Wednesday, May 04, 2011

Sustainability Action Network Announcements, 04 May 2011

3 May 2011

The SUSTAINABILITY ACTION NETWORK is a 501(C)(3) tax-exempt organization. DONATIONS ARE TAX DEDUCTIBLE. Mail donations to P.O.Box 1064, Lawrence KS 66044.

Our mission is to advocate and organize societal scale action to address sustainability issues. S.A.N. is bringing awareness of the global crisis caused by climate change, energy vulnerability and economic instability to communities in the Kansas River bioregion. We are initiating positive solutions inspired by the Transition and Permaculture Movements. We bring the tools needed to re-skill and re-localize our economy and create a more socially just and ecologically sustainable world. To join the Sustainability Action Network please contact us at <> or
Each week there is a new string of "whack-a-mole" events where workers struggle with explosions, with fuel pools exposed and melting, reactor cores nearing criticality, or radioactivity seeping into the groundwater. Progress is decades slow and virtually immeasurable. So instead this week, we turn to a superb overview and analysis by Albert Bates.
"It was with a sad shake of our head that we read George Monbiot's and David Strahan's recent posts in defense of nuclear electricity. They have so imbibed the British atomic KoolAid that they actually seem to believe that burning the genes of future children to power PlayStations today is a better idea than, say, teaching our children how to build windmills. They have been duped even on the underlying premise, that nuclear power is carbon-free.
"The Fukushima complex is now exceeding allowable limits for effluent discharge by millions of times. The "accident" is far from over, and the worst parts of it continue to worsen. Fukushima may be for Japan what Chernobyl was for Russia - a complete economic game-changer. Is there a remedy? No, there is not. When speaking of man-made elements like plutonium, the damage is essentially forever. Everything contaminated transforms into an agent of contamination, and so the virus spreads. We are diminished.
"We recommended to the Permaculture Institute of Japan, which is close to Tokyo but outside the immediate danger zone, that they build hoophouses, bring in safe soil, and monitor everything that goes in an out of their food production space for radioactivity - including water and people. That is how they will make food. We recommend using bottled water to help the plants grow if local tap water is found to be radioactive. Helping poisoned soil regain its health will be a very long process. Mycologist Paul Stamets recommends creation of a Nuclear Forest Recovery Zone.
"If this entire discussion gives you a queasy feeling, that's good. You are still human. It is now worth saying again that none of this kind of thing happens with wind, solar, or tidal energy, and there are, and have been, more of those kinds of energy sources available to Japan, and everyone else, at a cheaper price, since the beginning of the nuclear age. What we are witnessing is the (partial) meltdown of a massive public relations lie that began right after Hiroshima and serves solely the economic interests of companies like Westinghouse, General Electric, Halliburton and Bechtel." Read the full article at - Pour Evian on Your Radishes.

You can also read the latest reports at - Nuclear Crisis in Japan - Updates. If you agree that our climate solutions don't need nuclear energy, you might consider signing the following - A Simple Statement On Nuclear Power and Climate Change.
"I start off with the premise that nuclear energy is not optimal and so I am not a nuclear energy proponent,"
President Barack Obama's support this week for the construction of more nuclear power plants in the United States, amid the ongoing nuclear power plant disaster in Japan, must be considered as among the most wrong-headed and irrational positions ever taken by a US president
President Barack Obama's support this week for the construction of more nuclear power plants in the United States, amid the ongoing nuclear power plant disaster in Japan, must be considered as among the most wrong-headed and irrational positions ever taken by a US president
The previously unimagined severity of the Fukushima Daiichi disaster has prompted the Japanese to rethink their former support of nuclear power generation (23% of their total), and face a reduced energy future. Japan For Sustainability, a leading Japanese clean energy advocacy group, tracks these trends at - Energy Shift Japan!, as well as detailed incident reports and response measures at - Earthquake and Tsunami in Japan's Tohoku District. To subscribe for their weekly newsletter go to the "Mail Magazine" tab at - Japan for Sustainability.
However, U.S. officials have taken the opposite stance amid the soothing "can't happen here" mantra of nuclear profiteers. While officials in Germany moved swiftly to shut down old plants for inspection, and China put licensing of new plants on hold, the NRC reassured lawmakers that Fukushima Daiichi did not warrant immediate changes at U.S. nuclear plants. "The NRC has consistently put industry profits above public safety" says Arnie Gundersen, a former nuclear executive turned whistle-blower. And although President Obama, in 2008, called the NRC a "moribund agency that needs to be revamped and has become captive of the industries that it regulates", once in office he has pledged $54 billion in federal loan guarantees for new reactors. Read more at - America's Nuclear Energy Nightmare.
Tuesday, 3 May 2011, 3:00-5:00pm
School of Pharmacy patio (south side of building), 2010 Becker Dr., west campus, Lawrence KS

The faculty and staff of the Native Medicinal Plant Research Program at the University of Kansas will host this public planting of a medicinal plant garden. The garden will have five themed beds of medicinal plants, about 70 species total. The event will open with a short presentation about the new garden as well as KU's first medicinal garden, planted by the School of Pharmacy in the 1920s. For more info contact Kirsten Bosnak, or 864-6267

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

Wednesday, 4 May, 9:00am ¤ Alternative Radio
Vandana Shiva will be describing how corporations are turning a profit by turning the Earth into industrial throughput. That approach is fast turning our planet into a toxic waste dump. The landscape of environmental devastation extends from radiation leaks in Japan to drilling in the Alberta tar sands to hydofracking in Pennsylvania. But in India, some of the poorest people anywhere are saying, Stop the plunder. No to the war on earth.

Friday, 6 May, 9:30am ¤ Bioneers Radio Series
Bioneers presents another of their award winning shows.

Monday, 9 May, 6:00pm ¤ locally produced Eco-Radio KC
Host John Kurmann will talk with community activists from the KC Food Circle and the KC Center for Urban Agriculture. These urban farmers have been working on small farms in and close to the city to increase the amount of food Kansas Cityans eat that's been grown locally. What progress have we made in localizing our food supply, and what more can we do?

Thursday, 5 May 2011, 4:00-6:00pm
Cottin's Hardware, 1832 Massachusetts St., Lawrence KS

In their second year, this weekly market on Thursdays typically has about a dozen vendors, as well as Indian tacos, bar-B-que, children's events, and live music (Bill Crahan this week). For bands to book a date, or just for more info, call (785)843-2981.

Friday, 6 May 2011, 7:00pm
1317 Vermont St. Apt.B, Lawrence KS 66044 (Lori's home)

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:
  • S.A.N. newsletter auto-send report
  • S.A.N. social media - policy proposal
  • Growers' Land Trust Community Garden
  • Warren Brush permaculture course
  • organize volunteers for Warren Brush permaculture course
  • sweet potato order: coordinators lined up and ready
  • 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

Saturday, 7 May 2011, 2:30pm
Lawrence Public Library Auditorium, 7th & Vermont St., Lawrence KS 66044

Moving from the premise that industrial society is the most destructive to ever exist, Derek Jensen and co-authors, Aric McBay and Lierre Keith, provide a strategy to stop the destruction and transition to a ecologically sustainable society. The information is compelling, and their solutions range from depriving the powerful of their ability to destroy the planet, to defending and rebuilding just and sustainable human communities nestled inside repaired and restored landbases. The book discussion will explore how to do this. There are lots of resources at Deep Green Resistance, and they ask that participants read about it before the discussion meeting.
Notwithstanding the complaints of Libyans with Muammar Gaddafi, historically the U.S.rarely intervenes militarily in such humanitarian causes UNLESS some critical U.S. asset is threatened. In Libya's case, as usual, the humanitarian crisis is but the pretext for protecting not one, but two key U.S. interests - that of petroleum and petrodollars.
While Libyan oil does not go to the U.S. but primarily to Europe, it is control of accessibility to Libyan oil on the world market by U.S. companies that must not be challenged. The author of this article, Prof. Peter Dale Scott, wrote "Although the role of oil companies in America's Libyan involvement remains obscure, it is a virtual certainty that Cheney's Energy Task Force Meetings discussed not just Iraq's but Libya's under-explored oil reserves, estimated to be around 41 billion barrels, or about a third of Iraq's." The Libyan oil, like Iraq's, is premier grade, light-sweet crude, very near the surface, and can be extracted at $1.00/barrel. At the market price of $100.00/barrel, you do the math.
And of even greater consequence to U.S. security is the petrodollar, that is, the dollar being used as the default oil trade currency. Scott writes "The issue of oil is closely intertwined with that of the dollar, because the dollar's status as the world's reserve currency depends largely on OPEC's decision to denominate the dollar as the currency for OPEC oil purchases. [This] assured that the US economy would not be impoverished by OPEC oil price hikes. Since then the heaviest burden has been borne instead by the economies of less developed countries. As Ellen Brown has pointed out, first Iraq and then Libya decided to challenge the petrodollar system and stop selling all their oil for dollars, shortly before each country was attacked." Read more at - The Libyan War and the Decline of the Petrodollar System.
But the currency issue goes even deeper with Gaddafi thumbing his nose at the Bank for International Settlements (BIS), the central bankers' central bank in Switzerland. Gaddafi had organized many Arab and most African nations to refuse the dollar and the euro, and trade in only a new currency, the gold dinar. As Eric Encina observed "One major problem for globalist banking cartels is that in order to do business with Libya, they must go through the Libyan Central Bank and its national currency, a place where they have absolutely zero dominion or power-broking ability." In that context, as Ellen Brown has pointed out, it becomes less odd, that "the Libyan rebels took time out from their rebellion in March to create their own central bank" in their stronghold of Benghazi, in hopes of supplanting the Central Bank of Libya in Tripoli - Libya: All About Oil, or All About Banking?
In fact, the vast majority of Libyans are far from oppressed and living quite well, with no reason to rebel. The United Nations Human Rights Council is poised to adopt a report chock-full of praise for Libya's human rights record. Libyans are entitled to free medical treatment in the best hospitals in the world. Education in Libya is free. When marrying, young couples receive 60,000 Libyan dinars. Gasoline and bread cost a penny, and there are no taxes on agriculture. Think again when hearing of compassionate Uncle Sam fighting to free Libyans from the tyrant Gaddafi.

Wednesday, 11 May 2011, 5:30pm
Recycling and Resource Recovery Annex, 320 N.E. Industrial Lane, Lawrence KS

The May 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, 11 May 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 leaders 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 is at KC Environmental Mgt Commission

Friday, 13 May 2011, 6:00-9:00pm - $$$
Dreher 4-H Building, 2110 Harper St., Lawrence KS 66044

This ninth session will present a comprehensive survey of approaches to the construction of energy efficient structures and of buildings using sustainably produced materials. We will explore the construction of passive solar, attached solar greenhouse, berm, cob, cord wood and SIPS structures. The lecture will be followed by a viewing of the film "Green Architecture".

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, 14 May 2011, 9:00am to 1:00pm
Free State High School (north parking lot), 4700 Overland Drive, Lawrence KS

Electronics devices typically contain toxic heavy metals like lead and mercury and cadmium, and precious metals like silver and gold. If recycled properly, these metals can be materials feed stock for new industrial processes, not to mention saving production costs, and keeping them out of the landfill.

This one day event will provide Lawrence residents and businesses a way to conveniently recycle old, unwanted electronics equipment. Items accepted for recycling are computer monitors, desktops, laptops, keyboards, printers and other peripherals, televisions, copiers, scanners, telephones, cell phones, pagers, fax machines, VHS/DVD drives, hand held devices, and small appliances like micro wave or toaster ovens. There is a recycling fee for computer monitors ($10.00) and televisions ($10.00-$20.00). There are no charges for other electronic equipment. Items not accepted are large appliances such as refrigerators and AC units. Fees may be paid by cash or check.

Electronic recycling will be provided by the Surplus Exchange, a Kansas City not-for-profit that recycles the E-waste in accordance to Federal and Kansas Electronic Waste Processing Regulations. The event is sponsored by the City of Lawrence Waste Reduction & Recycling Division
14 May 2011, 10:00am-1:00pm
KU Native Medicinal Plant Research Garden, 1865 E. 1600 Road, Douglas County (directly north of Prairie Moon Waldorf School)

The faculty and staff of the KU Native Medicinal Plant Research Program will host this public planting of its new educational demonstration/show garden at the site of its medicinal research garden near the Lawrence airport. The garden will have six themed beds of medicinal plants, about 90 species total. All ages are welcome at this relaxed, informal event focused on getting plants in the ground. Water and herbal tea will be provided. Bring hats, garden trowels and gloves. Also at the garden site are: medicinal plants research plots; the KU Student Farm (a community garden); a new shade structure; and a new composting latrine by KU Engineers Without Borders. For directions For more info contact Kirsten Bosnak, or 785-864-6267.


Saturday, 14 May 2010, 10:00am-1:00pm
Clinton City Park, 5th & Alabama St., Lawrence KS

The gift must always move! This free and open market will be a celebration of the cooperation and gift-giving that make life possible beyond the constraints of capitalists markets. Everyone is invited to give and receive clothing, household items, books, plants, seeds, crafts, information, skills, music, services, art, performances, stories, food, etc. There is no buying, selling, bartering, or exchanging involved-in this market, everything is strictly FREE!

Small items and clothing not taken from the Really, Really Free Market will be donated to the Penn House or Social Service League thrift store. However, large items cannot be transported to the thrift store. People are asked to take responsibility for any large items they bring that are not taken by the end of the event.

Monday, 16 May 2011, 7:00pm
location to be determined - 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.

Tuesday-Saturday, 17-21 May 2011, one evening & four full days - $$$
Lawrence, Kansas

Join world renowned permaculture instructor, Warren Brush, Director of Quail Springs Permaculture Center, and presenter at the September 2011 International Permaculture Conference in Jordan. Warren Brush is a certified permaculture designer and teacher as well as a mentor and storyteller, who has worked for over 25 years in permaculture education and sustainable systems design. This design series will include:
  • Tuesday, 17 May, 7:00pm, lecture "Intro to Permaculture", Lawrence Public Library
  • Wednesday, 18 May, 8:00am-5:30pm, "Permaculture Design Fundamantals", Delaware Street Commons
  • Thursday, 19 May, 8:00am-5:30pm, "Urban Intensive Permaculture Design", Forest Floor Permaculture
  • Friday-Saturday, 20-21 May, 8:00am-5:30pm, "Broadacre Permaculture Design", Karlin Family Farm
The course will cover: food-water-energy security, soil building, agroforestry, wholistic range management, earthworks, aquaculture, appropriate technology, and more. For more info and to register, go to Advanced Permaculture with Warren Brush. Discount rates apply up through 30 April. This design series is sponsored by Karlin Family Farms, the Kaw Permaculture Collaborative, the Sustainability Action Network, Forest Floor Permaculture, Delaware Street Commons,ALL-N-1 Landscape, and Films for Action.

Saturday, 21 May 2011, 9:30am to 12:00pm - FREE
Discovery Center of MO Dept. of Conservation, 4750 Troost, K.C. MO

Bring your labeled extras to put in the group, and it's all available to choose take home. And at 10:00am, Diane Whealy, co-founder of the Seed Savers Exchange, will be speaking. Herbs, heirlooms, veggies, trees, seeds, bulbs, cuttings - you name it people bring it. It is all free and they do it to encourage gardening and growing locally. For more info contact <> or call (816)356-9892.

Sunday, 22 May 2011, 12:30-5:30pm - $$
5425 Mastin St., Merriam, KS, 66203

Rising food prices due to rising energy prices have sparked a wide interest in urban farming and local/regional food. The Kansas City Center for Urban Agriculture has been growing annual vegetables for many years and helping K.C. urban farmers to make small-scale urban agriculture more profitable. However, with funding from the Audubon Society in alliance with Toyota, the KCCUA has recently embarked on a permaculture food forest project, to grow perennial tree and fruit crops.

In order to use this food forest as a catalyst for increased urban permaculture, the KCCUA will be holding a design workshop with local permaculture teachers and practitioners. Workshop presenters will be: Michael Almon, Matt Bunch, Cathy Bylinowsky, Daniel Dermitzel, Steve Mann, and Steve Moring. The workshop will cover theory and design of edible forest gardens, including a model design exercise. For more info go to KCCUA Food Forest, or call (913)831-2444.

Current S.A.N. 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: Films for Action; The Light Center eco-village; Kaw River Valley Food System farm-based economic development; Transition Kansas City; Citizens for Responsible Planning; Kansas River Valley Growers fighting for local water rights; national efforts by the Sustainable Energy Network; the Kansas City Food Circle, the All Species Project, and more.

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