I have been bringing awareness to everyone I meet and all over the internet on my website and many social media sites through my illustrated children’s book, “The Strange Disappearance of Walter Tortoise” ever since I met with award-winning filmmaker Robert Lundahl and heard him tell me of his making the “Who Are My People?” documentary. The book covers this travesty in our pristine deserts from the animals’ perspective and includes Alfredo (La Cuna de Aztlan Sacred Sites Protection Circle) as a main character. I have also been posting every article I can find about the solar industry’s mistakes, problems, even a new distressed land solar maps etc. (See my website www.TheEarthwormBook.com)
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Really good news about Barnes&Noble in Mira Mesa, they are having an “alternative Black Friday” on Friday the 22nd of November. I am scheduled from 2-4pm to read my book, sing, dance, answer questions, and they will have my book “The Strange Disappearance of Walter Tortoise” for me to sign and sell!! I can have The Earthworm Book&CD there but can’t sell it as they don’t carry it. But Amazon.com and this website www.TheEarthwormBook.com do! Hope you might stop in with your friends and children as there will be lots of other interesting presentations and vendors as well!
Some animal rights activists are wondering just how many birds green energy may unintentionally kill as more and more birds turn up dead at solar energy facilities throughout California.
The green industry is not what it seems. We need to educate our children on how to be truly sustainable, where progress means the pristine habitat, renewable energy, and the Native Tribes’ cultural resources (that are all over our deserts) all are in agreement and harmony. I’ve written a children’s illustrated book that is entertaining, humorous and enlightening, with beautiful photographs of the desert and all spoken from the animal’s perspective. A practical application at the end of the book gives Energy Saving practices. Available on all online bookstores worldwide and right here on this website. This is very important for our children’s inheritance.
The future of sustainable energy is in our hands. Just like years ago when only the white coats behind closed doors had a computer and now we can all have them in our own pockets, we have the ability to harness solar energy on our very rooftops! Ask Walter and all the desert animals, they will tell you this is the best place for them. Most benefit to you and to the pristine desert. The utility companies are beginning to realize all the power isn’t in their hands! Important article below with a picture of the beautiful desert and a picture covered with solar panels taken from my new book and linked to this site:
The Strange Disappearance of Walter Tortoise is an important book for everyone to read and/or read to your children! Get one here today through links to Amazon.com & all online bookstores worldwide
We need to educate ourselves and especially our children about what is going on in our deserts under the banner of “green” and “sustainable.” A lot of harm is being done that we do not see! Please click on the Amazon.com link on this page and go and buy the book. Spread the word.
Keep it going; be aware and knowledgeable for our children’s and for our future, and all the beauty and wildlife of the desert. Solar is good, but do not put it in this habitat.
The Strange Disappearance of Walter Tortoise
Thank you K Kaufmann writer for The Desert Sun newspaper…this is exactly why I wrote the children’s book The Strange Disappearance of Walter Tortoise (buy it now here!)
not only for the falcons and eagles, but for all the animals of the deserts from Blythe to Colorado, not to mention the Native Tribes’ cultural resources and burial sites that have already been damaged and disturbed. There are new maps that include perfect areas for solar panel placement on already distressed lands (see previous posts).
We need to leave the pristine desert alone as an inheritance to our children and all people.
Finally we are beginning to make enough noise that some supervisors are listening. Buy “The Strange Disappearance of Walter Tortoise” and help your whole family understand and become prepared to practice true sustainability to secure our children’s inheritance.
According to East County’s representative, Supervisor Dianne Jacob, “My constituents and I have raised serious concerns for years about the potential impact of industrial-scale energy projects in our backcountry. This isn’t a case of a vocal minority making noise. I hear concerns all across my district, in many communities, that these mammoth projects threaten to destroy natural resources, heighten the risk of wildfire and rob rural communities of their quality of life.”
“Their concerns are justified. That was made clear last year when SDG&E completed Sunrise Powerlink. The giant transmission line destroyed miles and miles of once-pristine landscape and has increased the risk of wildfire in an already fire-prone area. Many of my constituents worry that the line is just a sign of things to come as developers step up their efforts to build large energy projects in the backcountry.”
She described ” … a lot of passionate people who want to safeguard their communities and their quiet, rural way of life. They don’t like outside corporations coming in and turning open land into industrial hubs, with little regard for the area.”
Get your hands on a copy of “The Strange Disappearance of Walter Tortoise“!! WHY? We need education on true sustainability and respect for all creatures, yes especially our children
Here is an excerpt for all people, parents, educators to be aware of :
The biological report is not good either:
- “In order to build the facility, the plants, animals and soil of the native desert acreage are damaged and destroyed, which releases CO2. Presently, there is still dispute among scientists as to how to accurately measure the benefits and the loss (Campbell et al. 2009).”
- “The Palen Project “would permanently diminish the extent and value of native plant and animal communities in the region. Staff has therefore concluded that the PSEGS project would not provide any noteworthy public benefits related to biological resources…”
- The Commission’s staff could not “quantify the potential risk” of bird injuries, or fatalities, as a result of “exposure to solar flux, such as burning or blinding.”
- “Populations of many of the desert’s sensitive plants and animals were considered relatively stable until recently, as the push for renewable energy development has placed many populations at risk. Renewable energy projects are part of the solution to climate change, one of the biggest environmental challenges of our time; however, renewable energy development has its own ecological consequences and portions of “the Sonoran and Mojave deserts of California bear the brunt of these effects. Energy providers have submitted project applications that would collectively cover more than one million acres of the region (BLM 2010)”
The Palen project’s visual impact “could not be mitigated to less than significant levels” and “the project’s contribution to significant cumulative visual effects would be cumulatively considerable when combined with the effects of other renewable and development projects along the I-10 corridor, within the Chuckwalla Valley, and within the California Desert Conservation Area as a whole.” The Joshua Tree National Park and Morongo Basin communities would suffer because of it.
The cultural impact assessment will be released this week. Though we can only guess as to the contents, the Commission has indicated there are issues and the Palen project is one of six industrial scale solar projects that the La Cuna de Aztlan has opposed because of the effect on Native American sacred sites. The last of the lawsuits arising from that conflict – against the Genesis solar project – will go to court in a little over a week from now.