Thanks for honoring planet Earth

By From page A6 | October 21, 2011

Village Homes hosted a notable 350.org Moving Planet event on Sept. 24 at its Community Center. Having recently joined the Cool Davis Initiative as a partner, Village Homes offered its center for An Evening in Honor of Planet Earth.

The spirit of generosity prevailed from the outset. Visitors had the option of arriving early for a walking tour of the sustainable features of Village Homes. The 100 guests gathered for delicious desserts baked by neighbors. Many thanks to Sudwerk Restaurant and Brewery, which provided beer, and Purple Pearl Vineyards, which donated dessert wine.

A special thanks to the talented musicians who expressed their varied views of this precious Earth: James Williams, “What a Wonderful World”; Scarlet Huber, a Portuguese lament about cutting trees; George Haver, “How Big is Our Print?”; Threshold Choir, “Pachamama”; Andrew Corbett, “Bright, Blue Ball”; and Eve Bessier, “Small Blue Planet.”

Kim Stanley Robinson was enthusiastically received for his readings from his climate change trilogy and from several pieces based on his experience living in Village Homes. Don Saylor awarded Stan a special recognition for his contribution to humankind through his literature. Later in the evening, Jim Provenza reminded us of specific steps Yolo County is already taking to make buildings more energy-efficient.

The event provided a reminder that by bringing our community together we can find a more Earth-friendly way to live. The plates and cups were reusable and the food scraps and napkins were composted. If we approach the climate crisis grounded in our gratitude for the wondrous diversity of life that exists on this Earth, then it becomes essential to live sustainably and work with diligence and hope to secure clean air, clean water, protected habitat and safe levels of greenhouse gas emissions so that all living beings may thrive.

In all the universe, we have no other viable place to live but on this one planet that we call home. Everything we love is here, on Earth.

Thanks to all who helped honor Planet Earth!

Lynne Nittler


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