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"POPULATION LIMITS AND SUSTAINABILITY" ¤ SIERRA CLUB PRESENTATION
Tuesday, 10 June 2014, 6:30pm - FREE
Overland Park Lutheran Church, 7810 West 79th St., Overland Park KS 66204
"The human species has been on a 500-year-long planetwide rampage of conquering, plundering, looting, exploiting and polluting the Earth. But the game is up. The technical and scientific forces that created a life of unparalleled luxury for the industrial elites are the forces that now doom us. Ceaseless economic expansion and exploitation has [led to] our economic and environmental systems unraveling. After the hottest year in the contiguous 48 states since record keeping began 107 years ago, we lack the emotional and intellectual creativity to shut down the engine of global capitalism" - Chris Hedges.
The exponential growth of the human population on a finite planet is the driving force behind accelerating resource and energy extraction in spite of attempts at efficiency. "Efficiency programs have tremendous potential and are extremely cost effective, but ultimately they cannot keep up if exponential population and economic growth continues" - Energy Reality, Post Carbon Institute. Climate disruption from industrial growth means that fresh water for agriculture is drying up, at the same time that record temperatures are causing massive crop failures - Adverse Effects of Overpopulation, Overconsumption, Biodiversity Loss, Energy Scarcity, & Climate Disruption.
Any number of studies have calculated that at 7 billion, human population has long surpassed the Earth's carrying capacity, and that our population will need to stabilize more near 2 billion. The crises of energy depletion and climate disruption will be met only if the population issue is addressed. Population control is the elephant in the parlor that everyone skirts around out of fear of the church, fear of our nation falling behind others, fear by the ethnic-purity-racists that the "other" will gain the upper hand.
At this Sierra Club presentation, Craig Lubow will present a program that focuses on strategies for reducing global population. He will describe how population reduction relates to climate disruption, ecological sustainability, and economic and environmental justice.
KKFI COMMUNITY RADIO ¤ ECOLOGICAL SHOWS THIS WEEK
(courtesy Mike Murphy, KKFI Programming Committee)
Tuesday, 10 June 2014, 6:30pm ¤ CounterSpin
As a result of the new EPA rules limiting carbon emissions, the outcry from industry -- lost jobs! higher energy costs! -- was completely predictable. But people concerned about climate change aren't exactly dancing in the aisles either. So are the new rules a bold step toward fighting climate change, or something much less? A realistic critique will be provided by Janet Redman of the Climate Policy Program at the Institute for Policy Studies.
Wednesday, 11 June 2014, 12:00pm ¤ All Souls Forum
The talk this week will be "Mercury Pollution: the Other Global Environmental Crisis". Half the top predatory fish in US lakes are seriously contaminated with mercury. This menace is analogous to climate change and has the same basic cause - coal burning power plants. Craig Volland is Air Quality Chair for the Kansas Sierra Club. He has followed this issue since 1990, when he attended the First International Conference on Mercury as a Global Pollutant in Gavle, Sweden.
Thursday, 12 June 2014, 12:00pm ¤ Sprouts Radio
This week on Sprouts, we use audio to "see" the story of the Mesoamerica Resiste graphics campaign by the BeeHive Design Collective. It's about globalization in the Americas, focusing on resistance to mega-infrastructure projects that are literally paving the way for free trade agreements that devastate local economies and communities. detailing the struggle for environmental justice in Central and South America. Learn more at - Mesoamérica Resiste | Beehive Design Collective.
Thursday, 12 June 2014, 12:30pm ¤ Making Contact
More than 60 counties either ban or require labeling of Genetically Engineered (GE) foods; the US is not one of them. Frustrated consumers and farmers are pushing for state or county regulations, but the seed and pesticide companies are fighting back. Making Contact presents "Genetically Engineered Democracy", a special episode investigating corporate control of our democracy and our dinner plates.
Friday, 13 June 2014, 9:30am ¤ Bioneers Radio Series
Bioneers presents "Betting on Native Culture: Coming Home to a 'We' Culture". ChairmanGreg Sarris of the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria, facing cultural resistance, gambled to create a casino that would uphold traditional values and benefit Native land and local communities.
Monday, 16 June 2014, 5:00am ¤ Exploration with Dr. Michio Kaku
On this edition, Dr. Kaku will feature a special tribute to the the life, times, and politics of Albert Einstein. Fred Jerome and John Brinster comment on the legacy of this great scientist.
Monday, 16 June 2014, 6:00pm ¤ locally produced Eco-Radio KC
This week's EcoRadioKC will have host Richard Mabion interviewing Sarah Fjell on what goes into the storm drains of Kansas City KS. Then Elaine will talk with Mandy Stark about the Water One utility in Johnson County.
KANSAS CITY ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT COMMISSION
Wednesday, 11 June 2014,
Mid America Regional Council, Rivergate Center 2nd floor, 600 Broadway, KC MO
LAWRENCE SUSTAINABILITY ADVISORY BOARD
The June agenda is not yet available. 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/
LAWRENCE PEDESTRIAN COALITION
Wednesday, 11 June 2014, 7:00pm
Carnegie Building Conference Room, 200 West 9th St., Lawrence KS 66044
The June agenda is not yet available. The Lawrence Pedestrian Coalition is a joint effort of the Lawrence Association of Neighborhoods and the League of Women Voters. Monthly meetings are open to the public. For more info go to Lawrence Pedestrian Coalition, or contact Laura Routh
CITIZENS CLIMATE LOBBY, LAWRENCE CHAPTER MEETING
(courtesy Emily Reno)
OBAMA'S CLEAN POWER PLAN ¤ LEGACY OR WINDOW DRESSING?
Like a classic Democrat, President Obama is fence riding trying to please all the people all the time with his carbon reduction plan. And predictably, everyone is displeased. Progressives say it's nowhere near enough, given the dire circumstances, and climate deniers are posturing with chicken-little cries of "the economy will be falling!". Everyone from Bill McKibben to Joe Romm to Sustainable Cities Network and CREDO Action have said that the base year of 2005 frames it unrealistically, the targets are too small, and market forces have already reached the half-way point without Obama's plan.
So one has to wonder, what's the point of this half-baked plan for reducing greenhouse gases? Did Obama's handlers think that his base will be energized for the mid-term elections in preparation for the 2016 Hillary race? Did they hope that this "dramatic" climate "solution" would forestall any outrage by Keystone XL Pipeline opponents if Obama approves it? Or did they think that acting on an executive order would incense the Tea-publicans to new levels of rabid political absurdity, effectively discrediting them? One thing we know, it's certainly not enough and should have been done far earlier.
The Clean Power Plan is what it is, and deserves feedback. The following may help you to prepare comments for the EPA - 8 Things You Should Know About the Clean Power Plan. Citizens will have 90 days from 31 May to submit comments. Of the four public hearings scheduled, the closest to Kansas City will be in Denver CO on . If you can't make it to a hearing, you can always comment on line at - Comment on the Clean Power Plan Proposed Rule.
POLLINATOR HABITAT WORKSHOP
, 13 June 2014,
Stull United Methodist Church, 1596 E. 250 Road, Lecompton, Kansas, 66050
The program is intended to provide information on native pollinators and pollinator habitat conservation in a rural setting. Participants will learn about the importance of providing habitat for pollinators and methods and strategies for installing pollinator habitat in the rural setting. The workshop will be conducted - FREE, optional $15 lunchbyJennifer Hopwood, Midwest Pollinator Conservation Specialist from The Xerces Society for Invertibrate Conservation. Holly Shutt will provide information about USDA programs that help implement pollinator habitat. The Kansas Rural Center is partnering with the Douglas County Conservation District, and Jim Weaver of the D.C.C.D will lead a tour of pollinator habitat plots installed on his property. For more info and to register go to - Pollinator Habitat Workshop | description and registration.
JIM HIGHTOWER TO KEYNOTE AT HEARTLAND LABOR FORUM 25TH ANNIVERSARY
Saturday, 14 June 2014, 6:00pm dinner, program - $$
IBEW Local 124, 301 East 103rd Terr., Kansas City MO 64114
Populist political analyst and news commentator, Jim Hightower, will be joined by Anne Feeney, hell-raising singer-songwriter, to celebrate 25 years of the Heartland Labor Forum on the air at KKFI Radio, 90.1FM. Billed as "Radio that talks back to the boss", the Heartland Labor Forum has been directed by Judy Ancel, and produced by a staff of mostly labor union volunteers. The show airs evenings at and mornings at . Tickets can be purchased at the door or at Brown Paper Tix -http://www.brownpapertickets.
NONVIOLENT PROTESTS PLANNED FOR WHEN PRESIDENT OBAMA DECIDES ON KEYSTONE XL
Between the release dates of the Supplementary Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) and the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS), it became clear that the State Department and their hired contractor had gamed the system with flawed conclusions by the consultant, ERM, Inc. Over 75,000 citizens have signed a "pledge of resistance". Each person committed to risk arrest if necessary to stop Keystone XL, and President Obama has felt pressure in a way he never had before. It is thought his decision may come soon, so protectors of the land and air need to be ready when the time comes.
With over 400 volunteer action leaders trained in 25 cities nationwide, the local sit-in actions will be deployed when and if the Obama Administration recommends approval of Keystone XL. Chances are there's one near you. To stop Keystone XL, you can take the next step and sign up with your local pledge action. You can Find your nearest Pledge of Resistance action and sign up to be part of it. The passive resistance actions will be at places like the State Department, EPA and Federal offices, oil industry contractor ERM offices, and branches of TD Bank. If you click the above link and plug in your zip code, you will learn where the nearest action is to you.
DOUGLAS COUNTY FOOD POLICY COUNCIL
Monday, 16 June 2014, 7:00pm
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.
BICYCLE TRANSPORTATION FUNDING ¤ CITY COMMISSION BUDGET STUDY SESSION
Tuesday, 17 June 2014, 3:30pm
Lawrence City Hall, 6th & Massachusetts, Lawrence KS 66044
On 13 May, Sustainability Action made a presentation to the City Commission requesting they budget $2million per year for safe and convenient bicycle transportation, and hire a Bicycle Transportation Engineer to implement it. On 20 May, the Commission held the first budget study session and also a public hearing on the 2015 budget. A second study session will be on (where the Commission discusses it among themselves) and the public is invited to attend and observe.
ONLY the City Commission can set new transportation policy and priorities. Reallocating auto funds over to bicycle transportation will happen ONLY if citizens push for it. Some form of draft budget will be released on 17 June, assembled by the City Manager, and presented for the Commission's consideration. It will total somewhere in the vicinity of $200 million. That money is divied up based on the priorities set by the Commission. If the City Commission has the political will, they could use either of two methods to finance bicycle transportation. First, they could move some money from motor vehicle funds over to bicycle projects - to reallocate the pie chart. Or, they could enlarge the pie chart to generate more money from increased taxes.
Now IS the time to create a truly effective, convenient, and safe bicycle transportation system. It's time to dust off all the bicycle plans and take them beyond being mere wish lists. It's time to hire bicycle engineering staff that can properly design the system and provide year to year continuity managing the construction budget. It's time to move beyond that perennial excuse that "there's just not enough money in the budget to include bicycles".
LAWRENCE BICYCLE ADVISORY COMMITTEE
Tuesday, 17 June2014, 5:00pm
Lawrence Parks & Rec. Conference Room, 1141 Massachusetts St., Lawrence KS 66044
The June agenda is not yet available. The Bicycle Advisory Committee works to improve bicycle safety and awareness through education of motorists and non-motorists, develops bicycle plans and maps, and advises the City and County Commissions on bicycle priorities and needs. The agenda and information can be downloaded at Bicycle Advisory Comm | agendas.
SUSTAINABILITY ACTION ¤ MEMBER MEETING
Thursday, 19 June 2014, 6:30pm -- NOTE DATE CHANGE
Local Solutions for Transition to a Sustainable Economy
Possible discussion topics:
- How to plan non-profit fundraising
- Treasurer position search
- Grant data base opportunities
- Review a Sustainability Action 2014budget
- K.P.C. grant money allocations for community gardens
- K.P.I. & Kaw Permaculture collaborating on July PDC course
- Perma-blitz planning
- Plans for reskilling workshops
PERMABLITZ AT FOUR ARROWS PERMACULTURE LEARNING & DESIGN
Saturday, 21 June 2014, - FREE
K-92 (Springdale Rd) at 195th St. (3rd drive to north), Leavenworth KS 66045 (5 miles west of Leavenworth KS
(courtesy Susan Jones, Kansas Permaculture Collaborative)
Permaculture designer, Michael Kay, will lead this permablitz (AKA crop mob) to create hugelkultur raised planting beds supported by a rock retaining wall laid up dry. There will be training for using a Bunyip Water Level for leveling the rock walls. This is the first in a series of permablitz informal training being organized by the Kansas Permaculture Collaborative, a program of the Sustainability Action Network. The host will provide snacks, drinks, and a soup and bread lunch; bring a pot-luck side dish, work clothes and boots and gloves. For more information contact Michael at
PRISTINE PRAIRIE WALKS AND SUMMER SOLSTICE CELEBRATION
Sunday, 22 June 2014, - FREE
rendezvous at at Tanger Outlet Mall, 1035 North 3rd St., Lawrence KS 66044
Explore three of the most diverse and scenic tallgrass prairies in North Eastern Kansas with co-leaders Ken Lassman and Shirley Braunlich. The first hour will be spent at the Fredrick Prairie (100 acres) at 265617 Tonganoxie Dr. From there, the tour will go to the High Prairie at Bauserman Rd. at 187th St., and spend one-half hour there. The final site will be the Homeplace Prairie - west on 187th St. to a right turn on Jarbalo Rd. and then on Gilman Rd., for a half-hour tour there. Dress appropriately with long pants, sturdy shoes, hat, sunscreen, and bug repellent. Bring a water bottle. For more info contact: Shirley (785) 218-5480
RESPONSIBLE ENERGY VS. FUKUSHIMA DAI-ICHI
Truly responsible energy policy in response to Obama's Clean Power Plan
There were two key pieces of environmental legislation introduced last week by Congressman Jim McDermott of Seattle. The Managed Carbon Price Act of 2014 (H.R. 4754) sets carbon reduction targets, requires polluters to purchase permits, and returns 100 percent of the revenue to consumers. A second bill, Investing to Modernize the Production of American Clean Energy and Technology Act of 2014 (H.R. 4753), amends the federal tax code to repeal a number of subsidies for the fossil fuels industry. Unfortunately, it's doubtful that either of these bills is likely to see the light of day in the Republican-controlled US House. In fact, it's unlikely that even watered-down versions of these ideas would pass muster in either chamber.
We suggest readers avail themselves of the following sources for news on the nuclear demise: Japan for Sustainability -http://www.japanfs.org/; Japan Focus - http://japanfocus.org/; Fukush
LAWRENCE COMPREHENSIVE PLAN ¤ PUBLIC INPUT OPEN HOUSES
Thursday, 30 June 2014,
Douglas County Courthouse., 11th & Massachusetts St., Lawrence KS 66044
Like most communities, Lawrence has a comprehensive land use plan that guides how Lawrence will grow. It includes sections on residential, commercial, and industrial land use, farmland preservation, environmental impacts, transportation, historic resources, and more. The current plan, Horizon 2020, is being updated, and City officials want citizen input. There is a Steering Committee that is holding public open house sessions for citizens to learn about the plan and complete a questionnaire on many aspects of the plan. In addition to the 29 May open house, there will be one more open house in Lawrence, and others in outlying communities. View the full schedule here - Comprehensive Plan open houses schedule.
KANSAS AND MISSOURI FARMERS' MARKET DIRECTORIES
(courtesy of Cole Cottin & Linda Cottin)
New season, new markets, new hours - find what's new this year. In order to find any of dozens of farmers' markets in Kansas and Missouri, use these searchable data bases for both states. They are - Kansas Farmers' Market Search by Location, Missouri Farmers' Market Search by Location, and Missouri Farmers' Market Search by Map. Wherever you are, there is probably a market nearby!
Join the Sustainability Action Network by clicking this link - Become a Sustainability Action Member - and follow the instructions. The Sustainability Action mission is to bring awareness of the global crisis caused by climate change, energy vulnerability and economic instability to communities in the Kansas River bioregion, and the tools needed to re-skill and re-localize our economy and create a more socially just and ecologically sustainable world.
Sustainability Action Programs include:
5) Sustainability Action Newsletter- informing and encouraging people to be active in the Sustainability Action Network, or other action-driven groups.
6) Energy Conservation & Renewables - reducing our carbon footprint by promoting a carbon diet, an energy diet, conservation, and decentralized renewable energy.
7) Prime Farmland Preservation - protecting Capability I & II farmland from urban development and industrial land uses.
8) Water Rights and Watersheds - protecting the water commons from privatization and contamination, and restoring watersheds.
Sustainability Action sponsored organizations:
1) Lawrence Creates - local tool sharing, recycling, and community shared innovation incubator - Lawrence Creates
2) Lawrence Fruit Tree Project - educating and inspiring the community to grow and steward perennial food plants and increase local food sovereignty - Lawrence