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Donna
Los Angeles
Beyond smog and traffic, blue skies and green mountains. Let's meet there.
Interests: I love to dance, play piano and hike in the mountains. I read fiction like David Sedaris and nonfiction like William Greider's The Soul of Capitalism, Paul Hawken's The Ecology of Commerce, John Robbins (his book The Food Revolution had a lasting impact on my diet) and Jared Diamond. My in-progress adventure, seeking clean air, was reinforced by the book 2.0: How People Across America Are Transforming Their Lives by Finding The Where of their Happiness by Rich Karigaard.
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Buy a beautiful, unique tote made by disadvantaged Cambodian women. Perfect for travel, these "Netty Bags" are repurposed plastic netting and transformed into colorful, functional bags. Highly individual with a look unlike anything I've seen. I love the texture. I... Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2016 at Chasing Clean Air
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Lightweight hiking boots that go almost anywhere, most of the time. Keen created a year-round comfortable go-to "hiking boot" for active women in mild climates like Los Angeles. Weighing in at only 10 ounces, Keen's newest addition to its hiking... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2016 at Chasing Clean Air
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Photo from my 2007 drive to America's protected rain forest - Hoh Forest in Washington State A tropical rain forest exists - untouched. Trees bath in clouds. Exotic birds and insects dance in a rare paradise. About to be logged.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2016 at Chasing Clean Air
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I enjoy clean air on Horny Island, British Columbia, Canada The winner of Super Tuesday is Canada. Clean air. Beautiful land. Free health care for its citizens. Civilized people who smile and say hello. Disappointed by Super Tuesday's results -... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2016 at Chasing Clean Air
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Who doesn't love dancing Sandhill Cranes? While considering the August 26 -28, 2016 Sandhill Crane Festival in Fairbanks, Alaska, I received an email, highlighting Nebraska's March 2016 Sandhill Crane Festival. 600,000 Sandhill Cranes congregate on Nebraska's Platte River. And you're... Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2016 at Chasing Clean Air
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Don't fall on that ice! With a large swath of North America suffering severe cold weather with snow and icy conditions, and those of us on the west coast (80s this week!), escaping heat for the snow-capped mountains - consider... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2016 at Chasing Clean Air
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Relaxing, uplifting music with Kristin Hoffmann - Today I drove along Sepulveda in West Los Angeles when the disc changer clicked and the most beautiful music wafted to my senses. A calm draped over me. It was Kristin's angelic voice... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2016 at Chasing Clean Air
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S. David Freeman Energy and climate change leaders interested in solutions, listen up! Answers to solve our climate and energy problems is comprehensively addressed by leading energy authority and advisor to U.S. Presidents - S. David Freeman - in his... Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2016 at Chasing Clean Air
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Canoeing Bowron Lakes, Canada I love Canada for its wilderness, open space ratio to few people, and civilized ways, and now the Canadian dollar hit a 13-year low. This summer, I'm headed to Canada's Quebec City and the St. Lawrence... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2016 at Chasing Clean Air
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It's not every day I'm quoted by a National Geographic reporter in their article. But today, yes! On taking personal responsibility to mitigate climate change. "This week, we looked to some of our favorite energy and environmental connoisseurs to share... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2015 at Chasing Clean Air
In the 1970s during oil embargo France decided that they would not be energy dependent. That's when this country, and other European countries, invested in high-speed electric trains. France uses nuclear, wind, and tidal energy.
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Do you think that by tapping into the new alternative energy sources we can reverse most of the damage we have done to our environment? National Geographic Channel premieres a new series to explore this important topic and more: "Breakthrough."... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2015 at Chasing Clean Air
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Hiking Mt. Tam The BEST Black Friday deal: National Parks in nine states will be free to the public, only Arizona requires a physical free pass, which you can pick up at an REI location in the state. REI is... Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2015 at Chasing Clean Air
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Spencer Glacier, a receding icy mountain and glacial lake dotted with luminescent blue ice chunks. Photo taken during my 2014 Alaska trip en route Kenai Peninsula Imagine melting polar ice-caps, and gigantic glaciers giving way to the ocean. Melting. Water... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2015 at Chasing Clean Air
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Waterfowl Take Flight Considering a winter vacation? I have an idea, especially if you enjoy bird watching. The annual Winter Wings Festival takes place during Presidents Day Weekend. Earlier this year, I journeyed on the train to Klamath Falls to... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2015 at Chasing Clean Air
Great film, good to know people have options to watch important documentary!
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BIKES vs CARS TRAILER from WG Film on Vimeo. When Obama rejected Keystone Pipeline today, he said yes! to positive action addressing climate change. Now it's our turn to drive less, take a bus, bike, walk, turn out the lights.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2015 at Chasing Clean Air
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Tomorrow, Saturday, September 26th, is Public Lands Day. Go enjoy a state or federal park and protect one too, if the time comes. I LOVE many public parks: Yosemite and Sequoia National Parks in California, Denali and Kenai Fjords National... Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2015 at Chasing Clean Air
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There are different kinds of crazy. Great crazy that serves up determination, vision, and hope to accomplish a dream in the wildly gorgeous American West, and stupid crazy like the dapper man I observed driving his Bentley while smoking a... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2015 at Chasing Clean Air
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Wherever you go, you must eat and drink so... Repurpose makes durable, single-serve tableware for people on the go, who are interested in sustainable plates, cups and cutlery. Made out of quick growing sustainable corn, sugar and bamboo, making the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2015 at Chasing Clean Air
Hi Steve, I believe Agoura and Calabassas have cleaner air than more congested areas. Avoid freeway proximity if you can. Research industry nearby and see if you're downwind. I haven't kept up on local changes if any there. Good luck, Donna
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Saying yes to the Mooo and yes to vegan and ethical shoes. From Portugal. Hmmm. Introducing Bourgeois Boheme, leather-free footwear. While it's best to buy local, (less transportation pollution) these shoes are worth mentioning, if nothing else, to inspire us... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2015 at Chasing Clean Air
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Zap! You can run from electrical fields but you can not hide. You can minimize. Whether or not you're electro-sensitive, health consequences in our electric age with its wires, switches, and mega-batteries, electromagnetic fields are everywhere -- and increasingly documented.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2015 at Chasing Clean Air
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Ohhh, how many press releases clog my daily in-box but two jumped out of cyberspace, prompting a "Wow! How can I learn to be more high level like these companies making a positive difference in the world?" How often do... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2015 at Chasing Clean Air
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I wanted to see an exotic puffin up close and personal. I had read articles about the photogenic orange-billed, web-footed Atlantic puffin that lured me to European shores. But what about an area closer to home? I asked my personal... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2015 at Chasing Clean Air