Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Happy Earth Day
I couldn't get Mr. Big to wear his earth shirt today, so I painted the blog green instead.
Many pockets of the Pomona Valley are embracing the green movement. Unfortunately, the City government of Pomona is not leading -or even following- the way, but here's a few local people and groups that should give us hope that the City might one day see the light:
Cal Poly's Center for Regenerative Studies - a unique program that is grooming future leaders of sustainability. Cal Poly has reached out to the City in the past, but so far this is, for the most part, an untapped resource. Grants and for-credit programs could change all that. So could just talking to each other. Thanks to Ren for this photo.
Pomona Regens - three "intentional community" houses of sustainable living here in Lincoln Park. The Regens held an open house a couple weeks ago, and the Goddess had the distinct pleasure of meeting an interesting and thoughtful assortment of the residents. I'll be posting more on Scott's talk about "Urban Gardening for Lazy People." For now, here's the picture as a teaser.
Claremont High School's Teen Green. Pomona students are members too. Weren't you saying that you were going to be doing something like this at Pomona High, Andrew?
John Greenlee - the Ornamental "Grass Guru" of Armstrong Nurseries and Pomona boy- done-good. The picture is a garden he designed for an exhibit in San Francisco. And then there's that secret garden of his somewhere in Pomona...John has been talking about killing your lawn (or replacing it with a low water version) for 30 years, but popular culture has just now caught up with him.
Ted Pugh - the "Pomona poet" who was writing green his whole life, including a time when such things were considered not only unfashionable, but downright counter culture. I imagine the fairies he kept in his forest looked a bit like this.
Coates Bicycles - they've been peddling bikes for over 70 years. Now, when pedaling bikes is being embraced as the way of the future, they are being forced out of business by a very-out-of-touch-with-anything-green-and-progressive City of Pomona.
Here's the often photographed Judge Gallup, one of Pomona's early characters about town. He serves as a visual reminder of Pomona's turn-of-the-century roots as a bike culture. Thank you to the Pomona Library digital collection.
The Claremont chapter of Food Not Lawns, which recently put in this "front food" in Pomona's Lincoln Park. Mmmm Mmmm good.
Lastly are all the people whose names I don't know who are doing their part to help Pomona sustain itself for our children. The nameless are typified by the elderly woman who painstakenly planted a colorful drought tolerant garden on the side of her home, just steps away from the gritty corner of Towne and Mission. It's not pictured, because I want you to actually get on your bike and check it out. (It's on the southwest corner, to the side of a white wall with a flower imprinted on it.) Guaranteed to put a big, earth day smile on your face. As for me, I'm just glad I'm done with this post!