Pasadena weekend: September 12-14

Learn about landscaping in times of drought, petition the City, read about climate change.

Bicycling. Pasadena Cyclery is holding a "Sunday Morning Neighborhood Stroll." The six-mile ride, will be paced to the slowest participant. Learn how-to use gears, climb steep hills without stopping, what to do in case of a flat tire and more.

Gardening 1. On Saturday, the City of Pasadena and neighboring communities are hosting a free drought-tolerant landscaping workshop at Descanso Gardens in La Canada.

Gardening 2. Transition Pasadena's Throop Learning Garden meets on Sunday.

Ongoing petition. The Pasadena Complete Streets Coalition has initiated a petition for the City to adopt an ordinance to protect vulnerable road users, including pedestrians, bicyclists, skateboarders and persons with disabilities.

Ongoing exhibition. An exhibition at Descanso Gardens titled Signs of Life aims to look at water "in all its moods and states." The event is part of this year's AxS Festival, a celebration of the arts and sciences held in Pasadena every two years.

The Arroyo Food Co-op will be open on Saturday morning for pick-ups and browsing. Orders placed online by Sunday midnight will be available for pick-up next Tuesday and Saturday.

Got kids? On Saturday morning, the Eaton Canyon Nature Center is hosting a family nature walk. Bring your small children, walking shoes, sunscreen, water and a hat. Also on Saturday morning at the Nature Center: the weekly Nature Tails Story Hour which includes stories, nature walks and puppet shows for children ages 3-5.

Random read. The September issue of The Atlantic magazine features an article about climate change, that tries to cut through the emotions on the one side and the denial on the other. Titled How to Talk About Climate Change so People Will Listen, it looks at books on the topic and at their authors' suggestions for dealing with the problem. Plainly put, the proposed solutions range from collectively returning to a life of rural simplicity to implementing a (near) global carbon tax. Or we could geo-engineer our way out of the mess by injecting droplets of sulfuric acid into the stratosphere. The resulting haze would reflect sunlight back into space and thereby reduce the Earth's temperature. The downside? Eventually the sulfuric acid would rain back down on us.
Contrary to The Atlantic's promise, writer Charles C. Mann does not show us how we can move beyond the impasse in the debate. But he leaves no doubt that we must learn to communicate better. "Unless we find a way to talk about climate change," he says with an eye toward the handful of billionaires who could afford the geo-engineering, "planes full of sulfuric acid will soon be on the runway."

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