LA Green Festival – time for people power!
Oct31

LA Green Festival – time for people power!

Had an interesting day at the Los Angeles Green Festival on Saturday… I wonder how many got there by bus like me and my husband? An hour’s journey from Venice Beach for us to downtown LA, but a relaxing ride on one of the city’s excellent Rapid Metro buses.     Working towards a sustainable society The charismatic speaker, John Perkins, gave a rousing speech that called for us all to use our talents and follow our...

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Food Policy and Public Health
Sep19

Food Policy and Public Health

Last week, the inaugural Santa Monica Good Food Festival and Conference was held in various locations around the city. As a celebration of 30 years of the local Farmers Market, it brought together such diverse events as a Family Breakfast, a Gala Dinner, a Good Food Conference and a Street Fair. As a relative stranger to these shores, I decided to go along to the Good Food Conference and find out how the US is hoping to tackle its...

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Women in Green Forum 2011 – pollution is high on the agenda.
Sep01

Women in Green Forum 2011 – pollution is high on the agenda.

I spent the last two days at the excellent Woman in Green Forum in Santa Monica, that explored the environmental issues facing the world today from a uniquely female perspective. The speakers ranged from directors of multinationals such as Microsoft, through CEOs of start-ups, public health officials, entrepreneurs, to scientists and environmental activists.  The over-riding ethos of the conference was summed up by Karen Owyeung of...

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Los Angeles…an environmental conundrum?
Aug29

Los Angeles…an environmental conundrum?

Back from holiday, but spending some time in the beach city of Santa Monica, part of the huge metropolis of Los Angeles…a vast urban landscape with 13 million inhabitants. It’s the land of celluloid dreams where the car is king and the sun shines 365 days a year. But what about its environmental credentials? Los Angeles is often quoted in the Top 10 of greenest cities in the US but it is also has some of the most polluted...

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