January 2, 2012
I have volunteered for Reef Check (environmental research) and participated in anti-war movements and civil rights activities since the 60's. I recently completed a teaching credential in Math and Science, with a commitment to teaching in "high needs" communities. I believe that all people should have the right (and have the need) to live in peace and live safe and secure in their homes and communities. For instance I am currently reading "What is the What" about the Lost Boys of Sudan. My namesake (same first and last name) was an early (1810's) Quaker abolitionist and was so respected for his fairness that he chaired the 1848 Seneca Falls conference on women's rights at the request of the attendees. I am not sure if I am related, but he and his wife were models for me since I discovered I shared his name in childhood.
That depends on the talents and interests of the group members. For example, for environmental causes, pilot projects such as school and community gardens, education events, trail restoration, or gathering biological data (such as I do in Reef Check) may be interesting. Some folks may want to get involved in driving initiatives in public policy such as development, zoning and other issues. I tend to like the first set I listed above. People have to enjoy and be engaged in what they undertake, or they'll find it tough to sustain it. Maybe just enjoying and learning more about the plants, animals and geology around us is the best way to start!
I'm Jim. I was an engineer for Sun and Apple. I am currently earning a master's in education. I have driven an AFV (NOT a hybrid) and cycled to work for over a decade now. I try to live an environmentally conscious life.
I had a great time and it was fun meeting all of you! I hope to see you all again soon!