FEBRUARY 2016 NEWSLETTER    
Thrive Napa Valley encourages leadership through awareness, education, and outreach. We empower our community to connect and engage through inspired action to promote environmental sustainability, social equity and compassion. To learn more about these types of happenings in the Napa Valley and beyond, click on the links below.
THRIVING: a state of being characterized by balance, belonging, and harmonious relationships with other people and with Nature
COMPASSION: a sympathetic consciousness of others' distress together with a desire to alleviate it
Definition from Merriam-Webster Incorporated
Napa Valley Green Drinks!
We've been reviewing topics and venues for 2016 - no gathering is scheduled this month.
Please check the website for updated information on the 2016 Green Drinks schedule.
 
Napa Valley CanDo brings together people from all over the Napa Valley who want to help our communities thrive through volunteerism and community action. Check out their CanDo Spotlight where events & volunteer opportunities from other groups around the valley are listed. Read the latest issue of the CanDo Connection
 
There are no passengers on Spaceship Earth. We are all crew. - Marshall Mcluhan (1964)
STORM PREPARATION
Be prepared for power outages year-round with these tips:
If you have a cordless phone or answering machine that requires electricity to work, have a standard telephone or cell phone ready as a backup.
> Candles pose a fire risk and you should avoid using them during an outage. If you must use candles, keep them away from drapes, lampshades, small children and pets. Do not leave candles unattended.
HEART HEALTH AT ALL AGES

20s and 30s
> Know your family history. Know who in your family has experienced heart disease and talk to your doctor about how your family history may affect your own risk profile.
> Develop healthy eating and exercise habits. Learn how to eat and exercise in a way that supports heart health now and in the future.

30s and 40s
> Pay attention to your numbers. This is a good time to know your cholesterol, blood pressure, and ideal weight. If your numbers are within normal limits, you have a good baseline for comparison as you get older. If your numbers put you at elevated risk for future heart disease, now is the time to work with your health care provider to manage your numbers and lower your risk.
> Take care of yourself. The demands of managing a family and sometimes a career as well can seem like an excuse to put ourselves last and to abandon our good health habits.

40s and 50s
> Continue to monitor your numbers. Check your cholesterol and continue to monitor your weight and blood pressure. Follow your doctor's recommendations for optimum management.
> Continue to model heart healthy behavior for your children. Bring good food choices into the house, limit TV and computer time, and get plenty of exercise. Be sure to check with your doctor before embarking on a new exercise program.

50s, 60s and Beyond
> A renewed focus on your heart-healthy lifestyle is critical to help you protect your heart.
> Maintain good sleep habits. It is important to your general and cardiac health to aim for 6 to 8 hours of good quality sleep every night.
> Be aggressive about investigating cardiac concern. Even if they are not "typical", new or unusual symptoms could herald trouble and need to be discussed with your physician. Symptoms, evaluations, and treatment of heart disease are different in women and men.
 
SOURCE: Courtesy of Wellness Proposals
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Inspired by innovation and technology; driven by a sense of duty to address ecological issues facing our agricultural system; and motivated by a farmer's penchant for challenge, Gotham Greens built its flagship greenhouse - the first commercial scale rooftop greenhouse in the United States - in 2011. The state-of-the-art greenhouse facility, located in the Greenpoint neighborhood in Brooklyn, represented a shift in the concept of urban farming: from seasonal community gardening resource to a year-round, viable, commercial scale farming enterprise.

In early 2014, Gotham Greens opened its second greenhouse, located on the rooftop of Whole Foods Market's flagship Brooklyn store, which was the first ever commercial scale greenhouse integrated into a supermarket. Since then, the company has built additional greenhouse facilities in new York City and Chicago.

Gotham Greens' pesticide-free produce is grown using ecologically sustainable methods in technologically-sophisticated, 100% clean energy powered, climate-controlled urban rooftop greenhouses. Gotham Greens provides its diverse retail, restaurant, institutional customers with reliable, year-round, local supply of produce grown under the highest standards of food safety and environmental sustainability.

Inspired by the growing local and artisanal food movement and humbled by the high demand of Gotham Greens produce, the company has set out to expand its operations to cities around the country to create a brand of truly 'local', premium quality produce.

The company has built and operates over 170,000 square feet of technologically advanced, urban rooftop greenhouses across 4 facilities in New York City and Chicago. Gotham Greens is actively developing urban agricultural projects in cities across the United States.
When we establish human connections within the context of shared experience we create community wherever we go. - Gina Greenly
WEALTHY COUNTRIES LESS CONCERNED
ABOUT CLIMATE CHANGE: GLOBAL POLL


Global public concern about climate change has declined over the past six years, especially in industrialized countries, and support for national governments leading on ambitious climate targets at the December 2015 Paris Climate Change Conference is down from levels measured prior to the 2009 Copenhagen Summit.


Less than half (48% of citizens living in industrialized countries (OECD members) now rate climate as a "very serious" problem, down from 63 percent in 2009. Interestingly, a higher percentage of citizens in non-OECD countries (54%) now rate climate as a 'very serious" problem.

Only 8 percent of citizens across 21 countries polled want their government to oppose any climate deal being reached in Paris. An average of 43 percent want their government to play a leadership role in setting ambitious targets, while another 40 percent want their government to take a more moderate approach and support only gradual action.

These are the major findings from GlobeScan's latest 21-country poll, conducted face-to-face or by telephone with a random sample of about 1,000 citizens in each country mainly during January and February 2015. The BBC had asked GlobeScan what their long-term polling suggests about public opinion on climate negotiations.

Compared to results of a similar question asked six years ago to the Copenhagen Climate Summit, there is less support today for ambitious climate leadership by governments. Support for leadership on ambitious targets has declined in eight countries and only increased in three. Canada, France, Spain, and the UK are the only four countries that today have majorities wanting their government's leadership on ambitious targets in Paris. Countries with majorities or pluralities favoring a more moderate approach and only gradual action include Mexico, Indonesia, Germany, and China. 

The poll findings do suggest that citizens have become significantly more informed about climate change over the past fifteen years, however. Almost twice as many today blame human-caused climate change or rising CO2 levels for extreme weather events, compared to a GlobeScan poll in January 2000. More than seven in ten people now point to human factors, including pollution and other causes, as the reason for extreme weather events when asked without prompting.


RESEARCH METHODOLOGY:  A total of 20,043 citizens across some 20 countries were interviewed by telephone or face-to-face between December 2014 and May 2015. Polling was conducted by GlobeScan and its research partners in each country. In certain developing countries, the sample was limited to major urban areas. Some questions were asked to half-samples. The margin of error per country ranges from +/-3.5 percent, 19 times out of 20. For full methodology, question wording, and detailed results, please see the drop-down links with the full article.

SEE THE IMPACTS
Scorching Summers . . . Melting Glaciers . . . Stronger Storms . . . 
The Signs Of Global Climate Change Are All Around Us


The Earth's climate is getting warmer, and the signs are everywhere. Rain patterns are changing, sea level is rising, and snow and ice are melting sooner in the spring. As global temperatures continue to rise, we'll see more changes in our climate and our environment. These changes will affect people, animals, and ecosystems in many ways.

Less rain can mean less water for some places, while too much rain can cause terrible flooding. More hot days can dry up crops and make people and animals sick. In some places, people will struggle to cope with a changing environment. In other places, people may be able to successfully prepare for these changes. The negative impacts of global climate change will be less severe overall if people reduce the amount of greenhouse gases we're putting into the atmosphere and worse if we continue producing these gases at the current or faster rates.
Source: NASA/courtesy of nasaimages.org
The ABC's of Living Green
Each month we will spotlight letters of the alphabet with suggestions for living a sustainable lifestyle:

D - Defend Diversity, Donate Usable Goods, Direct Action, Drought Tolerant Landscapes

E - Enjoy Earthworms, Eat Organic, Environmentally Conscious Lifestyle, Eco-Warrior, Earth Day, Energy Efficiency, Electric Vehicles

Purchase this beautiful 24" x 36" poster and start living the green life. Sassy and fun images and words by Donna Tarbania, Karen Kerney (illustrations and design), Dik Cool and many friends. SCW © 2010
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