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Monthly Program Meeting of the Great Basin Group

On Thursday, MARCH 13, 2014 The SIERRA CLUB is very happy to present the global journey of David and Janet Carle chronicled in their book, TRAVELING THE 38TH PARALLEL, A WATER LINE AROUND THE WORLD, (published April 2013 by University of California Press).  Please join us at Bartley Ranch at 7 PM (6:30 social). Don't miss this informative and relevant presentation.

"Between extremes of climate farther north and south, the 38th North parallel line marks a temperate, middle latitude where human societies have thrived since the beginning of civilization. It divides North and South Korea, passes through Athens and San Francisco, and bisects Mono Lake in the eastern Sierra Nevada, where authors David and Janet Carle make their home. Former park rangers, the authors set out on an around-the-world journey in search of water-related environmental and cultural intersections along the 38th parallel. This book is a chronicle of their adventures as they meet people confronting challenges in water supply, pollution, wetlands loss, and habitat protection. At the heart of the narrative are the riveting stories of the passionate individuals—scientists, educators, and local activists—who are struggling to preserve some of the world's most amazing, yet threatened, landscapes.
    Traveling largely outside of cities, away from well-beaten tourist tracks, the authors cross Japan, Korea, China, Turkmenistan, Turkey, Greece, Sicily, Spain, Portugal, the Azores Islands, and the United States—from Chesapeake Bay to San Francisco Bay. The stories they gather provide stark contrasts as well as reaffirming similarities across diverse cultures. Generously illustrated with maps and photos, Traveling the 38th Parallel documents devastating environmental losses but also inspiring gains made through the efforts of dedicated individuals working against the odds to protect these fragile places."

"Regardless of our differences, all humans share an utter dependency on water. We will run out of oil eventually, but if we allow reason to prevail, we need not run out of water. This beautiful book both reveals the threat to our water resources and gives us hope. Read it for your sake and your children’s sake.” —James Lawrence Powell, author of Dead Pool

Goodreads, August 11, 2013: “The perfect combination of arm-chair travelogue and environmental treatise. I learned as I joined them on their journey, and I saw things I will most likely never see. I came away with an important message: It is the power of place that moves us to do things we might never have considered doing, like standing up for the environment against incredible odds.”  Debbie Boucher, author of Oblivia, Back to Normal, and Millennial Fears

At the California Parks Conference in March, 2013, retired Park Superintendent and Parks Resources Chief Bud Gettyt “TRAVELING THE 38TH PARALLEL, A WATER LINE AROUND THE WORLD is not just a good read, but an important work, maybe the new SILENT SPRING  of our time.”

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  • Cynthia S.

    I've been in a great need to meet some new people and get active again. Looking forward to the meeting Thurs. It seems like I am already welcome, which is very comforting to me. Thanks.


    March 10, 2014

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