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THIS WEEK'S ECOLOGICAL RADIO SHOWS ¤ KKFI COMMUNITY RADIO
Listen at KKFI-FM 90.1, or web-streaming at http://www.kkfi.org/
Tuesday, 8 February, 12:00noon-1:00pm ¤ Eco-Radio KC
Host, Steve Mann, and guests Ann Suellentrop of Physicians for Social Responsibility and Maurice Copeland will discuss their work to expose the environmental contamination posed by beryllium and other poisons at the Bannister Road nuclear weapons complex (AKA: "The Kansas City Plant", "The Federal Complex", and the "GSA Offices"). ___________________________________________________
PEAK OIL & A CHANGING CLIMATE ¤ YOU-TUBE VIDEO SERIES
Wednesdays, up through 16 March 2011, on your computer
current video - Peak Oil Lessons From The Soviet Union with Dmitry Orlov
Peak Oil is the point at which petroleum extraction reaches its greatest rate just before going into perpetual decline.
On Wednesday, 8 February, Noam Chomsky will appear in interview #6 of the Peak Oil and a Changing Climate | video series. How to describe Noam Chomsky?: comprehensive thinker, prolific writer and lecturer, incisive political analyst, he is Professor of Linguistics at M.I.T. Noam Chomsky. Chomsky urges us to anticipate the official response to peak oil based on how corporations, news organizations and other institutions have responded to global warming: obfuscation, spin and denial. So true, but we might add that at the same time, these very government agencies and corporations are themselves preparing their internal safety nets for the peak oil collapse.
BEYOND EYE CANDY AND FOOD FOR THOUGHT
To prepare a remedy, we must first diagnose the disease
Our editor would like to reinforce what you probably understand about peak oil and climate disruption. The videos from the above Nation Magazine series on Peak Oil and a Changing Climate, and these very Sustainability Announcements about groups taking action in our community are not for idle musings, tweets, twitters, facebook walls, or e-mail banter. Local transition must build our community neighbor by neighbor, garden by garden, bicycle by bicycle, and hand in hand. Don't mistake logging on as advocacy, or e-mail petitions as action.
As to the likelihood that solutions will come from the global economy, one viewer of the above series on Peak Oil and a Changing Climate replied:
"The Technofix Cornicopians are smoking Hopium if they think any alternative energy 'magic' technologies are waiting in the wings to rescue industrial civilization from the abyss of population overshoot and pathological over consumption of natural resources.
"All the investment capital needed for scaling up solar and wind (and thorium based fission) to levels where 'economy of scale' makes them even vaguely possible is gone, gone gone.
"The Vampire Squids of Wall St. banking have gambled any and all savings and investment capital away in Ponzi derivative schemes and lush banking bonuses to have any meaningful amount left for "alternative energy" projects.
"There will not even be enough investment capital to keep up oil drilling as the Global Depression picks up steam and causes first, a demand crash, and then a supply crash.
"The Peak Oil phenomenon is locked in a death grip with Peak Finance. Global fiat 'money' will be found to be worthless in the not so distant future. Fiat currencies are not even 'money', they are just credit masquerading as something of value.
"Without real investment capital, the Techno-fix pipe dreams will not happen, ever. The U.S. can't even make mass transit systems work on basic technological principles that were known 100 years ago."
Tuesday, 8 February 2011, 6:30pm
Lawrence Percolator, 900 block alley behind the Lawrence Arts Center
The LFTP Lawrence Fruit Tree Project is a co-operative group of pomiculturists who have organized themselves to establish community orchards, and teach folks how to grow and care for fruiting trees and shrubs. They also are setting up a fruit tree register to list existing neighborhood trees that are underutilized, so they can be cared for and harvested. Anyone is welcome who is interested in relocalized food security, environmental literacy, permaculture, fruit tree propagation, etc. Come to our meetings and help our grass roots organization grow!
COMPLETE STREETS STUDY SESSION ¤ METRO PLANNING ORGANIZATION
Wednesday, 9 February 2011, 7:30am-9:00am
Lawrence City Hall, 6 East 6th Street, Lawrence KS 66044
This mid-month meeting of the Lawrence-Douglas County Planning Commission will focus on Complete Streets, which refers to street designs that equally accommodate pedestrians, bicycles, wheel chairs, transit, and autos/trucks. The Secretary of Transportation under President Obama, Ray LaHood, issued a Complete Streets Policy in 2010 saying that planning agencies should "consider walking and bicycling as equals with other transportation modes, . . . should go beyond minimum design standards and requirements, . . .[and] that walking and bicycling should not be an after thought in roadway design. The Complete Streets Committee of Live Well Lawrence would like a local policy to reflect that sentiment. For more info go to Complete Streets | City of Lawrence or Complete Streets Coalition.
NO-TILL GARDENING CLASSES ¤ BY FOUNDATION FARM
Wednesdays, 9 February - 23 March 2011, 3:30-5:00pm - $$$
Enthios Art Venue, 215 County Rd. 301, Eureka Springs AR 72632
This series of ten weekly classes in organic gardening will be taught by Patrice Gros who has operated Foundation Farm, a successful half-acre market garden, since 2006. Prior to that, he worked twelve acres organically, and has regularly taught classes in no-till methods. For more info go to Gardening Classes at Foundation Farm.
LAWRENCE SUSTAINABILITY ADVISORY BOARD
Wednesday, 9 February 2011, 5:30pm
Recycling and Resource Recovery Annex, 320 N.E. Industrial Lane, Lawrence KS
The Febuary agenda is unavailable to date. The S.A.B. meets monthly to discuss any and all aspects of furthering sustainability policies and practices by the City of Lawrence government and private persons. The public is welcome. Minutes are finalized in about a month after each meeting http://www.lawrenceks.org/wrr/envadvisoryboard
KANSAS CITY ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT COMMISSION
Wednesday, 9 February 2011, 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. The general public is 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
US EPA IMPUGNS KDHE ON DEFICIENCIES IN THE SUNFLOWER COAL PLANT PERMIT
On Friday, 4 February 2011, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 7 Administrator, Karl Brooks, advised the Kansas Department of Health & Environment (KDHE) that there are a number of deficiencies with the air quality permit granted by KDHE on 16 December 2010 to Sunflower Electric for the Holcomb 2 coal-fired power plant.
Brooks notes that "KDHE did not respond adequately to concerns about the permit expressed previously by EPA." The concerns about the permit outlined in the letter focus primarily on emission allowances for Nitrogen Oxides (NOx) and Sulfur Dioxide (SO2). It further states that EPA "disagrees with KDHE’s interpretation of federal law" on the issue of ensuring new National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS).
Sulfur dioxide (SO2) contributes to respiratory ailments and ischemic stroke, and creates acid rain. Nitrogen oxides (NO2) contribute to acid rain and are ozone precursors that affect the respiratory system, exacerbating asthma.
Brooks invites Sec. Moser of KDHE to establish a dialogue on how to address the deficiencies in the permit, and the (mis)interpretation of federal law by the state agency, and requests Moser contact EPA “in the very near future” to set up a meeting. For more info go to - EPA questions Kansas permit for coal plant.
ROD BREMBY, THE OUSTED KDHE SECRETARY, TO SPEAK
Thursday, 10 February 2011, 10:00am
KC KS Community College, Jewell Bldg Rm 2325, 7250 State Avenue, Kansas City, KS 66112
As KDHE Secretary, Rod Bremby was the first public official to block a coal plant due to climate disruption. The "damn the torpedoes" Kansas Legislature twice tried to overturn his decision, but Governor, Kathleen Sebelius, vetoed the bills. Then, when Mark Parkinson became Governor, he slipped through a deal to allow Sunflower Electric to file yet another permit, and fired Bremby before the permit process began. The compliant KDHE issued the permit on 16 December 2010. For more info go to - Sec. Bremby Speaks Out.
KAW PERMACULTURE COLLABORATIVE ¤ QUARTERLY MEETING
Saturday, 12 February 2011, 6:00pm
Delaware Street Commons, Common House, 822 East 13th St., Lawrence KS 66044
Please join us for a meeting, potluck dinner, and a video presentation (a kitchen is available). We will discuss and formulate plans for activities, workshops and project events for 2011. We would like your input and enthusiasm. K.P.C. fosters ecologically sustainable agriculture practices for the production of healthy food using permaculture ethics to restore a sustainable and ecologically viable way of life. For more info contact <email@example.com>.
WES JACKSON LECTURE ¤ INTERNATIONAL LAW, TRADE, AND AGRICULTURE
Tuesday, 15 February 2011, 3:45pm panel discussion with Warren Evans
Tuesday, 15 February 2011, 5:30pm lecture (reception to follow)
Univ. of Kansas, 104 Green Hall, 1535 W. 15th St., Lawrence KS 66045
As part of a special course in International Law, Agricultural Development and Environmental Protection from 8-17 February, the University of Kansas School of Law will host Wes Jackson in a seminar and a lecture. Other participants will be John Head of the Center for International Trade and Agriculture, and Warren Evans of the World Bank’s environment department. For more info go to - Wes Jackson & Warren Evans lectures: Law, Agriculture, Environment.
LAWRENCE CURBSIDE RECYCLING & SOLID WASTE OPTIONS
Tuesday, 15 February 2011, 6:30pm (RESCHEDULED FROM 8 February)
Lawrence City Commission, City Hall, 6th & Massachusetts St., Lawrence KS 66044
On 17 November, Lawrence City staff provided an memo to the City Commission listing extensive options for handling solid waste. City staff recommended the information be widely distributed "to the Sustainability Advisory Board, neighborhood associations, and other public forums for the solicitation of additional input over the next three months." Instead, it wasn't until 11 January 2011 that most of the public heard of this long overdue information, presented at a Commission study session. And now only a short while later, the Commission is poised to decide whether to adopt curbside recycling as a city service, or privatize it in a corporate model that so often brings inferior and costlier service. For more info go to - Waste & Recycling Options_11Jan11.pdf. Public comment will be received at the 8 February City Commission meeting.
PERMACULTURE, FOOD SECURITY, AND ENERGY DEPLETION ¤ FIRST LECTURE
Friday, 18 February 2011, 6:00pm-9:00pm - $$$
Dreher 4-H Building, 2110 Harper St., Lawrence KS 66044
Steve Moring of Vajra Farm Permaculture Center will teach this Design Certification Course with assistance from Michael Almon and Michael Morley. It includes nine 3-hour class sessions, six field sessions and a student presentation up through June. In the summer, there will be four additional 6-hour practicum sessions, all totaling 72 hours of training, and culminating in certification through the Kansas Permaculture Institute.
The first lecture is "Food Security and Energy Depletion" followed by a video "The Power of Community". The material describes our agricultural dependence on fossil fuels and how we can meet the challenge of energy depletion to make a successful transition to sustainable future. Preregistration is required, and a percentage of the fees will support the Kaw Permaculture Collaborative and it's parent organization, the Sustainability Action Network. For more info go to Kaw Permaculture Collaborative, or contact Steve Moring at (785)691-7305 or <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
FRUIT TREE PRUNING WORKSHOP ¤ MISSOURI CO-OP EXTENSION
Saturday, 19 February 2011, 110:00am-12:30pm - $$
Alldredge Orchards, 10455 Highway N, Platte City MO 64079
Taught by Marlin Bates, Co-op Extension Horticulture Specialist, this workshop will cover a quick overview of pruning practices for various fruit trees, and then a hands-on pruning session in the orchard. Come prepared dressed for the weather. Register by 16 February, and get more info at <email@example.com> or (816)270-2141.
TWO DAY "ESSENTIAL" PERMACULTURE TRAINING
Saturday-Sunday, 19-20 February 2011, 9:00am-5:00pm - $$$
Knowles Spirituality Center, 2304 Campanile Rd, Waterloo, NE (Omaha)
31 December 2010 early registration discount of $50
Taught by Bill and Becky Wilson of Midwest Permaculture, this weekend session will cover permaculture essentials with an emphasis on transition to a low energy future. For more info go to Essential Permaculture Training - 19-20 Feb 2011.
"WORLD ON THE EDGE" by LESTER BROWN ¤ A MUST READ FOR 2011
"We now have an economy that is destroying its natural support systems. “If we continue with business as usual, civilizational collapse is no longer a matter of whether but when—a time period more likely measured in years than decades. As the world economy expanded some 20-fold over the last century, it has revealed a flaw. The market, which sets prices, is not telling us the truth. It is omitting indirect costs that in some cases now dwarf direct costs."
Brown states that "The key to restructuring the economy is through full-cost pricing - if we can create an honest market, then market forces will rapidly restructure the world energy economy." Brown ends with a call to action, saying that lifestyle changes won’t be enough. "Restructuring the global economy means becoming politically active."
To read more go to - World on the Edge: review by World Business Academy.pdf. To buy the book from the Earth Policy Institute go to - World on the Edge: How to Prevent Environmental and Economic Collapse. Or order it from your locally owned book merchant.
SUSTAINABILITY ACTION NETWORK - MONTHLY MEETING
Sunday, 20 February 2011, 4:00pm
location TBA, Lawrence KS
Local Solutions for Transition to a Sustainable Economy
Organizing societal scale action in our personal lives, and through public policy changes.
The meeting agenda will include:
- Annual Giving Campaign
- Growers' Land Trust
- Coordinators for: grant research, workshops, volunteers
- Transition Kaw Valley power point trial run
- community workshops: super adobe, solar food dehydrator, cold frames, rain barrels, etc.
- S.A.N.web site: list-serve, auto-subscribe, content, pay pal, etc.
DOUGLAS COUNTY FOOD POLICY COUNCIL
Monday, 21February 2011, 7:00pm
location TBA, Lawrence, KS 66046
The Food Policy Council seeks to identify the benefits, challenges and opportunities for a successful, sustainable local food system. By advising the Douglas County Commission on public policies that will support local producers, preserve local agricultural resources and land, and create more local jobs, the F.P.C. hopes to improve the community’s access to a local food supply and distribution networks. For more info go to Dg County Food Policy Council.
TRANSITION KANSAS CITY ¤ KANSAS CITY GREENS
Monday, 21 January 2011, 7:00pm
Aquarius Bookstore, 3936 Broadway Ave., Kansas City MO
Transition Kansas City is partnering with The Kansas City Greens to show the BBC film "Can We Save Planet Earth" with Sir David Attenborough. This is the second part of a three-part series. Attenborough’s film lays out seven components of a sane response to global warming – strategies and targets from the household to big industries and government. But each one has implications, and many, like a growing reliance on nuclear power, are highly contentious. Afterward, Doug Greer and Mike Hoey will lead a discussion.
The Transition movement was begun by Rob Hopkins in Great Britain Transition Towns, and in the U.S. is coordinated by Transition US based in Sebastapol CA. They help local initiatives with resources and publications, and they have 22 trainers traveling to conduct local training sessions. For more info, or to get on the Kansas City e-mail list, call (816)767-8873, or contact them at <firstname.lastname@example.org>
KAW VALLEY SEEDS PROJECT SECOND ANNUAL FAIR
Saturday, 26 February 2011, 10:00am-3:00pm - FREE
Douglas County Fairgrounds, Building 21, 2110 Harper St., Lawrence KS 66046
The fair will include a seed exchange, exhibits, local producers, speakers throughout the day and a children's activity center. The Kaw Valley Seeds Project is fostering a network of people who will create a Local Living Seed Reserve by growing, sharing and bartering, and buying and selling primary seed varieties of the Kansas River valley. For more information go to Kaw Valley Seeds Project 2nd Annual Fair and click on "see more".
GROWING SEASON EXTENDING METHODS ¤ COMMUNIVERSITY CLASS #2307 A
Saturday, 26 February 2011, 1:00-5:00pm - $$
Rethink Energy, 2052 North 3rd St., Kansas City KS 66101
Get a head start on the gardening season. Learn how to extend food growing to all four seasons. We will learn to construct cold frames, hot beds, quarter tunnels, low tunnels, and high tunnels using low cost materials and methods. Bring $15 to class for materials. Class fee is $14, plus $15 for materials. Register at UMKC Communiversity. More info from <email@example.com>.
FOOD NOT LAWNS ¤ COMMUNIVERSITY CLASS #2310 A
Wednesdays, 2,9,16,23 March 2011, 4 sessions, 7:00-9:00pm - $$
UMKC School of Medicine, Theatre C, 24th & Charlotte Streets, KC MO
Grow food not lawns! Increase local food security, improve your diet, beautify your surroundings, build community, reduce pollution and energy use (It takes 87 calories of fuel to transport one calorie of perishable fresh fruit from west coast to east coast). As supporters of the Food Not Lawns national movement, we will hold four sessions dealing with topics that include whole system design, garden preparation, permaculture, water-wise gardening, seed saving, planting, and free resources. Presenters include master and highly-qualified gardeners. Class fee is $18, plus $5 for materials. Register at UMKC Communiversity. More info at Food Not Lawns KC, or <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
The SUSTAINABILITY ACTION NETWORK, Inc. is a 501(C)(3) tax-exempt organization. DONATIONS ARE TAX DEDUCTIBLE. Mail checks to P.O.Box 1064, Lawrence KS 66044.
Our mission is to advocate and organize societal 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 <email@example.com>
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, and Kansas Permaculture Institute - 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) Growers' Land Trust - 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.
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