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Restore Hetch-Hetchy, NOW!

  Sierra College Journal announces major mission to Restore Hetch-Hetchy   Robert Hanna, the great-great-grandson of John Muir, is a key leader in the mission to Restore Hetch Hetchy Valley. “For more than 100 years the glorious Hetch Hetchy Valley in Yosemite National Park has patiently waited for the world to set it free from one of the worst mistakes America has ever made.”- Robert Hanna    ...

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Rim of The World View: What’s Saved & Lost

In my teens I made an admission in my journal which still haunts my vision of where we are today in our post modern world – – “the arrogance of the human race embarrasses me. “ It isn’t that I am blind to all the wonderful people who share this jeweled orb suspended in space which we inhabit. It is, instead, the honesty of seeing what collectively drives our globally destructive behavior in abusing the treasures we were blessed to gain temporary dominion over.  It is, unfortunately, the lack of loving the responsibilities of “stewardship” and choosing in its place the evils of solipsistic obsessions.  This is a good time to reconsider and reconnect with the piercing wisdom of John Muir’s sense of interconnectedness.   “When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.” John Muir from “My First Sumer in the Sierra” The event that precipitated today’s blog came about through a gathering of Muir scholars, the Muir-Hanna family descendants of John Muir and a assemblage of Muir admirers gathered together to attend the University of the Pacific’s  2014 “Muir Symposium.”  In keeping with the theme of the symposium, the John Muir Geotourism Center ( JMGC-Coulterville, CA ) was included by the symposium and the university’s...

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HOW WE SPEND OUR DAYS:

The Real, the Virtual, and Placing Our Children in Nature’s Path (From author Cindy Ross about her new book about “Modeling a Life”) – “How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.” — Annie Dillard All along the creek are miles and miles of beaver dams in all stages of construction and deterioration. Behind dry, deserted dams, the silt is built up to dam level, making it clear that it was time for the...

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Travel and Your Values: The Power of Deliberate Spending

Guest Post Insert About Enriching Yourself and the Location & People You Visit – from UncorneredMarket’s travel experts “A few dollars here, a few dollars there. Does how you spend your money when you travel really matter? Is it possible to align your travel approach and spending decisions with your values? In the first part of this series, The Importance of People in Travel, we explored the relationship between people and the travel experience and we spoke of serendipity and human connections. In this...

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Chile’s Natural Wonders Offers a New Showcase

Tompkins & Pinera’s Administration Add Chile National Park 1/2 the Size of Yosemite National Park – US billionaire Douglas Tompkins, co-founder of The North Face, has donated 94,000 acres (38,040 hectares) to help create the newly formed Yendegaia National Park in Patagonia, along with 276,342 acres donated by Chile’s Piñera administration. Pan AM Post (December 17,...

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ToMarket’s 1st Geotourism Project Mentioned in National Geographic “2013 Roundup”

The John Muir Geotourism Center (JMGC), in Coulterville, CA, has grown from the initial funding in 2011 by the Graf-Pulvino Family Fund to a recent mention in the National Geographic “2013 Geotourism Roundup,” by geotourism expert, Jonathan Tourtelot.  All members of the JMGC team ( 501 c 3 ) at the center deserve a great round of applause and support.   The center provides Yosemite visitors with a great experience for the whole family.  Mark your calendars for the 2014 “All Things...

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Up to Geo Speed? Check with TNC’s CEO, Mark Terzek

How can anyone hope to keep up with the latest and best recommendations for matching  environmental  priorities with practical solutions?  With two career couples struggling to meet all the demands of their work, their families and sorting out the mess that our governments are throwing at us all, how can a concerned person make optimal use of time to find the best voice of reason in saving our planet? Let us make a recommendation on two steps you can take...

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