Something remarkable happened during a lively meeting of the Claremont City Council on January 27. Trees, all 24,000 of them, and pesticides were at the heart of the technical-political discourse.
City staff recited a lengthy report on the conventional care of trees, which included the use of poisonous pesticides. Then the public, including this writer, addressed the mayor and the members of the city council.
It’s official—Claremont has been accepted into the Georgetown University Energy Prize competition (GUEP.org) for the opportunity to win a $5 million prize! Having successfully completed a rigorous application process, Claremont (the only city accepted within Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Riverside, Santa Barbara and Orange counties) will compete against 50 other cities nationwide to save the most energy.
Dr. Diana Eck is professor of Comparative Religion at Harvard University and director of the “The Pluralism Project.”
Ms. Eck always expected to have a sizable number of international students from various religious traditions in her classes on World Religions. But, in 1991, that expectation took on a new twist.