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Tuesday, December 3, 2013, 7:30 p.m.
Adventures in Northeast Brazil and the Amazon
Presented by Ladd and Gail Seekins
Come share the Seekins’ adventures as they present a slide show of their Brazilian travels this past summer. The Seekins began and ended their trip in Salvador, Bahia State, the center of Afro-Brazilian culture and the original colonial capital. Their trip included several national parks, beach towns and cities rich in colonial Brazilian history as well as an Amazon Jungle lodge adventure.
The meeting starts at 7:30 pm at the San Bernardino County Museum, 2024 Orange Tree Lane, Redlands. In their usual style, Ladd and Gail travelled independently in Brazil and without a rigid schedule, booking their accommodations day-by-day. Public busses along with a couple of flights covered the long distances. Brazil is vast – about the same size as the lower 48 states of the USA. This year’s trip stretched across nearly half of the country. The Seekins had visited the south of Brazil on a previous trip.
Highlights of their trip included touring the caves and hiking the mountains of Chapada Diamantina National Park, visiting the sea turtle rescue station at Praia do Forte, beach- and dune buggy adventuring at Natal and Jericoacoara, swimming with the dolphins at Praia da Pipa, cruising the river at Barreirinhas, walking through the unique dune-and-lake landscape of Lençóis Maranhenses National Park, exploring the Amazon rainforest, and strolling the cobbled colonial streets of Salvador, Recife, Olinda, São Luís, Alcântara, Belém and Manaus, cities that with a little imagination still exist partly in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries. They ended their adventure with a few restful days at Morro de São Paulo, a rustic beach town on an island with no automobiles, goods being delivered to the shops and restaurants by porters with wheel barrows and the occasional mule train.
Programs begin at 7:30 p.m. at the San Bernardino County Museum, 2024 Orange Tree Lane, Redlands
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As the cost of rooftop solar decreases, more and more homeowners can economically benefit from “Going Solar”. Getting a quote is free and without obligation. When is the last time you looked to see if solar is right for you?
The Sierra Club is helping members accomplish this with a new program aimed at catalyzing widespreaddeployment of clean energy: the Solar HomesCampaign.
Through an innovative partnership with Sungevity, aleading national solar service provider, the Club is ableto offer its members and supporters an affordable wayto get solar on their rooftops. For every home that goessolar through this program, Sungevity will give $750 tothe chapter for clean energy work and other efforts.
Previously, in order to get solar panels on your homeyou would have to conduct extensive research, hunt forrebates, obtain a permit, and be prepared to fork out perhaps $20,000. That was before the one-stop solar shop.
Residential solar companies like Sungevity are nowoffering a “solar service” for people who can’t affordto pay the up-front costs to put panels on their roofs. Sungevity will install the panels for no up-front cost,and also handle all maintenance and service. Thehomeowner pays for clean energy with a small monthlybill—which may be less than the household’s currentenergy bill.
Of course you have the option of outright purchase of a rooftop solar system as well as a prepaid lease where you keep the leasing advantages and save on carrying costs.
“In order to end our dependence on dirty energy, weneed as many Americans as possible to switch to cleanenergy like rooftop solar. This is a high priority for theSierra Club. We are urging all of our members andsupporters in California to work with Sungevity tofind out if solar is right for them. Every home that goessolar gets us one step closer to our goal of a clean energyeconomy,” said Sierra Club Executive Director MichaelBrune about the program.
It’s a win-win-win. An average Sungevity customersaves 15% on their electricity costs by going solar. TheSan Gorgonio Chapter will raise money for importantcampaignsand more solar will replace coal as SierraClub members cut their carbon footprints and collectivelyhelp to scale this key clean energy solution.
To take the first step and get a quote for solar, click on the Solar Evaluation link at the top. Once you do, Sungevity will contact you to discusswhether solar is right for you. In a short time, they cangive you a really good idea about how much it mightsave you. As always, you are encouraged to do adequate comparison shopping for your solar solution.
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