Local Solutions for Transition to a Sustainable Economy
ECO RADIO KC ¤ WEEKLY ECOLOGICAL ISSUES RADIO SHOW Tuesday, 2 March 2010, 12:00noon ¤ on Kansas City Community Radio Listen at KKFI-FM 90.1, or on web-streaming at http://www.kkfi.org/
On EcoRadio KC this week, host John Kurmann will be interviewing Dennis Murphy, the Chief Environmental Officer of the Environmental Management Commission, Kansas City, Missouri - KC Environmental Mgt Commission. Since the Kansas City adoption of a Climate Protection Plan in August of 2006, Dennis has been overseeing the development and implementation of that Plan.
Stay tuned at 12:30 when the Bioneers radio series presents "The Alphabet vs. The Goddess":How the Technology of Images is Feminizing the Planet and Restoring the Environment. Is it just a coincidence that the wholesale destruction of the environment paralleled the decline of Goddess-worshipping cultures and the traditional power of women in society? Author and surgeon Leonard Shlain provocatively attributes both to the rise of alphabetic literacy. ___________________________________________________
TODAY IS A CLIMATE LEGISLATION MOMENT ¤ CALL YOUR SENATORS Tuesday, 2 March 2010
A message from Al Gore of the Climate Protection Action Fund: Our elected officials must rise to face the challenge of the climate crisis. And we must demand that they do what is required before it is too late. That's what I wrote Saturday in the New York Times - We Can’t Wish Away Climate Change - NYTimes.com. Today I need your help to make sure our Senators pass a strong climate bill this year.
The good news is we could be very close. The House of Representatives has already passed comprehensive clean energy and climate legislation. A bipartisan group of Senators is drafting a bill that could be introduced within weeks -- and critical negotiations over its content are taking place right now.
So on Tuesday, a broad coalition of climate groups is launching a massive calling campaign to build grassroots pressure for the strongest bill possible. Will you join us by pledging to call your Senator on Tuesday? Click on this link -Senate revamping Climate Bill | Call your Senators
It would be an enormous relief if the recent attacks on the science of global warming actually indicated that we do not face an unimaginable climate calamity. But the overwhelming scientific consensus remains unchanged. Every day we dump 90 million tons of global warming pollution into the atmosphere, as if it were an open sewer.
There is still a narrow pathway to stopping catastrophic climate change -- and it begins with the United States passing a law to place costs on global warming pollution. To arrive at a strong bill, we must demand that our Senators take bold action on climate change. They need to know that we will support them if they do what is required. That means you have to pick up your phone and - Pledge to call your Senators.
After all has been said and so little done, the truth about the climate crisis -- inconvenient as ever -- must still be faced. The future of our nation and our world depends on the United States Senate. Please join us today to make sure they do what is required.
Thanks, Al Gore, Founder The Climate Protection Action Fund ___________________________________________________
LAWRENCE PEAK OIL TASK FORCE Thursday, 4 March 2010, 4:00pm City Manager's Conference Rm., City Hall 4th Floor, 6th & Massachusetts St.
After reviewing in February two draft sections of the Peak Oil Plan, the March agenda will cover a preliminary draft of "Peak Oil Media & Communications". The City Commission extended the time to complete a plan for another six months.
Meetings are open to the public, and the public is encouraged to attend. And the Peak Oil Task Force web page has developed an extensive list of resources(click on "resources") including other cities' action plans such as San Francisco and Portland, videos, advocacy groups like Post Carbon Institute and Transition Boulder County, and key data and reports. ___________________________________________________
SOUTH CAROLINA NUKES FACE SUPREME COURT LEGAL CHALLENGE Thursday, 4 March 2010
In a case that could have far-reaching implications for efforts to build new nuclear reactors in the U.S., the South Carolina Supreme Court has set a hearing date of March 4th for a challenge by Friends of the Earth against a costly two-reactor nuclear project. Among the legal counts, the appeal challenges the South Carolina Baseload Review Act that forces rate payers to pay for the nuclear project far in advance, claiming that this “construction work in progress” law is unconstitutional as it forces rate payers to pay for something they may never receive.
On the heels of the Obama nuclear sellout, this legal challenge is the first in the nation. Friends of the Earth and a host of other public interest groups argue that loan guarantees constitute unwarranted giveaways to an industry which should compete in the free market and not depend on taxpayer bailouts. Read the full article at - S. Carolina Supreme Court to hear Nuke Challenge ___________________________________________________
IDEAS REQUESTED FOR VISIONING BY THE SUSTAINABILITY ADVISORY BOARD Friday, 5 March 2010, 5:00pm deadline
The Lawrence Sustainability Advisory Board will hold their annual long range planning retreat on 10 March. Issues currently under consideration include: increased options for residential recycling, promotion of energy conservation, bolstering public transportation, and encouragement for sustainable business and development. They are interested in other suggestions from the public. Send your comments no later than 5 March 2010 to ___________________________________________________
KANSAS CITY ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT COMMISSION Wednesday, 10 March 2010, 4:00-6:00pm Mid America Regional Council, Rivergate Center 2nd floor, 600 Broadway, KC MO
The Environmental Management Commission promotes environmental awareness and resource efficiency to the City's leader and staff, to assist the progress of Kansas City toward sustainability. Members of the general public are encouraged to attend and observe meetings and to join and participate in its efforts.More information and the EMC April 2009 minutes are available at http://www.kcmo.org/manager.nsf/web/emc ___________________________________________________
ECOLOGICAL PRINCIPALS IN PRACTICING PERMACULTURE ¤ 3RD LECTURE Wednesday, 10 March 2010, 6:00-9:00pm East Lawrence Community Center, 1245 E. 15th St., Lawrence (15th at Brook St.)
Steve Moring of the Kaw Permaculture Collaborative will describe how can humans can model nature's interrelated life-forms to create balanced and sustainable food production ecosystems which maintain species diversity and environmental stability. This lecture is the third in anine-session permaculture lecture series, presented every two weeks. Interspersed with the lectures will be occasional field trips. The lecture will be followed by a group discussion of permaculture applications, resources, local organizations and community projects, and will close with a viewing of the film "Last Stand of the Tallgrass Prairie". A $30.00 admission fee will be requested at the door. The fees will support both the K.P.C. and it's parent organization, Sustainability Action Network. For more information contact Steve Moring at 785-691-7305 or ___________________________________________________
SEED AND SCION EXCHANGE IN LAWRENCE Saturday, 13 March 2010, 10:00am-1:00pm (11:30 pot luck lunch) 527 Lake St., Lawrence KS
The Central Prairie Seed Exchange sponsors this annual seed/scion exchange, followed by a pot luck lunch. Everyone is welcome. It's very informal, with lots of varietal and growing information exchanged along with plants, seeds and scions. Please bring whatever you may have, with clear identification and maybe growing tips. The location is in north Lawrence, one block north of Lyon & 5th Streets. If lost, call (785)331-6702. ___________________________________________________
SUSTAINABILITY ACTION NETWORK - MONTHLY MEETING Sunday, 14 March 2010, 4:00pm Teapouro Tea & Espresso, 712 Massachusetts St., Lawrence KS
Local Solutions for Transition to a Sustainable Economy S.A.N. organizessocietal scale action for ecological sustainability in our personal lives, and through public policy changes. "Be the change you want to see". The S.A.N. meeting agenda will include:
Plans for Transition Kaw Valley presentations
Finalizing our logo
Finalize our Challenge Statement and Mission Statement
Web site design
Final draft of 501(C)(3) application
Lawrence Peak Oil Plan, suggestions for input
Please join us ___________________________________________________
COAL ELECTRICITY ¤ ON THE WAY OUT? by Lester R. Brown, Earth Policy Institute
The past two years have witnessed the emergence of a powerful movement opposing the construction of new coal-fired power plants in the United States. The principal reason for opposing coal plants is that they are changing the earth’s climate. There is also the effect of mercury emissions on health and the 23,600 U.S. deaths each year from power plant air pollution.
Over the last few years the coal industry has suffered one setback after another. Since 2000, 123 plants have been defeated, with another 51 facing opposition in the courts. Of the 231 plants being tracked, only 25 currently have a chance at gaining the permits necessary to begin construction and eventually come online.
Coal’s future is also suffering as Wall Street turns its back on the industry. In July 2007, Citigroup downgraded coal company stocks across the board and recommended that its clients switch to other energy stocks. In January 2008, Merrill Lynch also downgraded coal stocks. Regulators, investment banks, andpolitical leaders are now beginning to see that it makes no sense to build coal-fired power plants when we will have to bulldoze them in a few years. Building a coal plant may soon be impossible.
One of the unresolved burdens haunting the coal sector, in addition to the emissions of CO2, is what to do with the coal ash—the remnant of burning coal—that is accumulating in 194 landfills and 161 holding ponds in 47 states. This ash is not an easy material to dispose of since it is laced with arsenic, lead, mercury, and many other toxic materials. The spill of toxic coal ash in Tennessee drove another nail into the lid of the coal industry coffin. Read the full article at - Coal-Fired Power On the Way Out? ___________________________________________________
CITY OF LAWRENCE COMPOST SALE Thursday-Saturday, 18-20 March 2010, 8:00am-3:00pm (til 4:00 on Sat.) 1420 E 11th Street, Lawrence KS (east of 11th and Haskell, over the tracks)
The material is composted from leaves, grass clippings, and prunings collected by the City. Quantities are restricted to pick-ups and small trailers for residential use, not commercial use. Cost is $10 per load if loaded by tractor, or free if self-loaded by hand. For more info, contact the Waste Reduction and Recycling Division at 832-3030 or visit www.LawrenceRecycles.org. ___________________________________________________
PERMACULTURE FIELD TRIP ¤ COMPOSTING & BIODYNAMIC PREPARATIONS Saturday, 20 March 2010, 1:00-4:00pm
As part of of the Kaw Permaculture Collaborative series, Steve Moring will give a tour of his own Vajra Farm permaculture operation. For more information contact Steve Moring at 785-691-7305 or ___________________________________________________
THE GREAT AMERICAN MEAT OUT ¤ LAWRENCE Saturday, 20 March 2010, 2:30-5:30pm Lawrence Public Library, 7th & Vermont St.
The Great American Meatout is the world's largest and oldest annual grassroots campaign to help people learn how to "kick the meat habit", and explore a wholesome diet of non-animal protein, fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Lawrence will join communities in all 50 U.S. states and two dozen other countries with a free celebration at the Lawrence Library. Volunteers will be there to share food samples, recipes and literature, and to discuss plant based diets. There will also be a mini film festival and a cooking demonstration. A vegetarian diet requires only one tenth of the land area, energy, and water compared to that of a meat based diet. For more info go to Great American Meatout.
The SUSTAINABILITY ACTION NETWORK, Inc. is a Kansas not-for-profit organization.DONATIONS ARE APPRECIATED, and checks can be mailed to P.O.Box 1064, Lawrence KS 66044. Our mission is to advocate and organizesocietal scale action to address sustainability issues. The triple crises of Energy-Ecology-Economy are building so rapidly that large scale action is needed immediately and methodically to overcome institutional barriers and advance public policy that preserves ecological sustainability. Our focus is to build a relocalized economy-ecology in concert with the Transition Town movement occurring in many other communities. To join the Sustainability Action Network please contact us at
Our current projects include: 1) Transition Kaw Valley - initiating transition to a relocalized post-carbon economy, and municipal level Peak Oil response planning. 2) Kaw Permaculture Collaborative - developing skills and resources for poly-cropping sustainable food production. 3) Energy Conservation & Renewables - advancing a green economy through decentralized technologies and regulations, for conservation and renewable energy. 4) Land Consortium - organizing interested stakeholders to acquire prime farmland in the urban fringe for land-based economic development and regional food security. 5) Water Rights and Watersheds - protecting the water commons, the source of all life, from privatization and contamination, and restoring our watersheds. 6) Electric & Human Powered Vehicles - promoting neighborhood electric vehicles and utility tricycles, including infrastructure and pro-active regulations. 7) Weekly Sustainability Announcements - informing and encouraging others to become active in the Sustainability Action Network, or other action driven groups. 8) Collaboration with sister organizations - such as: The Light Center eco-village; Kaw Valley Food System farm-based economic development;Citizens for Responsible Planning; Films for Action; Kansas River Valley Growers fighting for local water rights; national efforts by the Sustainable Energy Network; KC Metro groups like the Kansas City Food Circle and the All Species Project, etc.We welcome suggestions for items to be included. Please send items to