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    DOES CLIMATE CHANGE WORRY YOU ?
 

As 2018 ends, it’s time to re-assess and re-evaluate our priorities, values, and actions - by looking back - and LOOKING FORWARD ~

 

Is protecting the environment a priority ?

Does education of youth and the community matter ?

Are we aware of the powerful, destructive forces and changes that climate change is making on the planet?


Climate Change appears to be a global issue, but it really impacts us locally, too.  
 

        WE EACH CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE !
 

As responsible people, we can individually and collectively create a greener and healthier environment in our communities, while educating our children and ourselves about green skills, sustainable practices, and green jobs for a greener economy.
 

That's what A Living Library is doing, but we need your help and support to do it even better and more powerfully - locally and globally.

OMI/ Excelsior Living Library & Think Park

    A LIVING LIBRARY IS 
TRANSFORMING COMMUNITIES, SCHOOLS & WATERSHEDS INTO ECOLOGICAL,  SUSTAINABLE  PUBLIC LANDSCAPES WHILE EDUCATING PEOPLE OF ALL AGES IN HANDS-ON LEARNING BY DOING

HELP  A.L.L.  CREATE A GREENER ENVIRONMENT IN 2019 & ADDRESS CLIMATE CHANGE. PLEASE DONATE NOW !

A FEW A.L.L. ACCOMPLISHMENTS IN 2018:

• Transforming Seneca Avenue Streetscape & Islais Creek Watershed, San Francisco: 

Seneca Avenue Strretscape

With the help of a generous grant awarded to Life Frames, Inc. by the California Natural Resources Agency under Proposition 1 — California Urban Rivers Grant Program — we are helping address climate change by expanding the OMI/Excelsior Living Library & Think Park, and transforming a long, wide, barren street - Seneca Avenue - into a series of Rain Gardens, Swales, and Community Gathering Spaces that will radically change this current 'Heat Island' that aggravates flooding problems in the neighborhood. 

Stormwater currently drains downhill into overflowing sewers that compound flooding from the Historic Islais Creek under Balboa High School.  This portion of Seneca Avenue borders on four public schools - PreK-12 - including Balboa. Students of all ages will help in transforming this desolate area into an ecological place of wonder, delight, health and community / school learning - by planting hundreds of California native trees and understory plants. Concrete removal, excavation, adding good soil and compost, and then planting and mulching by the students and community will begin in early 2019.
Read more...

Site plan for Ecological Transformation of Seneca Avenue
 

HELP DEVELOP PLACE-BASED BRANCH LIVING LIBRARY & THINK PARKS AND ADDRESS CLIMATE CHANGE ~ CONTRIBUTE HERE.

• Transforming Rear Yard Of James Denman Middle School, San Francisco:

A year ago, the Rear Yard of James Denman Middle School, one of the four schools that borders on Seneca Avenue described above, was a barren and depressing expanse of asphalt and concrete that looked more like a prison yard. Not a great place for student learning and enjoyment.
 
Following Bonnie Ora Sherk's Master Plan with funding from the San Francisco Community Challenge Grant, Denman PTSA, and Excelsior Community Collaborative, this environment has been transformed from a dreary grey stretch of gray to blooming gardens of colors - California Native Learning Zones - filled with California Native Trees and Understory Plants, including a new Redwood Circle Outdoor Classroom for students and community.  All the areas were planted and cared for by the students during the school day, after school, and summers. Read More...
Rear Yard of James Denman Middle School
Rear Yard of James Denman Middle School
 
HELP US PAY A.L.L. TEACHERS & PLANT MORE TREES. DONATE HERE.

• Offering Diverse Educational, Horticultural, and Cultural Opportunities For Residents of all ages in NYC - Roosevelt Island

Roosevelt Island Living Library & Think Park

Incorporating the new Roosevelt Island Living Library & Think Park Site Plan and integrated Community Program Plan developed by Life Frames and Bonnie Ora Sherk, diverse community residents of all ages and persuasions are engaged including: students from Roosevelt Island School Beacon (PS/ IS 217) and The Child School who learn about urban agriculture, organic farming and Farm-to-Table concepts while enjoying various hands-on garden activities.

The new RI Living Library & Think Park Master Plan promotes development of an Orchard, Multicultural International Gardens, Wheelchair Accessible Planters, and other features that will involve youth, adults  and institutions with diverse cultural groups in the Roosevelt Island community.
Read more...
New Master Plan for RI Living Library & Think Park
 

HELP SUPPORT THE ORCHARD & INTERNATIONAL GARDENS. GIVE NOW !
A Living Library In Video, International Museum Exhibitions & Public Talks in 2018
"Discover Your Watershed" Video Series Produced By
San Francisco Public Utilities Commission

Bonnie Ora's installation at Nevada Museum of Art
Bonnie Ora's public talk at Kulturfolger, Zurich
MAKE YOUR TAX DEDUCTIBLE DONATIONS HERE.

Let's protect the environment.

Let's educate our children and community members about natural interconnected systems.

Let's address climate change practically.

And, if you are interested in developing a place-based Branch Living Library & Think Park in your community, please let us know: 
info@alivinglibrary.org
 

Thank you for your generous support & participation.

Summer Planting in Living Library Gardens in San Francisco


Wishing EVERYONE A Peaceful & Abundant Year Ahead !

© 2018 Life Frames, Inc. & A Living Library

Place-Based, Indoor/Outdoor Community Learning Environments, International Culture-Ecology-Technology Think Parks® & A Living Library® with Integrated Programs, Curricula & Products 


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