Upcoming program -

A Climate of Unrest Gave Rise to the Environmental Movement

December 4, 2022
2:00 - 4:00 pm
In person at the Mitchell Park Community Center, El Palo Alto Room

The 1960s and '70s were among the most tumultuous decades with the war in Vietnam, civil rights, and political assassinations creating headlines and activism. There was also a growing awakening that pollution was having major effects on the planet, prominently on display by rivers repeatedly catching fire in Ohio.

Human activities were cited as the cause of pollution as well as other environmental harm to the planet as clearly described by Rachel Carson in her 1962 publication Silent Spring. The book is largely credited with starting the modern environmental movement.

In response to the rise of planetary concerns, President Nixon created the Environmental Protection Act in 1970. Nixon also signed the Clean Air Act in 1970 and the Clean Water Act in 1972.

Locally, the environmental movement was taking hold in major ways. Individuals were inspired to take initiative and form organizations to focus their energies on some of the most threatened and threatening of actions that had previously gone largely unchecked.

At the December PAHA Vignettes program, we will hear from some of these local organizations, each of them celebrating a significant anniversary in the year 2022: Green Foothills, Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District, Environmental Volunteers, and Canopy.

Why and how were these organizations formed and by whom? How has their work changed since formation and what has been accomplished? What do they see as major challenges ahead for the environment and their work? Please join us for a lively discussion about their missions, their work, their successes, and challenges to make this a better place that, for some, literally means a livable place.

Karen Holman is current Midpeninsula Regional Open Space Director, and former Midpen Board President. She has always had an interest in history and has moderated the December PAHA program for 16 of the last 18 years.

Karen Holman             Midpen 50th Logo             Monte Bello Preserve by Chad Frost

Karen HolmanMidpen 50th LogoMonte Bello Preserve by Chad Frost

Future Public Programs -

Sunday, January 22 and March 5, 2023

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Recordings and General Program Information

PAHA programs are recorded. DVDs of the programs can be checked out from the Archives at Cubberley Center, Room-7. Recordings of our programs, titled "Heritage", are broadcast on local cable public access Channels 28 and 30 on various days and times. They are simultaneously streamed on the Media Center web site - check web site for schedule.

If you missed the October 2, 2022 program, Palo Alto Clinic: Stories from the Physicians, or would like to watch a replay, you can find the video at Vimeo.

Also on the Vimeo site you will find programs from past seasons, including the December 2021 program Life in the Frank Lloyd Wright Hanna House with Karen Holman and John Hanna, and PART: Palo Alto "Rapid" Transit with PAHA Historian Steve Staiger presented in January 2022.