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A Primary Resilience Resource – SEF News-Views Digest

Book: Community Resilience Leader
SEF News-Views Digest No. 200 (2-10-18)
Clifton Ware, Editor-Publisher

In this final posting—at least for a while—I want to promote a new book that provides a comprehensive, factual based, intelligent summary of what’s needed to create greater community resilience and sustainability. The Community Resilience Reader: Essential Resources for an Era of Upheaval is the latest book published by the Post Carbon Institute, and it’s one that every concerned citizen should read.

In my opinion, the cartoon-styled cover of the book belies the amount of substantive content within its 324 information-packed pages. The 18 chapters are written by 17 top experts on a variety of topics that are organized in three parts: I—Understanding Our Predicament; II—Gathering the Needed Tools; and III—Community Resilience in Action. Daniel Lerch serves most capably as editor, and also provides an introductory commentary.

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Reflections During Flu Season – SEF News-Views Digest

Earth with a thermometer
SEF News-Views Digest No. 199 (2-3-18)
Clifton Ware, Editor-Publisher

I hope you’ve escaped this worse flu season of the decade (See first article in News). I’m finally recovering from the multiple bad effects associated with this seasons major flu strains. And I had the flu shot!

Whatever happens, I try to maintain hope, a sense of humor, and a must-do attitude, but being sick adds an extra dimension to this mind-body challenge. Throughout the last week, while suffering and seeking relief, I found it even more difficult be optimistic in following daily news events around the world. I wouldn’t be too surprised to learn that more people have lowered immune resistance due to the accumulating psycho-emotional stress of the past two years, especially given the negative socio-political climate generated by the current administration. In a way, our nation’s overall health is a sickness of flu-like symptoms.

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Averting Human-Driven Ecological Crises – SEF News-Views Digest

World Population Balance Meetup 2018
SEF News-Views Digest No. 198 (1-31-18)
Clifton Ware, Editor-Publisher

CO2The one topic most people tend to ignore, including leaders of major environmental organizations, is the role of human population growth in driving all converging ecological, social, and economic crises. Some of us understand this dynamic relationship, and we also agree that humane solutions are available to ameliorate future crises—but only if the topic is opened to public discussion. The good news it that some signs of discussing this issue have appeared over the past year, for example, with NPR’s broadcast on Sept. 22, 2016: Should We Be Having Kids In The Age Of Climate Change?

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Super Bowl of Worldviews 2020 – SEF News-Views Digest

Super Bowl of Worldviews 2020: Conservatives vs. Liberals
SEF News-Views Digest No. 197 (1-24-18)
Clifton Ware, Editor-Publisher

With the Super Bowl headed to Minnesota, metro citizens are bracing for an influx of football fans, with an anticipated temporary economic boom. These diehard fans will also bring increased traffic congestion and a heavy dose of euphoric mayhem, with unknown outcomes.

As a non spectator-sports enthusiast, I’m strangely attracted to this approaching gladiatorial-like clash of super athletes, a final showdown between opposing elite teams. And this got me to thinking metaphorically about the clash of two principal worldviews, notably the socio-political-economic perspectives espoused by liberals and conservatives.

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Weathering Climate Change – SEF News-Views Digest

2017 Billion Dollar Disaster Map (NOAA)
SEF News-Views Digest No. 196 (1-17-18)
Clifton Ware, Editor-Publisher

As for sustainability concerns, the weather—or more accurately, the growing extremes of climate change—hit a high mark in 2017 (see articles in News section). And the theme seems to be carrying over into 2018, marked this time by extremes in frigid temperatures, along with freezing rain, sleet, and snowfall.

Sections of California have experienced a double whammy, first with record-breaking fires, and now with record-breaking rainfall that’s resulted in flooded areas, followed by mudslides that covered roadways, homes, and led to a number of deaths and missing persons. What’s next?

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