SEF News-Views Digest No. 177 (8-2-17)
Clifton Ware, Editor-Publisher
The portion of humanity perceiving the potential enormous challenges ahead is a relatively small yet potent community. For this reason, attendees to the first Transition US Gathering at Macalester College this past weekend were excited to be in the company of so many like-minded folk. I don’t mean to insinuate that everyone agreed on all issues as presented and discussed, but there were ample opportunities to find reinforcement for any preferred cause—also to learn more about other topical issues, and how they interrelate.
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Village Fest (4th parade, 5th for booth)
- Parade: Ask if walkers are interested
- 3 messages: Organics, city council, electric cars
- Tent (Kristin)
- Which electric cars
- Lona will get spots for cars and
- Hauling it
- Compost bin
- Lona will bring examples of home compost
- Questions for city council survey below
- table-sized paper with markers
- “What questions do you have for the city about your environmental concerns?”
- Suggestion box
- Clipboards with questions
- Display city email address
- Transportation Multi-modal
- Bike (electric)–Mary and Clif talking to bike shops
- Electric Vehicles
Surveying city council candidates
- what questions could we ask of a city council/school board candidate?
- We’re a citizen committee, you’re welcome to come to our September meeting, but we have some questions
- Use Village Fest to generate questions
- are there any folks in CFS interested?
- Dan will write up a blurb about local engagement being a good way to get policy change
- http://www.savmn.com/256/Elections Get involved in Two city council positions are up in the fall, applications are ___
- Ask city to make city council commitment clearer
Review of Transition Forum event
- Lona and Dan provided a summary of the event
- Meeting in people’s homes
- Having guest speakers
- Reach out to elder neighbors
- Go to transition town national: http://www.transitionus.org
Updates from projects/sub-committees
- Ecology Club will happen at Elementary and Middle
- Jay and Erin met about water conservation campaign
- Laura (school board)
- Parks Commission presentation (Lona)
- Propose a Parks Commission name change
- Should we become part of the Parks Commission?
- No, but we should attend every Parks Commission meeting
- Propose a regular environmental update
- Sustainability Fair
Village Fest booth: Michael will do early shift.
Registration for Parade/Booth
City Council candidates
SEF News-Views Digest No. 175 (7-19-17)
Clifton Ware, Editor-Publisher
There’s enough negative news circulating to make a cockeyed optimist rethink the potential for creating a better way of life—ever! And even Hope is approaching a dangerous tipping point, at least for some, including me.
A reading of David Wallace-Wells’ lengthy essay, “The Uninhabitable Earth”, which was recently published by New York Magazine, will likely lead readers to assume—and dread—a future of doom. Even so, It seems worthwhile for people to understand the full implications of the potential horrible realities that might lie ahead; that is, if humanity in unable or unwilling to collectively unite in seeking, finding, and instituting positive solutions.
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