Opinion: September 25, 2019

Plus letters to the editor

This week's cover story spotlights Life Lab's 40th anniversary.

This isn’t technically our annual Green Issue, but there’s a lot of green in this issue. Even the fact that a “green issue” was created way back when speaks to how stories with an environmental focus were once few and far between, even in alternative journalism.

Now, of course, with the ever-more-urgent issues around climate change, environmental stories require year-round coverage—I doubt we put out even one year issue a year that doesn’t have some kind of relevant coverage.

Even in that context, though, I think this week’s issue captures how multi-faceted the world of environmental journalism really is. First, there’s Christina Waters’ cover story on the 40th anniversary of Life Lab, a pioneering Santa Cruz “garden classroom” educational program that is bringing not just awareness, but the actual experience of nature to a generation of children. Then there’s Jordy Hyman’s story about a new film documenting the fight for the Beach Flats Community Garden. And Patrick Dwire reports on how local students are preparing for the Global Climate Strike on Friday.

On a non-green-related note, I wanted to mention that I will be moderating a Q&A this Saturday, Sept. 28, with recent GT cover-story subject Jennifer Otter Bickerdike about her amazing music book Why Vinyl Matters, which she will also sign. It’ll be at Streetlight Records, 939 Pacific Ave. in Santa Cruz, at 4pm, and it’s free. Hope to see you there!

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