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Third Thursday Newsletter: May 2022

Tracking Trends in the Sea

We are pleased to support innovative research where it's needed most.

This month, the Samuel Lawrence Foundation awarded a $10,000 grant to HyperKelp, an Encinitas company that builds buoys to monitor sea level rise, tsunamis, and gather all kinds of other data.

In our view, tracking trends in the sea is especially important because deadly radioactive waste is piled up right on the shoreline at San Onofre and other locations.

On a recent visit to Los Peñasquitos Lagoon, HyperKelp CEO Graeme Rae showed us where one of his buoys is gathering data for NOAA.


Opposing Diablo Canyon Extension

Gov. Gavin Newsom is considering extending the life of the Diablo Canyon Power Plant. That's a terrible idea. We stand behind San Luis Obispo Mothers for Peace, the advocacy group that has opposed Diablo Canyon for decades.

Please add your name their petition, which states, "Governor Newsom, we’re done with nuclear energy in California!"

[Petition closed]


Protesting Plans for Toxic Water Dump

Activists group near and far are protesting Japan's approval May 18 to discharge more than 1 million tons of isotope-laced wastewater from the wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant into the Pacific Ocean.

Stored in tanks at the site of the 2011 meltdown, the water contains tritium, strontium, plutonium, and other radionucleotides. The discharge is approved for the spring of 2023.

Locally, the group Activist San Diego is laying plans for a rally at noon June 11 to "Stop the Toxic Water Dump."

Meanwhile, the activist Tsukuru Fors is collecting the endorsements and signatures of organizations, academics and elected officials to include in a letter of protest to officials in Japan. Fors is coordinating a "Global Day of Action" with events in Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York.

Investor-owned utilities would have us believe that dilution is the solution to contamination. We disagree.

In the article "Fukushima Radiation in U.S. West Coast Tuna," NOAA Fisheries show models that illustrate the long-term dispersal of radionuclides from Fukushima.


Going Bananas at EarthFair 2022

Yes, we had many bananas! And we had a great time handing them out from our booth last month at EarthFair 2022 at Balboa Park. Our message was simple: A banana peel takes about a week to decompose. Nuclear waste, by contrast, takes about 500,000 years


Making Moves at Joffrey Ballet

Earlier this month and in partnership with our Open Door to Arts program, Dance Professor Mary Jo Horvath of Southwestern Community College and 40 dance students attended La Jolla Music Society's presentation of Joffrey Ballet.


Encouraging Equity

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As part of our equity initiatives, we proudly supported a "Right to Resources" panel discussion organized this month by our collaborators in Alabama. About 50 attendees learned about how best to gain access to legal services, juvenile services and parent advocacy groups.


Beautifying City Streets

After securing permission from the City of San Diego, we were happy to spring for paint, pizza and coffee and unleash artists to beautify utility boxes on Broadway between 20th and 25th streets. Our future plans include fundraising to plant trees in outlying San Diego neighborhoods.



The New York Times, May 18, 2022

The Washington Post, May 13, 2022

The Environmental Magazine, May 10, 2022

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