WALNUT CREEK, CAâ€”According to a new report, The Path Ahead, â€śToday, kids spend less time outside than prison inmates, with the average child playing freely outside for just four to seven minutes a day.â€ť This report, commissioned by the REI Co-op, notes that the average American now spends about 95 percent of their life indoors. It further reports that we are becoming an â€śindoor speciesâ€ť which comes with consequences: â€śOur health and well-being may suffer. And the less we value our outdoor spaces, the less likely we are to protect them.â€ť As the famed English broadcaster and naturalist, Sir David Attenborough, said, â€śNo one will protect what they donâ€™t care about; and no one will care about what they have never experienced.â€ť The findings of this report confirmed Richard Louvâ€™s earlier groundbreaking work and documentation of â€śNature Deficit Disorderâ€ť in our young, wired generations. The Path Ahead makes it clear that the long march indoors is not inevitable, and that we are at a crossroads. To counter this trend and give thanks for the Mount Diablo area this Thanksgiving season Save Mount Diablo (SMD), De La Salle High School (DHS), California State University, East Bay (CSUEB), and sponsor Progressive Asset Management (PAM) recently signed a Conservation Collaboration Agreement.
Vote Yes on Regional Park District Measure FF (the Extension of Measure CC) â€” on Your November 6 Ballot!
Vote yes for Measure FF on your November 6 ballot! Measure FF extends the benefits of Measure CC. Measure CC was passed by Oakland, Berkeley, Richmond, Alameda, San Pablo, El Cerrito, Albany, Emeryville, and Piedmont voters in 2004 with more than two-thirds support to provide local funding for park infrastructure, maintenance, safety, and services. Measure CC is a $12 per year parcel tax and is set to expire soon. Measure FF would extend it and thatâ€™s why Save Mount Diablo endorses it. Measure CC has provided over $37.4 million dollars over the past thirteen years for park improvements and services in its area. Given the geographic area covered, why do we endorse Measure FF, the Measure CC extension? The East [...]
Paula Oudet, October Volunteer of the Month Interviewed by Roxana Lucero, Land Stewardship Associate About Paula How long have you lived in the Bay Area? Well, I moved to San Francisco in 1964, but I moved to Walnut Creek in 1971. How did you learn about Save Mount Diablo? I was always busy with work and raising my children, including supporting my daughter with synchronized swimming; but somehow in the 70s I was aware of the organization. Iâ€™m not really sure how I became aware, maybe it was in the newspaper, but I was always aware of Save Mount Diablo. What did you do before you volunteered for us? I worked in nuclear [...]
This August, we achieved a huge milestone in Antioch!Â "Let Antioch Voters Decide: The Sand Creek Area Protection Initiative"Â was officially adopted by the Antioch City Council! There have been confusing things taking place in Antioch over the past year, including two recently adopted growth control ballot initiatives in the Sand Creek area between Kaiser Hospital and the Black Diamond Mines hills. The Community Coalitionâ€™s â€śLet Antioch Voters Decideâ€ť Growth Control Initiative In March, we began signature gathering for our â€śLet Antioch Voters Decideâ€ť growth control measure, which would have restricted development on 1,850 acres west of Deer Valley Road. Our volunteers were outside Safeway, Walmart, and elsewhere collecting signatures. Developer Richland Communitiesâ€™ â€śWest Sand Creekâ€ť Initiative In May, the developer, Richland [...]
PITTSBURG, CA---Old computers, printers, televisions, cell phones and other electronic equipment do not have to take up space in your homeâ€”they can be recycled for free on November 17th at Mt. Diablo Recycling (MDR), part of the recycling and recovery companies of Mt. Diablo Resource Recovery. Mt. Diablo Resource Recoveryâ€™s free e-Waste event will take place on Saturday, November 17th, 2018 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon at the MDR facility located at 1300 Loveridge Road in Pittsburg, Calif. This free e-Waste event is being sponsored by Mt. Diablo Resource Recovery in conjunction with America Recycles Day, an annual celebration of all things recycling taking place across the country on November 15.
This past week staff from Save Mount Diablo were at the national land conservation conference, known as Rally, in Pittsburgh, PA. Nearly 2,000 land conservationists from throughout our country and around the world gathered for this annual event.Â In this photo, land conservationists from New England, Hawaii, California and elsewhere shared ideas and laughter while breaking bread together. A major theme was the critical importance of healing the divide in our country, and that the land provides the perfect ground to come together on, as we all share this critical foundation in common.Â We can't wait to go back next year!