HIGHWAY 1 OVERNIGHT CLOSURES NEAR RAGGED POINT CANCELLED FOR NEXT WEEK/CLOSURES WILL RESUME THE WEEK OF OCTOBER 6
SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY – The full overnight closures of Highway 1 near Ragged Point scheduled to begin on Sunday Sept. 29 have been cancelled. These full overnight closures will now begin on Sunday, Oct. 6 and will resume each overnight through Friday morning, Oct. 11 from 9 pm until 5 am.
The installation of K-rail and a 24/7 traffic signal will begin the week of October 14 with roadwork Monday through Thursday from 6 am until 6 pm and on Fridays from 6 am until 2 pm. Electronic message boards will be posted to alert the public. This signal will allow traffic to proceed in each direction 24/7 until project completion.
This project includes the construction of a viaduct and retaining wall on Highway 1 between the San Carpoforo Creek Bridge and Ragged Point. The contractor for this $4.1 million project is Souza Engineering of San Luis Obispo, CA. It’s scheduled to be complete by Spring of 2020.
Caltrans reminds motorists to move over and slow down when driving through highway construction zones.
For traffic updates on other state highways in San Luis Obispo County, travelers may contact Caltrans District 5 Public Affairs at 805-549-3318 or can visit the District 5 website at: https://dot.ca.gov/caltrans-near-me/district-5
I am absolutely engaged and totally engrossed in history-in-the-making as I watch our entire democracy in action. I am reading every document that has been released, including the court opinions of the lawsuits filed against this administration, the news reports, and the twitter feeds of the political analysts I follow. As a result, I am not paying as much attention to my blog as I usually do. I do not and will not cover politics here, so I might be MIA a bit more than usual. Please bear with me. If you are interested in my political interests, follow bigsurkate on twitter, and you will get a taste for who I follow and my observations and/or opinions on the subjects being played out on the international stage. I will continue to do the copy and paste of the notices sent to me that impact the community, but otherwise? No promises right now.
Big Sur CERT and PG&E will hold a Community Meeting on Monday, September 30th at the Grange Hall from 6:00 to 8:00 PM. All Big Sur residents and businesses are welcome to attend.
Big Sur CERT, through the Community Association of Big Sur (CABS) and through a PG&E grant provided by CERV of the Monterey Peninsula, has sent important email announcements to you about the PG&E Community Wildland Safety Program and the PG&E Public Safety Power Shutoffs.
A PG&E representative will be there to explain these programs to you, how you will be impacted and the steps you may need to take as a result of these programs especially if there are prolonged shutoffs.
At the end of the presentation, you will be able to ask questions and express any concerns you may have.
Please join us, light refreshments will be served.
Thank you, Big Sur CERT.
UPDATE: THE FULL CLOSURES WILL BEGIN AT 9 PM UNTIL 5 AM NEXT WEEK
Today’s Date: Wednesday, September 25, 2019
District: 05–Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz Counties
Contact: Jim Shivers or Colin Jones
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FULL OVERNIGHT CLOSURES TO RESUME ON HIGHWAY 1 FOR VIADUCT AND RETAINING WALL PROJECT ON HIGHWAY 1 NEAR RAGGED POINT
SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY – Caltrans will continue work on a project to construct a viaduct and retaining wall on Highway 1 between the San Carpoforo Creek Bridge and Ragged Point with full overnight closures beginning next week to allow for drilling.
A 24/7 traffic signal is expected to be installed the week of October 6 with roadwork scheduled Monday through Thursday with traffic control from 7 am until 4 pm and from 7 am until 2 pm on Fridays. This signal will allow traffic to move in each direction until project completion. Electronic message boards will be posted to alert the public.
The contractor for this $4.1 million project is Souza Engineering of San Luis Obispo, CA. It’s scheduled to be complete by Spring of 2020.
I give you something a bit different for my Tourist Tuesday column today. Later, this afternoon, Community Association of Big Sur hosts a meeting here on the South Coast about developing our Destination Management Plan, specifically beginning with data collection. It is a follow-up of the ones held in a whirlwind series of meetings in August by CABS. Those meetings introduced us to what we have been planning and doing since last year. I will report on this meeting later. But for today, I would like to concentrate on what overtourism does to our local environment, and to the greater environment of our world and its impact on Climate Change.
I have been concerned about this for years, and have expressed my frustration in this blog about what some of our tourists/visitors have done, particularly at Bixby, McWay, and here in my backyard of Plaskett Ridge Rd. The destruction is visible and disturbing. From the wildfires started by abandoned campfires:
To the denuding of all the ridge tops:
There isn’t a single ridge top left on Plaskett that hasn’t been denuded and the wildflowers destroyed in order to create a new off-road road and campsite. The escalation of this destruction just this summer has been unbelievable. I have never witnessed anything like it.
I was inspired by the 5- minute speech given by Greta Thunberg to the Climate Change Summit of the U.N. yesterday. It is quite moving. One can find it here: https://twitter.com/CNN/status/1176159504288886785 And realized that our overtourism problem in Big Sur is just one example or manifestation of the destruction of this planet. We can watch the destruction for ourselves right here. But it is happening all over the world in various degrees and in various ways.
There is a very interesting article at https://www.vox.com/future-perfect/2019/8/18/20803956/bangladesh-rivers-legal-personhood-rights-nature
It discusses the granting of “Personhood” or legal status to various parts of nature. It begins with the new declaration in Bangladesh granting “rights” to all the rivers in that country.
It is a thorough article that discusses other areas that have done the same thing, including Ohio and the granting of legal status to Lake Erie. It ends with this discussion:
Granting the status of personhood to a natural environment may seem like a bizarre legal fiction, but it’s no more bizarre than the idea that corporations should enjoy that same status, which has been with us since the 1880s.
If we find it strange to view nature the way we view people, that may just be because we’ve grown up in an anthropocentric intellectual tradition that treats the natural world as an object to be examined and exploited for human use, rather than as a subject to be communed with and respected.
“The idea that we can be separate from nature is really a Western reductionist way of looking at the world — we can trace it back to Francis Bacon and the scientific method,” said Price.
He told me that just as women’s suffrage and the abolition of slavery were once unthinkable but gradually became accepted and normalized, the rights of nature idea seems odd now but will eventually gain social currency. “For the rights of nature to be understood and become something we’re comfortable with is going require a paradigm shift, just like the end of slavery did,” Price said.
That paradigm shift may entail nothing less than a total rejection of capitalism, according to Eduardo Gudynas, the executive secretary of the Latin American Center for Social Ecology in Uruguay. He argues that attempts to reduce environmental devastation while staying within a capitalism framework won’t be enough to address the climate crisis.
“The debate around the rights of nature is one of the most active frontlines in the fight for a non-market-based point of view,” Gudynas told me. “It’s a reaction against our society’s commodification of everything.”
I think it is important to emphasize that a paradigm shift must happen for us to end the destruction of Big Sur, a microcosm of the rest of the world, and Mother Nature. How that shift manifests may be completely unexpected.
This story is part of a weeklong series on climate change and sustainability. It’s in partnership with Covering Climate Now, a global journalism initiative to cover climate change in the week leading up to the U.N. summit on climate change in New York on Sept. 23. Click here to learn more about the initiative and read all of Adweek’s coverage on how sustainability and marketing intersect.
Once one of Norway’s most accessible glaciers, the Nigardsbreen has receded to reveal a difficult trek across hard slabs of rock. Instead of 50 tourists at a time, guides now take as few as six people, even though business couldn’t be better.
Steinar Bruheim, a guide who’s led tours across glaciers for over 30 years, knows why tourists flock to Norway’s rural, western countryside in the summer.
“They want to see it before it disappears,” Bruheim said.
The Nigarsbreen, like over 90% of the world’s glaciers, is melting. And while the planet is experiencing record temperatures, global travel and tourism, which researchers believe represent at least 8% of carbon emissions, couldn’t be healthier. In 2017, there were 1.32 billion tourist arrivals internationally, with Norway earning almost $19 billion from tourism representing 4.2% of the country’s gross domestic product, according to Innovation Norway, a government entity focusing on business growth.
Norway, like most countries in Western Europe, is experiencing record numbers of tourists, especially during the peak summer months—more than half of all overnight stays traditionally happen from May to August. And most of those tourists, according to Innovation Norway, come to see the fjords and the famous Northern Lights in northern Norway.
That influx of tourists is putting a strain on its natural wonders, especially glaciers.
“They [we] are part of the problem”
To read the rest of this article, see: https://www.adweek.com/brand-marketing/climate-change-overtourism-glaciers-norway-marketing/