make a huge difference. I will be publishing a monthly post here to share. This is Ecohana signing out for now.

September 11, 2021

Sea Level Rise and how it will Impact Oakland, specifically the flat lands, where so many people of color live, work, and play.

So, here we are, during a time when global warming has taken on an aggressively impactful life of its own and we are faced with having to look it straight in the eyes to negotiate ways to stop, decrease, and heal its damage moving forward. One of the major results of global warming is, the rise in our sea levels.

Some of the major causes of global warming include: deforestation, transportation, farming, oil and gas drilling, permafrost, and excessive garbage (plastic, unrecyclable matter, over packaging and over consumerism). The current lifestyle of urban dwellers continue to exacerbate mostly all of these culprits and, what many of us may not be aware of is that the issue of our rising sea levels is on its way to displacing individuals and families that live in flatlands, such as Oakland, San Francisco, and other cities that border bodies of water. Tragic examples of the damage that occur from rising sea levels include Louisiana during Hurricane Katrina and recently in New York, New Jersey, and Virginia during Hurricane Ida. These tragedies are tell-tale signs of what is to come.

Due to the large amount of CO2 in the earth’s atmosphere, our ozone is deteriorating. The ozone is a natural layer of gas that serves as a protective barrier between the earth and the sun, kind of like wearing sunblock for humans.  It covers the entire planet and protects life on earth by absorbing harmful ultraviolet radiation from the sun. CO2 destroys the ozone molecules, and although the molecules are naturally created, they cannot keep up with the pace at which they are being destroyed. Because of the consistent deterioration of our ozone, our planet is heating up to a point where her safety and ours are at risk. Think of it like when humans become overheated. Things go haywire in our bodies and we need to seek medical attention immediately. The earth, like us, is a living and breathing system.

Among other major issues, the excess heat is causing our oceans and seas to warm up. What happens to water when it is warmed – it expands. A warmer earth causes our mighty glaziers to melt and further increases the rise in sea levels around the world. So, when a large storm surge is added to these existing issues, flooding occurs. Based on research by the Bay Shoreline Flood Explorer, Oakland could be in 3 feet of flood water by 2050. See illustrations below. If a storm surge occurs, this flooding could happen today, tomorrow or any day. However, with the continuation of global warming alone, flooding is predicted to happen in approximately 30 to 50 years. You may or may not still be here on earth, but guess who will be – your children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, or friends.

Oakland is located at the bottom right. The blue color represents flooding.

This is Ecohana signing out for now. When I return to publish my next post, I hope to share ways that we, as regular community folks, can work to stop and reverse global warming. Like everything else in my life, I will keep it simple and straight forward. Thanks for visiting my page!

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