SAN - 2011-03-29 - Sustainability Action Network - Announcements - Greater KC via Kaw River Valley (Lawrence, KS)

29 March 2011

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28 March 1979

Three Mile Island image
A coolant failure in reactor #2 caused the worst U.S. commercial nuclear accident, releasing 43,000 curies of radioactive Krypton-85 gas. The reactor was designed by Babcock-Wilcox, and has been shut down ever since, though unit #1 is licensed to operate until 2034 - Three Mile Island Nuclear Generating Station - Wikipedia.

Listen at KKFI-FM 90.1, or web-streaming at

Tuesday, 29 March, 12:00pm ¤ locally produced Eco-Radio KC
Host, Richard Mabion, will be talking with John Burris and Steve Mann about what level of community activism is needed to affect change in time to make a difference. It's a call-in show, so voice your views at (816)931-5534. RE-LISTEN TO KKFI's Eco-Radio PODCAST ARCHIVES AT

Thursday, 31 March, 12:00pm ¤ Law and Disorder Radio
Prof. Michel Chossudovsky explains that "Operation Libya" is part of the broader military agenda in the Middle East and Central Asia which consists in gaining control and corporate ownership over more than sixty percent of the world's reserves of oil and natural gas, including oil and gas pipeline routes - "Operation Libya" and the Battle for Oil: Redrawing the Map of Africa. within the guise of a humanitarian mandate, the underlying objective is to destabilize the National Oil Corporation (NOC) and eventually privatize the country's oil wealth into foreign corporate hands - Lybian Oil War: Law and Disorder Radio.

Friday, 1 April, 9:30am ¤ Bioneers Radio Series
Bioneers presents another program in their award winning series.

Saturday, 2 April, 2:30pm ¤ Women's International News Gathering Service
Maude Barlow, U.N. Senior Advisor on Water, describes the growing shortages of usable fresh water in the world and how a handful of corporations are being helped by the World Bank and IMF to control what's left. Struggles of desperate people have had some success against the privatizers, but our practices towards water must change - Blue Planet Project.

Wednesdays, up through 6 April 2011, on your computer
current video: The Planet's Scarcest Resource Is Time with Lester Brown

Peak Oil is the point at which petroleum extraction reaches its greatest rate just before going into perpetual decline. This excellent series is now scheduled through 6 April.

On Wednesday, 30 March, Joel Salatin will appear in interview #12 of the Peak Oil and a Changing Climate | video series. Salatin operates Polyface Farms near Staunton VA, in the Central Shenandoah Valley. He calls himself a "grass farmer", because his techniques center on husbandry that builds the soil first, which in turn provides the best conditions for his livestock and crops. One of the main effects of building organic matter into his soil is a high level of carbon sequestration.


On Sunday, 27 March, TEPCO reported that radiation levels of water leaking into the basement of Reactor #2 reached 10 million times higher than normal, but later apologized that the reading was incorrect. On Monday 28 March, they corrected the reading to "only" 100,000 times higher than normal, giving us cause for relief, right? - Radiation level spike from fuel rod partial meltdown. According to government spokesman, Yukio Edano, "The radiation seems to have come from fuel rods that temporarily melted down and came in contact with the water used to cool the reactor." Emergency workers near the contaminated water would have received four times their maximum annual dose of radiation in just one hour.

It's not only the Japanese who are alarmed, as a large anti-nuclear rally was held Sunday in Tokyo. Ripple effects are being felt around the world, most notably in Germany. Also on Sunday, the anti-nuke German Green Party scored a remarkable victory over chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative party in the German state of Baden-Wuerttemberg. "Conservative governor Stefan Mappus, who has long been an advocate of nuclear energy, conceded defeat and said his party's lead in the polls dwindled away in the wake of the disaster at Japan's Fukushima nuclear facility." - Anti-nuke Greens sailing to power in German state.

A comprehensive source of world and U.S. nuclear news is the Nuclear Information and Resource Service. The site includes news and updates, with especially good assessment of the conflicting reports from Japan. They offer fact sheets, data interpretation, commentary, and action alerts. ___________________________________________________


The 1952 Paley Commission, a blue-ribbon panel appointed by Pres. Truman, proposed that the US build the economy on solar energy sources, and offered a strong negative assessment of nuclear energy. Enamored by a notion of atomic sourced omnipotence, in 1953 Pres. Eisenhower instead chose Atoms for Peace. While subsidizing nuclear energy by an estimated $1 trillion from 1950-2007, the U.S. squandered 60 years potential for solar energy. And Obama as our "clean and green economy" President continues the same myopic policies. Obama has committed $8.33 billion in loan guarantees for two new reactors in Georgia, and he seeks $36 billion more - U.S. could have gone solar, but Ike chose 'atoms for peace'.

But follow the money. Obama postured in 2006 to reign in sloppy accident reporting by Excelon, the nation's largest nuclear power plant operator (including Three Mile Island). But Exelon executives have long been Obama campaign backers, including Chairman John W. Rowe, who serves as a key lobbyist for the nuclear energy industry, raising hundreds of thousands of dollars dating back to Obama's days in the Illinois State Legislature. Once again, in 2008, corporatist shill Obama got his fifth largest block of campaign contributions from Exelon. And though the rationale may be CO2 abatement, energy efficiency is far more cost effective than nuclear at reducing greenhouse gases, according to the Rocky Mountain Institute - Obama's Nuclear Dreams: Resurrecting a Noxious Industry.

And watch for this latest nuclear crisis to be manipulated as a rationale for more coal and natural gas - Feds to expand coal mining in Wyoming. Similarly, the past two years has seen the Obama administration reference climate change as the rationale for more nuclear power. As BP has trumpeted, more of all of it - oil, gas, coal, solar, wind, nuclear (disproportionately, of course).

Thursday, 31 March 2011, 4:00pm-6:00pm
31st Street between Haskell Ave. & Louisiana Ave., Lawrence KS 66046

The Wakarusa Wetlands have been here for tens of thousands of years. The last remnant S.W. of 31st & Haskell Ave. (mistakenly called the Baker Wetlands) has been under threat of paving over by the South Lawrence Trafficway, and desecration of Native American sacred ground, for 25 years. That's the date when plans were drawn up in secret, by illegal meetings of the Lawrence City Commission and the Chamber of Commerce.

The road has been held at bay for 25 years by advocacy of citizens and Haskell University students, by challenges to the Environmental Impact Statements, and by two lawsuits. This rally is in support of the current lawsuit that has appealed the construction permit due to flaws in the Environmental Impact Statement. For background info go to Save the Wetlands.

Friday, 1 April 2011, 6:00-9:00pm - $$$
Dreher 4-H Building, 2110 Harper St., Lawrence KS 66044

This fifth session will examine basic soil types, their chemistry, nutrient cycling, and the dynamics of soil organism interaction. Also covered will be the basics of building productive soils without petrochemical inputs, and innovative soil amendments including biodynamic techniques. The lecture will be followed by a viewing of part two of the Geoff Lawton film "Introduction to Permaculture Design".

Steve Moring of Vajra Farm Permaculture Center is teaching this Design Certification Course with assistance from Michael Almon and Michael Morley. 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 <>.

Saturday, 2 April 2011, 9:30am-2:30pm - FREE
Shawnee Civic Centre, Phlumm & Johnson Dr, Shawnee KS

There will be local growers of organic and free range produce selling their wares, including garden plant starts, as well as free organic gardening information and free 2011 Producers Directory. There will be a free workshop on CSA's and Organic Farmers Markets, food preservation, and cooking demonstrations.

Both Food Expos are free admission with free parking and free music. More information on the KC Food Circle and the two food expositions can be found at Kansas City Eat Local Food Expo or email

Saturday, 2 April 2011, 10:00am - $
Forest Floor Permaculture, 1311 Prairie Ave., Lawrence KS 66044

This demonstration seminar will be hosted by Forest Floor Permaculture and taught by members of the Lawrence Fruit Tree Project. Byron Wiley and Skyler Adamson of the Lawrence Fruit Tree Project will describe the stages of grafting including: root stock types and characteristics, collecting and storing scion wood, and graft types like bench grafting or live tree grafting or stump grafting. Then they will make several grafts of apple and pear trees, showing the techniques for incision, closure, and sealing the graft. If raining, seminar will be inside. For more info contact Michael Almon at <> 785-832-1300, or Byron Wiley at <> 785-841-2829.


For years now, the most-asked question by detractors of the local and organic food movement has been, “Can organic agriculture feed the world?” According to a new United Nations report, the answer is a big, fat yes. The report, Agroecology and the right to food, released on 8 March 2011, reveals that small-scale sustainable farming would even double food production within five to 10 years in places where the most hungry people on the planet live.

The report suggests moving away from the overuse of oil in farming, a problem that is magnified in the face of rising prices due to peak oil. The focus is instead on "agroecology, or eco-farming, which seeks to improve the sustainability of agroecosystems by mimicking nature instead of industry,” reads a section. Industrial agriculture requires about 20% of total energy used in developed nations, and a greater percent in developing nations.

"U.S. foreign policy in agriculture up until now has been to force countries to accept our subsidized crops, even if it meant destroying local agricultural economies. Former President Bill Clinton apologized for this policy last year, saying that it has 'failed everywhere it’s been tried' " - UN Report: Eco-Farming Can Feed the World.

While there is a burgeoning local-organic-urban food movement growing in industrial societies, developing nations are also revitalizing their traditional agricultural practices, and enhancing them with techniques from permaculture as well. In india, Vandana Shiva, a longtime critic of corporate globalization, has founded the organic Bija Vidyapeeth Center to teach courses in topics such as sustainable farming, herbal medicines, seed saving, and more. The main aim of the Navdanya (Nine Crops) Program is to support local farmers, rescue and conserve crops and plants from extinction, the rejuvenation of indigenous knowledge, create awareness on the hazards of genetic engineering, defend people's crop knowledge from biopiracy, and defend food rights in the face of globalisation - Introduction to Navdanya at Bija Vidyapeeth Center, and Navdanya Courses in 2011.

Saturday, 2 April 2011, 10:00am - FREE
31st Street north entrance to boardwalk, Lawrence KS 66046

Come experience the beauty of the Wakarusa Wetlands firsthand as naturalists lead us on guided tours. Open to the public, whether Sierra Club member or not. Contact - Melissa Rogers (785)764-0826, <>

Wednesdays, 6 &13 April 2011, 2 lectures, 7:00-9:00pm - $$
UMKC School of Medicine, Theatre C, 24th & Charlotte Streets, Kansas City MO
Saturday, 16 April 2011, hands-on planting, 2:00-5:00pm
Food forest site, 43rd & McGee Streets, Kansas City MO

Learn small scale urban food forest design and hands-on planting skills as we help develop a food forest at 43rd & McGee. Learn how to mimic the structure and function of forest ecosystems using sheet mulching, layering, planting patterns, species diversity, guilds and more. We will cover proper planning techniques for tree, shrubs and fruit. Two theory sessions and a hands on planting workshop. Class registration fee of $14, plus bring $10 to class for materials. Register at UMKC Communiversity. More info at Food Not Lawns KC, or <>.

Tuesday, 12 April 2011 - FREE
12:30pm, Carlsen Center Room 211
7:15pm, General Education Building Room 233
Johnson County Community College, Quivera & College Blvd., Overland Park KS 66210

Carbon Nation is a film of optimistic, non-preachy solutions that show tackling climate change boosts the economy, increases national & energy security and promotes health & a clean environment. It provides an entertaining, informed and pragmatic primer about why it’s incredibly smart to be a part of the low-carbon economy: it’s good business.

The director,
Peter Byck, will be at the screenings for Q & A as part of a nation-wide live streaming to colleges and universities. Watch the trailer at Carbon Nation - trailer. For more info, call (913)469-8500 X2883, or e-mail <>.

Wednesday, 13 April 2011, 5:30pm
Recycling and Resource Recovery Annex, 320 N.E. Industrial Lane, Lawrence KS

The April 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

Wednesday, 13 April 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

Saturday, 16 April 2011, 11:00am parade, 11:30-4:00pm park festival

The Lawrence Earth Day Parade begins at the Train Park, and is sponsored by K.U. Environs - The Earth Day Celebration will be held in South Park, and is sponsored by the City of Lawrence Waste Reduction & Recycling Department - Earth Day Celebration 2011. The celebration in the park features live music, children’s activities and food vendors. Attendees are invited to learn from exhibits about waste reduction, recycling, composting, alternative fuels and vehicles, energy conservation, land preservation, wildlife and habitat preservation, and more.

Sunday, 17 April 2011, 6:00pm
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 report
  • Growers' Land Trust Community Garden
  • S.A.N. social media - policy proposal
  • Earth Day booth staffing volunteers
  • community workshops: super adobe, solar food dehydrator, cold frames, rain barrels, etc.
  • S.A.N.web site: list-serve, content, pay pal, etc.
Please join us

Monday, 18 April 2011, 7:00pm
Fire Station #5, Iowa & 19th Streets, 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.

Wednesday, 20 April 2011, 7:00pm - $
Liberty Hall, 642 Massachusetts St., Lawrence KS 66044

This film brings a positive message about how a grassroots movement for localization is bubbling up from the cracks of a faltering global economy in every corner of the world. It is produced by Helena Norberg-Hodge of the International Society for Ecology and Culture, a not-for-profit working for the strengthening of local communities and economies, emphasizing education for action, moving beyond single issues to look at the more fundamental influences that shape our lives. Preview it here - The Economics of Happiness trailer, brought by Films for Action.

"This film presents the localization movement as a systemic alternative to corporate globalization, and a strategy that brings community and meaning to our lives." - Joanna Macy, author World as Lover, World as Self.

"A remarkable new documentary... Get a copy of this DVD. Then get the kids. Pull them away from their smartphones and video games... And show them this movie." - Russell Mokhiber, editor of The Corporate Crime Reporter

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 <>

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 polyculture sustainable food production.
3) Eco Village Land Trust - Designing and focalizing a sustainable intentional community near Lawrence.
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) Weekly Sustainability Announcements - informing and encouraging others to become active in the Sustainability Action Network, or other action driven groups.
6) Water Rights and Watersheds - protecting the water commons, the source of all life, from privatization and contamination, and restoring our watersheds.
7) Electric & Human Powered Vehicles - promoting neighborhood electric vehicles and utility tricycles, including infrastructure and pro-active regulations.
8) Energy Conservation & Renewables - advancing a green economy through decentralized renewable energy and conservation.
9) 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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Emerald City: GEM in the GIZ, From Blight to Bright Barnraising

Emerald City: GEM in the GIZ*, From Blight to Bright
Barnraising & Brainstorming - TONIGHT

* Green Impact Zone (KCMO)

Monday, March 28 · 6:00pm - 9:00pm

St Mark Lutheran Church
3800 Troost
Kansas City, MO


- Scheduled Music, Spoken Word Performances throughout evening.

- Overview of Program

- Supporters & Similar Programs

- Break Out: visit table of interest in the project, meet and learn about your tablemates, brainstorming session.

- Sign Up - Get Involved: write your application, pick your house, talk to housing people, sign up for garden work days, canvassing neighborhood, clean up days, house rehabbing and more.

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Lawrence Sustainability Network (LSN) ACTION ALERT - Protect the Wakarusa Wetlands

LSN Action Alert

Thursday, March 31st, 2011--4 to 6pm

31st Street, between Haskell and Louisiana



Who: Haskell WPO (Wetlands Preservation Organization), Kansas Sierra Club, Jayhawk Audubon Society, University of Kansas EcoJustice, Save the Wakarusa Wetlands, Inc., KU Environs, INSSA (The KU Indigenous Nations Studies Student Association), and several other KU & HINU student organizations, and other Lawrence community and school groups will participate.Media are cordially invited.

Rally supporting the federal appeal to stop KDOT from building the South Lawrence Trafficway's through the sacred and irreplaceable Wakarusa Wetlands.

Why: This wetland is a crucial part of Native American heritage. It is one of the most bio-diverse places in the Midwest for its size. Many Indians consider it sacred ground. Our community needs to save this natural and historical treasure for future generations.

CONTACTS for Lawrence Community, KU & HINU (WPO):
Jessica Lackey WPO 925-408-3495

Michael Caron: Save the Wakarusa Wetlands 785-842-6293

Robbie Wood WPO 918-457-8127

Teresa Zaffiro KU EcoJustice 785-764-4662

The Lawrence Sustainability Network supports cultural and biological diversity. LSN opposes the SLT.

Something STINKS in MISSOURI - Corporate agri-business has deep pockets... will CAFOs prevail?

STOP The Factory Farm Protection Bills!
The Legislative Spring Break is Over Monday (the 28th)!
Please Call Legislators THIS WEEK--
Tell Them to Vote NO on Senate Bill 187 & House Bill 209!!!

Tell them to VOTE NO on House Bill 100, House Joint Resolution 3

& House Joint Resolution 17!
Hundreds of phone calls and emails are making a difference! SB 187 & HB 209 have become very controversial in the Missouri statehouse. But the PRO-corporate agri-business, ANTI-property rights, ANTI-family farm bills are still moving! The following bills would have a radical and damaging effect on the property rights of Missouri’s family farmers and rural landowners and on our rights to local control.
Senate Bill 187 & House Bill 209 “The CAFO Protection Bills”:

Written to protect Premium Standard Farms (PSF; owned by Smithfield Foods--the largest pork corporation in the world), the CAFO Protection Bills would limit the rights of family farmers and rural landowners to defend their property through the court system.

House Bill 100, House Joint Resolution 3 & House Joint Resolution 17 would:

Restrict the ability of local elected representatives to respond to the needs of their citizens through “local control”.

Please Call/Email “Key Legislators” & Call/Email YOUR State Senator & Representative!

Tell them to VOTE NO on Senate Bill 187
& House Bill 209!

Tell them to VOTE NO on House Bill 100,
House Joint Resolution 3

& House Joint Resolution 17!

* See Below for "Key Legislators".

* You can call YOUR State Senator and Representative by calling the House Switchboard at (573) 751-2000 with your zip code.

An Attack on Rural Private Property Rights (The CAFO Protection Bills)!

Senate Bill 187 & House Bill 209

Corporate agri-business has deep pockets and significant influence in Jefferson City. At the expense of Missouri’s independent family farmers, rural landowners and their constitutional right to protect their property through the court system, corporate lobbyists have convinced some legislators of the need to protect a very small minority of corporate industrial livestock operations. Written to protect Premium Standard Farms (PSF), owned by Smithfield Foods, the largest pork corporation in the world, this misguided and dangerous policy would be protecting CAFOs at the expense of the vast majority of Missouri’s family farmers and rural citizens.

* Please tell Missouri legislators: “Taking away the rights of farmers and landowners to protect their properties through the court system is unconstitutional and just plain wrong! Vote NO on Senate Bill 187 & House Bill 209!”

An Attack on Local Control!

House Bill 100, House Joint Resolution 3 & House Joint Resolution 17

For 8 years, family farmers, rural landowners and county commissioners have fought against attempts to take away local control. Hundreds have journeyed to Jefferson City to ensure that our local elected representatives retain the tools necessary to respond to the needs of their citizens.

Yet again this year, bills (HB 100, HJR 3 & HJR 17) are moving through the House Chamber that would strip Local Control and the ability of local communities to protect family farmers and landowners from the negative impacts of industrial livestock operations.

* Please tell Missouri’s legislators: “Government is best when it is closest to the people. Don’t Mess with OUR Local Control! Vote NO on HB 100, HJR 3 & HJR 17”

You can call YOUR State Senator and Representative by calling the House Switchboard at (573) 751-2000 with your zip code.

Please Call Key Representatives!

Rep. Tom Loehner (573) 751-1344

Rep. Jerry Nolte (573) 751-1470

Rep. Casey Guernsey (573) 751-4285

Rep. Diane Franklin (573) 751-1119

Rep. Keith Fredrick (573) 751-3834

Rep. David Day (573) 751-1446

Rep. Kent Hampton (573) 751-3629

Rep. Lincoln Hough (573) 751-9809

Rep. Mike McGhee (573) 751-1462

Rep. Randy Asbury (573) 751-6566

Rep. Delus Johnson (573) 751-3666

Rep. Anne Zerr (573) 751-3717

Rep. Galen Higdon (573) 751-3643

Rep. Ray Weter (573) 751-2565

Rep. Billy Pat Wright (573) 751-1494

Rep. Jason Holsman (573) 751-6607

Rep. Joe Aull (573) 751-2204

Rep. Linda Black (573) 751-2317

Rep. Doug Funderburk (573) 751-2176

Please Call Key Senators!

*You can email all Senators here:

Senator Rob Mayer: (573) 751-3859

Senator Chuck Purgason: (573) 751-1882

Senator Tom Dempsey: (573) 751-1141

Senator Kevin Engler: (573) 751-3455

Senator Brad Lager: (573) 751-1415

Senator Victor Callahan: (573) 751-3074

Senator Jason Crowell: (573) 751-2459

Senator Dan Brown: (573) 751-5713

Senator Jack Goodman: (573) 751-2234

Senator Maria Chappelle-Nadal: (573) 751-4106

Senator Jane Cunningham: (573) 751-1186

Senator Mike Kehoe: (573) 751-2076

Senator Will Kraus: (573) 751-1464

Senator Ryan McKenna: (573) 751-1492

Senator Brian Nieves: (573) 751-3678

Senator Mike Parson: (573) 751-8793

Senator Jay Wasson: (573) 751-1503

Senator Robin Wright Jones: (573) 751-2606

Senator Jolie Justus: (573) 751-2788

Also, Please Call Governor Nixon @ (573) 751-3222-

Tell him to veto any bill (including SB 187, HB 209, HJR 3, HJR 17 & HB 100) that limits the rights of family farmers and rural landowners to protect their property through the court system, or restricts the ability oflocal elected representatives to respond to the needs of their citizens through “local control”.

Thank you for your time to engage in the democratic process to protect Missouri’s farm families and rural property rights!

Please feel free to call Missouri Rural Crisis Center at (573) 449-1336 with questions.