Climate Educator Helps Inyo County Students Understand Climate Change

Sharon Markenson is a retired teacher who now dedicates her time to educating people of all ages about our changing climate. Sharon and her husband, Gary Goldstein, split their time between their home in Southern California and their cabin on the South Fork of Bishop Creek. We are lucky to have her here, even part-time.

Trained in 2013 by the Climate Reality Leadership Corps to present information on climate issues, Sharon has been teaching faith, school, business and community groups on the effects of climate change and what we, as individuals and as a society, can do about it.

Sharon claims that what really got her into wanting to learn about and then act on climate change was the birth of her grandchildren. She was concerned for their futures, and for the lives of all young people. She loves presenting to students and getting them engaged, because it really is their future that she is talking about.

Sharon has been presenting in Southern California for many years now, but after she joined INYO350 last year she volunteered to offer her skills and her time to Inyo County schools.

Last month Sharon gave an engaging presentation at an INYO350 General Meeting at the White Mountain Research Center. Her presentation combined stunning visuals and captivating stories as she talked about the causes and the impacts of a warming planet, and the solutions that we can all be a part of.

During this week before Earth Day Sharon is presenting her talk to students in Lone Pine, Independence, Bishop and Round Valley Schools. As a retired teacher she has the skill to adapt her presentation to virtually any audience and to students of all ages. Teachers from Southern California who have worked with Sharon and who have seen her work with students have stated that one of the best things about Sharon’s presentation is that she emphasizes a positive attitude toward progress and hope for the future. This is something we all could use a hefty dose of at this point!


Happening: A Clean Energy Revolution

Happening biggerOn Saturday, April 21, INYO350 and the Sierra Club Range of Light Group will present the  very engaging film Happening: A Clean Energy Revolution. Jamie Redford traces his power line to its source and then “embarks on a colorful personal journey into the dawn of the clean energy era…explores issues of human resilience, social justice, embracing the future, and finding hope for our survival.” We previewed a lot of climate change films, and this was the overwhelming favorite. Join us at Inyo Council for the Arts at 7 PM on Saturday night. And just like at the theater, we’ll have a couple of shorts before the main feature with two of the most entertaining scientists you could ever imagine: Bill Nye and Joe Hanson!

Landscapes of the Eastern Sierra as Climatic Time Machines

On Friday, April 20, Bishop is in for a special treat. Dr. Ben Hatchett, of the Desert Research Institute in Reno, has a deep love of the Eastern Sierra, where he has been working and playing for 20 years. He will share slides of our region and his insight as an expert in the dynamics of climate change in arid regions in his talk “Landscapes of the Eastern Sierra as Climatic Time Machines.” Ben is an engaging speaker, and this is a rare opportunity for locals to interact with a scientist who can frame changes in our local mountains into a global perspective.

Dr. Hatchett’s talk will begin at 7 PM at the Bishop Campus of Cerro Coso College.

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Films & Speakers for Earth Day 2018

Friday, April 20 Cerro Coso College in Bishop, 7 pm

Dr. Ben Hatchett presents “Landscapes of the Eastern Sierra as Climatic Time Machines.”

Saturday, April 21 Inyo Council for the Arts, 7 pm

  • Climate Change 101National Geographic with Bill Nye (4:09)
  • Why People Don’t Believe in Climate ChangeIt’s Okay to be Smart with Joe Hanson (7:33)
  • Happening: A Clean Energy Revolution (71:00) Filmmaker Jamie Redford (son of Robert) explores the amazingly fast growth of clean energy, with a special look at California and Nevada.

Sunday, April 22 Owens Valley Paiute-Shoshone Cultural Center, 10am

10:00-11:00 Climate Change Films (45 minutes total)

  1. Climate Science: What You Need to KnowIt’s Okay to be Smart with Joe Hanson (6:19)
  2. Climate Change 101National Geographic Bill Nye the Science Guy (4:09)
  3. Causes and Effects of Climate ChangeNational Geographic Climate 101 (3:04)
  4. What’s Really Warming the Earth?It’s Okay to be Smart with Joe Hanson (6:03)
  5. Why Humans are So Bad at Thinking About Climate Change” Vox & Univeristy of California with M. Sanjayan (9:44)
  6. Going Green Shouldn’t be This Hard” Vox & Univeristy of California with M. Sanjayan & Lauren Singer (8:58)
  7. Your Climate Change ConscienceIt’s Okay to be Smart with Joe Hanson & Al Gore (5:52)

11:00-12:15 The Use of Land and the Food We Eat—Think Globally, Act Locally

Time to Choose, part 3: “Land and Food” (30:00) This section of the film looks at the global effects of industrial food production

Presentation on the Tribal Food Sovereignty Program: Jen Schlaich, Tony Brown & Gaylene Kinzy (30 minutes)

Presentation on the Bishop Community Garden: Sue Weiss (15 minutes)

12:30-1:15 An Introduction to Solar Energy from Industrial to Rooftop

Introduction by Tribal Staff

Saving Payahüüpü:  The Owens Valley Solar Story”   (14:42)

Tribal Solar Projects on the Picuris Pueblo in New Mexico”  by Grid Alternatives  (2:37)

Discussion about the options and opportunities for Rooftop Solar

1:15 – 2:30 Happening:  A Clean Energy Revolution (71:00)

Filmmaker Jamie Redford (son of Robert) explores the amazingly fast growth of clean energy, with a special look at California and Nevada.