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21st Annual Kahuna Kupuna now open for registration!

posted Jun 3, 2021, 7:13 PM by PEF Pacifica


Enjoy a day at the beach with others in our surfing community, celebrate the intergenerational nature of our sport, and raise funds for Pacifica’s Environmental Family!

The Kahuna Kupuna is an annual shortboard and longboard surf contest that honors the more experienced (in age) surfers among us! The main focus of the contest is the Kahuna Kupuna division for men and women 40 years of age and over, with separate sub-divisions for shortboard and longboard surfers. In addition, an Intergenerational Team Division welcomes surfers of all ages.

Click here for more information

Kahuna, in Hawaiian, means Big Chief, and Kupuna means grandparent or older member of the community who everyone turns to for advice and counsel.

Rising, Dispatches fro the New American Shore, by Elizabeth Rush, Book Review

posted Apr 17, 2021, 11:48 AM by PEF Pacifica   [ updated Apr 17, 2021, 8:08 PM ]

TREADING WATER OR RISING? By Marj Davis and Jim Kremer April 15, 2021 

RISING – Dispatches From The New American Shore (2018) is a compelling non-fiction narrative of personal stories by Elizabeth Rush, an environmental journalist and professor of creative non-fiction at Brown University. Rising was a finalist for the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for General Non-fiction. 

Rush interviewed individuals living near the sea around America, sometimes with repeated visits over five years. Extended local visits in person allowed her to come to know them, their situations, their recollections, their emotions.

She traveled from New England where coasts are receding, to communities in Staten Island inundated by storm surge, to low-lying areas of Florida flooded by hurricanes, to Louisiana’s disappearing coastal islands with relocated climate refugees, to wetlands restoration efforts in San Francisco Bay. Yes, the Bay Area is included – there is a chapter on Alviso and the South Bay Salt Pond Restoration Project to convert the Cargill salt ponds back to wetlands. There is even mention of District 1 Supervisor in San Mateo County. So it quite literally hits close to our coast-side home. 

Local note: The wetlands dilemma of SF Bay is how to allow for wetlandescaping. As Rush describes, wetlands respond naturally by moving up and landward as sea level rises, continuing to provide us with a protective buffer against the surge energy and flooding – UNLESS manmade structures prevent this. “Wetlandescaping” is a neologism capturing this natural inland migration of wetland habitat in response to sea level rise unimpeded by manmade barriers. Marj Davis was inspired to create this word while reading Rising and participating in the “Pacifica Futures, See Change” project at Sanchez Art Center in collaboration with the The Bureau of Linguistical Reality. 

Most chapters are recounted as interpreted narratives from Rush’s insightful perspective. Some appear in the first person so it seems they are by co-authors, probably transcriptions from recordings, and are especially impactful and poignant. 

Rising is not a science book, yet the science is subliminal. Rather, the scope of human experience explored by such intimate stories of geographically dispersed people who faced and are facing personal, property and financial loss is Art. Her approach is very effective. Accounts of lived human experience on the front lines – the waterlines around America – is thus an account of evidence.  As has been said, “the plural of anecdote is evidence”. 

We learn that: FEMA in some cases has revised their requirement that insurance payments be used only to repair/replace storm damaged properties allowing owners to move; in some communities, all residents have been offered buy-outs at full market value if they relocate, with funding patched together by federal and state sources; the entire South Bay town of Aviso is 16 feet below sea level due to extraction of groundwater for irrigation and now sea level rise. 

Well into the book, the author takes a brief diversion seemingly off topic, when she extends her view of the responsibility of decision makers with authority into a wider socio-cultural context. But she soon brings it back home, using her deeply personal and timely story of risk and responsibility as a general example of underappreciated impacts on vulnerable individuals.

Environmental justice, actually injustice, is a theme which gathers momentum. “Climate change impact and environmental injustice often overlap” says Rush, and monies for climate response will likely not be equitably distributed. But solutions can provide “transformation and hope” as neighbors help neighbors and become “agents of change”. Personal stories clearly show that climate change and sealevel rise are real, that all of us face a changing landscape, and that we need to plan. 

The Chicago Tribune, in their review of Rising, noted, “with empathy and elegance, [Rush] conveys what it means to lose a world in slow motion”. This book gives one a broader view and perspective of what is going on in our country on every coastline. Rush’s personal stories humanize this very challenging situation. One realizes that we are not just making a decision for today but a choice for future generations in how we deal with the effects of climate change. Reading this book encourages us to consider what we HAVE done in the past, what we CAN do today, and what we SHOULD do FOR the future.

Rush concludes her book [hopefully] with the thought that “the sea is rising and so are we”. As reported in The Nation, we need “to consider more just ways of dealing with the immense challenges. 


Experience a King Tide - Free Public Talk and View

posted Feb 18, 2019, 12:37 PM by PEF Pacifica   [ updated Feb 18, 2019, 12:57 PM ]

When:
  January 20, 2019, 8:30am     Where:  At the entrance to the Pacifica Pier (behind the Chit Chat Cafe)  
King, spring, neap, and perigean tides.  What do they all mean?  How do local conditions as well as those miles and miles away affect what happens at our beaches?  Join Pacifica's Environmental Family to explore and understand the interactions that influence our experience along the coast.  

Sunday, January 20, will be the second "King Tide" of the winter and will be only a bit lower than the Monday tide on the next day.  Both mornings will rpovide the curious a view of what may become the normal highs as sea level rises.  

Unable to attend? or want to experience it again?  We'll be taking photographs to document the event and share how to submit your photographs to the California King Tides Project website.  Snap the Shore, See the Future

Pacifica City Council Candidates Natural & Cultural Environment Issues Forum

posted Sep 10, 2018, 8:40 PM by Sherry F   [ updated Feb 18, 2019, 12:50 PM by PEF Pacifica ]

When:
Wednesday, October 3, 2018, 7:00pm* – 9:30pm


Where: City Council Chambers, 2212 Beach Blvd., 2nd Floor, Pacifica

Presented by: Pacifica’s Environmental Family in collaboration with local environmental and cultural organizations in Pacifica. 

The forum will provide each candidate an opportunity to present their vision for our city including what role, if any, the natural environment, arts and culture play in advancing that vision.   This expanded sharing of vision and values will contribute to greater awareness of environmental and cultural challenges and opportunities facing Pacifica that can shape a vibrant and sustainable community. 

 

Pacifica’s Environmental Family will not be advocating for any particular policy or position during the forum and does not advocate for any particular candidate. The intention of this forum is to give the public a chance to hear what each candidate has to say about various environmental issues that Pacifica faces in a respectful and thoughtful way. 

 

For additional information, contact:  pacificaenvironmentalfamily@gmail.com

* Doors open 6:45pm 


View the PEF Candidates Forum on PCT26's YouTube Channel

20th Annual Kahuna Kupuna now open for registration!

posted May 12, 2018, 5:20 PM by Sherry Flumerfelt   [ updated May 17, 2019, 9:54 AM by PEF Pacifica ]

Enjoy a day at the beach with others in our surfing community, celebrate the intergenerational nature of our sport, and raise funds for Pacifica’s Environmental Family!

The Kahuna Kupuna is an annual shortboard and longboard surf contest that honors the more experienced (in age) surfers among us! The main focus of the contest is the Kahuna Kupuna division for men and women 40 years of age and over, with separate sub-divisions for shortboard and longboard surfers. In addition, an Intergenerational Team Division welcomes surfers of all ages.

Click here for more information

Kahuna, in Hawaiian, means Big Chief, and Kupuna means grandparent or older member of the community who everyone turns to for advice and counsel.

Oct. 26 screening of Freightened: The Real Cost of Shipping

posted Oct 20, 2017, 10:07 PM by Sherry Flumerfelt   [ updated Oct 20, 2017, 10:17 PM ]

Join Pacifica's Environmental Family for a screening of the award winning documentary, Frightened: The Real Cost of Shipping. Learn about international freight shipping - that we see on the horizon in Pacifica daily - and its economic and environmental impacts.

Thursday, October 26, 7:00pm
Sharp Park Library, 104 Hilton Way

It may leave you scared shipless!!!!





Presentations from June 16 Sea Level Rise Meeting

posted Jun 19, 2017, 9:48 PM by PEF Pacifica   [ updated Jun 19, 2017, 9:51 PM ]

On Friday, June 16, Pacifica’s Environmental Family and the Pacifica Climate Committee convened a meeting of experts to examine the realities of sea level rise for Pacifica. Some of the presentations from this meeting are copied below:  [COMING SOON]
  • Samuel Johnson opened the evening with dramatic views of the seafloor using LIDAR imagery and offered a framework for understanding Pacifica’s coastal geology and evolution to explain how and why the waves that hit our shore have so much effect on Pacifica. Dr. Johnson is a Research Geologist with the U.S. Geological Survey and lead for the California Seafloor Mapping Program.
  • Gary Griggs is Director of Marine Sciences at U.C. Santa Cruz and author of the book “Living on the Changing California Coast.” Dr. Griggs reviewed some of Pacifica’s recent erosion history, showed us examples of sea level rise adaptation, and summarized the findings of the newly completed Rising Seas study.
  • Jasneet Sharma from the San Mateo County Office of Sustainability shared information about the ongoing county-wide Sea Change planning efforts that focus on three vulnerable areas in Pacifica. View Presentation Here.
  • Bonny O'Connor from the Pacifica Planning Department provided an update on progress on the revision of our Local Coastal Use Plan and the contract with the Army Corps of Engineer for repairs along the coast north of the pier. View Presentation Here.

Sea Level Rise: Understanding Our Coast - June 16

posted Jun 10, 2017, 10:08 PM by PEF Pacifica   [ updated Jun 11, 2017, 9:35 AM ]

Sea Level Rise: Understanding Our Coast

Friday, June 16, 6:45 PM

Pacifica Coastside Museum

Until today no humans have had the technology to measure the changes that occurred as the last Ice Age melted away.  During the last 18,000 years the sea level rose 325 feet and the shore retreated about 25 miles from the Farallones to where today we go to the beach.

Modern science and technology measurements allow us to calculate the possibility of another 150 feet of sea rise if the remaining ice sheets melt.  However, “Waiting for the scientific certainty is neither a safe nor prudent option” according the 2017 study “Rising Seas in California.”

On Friday, June 16, join experts to examine and ask questions about the realities of sea level rise for Pacifica.  Pacifica’s Environmental Family and the Pacifica Climate Committee have invited specialists from both the science and the policy community to speak at the Pacifica Coastside Museum at 6:45 PM.

Speakers

  • Moderator for the evening Brenda Goeden has long experience with negotiating the rocky intersection between science, policy and politics with the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission.
  • Samuel Johnson will open the evening with dramatic views of the seafloor using LIDAR imagery and offer a framework for understanding Pacifica’s coastal geology and evolution to explain how and why the waves that hit our shore have so much effect on Pacifica. Dr. Johnson is a Research Geologist with the U.S. Geological Survey and lead for the California Seafloor Mapping Program.
  • Gary Griggs is Director of Marine Sciences at U.C. Santa Cruz and author of the book “Living on the Changing California Coast.” Dr. Griggs will review some of Pacifica’s recent erosion history, show us examples of sea level rise adaptation, and summarize the findings of the newly completed Rising Seas study.
  • Jasneet Sharma from the San Mateo County Office of Sustainability will share information about the on-going county-wide Sea Change planning efforts that focus on three vulnerable areas in Pacifica.
  • A representative from the Pacifica Planning Department will give us an update on progress on the revision of our Local Coastal Use Plan and the contract with the Army Corps of Engineer for repairs along the coast north of the pier. 

The themes throughout the evening will weave between history, ongoing scientific investigation and responsive policy. As Pacifica responds to new information over the next several years, determining our course between adaptation measures and hazard mitigation will be a continuing challenge. Join the discussion and help identify priorities that can help to minimize or postpone the impacts of sea level rise.

View the October 6, 2016 City Council Candidate Environmental Issues Forum

posted Oct 12, 2016, 9:38 PM by PEF Pacifica   [ updated Oct 12, 2016, 10:07 PM ]




Roy Earnest and Kahuna Kupuna featured in Half Moon Bay Review, August 2016

posted Oct 12, 2016, 9:28 PM by PEF Pacifica   [ updated Oct 12, 2016, 9:51 PM ]

https://issuu.com/wickcommunications/docs/half_moon_bay_august2016_web

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