Apr 28, 2012

Daniel “Nane” Alejandrez of Barrios Unidos

nane.jpg We talk to Daniel "Nane" Alejandrez Founder and Director of Barrios Unidos (http://barriosunidos.net/). From the Barrio to the United Nations, Alejandrez has spread his message which combines analysis of the root causes of crime with concrete programs that offer youth positive alternatives. He is also Co-Chair of the Urban Peace and Justice Summit, the national organization that works to forge truces between African American and Latino gangs. Alejandrez has been recognized for his inspiring efforts and is the recipient of numerous awards including the National Fellowship of Reconciliation Martin Luther King Jr. Award and a fellowship from the California Wellness Foundation.

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Apr 21, 2012

Protecting the World’s Oceans with Save the Waves and Surfrider Foundation

katie_headshot.jpg dustinmac.jpg We talk to Katie Westfall, Save the Waves Environmental Director, and Dustin Macdonald, Chair of the Santa Cruz Chapter of Surfrider Foundation. Save The Waves Coalition (http://www.savethewaves.org) is a global nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting and preserving the coastal environment, with an emphasis on the surf zone, and educating the public about its value. We are a devoted group of surfers, scientists, and activists, who share a common belief that our wild coastal areas around the world are precious and valuable, and need to be protected. The Surfrider Foundation (www.surfridersantacruz.org)  is a non-profit grassroots organization dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of our world’s oceans, waves and beaches. Founded in 1984 by a handful of visionary surfers in Malibu, California, the Surfrider Foundation now maintains over 50,000 members and 80 chapters worldwide.  We discuss the dedication of the next world surfing reserve in Santa Cruz, CA.

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Apr 7, 2012

Land Trusts as a Means to Protect Land

randywidera.jpg We talk to Randy Widera the Founder of the UCCR Web of Life Field (WOLF) School.  UCCR (United Camps, Conferences and Retreats) is the facility management non-profit that is partnering with CA State Parks to take care of Little Basin, and the WOLF School is the Program Division of UCCR.  WOLF gets to provide environmental education and interpretive programs to all who attend Little Basin. Randy speaks about WOLF School and what they are doing for students, teachers and families.  He also talks about Little Basin grand opening recreation festival for Little Basin Cabins and Campgrounds (http://littlebasin.org/).

terry_corwin.jpg Next we talk to Terry Corwin, the Executive Director of Land Trust of Santa Cruz and Jeff Helmer. The Land Trust of Santa Cruz County is dedicated to protecting and caring for the lands we love.  It protects both working lands, like farms and timberland, and natural lands with high conservation value – thus protecting water supplies, wildlife habitats, and open space (landtrustsantacruz.org).

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