Archives
December 14, 2018
link to facebook link to twitter
More Stories
Fresh faces on the CRPUSD board  RP swears in new council member Cotati Council reshuffles seats RP’s n­ew Director of Public Safety In Singapore Strait aboard a missile destroyer CHP reminds all of increased crimes Official election winners as projected by the VOICE Cougars’ season comes to a tearful sad conclusion Animal Shelter League of RP receives grant Rohnert Park kid joins TCU Rancho advances to semifinals Tech High Girl's Soccer Undefeated champions! New residential building lands approved Cotati Council reviews trash plan Newsom’s vision “cradle to career” Bad air quality cancels sports Fun family Christmas events in Cotati Dr. Dominguez and Hawkins named as director and co-director for Hanna Institute University Elementary School to host Maker World at SSU The Community Voice endorses candidates DA’s office awarded DUI Prosecution Grant Frightful, fun, free Halloween activities Cougars crush Ukiah Election projected winners November 6, 2018  Sonoma Clean Power offers no-cost energy upgrades Public invited to give input on Downtown RP Site School board candidates voice opinions Woman stabbed on west side of RP LandPaths connects people to protected land State Farm property steams forward to Station Avenue Scrappers Steal Win RP Foundation issues grant Cotati allows second dispensary Rancho Cotate Band fundraiser BBQ Jessica Holman: Thirty-five years of Rancho Spirit Titans crush Mustangs Station Avenue gets final approval New interim superintendent Krispy Kreme Doughnuts comes to Rohnert Park  Cougars blow past Gauchos  Rohnert Park honors its Veterans and Servicemen Cotati Chamber of Commerce Oktoberfest Rancho crushes Analy CA Homemaker Association needs volunteers Active duty honorees at the RP Veterans Day program RP’s new interim police chief Big changes to big project in Rohnert Park A possibility for Snyder Lane to have four lanes soon Penngrove Community Church celebrates 120 years Cotati approves tree lighting City of Cotati has apartment housing parking problems Students at University Elementary discussing the labyrinth Rohnert Park City Council Candidates R P Foundation gives grants to NOAH and Petaluma Bounty Summit State Bank annual report March for the blind highlights need for more accessible sidewalks Cougar to Bear — Simmons’ new pelt SRJC picks up local quarterback The Cougars defeat the Jaguars at homecoming Kids and firefighters compete in RP RP local, Petri Alva, 14, a nationally recognized athlete SweetPea celebrates 31 years Seawolves serve up a victory Cardinals rout Cougars How to help victims of wildfires Polynesia celebrated at annual Pacific Islander Festival Fire storm anniversary Plan approved for Station Ave. park Football in full swing, 3rd win Arrests and charges target Apple stores Annie Rasmussen Celebration of Life Revisiting those who lost it all: October wildfire victims still on the road to recovery SMART celebrates a year of service RP Public Safety report card Penngrove native set for amazing voyage Cotati votes opposition to oil leases SC neighborhood sues illegal pot grower Penngrove grassfire destroys buildings Cotati Accordion Festival still a hit after 28 years RP residents provide input in police chief search Forum hosted by WLV for RP City Council candidates Supply giveaways lend a hand to families Police officers inspect inside of car Lowerys help with campaign Yes on Measure W will keep fire stations open RP to host community forum for public safety director search Emergency Alert System Test Sept. 10 & 12 Spreckels and Alchemia connects community It wasn’t an easy fight but Rancho wins again RP Safety Dept. climbs in remembrance of 9/11/18 Back to school for Rohnert Park and Cotati Another tough break for roller derby RP waits to make update to emergency alert system Cougars slay Dragons Third pedestrian struck by SMART train Enjoying ribs Little ones with big Polynesian dancing spirit Sidewalk repair gets big break from City of RP RP Health Center celebrates anniversary Imitating major leaguers Rohnert Park waiting for approval for canine program

Jamming with nature

By: Joseph Brockhoff
April 5, 2012

“When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world.” – John Muir.

Earth Day turns 42 on April 22, and millions of earth’s inhabitants will gather in groups large and small throughout the month of April to celebrate the concept of environmental stewardship.

While thousands will attend outdoor music festivals and events touting ecological themes featuring social-minded speakers and artists, most observers of Earth Day will simply donate a little time and energy close to home.

Some of us will volunteer with a local organization such as the Cotati Creek Critters, helping to restore the upper reaches of the Laguna de Santa Rosa, while others will get together with neighbors and friends to clean up a local park or host a screening of an environmental documentary. Whatever the event lends to the cause we all have something to gain by participating.

The creation of Earth Day was intended to gather together the collective efforts of many individuals and communities to become part of a larger, more complex social movement in order to foster consciousness and action around various issues of the environment.

Since environmental stewardship is key in the celebration of Earth Day, this would be an excellent time to take a moment to grasp what this means to us individually. Ultimately, it comes down to each person’s own perspective and relationship with the environment and the responsibility we chose to take for its condition. While the motivations of us individually are varied, they generally focus around the desire to pass this planet on to future generations in a sustainable and healthy state.

The finer point of why stewardship is important was summed up eloquently by Chief Seattle: “We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children.”

For me, environmental stewardship is about engaging in healthy communication with the environment in an attempt to live harmoniously with it. This means, listening closely to what the earth is telling me. Since communication is a two way street, I must act on what I hear and see in order to communicate effectively. The key is to harmonize with the planet, not march to my own beat.

The word “harmony” has special and specific meaning to a musician. Even to an untrained ear, harmonies are easy to spot and understand. We don’t all necessarily have the vocabulary to explain it, but we definitely know when we hear it. We just know when something sounds right.

So, in order to live in harmony with nature, I propose we emulate the process of a musician.

First, we must pay close attention in order to understand the keys or tones that nature is already singing. Once we identify those notes and the order of them, we can make a choice as to how we will accompany them. The goal of a great musician is not to change the song, but rather, augment his or her skills around it while respecting the initial context.

Humans have a tragic history of ignoring the earth’s composition and trying to rewrite the song, and we must rewrite that behavior lest we become the history. The planet doesn’t need songwriters, it needs contributors, and environmental stewardship is central to that role.

Earth Day doesn’t have to begin or end on April 22nd like a book, movie or song. There are no margins to stewardship. The beginning and end is open-ended and completely up to you.

So, when you’re done singing happy birthday to Earth Day, carry the tune a little further and consider joining our band of stewards. We won’t care if you’re a little out of tune.

Joseph Brockhoff is an environmental studies major at SRJC, a musician, and an intern with Cotati Creek Critters. CCC will be hosting a “Trash Pick Up Day” along the Laguna de Santa Rosa channel on April 7, a Creek Stewardship Day on April 15, followed by a presentation on “Rethinking Plastics” by Stuart Moody of Green Sangha on April 20. All are welcome.