The public was invited to join Pasadena Mayor Bill Bogaard and the Pasadena/Foothills Chapter of the United Nations Association (UNA) to celebrate the 65th anniversary of the U.N. Declaration of Human Rights during International Human Rights Day from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, December 10 at the Pasadena Central Library, Donald R. Wright Auditorium, 285 E. Walnut Street.
Every year, communities throughout the world, including Pasadena, celebrate the anniversary of the Declaration of Human Rights adopted by the U.N. General Assembly on December 10, 1948. In Pasadena, this year's celebration featured videos, speakers and special exhibitors, all in keeping with the 2014 U.N. theme "International Year of Family Farming." The event is free and open to the public.
Mayor Bogaard provided the opening remarks, followed by a video featuring several Pasadena residents of diverse backgrounds, each reciting one of the 30 rights in the declaration.
Featured Speakers included Marco Barrantes, author of "Feed Your City: Field Guide to Planning for Food Systems" (2004, CED, Berkeley) and Dr. Eric Walsh, Director, Pasadena Public Health Department and the City's Public Health Officer. Refreshments were provided in part by Muir Ranch, the John Muir High School's urban farm.
"Pasadena's commemoration of the Declaration of Human Rights presents an ideal connection with the United Nations' 2014 theme of family farming," Bogaard said. "As communities around the world grapple with issues of rising food prices and the impact of hunger on quality of life, there is increased attention on the importance of community gardens. Pasadena is part of that global movement."
Exhibitors were provided by Muir Ranch, Pasadena Learning Gardens, Pasadena Water and Power, Sustainable Projects and Transition Pasadena.
Barrantes is president of Pasadena-based La Loma Development Company, a design-build firm that provides permaculture (ecological and environmental) solutions for sustainable cities, schools, businesses and residences. He previously worked with the Urban Gardening Institute and helped create a federally funded, two-block community farm, organic nursery and produce store in Berkeley. He earned his master's degree in landscape architecture and city planning from UC Berkeley and has nearly 20 years of experience as a certified permaculture designer.
Dr. Walsh has been the Health Department's Director since 2010. His reports on the dire state of nutrition and the existence of "food deserts" in Northwest Pasadena inspired the creation of the Pasadena Community Gardens Conservancy to provide long-term stewardship and financial support for community gardens. He earned his medical degree from the University of Miami School of Medicine and his doctorate from the Loma Linda University School of Public Health.
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