Women’s Spaces Radio Show with host Elaine B. Holtz and guests Megan Kaun and Nichole Warwick on City Pesticide Bans, and Osprey Orielle Lake on the Women’s Assembly for Climate Justice, recorded on 9/10/18, has been uploaded to the web archives. The show was recorded, broadcast and streamed over Radio KBBF 89.1 FM in the NorthBay on Monday 9/10/18 and repeat broadcast and streamed over Radio KPCA 103.3 FM in Petaluma on Tuesday 9/11/18.
The link to the show’s archive webpage is
Banning Toxic Pesticides in Sonoma County Cities
Women’s Assembly for Climate Justice at the Global Climate Action Summit
1. Megan Kaun , Member, Board of Directors for Sonoma County Conservation Action and leads the Toxic Free Future Campaign
2.Nichole Warwick , Co-Founder and Executive Director of Families Advocating for Chemical & Toxics Safety (FACTS); Environmental Health Program Manager for Daily Acts
3. Osprey Orielle Lake , Founder and Executive Director of the Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network (WECAN) International
1. Megan Kaun and 2. Nichole Warwick share their path into becoming activists in removing toxic pesticides from the schools and public spaces, where they got their strength to speak out against the use of pesicides linked to causing cancer, and persist against the resistance of entrenched establishments, and how folks can join their organizations in addressing this issue at the local level. Also, some new good news: Nichole and Megan were part of a group that convinced the Town of Windsor last week to ban all synthetic pesticides! All of the Cities (with City Councils) in Sonoma County, except Cloverdale, Sonoma, Cotati, and Rohnert Park, have some sort of partial or full ban on synthetic pesticides. Megan an Nichole would like to find community members in those mentioned Cities to champion new campaigns. There is also a need to make much traction to ban toxic pesticides with the County of Sonoma Agencies (like Regional Parks, Water, Department of Public Works, Fairgrounds, Libraries, etc.).
About our Guest: Megan Kaun has a Master of Science Degree in Environmental Fluid Mechanics & Hydrology, Stanford University, and B.S. Environmental Engineering Northwestern University. She serves on the Board of Directors for Sonoma County Conservation Action (SCCA) and Leads the Toxic Free Future Campaign. She is a Consulting Engineer and Previously Vice Chair of the Santa Rosa Board of Public Utilities and worked for the US Army Corps of Engineers for nearly 10 years. She is the Mother of two children who became involved in toxic free advocacy and policy change in an effort to protect her children from toxic pesticides in public spaces.
Guest Link: http://www.conservationaction.org/
SCCA Campaign updates – get involved – link:
Megan Kaun discusses the recent toxic pesticide bans in California cities with last month’s guest Zen Hunnicutt of Moms Across America at the National Heriloom Expo, September 13, 2018, Santa Rosa, California (7 minutes):
About our Guest: Nichole Warwick has her Master of Arts Degree in Psychology, Saybrook University, B.A. History, Sonoma State University. She is Co-Founder and Executive Director of Families Advocating for Chemical & Toxics Safety (FACTS) and Environmental Health Program Manager for Daily Acts. She serves as Secretary on the Board of Directors for the Ceres Community Project and Educator at the Reach Charter School in Sebastopol. As a Breast cancer survivor, mother of two, and grandmother of two she became involved in environmental health after she fell down the rabbit hole of environmental toxicants while researching potential causes of her cancer in order to better protect her children and grandchildren from environmental diseases.
Guest Link: FACTS https://www.familyacts.org/
Daily Acts https://dailyacts.org/
3. Osprey Orielle Lake talks about her organizational efforts to gather women to take action against the environmental degradation. She calls from San Francisco where she and WECAN International members have come to march in the Rise for Climate March this past Saturday and to hopefully this week influence the The Global Climate Action Summit (GCAS) called by California Governor Jerry Brown, which will be happening in San Francisco starting Wednesday 9/12 and ending Friday 9/14. WECAN International will host the Women’s Assembly for Climate Justice this week in San Francisco with live streams and videos on WECAN International’s facebook page.
About our Guest: Osprey Orielle Lake is the Founder and Executive Director of the Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network (WECAN) International. She works nationally and internationally with grassroots and Indigenous leaders, policy-makers and scientists to promote climate justice, resilient communities, and a just transition to a clean energy future. Osprey serves on the Executive Committee for the Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature and is the visionary behind the International Women’s Earth and Climate Summit, which brought together 100 women leaders from around the world to draft and implement a Women’s Climate Action Agenda. She is Co-Director of the Divest, Invest, Protect Campaign and oversees WECAN’s advocacy work in areas such as Women for Forests, Rights of Nature and UN Forums. Osprey is the author of the award-winning book, Uprisings for the Earth: Reconnecting Culture with Nature.
Guest links: https://wecaninternational.org/
WECAN International SF Event video of 9/11/18, Women’s Assembly for Climate Justice: Women Leading Solutions on the Frontlines of Climate Change: https://www.facebook.com/WECAN.Intl/
Elaine and Ken are great grandparents to a healthy baby girl Satori Trinity Jensen born on September 6, 2018 to Ryan and Amber Jensen.
Birth of Satori Trinity Jensen with Parents Ryan and Amber and Great Grandmother Elaine, September 6, 2018. Photos by Ronnie Carrillo.
The Opening and Closing Theme song is with permission of the Composer and Singer Alix Dobkin: The Woman in Your Life is You by Alix Dobkin from the album Living with Lavender Jane (Women’s Wax Works) – www.alixdobkin.com
Forever Young sung by Andrea Mae and the Forest Rangers from the Album Sons of Anarchy North Country EP (2009 20th Century For TV Records)
We Are Here sung by Sharon Burch from the Album Eongs Of Native American Women
(2014 Canyon Records)