October is a busy month for environmentalists in San Francisco

The last few weeks have been eventful and I think I only made it to half the activities I was invited to.  Following the 2012 Wildlife Conservation Network Expo I attended the 7th Annual Amazon Watch Luncheon and another monthly meeting with Bay Area Tropical Forest Network.  Upon meeting new friends at these two events I was introduced to a weekend long National Bioneers Conference that ended with an afterparty set in the beautiful redwoods of West Marin.

Atossa Soltani, Executive Director of Amazon Watch speaking at the Luncheon.

Atossa Soltani, Executive Director of Amazon Watch speaking at the Luncheon.

PARE BELOMONTE – indigenous people freeing the Xingu River in the state of Pará, Brazil.

Tupak and other indigenous Amazonian guests speak about their dependent livelihoods within and around the rivers of the Amazon.

Board members share their personal stories and experiences in the Amazon.

Board members share their personal stories and experiences in the Amazon.

Nina Gualinga and myself at the 7th Annual Amazon Watch Luncheon October 15th, 2012.

The earrings are made by the women from Sarayaku, Ecuador. It´s made of guacamaya azul bird feathers.  The people eat the birds and make earings with the feathers so no part of the animal goes to waste.

Nina selling jewelry from Ecuador at the Amazon Watch Luncheon.

Tupak and I discussing REDD-plus.

The Amazon provides countless medicines and herbs. This natural analgesic sample was given to guests, grown and harvested by sustainable communities of the Peruvian Amazon jungle.


Following the Amazon Watch Luncheon I took off to the University of California, Berkeley to attend a monthly Bay Area Tropical Forest Network (BATFN) meeting.

The University of California, Berkeley

There is an Oxford in every town.

Ultimate frisbee

University life=ultimate frisbee @Memorial Glade

CAL classes taken outside at Memorial Glade during lovely October East Bay weather.

Sather Tower, known to most as the Campanile, is perhaps UC Berkeley’s most famous symbol. Visible for miles, it stands 307 feet tall and is the third tallest bell and clock-tower in the world. The observation platform, located 200 feet up, provides visitors with a spectacular view of the entire Bay Area and of the campus. It is reachable via the combination of an elevator and stairs. The Campanile was completed in 1914.

Dr. Bayu Wirayudha, founder and CEO of Friends of The National Parks Foundations speaks about his work in Indonesia at the Bay Area Tropical Forest Network (BATFN) October meeting.

Meetings are held in various locations in the Bay Area with new speakers, snacks and refreshments! The public is encouraged to attend.  www.tropicalforestnetwork.org

Two days later Bayu received the 2012 Rainforest Award in San Francisco for his “lifelong commitment to deep activism, species and forest conservation as well as groundbreaking community development projects

The Award was given by the international conservation organization Rainforest Action Network (RAN).

The award was presented at RAN’s annual gala awards ceremony, REVEL: The Art of Activism, on Wednesday, October 17, 2012 in San Francisco.

As an honoree, Bayu joined a rich history of previous awardees that includes Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., Maria Gunnoe, Vandana Shiva, Indigenous activists from around the world and many more. Each of these luminaries, have been leaders in protecting the worlds remaining rainforests, breaking North America’s addiction to fossil fuels, stemming the climate crisis and safeguarding human rights.

RAN stated that their organization has “been deeply impressed by your work as Founder and Director of Friends of the National Parks Foundation and believe that this is your time to receive our prestigious award.

Bayu accepted the award with thanked his team in FNPF for their dedication, commitment and hard work, most especially Basuki Budi Santoso, FNPF’s manager in Kalimantan.


Read more about RAN and see photos / video of the event below.

RAN website

REVEL: the Art of Activism – the award giving ceremony in San Francisco

And finally the weekend was wrapped up by the 2012 Bioneers Conference at the Marin Center in San Rafael October 19-21st.  The acclaimed annual National Bioneers Conference is a pre-eminent leading-edge knowledge forum where brilliant social and scientific innovators illuminate breakthrough solutions for restoring people and planet. As a network of networks, Bioneers connects people with solutions and each other in an inspiring celebration of the applied genius of nature and human ingenuity.


I finished the weekend with a bang assisting my friend Matteo as a bartender at the Bioneers afterparty at Soltice Grove in West Marin.  Definitely a couple weeks to remember and many new friends!  I am happy and grateful to be welcomed into such an extraordinary community of environmentalists in the Bay Area.

Matthew (MATE-O) Sluder serving Guayaki Organic Yerba Mate and his own brand Lifted Spirits concoction cocktails.



Drink to your health!


50 Years To Save This Species (UCSC Long Marine Laboratory)

Saving endangered species through physiology. We have 50 years to save the Hawaiian monk seal — to stop them from going extinct. The students that we train today are going to be absolutely key to saving the species. This episode of Onward California follows Terrie Williams, professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at UC Santa Cruz, as she provides students with the hands-on knowledge that they need to make a difference. To see more stories visit http://www.onwardcalifornia.com/#stories

Nick Brandt (Fotografia en estado salvaje)


Nick Brandt es un fotógrafo ingles (nacido en Londres en 1966, actualmente vive en Topanga, California) que trata la fotografía de animales salvajes (normalmente de África Oriental) de forma artística, como contraposición al estilo normal del género de fotografía de animales salvajes. Sus fotografías, de un increíble romanticismo e impregnadas de una plasticidad casi pictórica, recuperan los antiguos senderos de la nostalgia, esplendor y belleza de un continente indómito de naturaleza salvaje, tan infinitamente hermoso como cruel, extenso y lleno de contrastes, e increíblemente seductor como es África.

El tratamiento de la luz, la composición, la atmósfera que crea es inigualable, teniendo en cuenta el contexto donde se encuentra y sus “modelos” tan particulares. Brandt retrata como nadie la naturaleza y sus animales, y magnifica la belleza todavía virgen de esos paisajes. Sus imágenes por momentos parecen rozar lo onírico y lo cinematográfico.

Ha logrado captar “El drama de los animales salvajes en acción, capturar ese momento único dramático sin necesidad de aparecer atacando.” Desde el año 2000, Brandt ha documentado la extraordinaria vida silvestre de África y su destrucción desafortunada. Su último conjunto de imágenes son retratos de los cazadores furtivos, transportando su inventario de colmillos de marfil gigante, así como los cadáveres en descomposición incluidos los de los flamencos, los murciélagos, jirafas y animales diversos.


HOME – Un film de Yann Arthus-Bertrand (2009 full length documentary)


We are living in exceptional times. Scientists tell us that we have 10 years to change the way we live, avert the depletion of natural resources and the catastrophic evolution of the Earth’s climate.

The stakes are high for us and our children. Everyone should take part in the effort, and HOME has been conceived to take a message of mobilization out to every human being.

For this purpose, HOME needs to be free. A patron, the PPR Group, made this possible. EuropaCorp, the distributor, also pledged not to make any profit because Home is a nonprofit film.

HOME has been made for you: share it! And act for the planet.

Yann Arthus-Bertrand

HOME official website

PPR is proud to support HOME

HOME is a carbon offset movie

More information about the Planet


Snapshots of California – Marin County

The Pacific  © Allison C. Hanes October 2012

Rocky Coast © Allison C. Hanes October 2012


NYC FILM FESTIVALS October 24, 2012- December 6, 2012

NYC FILM FESTIVALS October 24, 2012- December 6, 2012.


A Margay and Her Kittens by Phil Slosberg

A Margay and Her Kittens by Phil Slosberg

This video follows a female margay cat and her kitten in the jungles of Central America. The kitten is seen from just weeks after birth until it is able to follow the mom through the highest trees in the jungle.