Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Sustainability Action Newsletter, 15 Nov. 2016

15 November 2016

"A Trump presidency might be game over for the climate" - Michael Mann, prominent climate researcher
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Damage control first - then healing the planet


This editor has seen so many postmortem analyses, it's hard to sift through all the implications of Donald Drumph.  Most analyses are single focus - racism and xenophobia, consolidated Republican power, climate disaster, etc.  The best one I've found is by Richard Heinberg, who explores many Drumph issues wholistically, looks at the obstacles and the opportunities, and charts a course of action.  Here are Heinberg's comments in full:

"America has plunged into the unknown.  What’s important now is to size up the situation and decide how to move on.

"On the good side: Under a Trump presidency, there is likely to be no war with Russia, as might well have occurred if Clinton had prevailed.  The TPP is hopefully dead, and the U.S. can be expected to move toward at least some post-globalization trade policies.  The neoliberals' dominance of the Democratic Party suffered a grievous and perhaps fatal blow.  Millions of Americans who have felt ignored by the Washington and Wall Street elites now feel they have a voice.  Even though foreign relations and trade policy will likely be in the hands of business-friendly Republican apparatchiks who will ultimately throw working people overboard with giddy glee, regular middle-Americans will be able to reassure themselves that at least "their guy" is in charge.  Maybe things could be worse; after all, as my friend Ugo Bardi has pointed out, Italy survived 20 years of Berlusconi.

"On the bad side: There will be no more federal support for climate action or research, for environmental protection (the EPA will be gutted), or for alternative energy.  All federal lands will be opened up for oil, gas, and coal exploration.  Most of Yellowstone will be paved over as a parking lot for a new Trump resort (okay, I’m kidding—a little). With the Executive Branch, Congress, and Supreme Court all dominated by the same party, there will be no brakes on efforts to defund government agencies, or overturn regulations of all kinds (on guns, banks, workplace safety, you name it).  Having witnessed Trumpism’s success, a new generation of politicians will adopt the tactics of utterly demonizing their opponents.  It’s hard to see how civility can return anytime soon.  These will be dire times for women and minorities.

"The pundits rightly see the election as a repudiation of the establishment.  But who will actually be running things in the months ahead?  Mostly, the same old revolving-door lobbyist-officials.  When the next economic crisis hits, the entire country will face a rude awakening, and mere tough talk won’t do much to actually keep food on the tables of anxious Iowans or Missourians.  Rather than admit that he can’t actually make America great again, expect Trump to line up the scapegoats.  And rather than admit that "their guy" is incompetent or wrong, expect many Trump supporters to hoist the modern equivalent of pitchforks (for which background checks will no longer be required).

"Crises won’t go away because government refuses to acknowledge or address them.  Climate change, resource depletion, and over-reliance on debt are wolves at the door.  In light of all this, Post Carbon Institute’s organizational strategy continues to make sense: Build resilience at the community level.

"For the time being, national policy-based action on climate and other environmental issues is a closed door.  But the most promising responses to our twenty-first century crises are showing up at the community level anyway.  It’s in towns and cities across the nation, and across the world, where practical people are being forced to grapple with weird weather, rising seas, an unstable economy, and a fraying national political fabric.  Whatever workable strategies are likely to be found will arise there.  We see our job as helping that adaptive process however we can.  This is not about winning; there is no finish line, no election day.  Just a new opportunity each morning to encourage, educate, and build.

Richard Heinberg - Post Carbon Institute


Directly from the Drumph Transition Team:
"Rather than continuing the current path to undermine and block America's fossil fuel producers, the Trump Administration will encourage the production of these resources by opening onshore and offshore leasing on federal lands and waters.  We will streamline the permitting process for all energy projects, including the billions of dollars in projects held up by President Obama, and rescind the job-destroying executive actions under his Administration.  We will end the war on coal, and rescind the coal mining lease moratorium, the excessive Interior Department stream rule, and conduct a top-down review of all anti-coal regulations issued by the Obama Administration.  We will eliminate the highly invasive "Waters of the US" rule, and scrap the $5 trillion dollar Obama-Clinton Climate Action Plan and the Clean Power Plan and prevent these unilateral plans from increasing monthly electric bills by double-digits without any measurable effect on Earth's climate."


With all attention focused on the U.S. Presidential election last Tuesday, Energy Transfer Partners (ETP) announced that they are preparing to proceed with horizontal drilling under the Missouri River Lake Oahe.  They claim they will be ready on 22 November, and are moving equipment into place.  Corporate friendly Obama has done nothing more than request ETP delay the project as the US government reassesses permits and considers possible reroutes.  ETP said “Dakota Access previously received a permit from the army corps, and has all other regulatory approvals and land rights to complete the crossing of the Missouri river, and expects to receive final permission“ with the granting of an easement.

Energy Transfer Partners CEO, Kelcy Warren, who was a major supporter of Donald Drumph's election campaign, pledged to continue construction of the $3.7 billion pipeline project despite lacking an easement under the Missouri River - Dakota pipeline operator to defy Obama and prepare for final phase of drilling.  "We will get this easement and we will complete our project," Warren insisted in an 11 November CBS interview.  But it's hand in glove between the two, with Drumph having a major personal investment in completion of the pipeline.  The Guardian UK news reported that Donald Drumph has invested between $500,000 and $1 million in Energy Transfer Partners - Drumph's Personal Investments Ride on Completion of Dakota Access Pipeline.

But chinks are opening in the police state surrounding Standing Rock.  Sheriff Departments from both Minnesota and Wisconsin have pulled out and are refusing to return, citing both personal and community objections to the pipeline itself and to the heavy handed police actions.  Early last Monday, a Facebook post said that the Morton County sheriff’s department was using Facebook check-ins to target people at the protest camp.  So Water Protecters are calling on EVERYONE to check-in at Standing Rock, ND to overwhelm and confuse the police.  Over one million have already checked in "at Standing Rock ND", though the Morton County sheriff’s department claims that it was not monitoring Facebook check-ins.  But before you trust them, consider that Facebook access for water protectors was reported as “blocked’ during a military-style raid on a camp last Friday - Police From Two States Leave Standing Rock, Refuse To Return.

Tuesday15 November 20164:30-6:00pm
Army Corps of Engineers office near you

The folks at BOLD Nebraska have announced a huge rally at the US Army Corps of Engineers (ACE) District office in Omaha, the one in charge of the DAPL permits #NoDAPL Day of Action at Army Corps of Engineers in Omaha.  It's caught like wildfire around the country, and you can find a rally near you - locate an Army Corps of Engineers #NoDAPL action near you.  For folks in or near Kansas City, the rally is at the KC ACE District office at 601 East 12th St., Kansas City MO 64106.  Organizers announced "The Army Corps is rumored to be very, very close to a decision whether to approve or deny the final permit needed to complete construction -- that’s why we must act now, and act strongly, to make sure the permit is rejected.  The Army Corps fast-tracked the Dakota Access Pipeline without proper consultation, and now bulldozers are approaching Standing Rock.  But with coordinated, massive demonstrations across the country, we’ll make it clear that we will not allow the Obama Administration or the incoming president to sacrifice Indigenous rights, our water, or our climate".  And Native American leaders have said "Native people have always been on the frontlines environmental destruction and corporate land grabs.  Now Native people are leading the way to save the Mother Earth as protectors of the water and the land for all.  At the Oceti Sakowin camp at Standing Rock, we gather in prayer, standing with our traditional values and spiritually to create a space of resistance.  We have met police violence and bulldozers with solidarity and community.  But we can’t do it alone.  We need your solidarity and support to send a strong message to this Administration and the next" - Native Organizers Alliance.

Tuesday, 15 November 2016, 11:00am-1:00pm - FREE
Douglas County Fairgrounds, Arena parking lot, 1930 Harper St., Lawrence KS 66046
(courtesy, Jenica Nelson, Lawrence Waste Reduction & Recycling)

To mark this year's America Recycles Day, the City of Lawrence Recycling Office is providing a paper shredding service.  This service will be for secure paper shredding, conducted by Stacks Secure Records.  Two boxes or bags allowed per customer, and documents will be accepted with staples, paper clips, spiral bound or glue bound.  For more information, contact the City at (785)832-3030 or visit http://www.lawrencerecycles.org/.

Tuesday, 15 November 2016, 6:30pm
Lawrence Public Library, Health Spot Study Room (behind the stacks), 7th & Vermont St., Lawrence KS 66044
Local Solutions for Transition to a Sustainable Economy

Planned agenda topics include:

  • Food Not Lawns, planning details for November 19 workshop
  • Diesel Health Project air monitoring grant
  • reusable shopping bag artwork
  • effort to bring Erin Brockovich to town
  • new website update
  • financial reports update
The Sustainability Action Network advances ecological sustainability through societal scale actions.  While we work for personal lifestyle changes for individuals to minimize their carbon footprint, there is an imperative for institutional change to respond to the rapid onset of the triple global crises of Energy-Ecology-Economy.  "Action" is our middle name.  Everyone is welcome.

Tuesday, 15 November 2016, 6:30-8:00pm, Community Center, Eudora KS
Wednesday, 16 November 2016, 6:00-7:30pm, Lumberyard Arts Center, Baldwin City KS
(courtesy, Helen Schnoes, Douglas County Food Systems Coordinator)

The Douglas County Food Policy Council is hosting two remaining community conversations to Help identify actions and policies to support our local food system.  The meetings will include a brief presentation of local findings from food system research.  Participants will then be invited to weigh in with their ideas.  The initiative to create a county-wide Food System Plan emerged through the update process for the Comprehensive Plan, which identified agricultural land preservation and a local food system as two of nineteen key community issues.  More info at https://www.douglascountyks.org/fpc/food-system-plan.  Or call Helen Schnoes, Douglas County Food Systems Coordinator, at (785)832-5157.

Listen at KKFI-FM 90.1, or link to web-streaming at KKFI 90.1 FM
(courtesy, Mike Murphy, KKFI Programming Committee)

Tuesday-Friday, 15-18 November 20168:00am - Democracy Now!
Amy Goodman will be broadcasting live from the U.N. Climate Conference (COP-22) in Marakech Morocco.

Thursday, 17 November 2016, 12:30pm - Making Contact
This show is "Women Nuclear Power Abolitionists, Part 2".  As nuclear plant accidents mount, and nuclear waste becomes a greater threat to health and safety worldwide, Women Rising Radio features veteran activists at the center of the movement to phase out nuclear energy, power and research.  We revisit Chernobyl, Fukushima, Three Mile Island and many less well known disasters – and hear about real solutions to the problem of nuclear energy.  Featuring: Claire Greensfelder, former nuclear campaign director for Greenpeace; Aileen Mioko Smith, director of Green Action Japan; and Ursula Sladek, founder of Shoenau Energy Company in Germany.

Friday, 18 November 2016, 9:30am - Bioneers Radio Series
Bioneers presents "Awakening the Genius in Everyone: When the Calling Keeps Calling".  Renowned storyteller, performer, author, activist and scholar, Michael Meade, weaves threads of timeless wisdom traditions into myths for today’s global crisis.  Meade says each of us is woven into the soul of the world, and we’re uniquely needed at this mythic moment to become active agents in the co-creation, re-creation and re-imagination of culture and nature.

Monday, 21 November 2016, 6:00pm - locally produced Eco-Radio KC
This Eco Radio KC program will feature another of their ecologically minded shows.


How many nuclear warheads does the U.S. really need?
Nuclear weapons development and nuclear power development have always been inimically linked - by technology transfer, by fuel-to-weapon conversion, by mining coordination, and by waste considerations.  This article written by Lawrence S. Wittner, Professor of History Emeritus at the State University of New York, calls for nuclear disarmament rather than nuclear arsenal modernization, which is being done by both the U.S. and Russia.  "We are living in circumstances of enormous danger, for as long as nuclear weapons exist, there is a great likelihood that they will eventually be used.  Wars have been fought among contending territories and, later nations, for thousands of years, with the most powerful weaponry often brought into play.  Nuclear weapons were used with little hesitation by the U.S. government in 1945 and, although they have not been employed in battle since then, how long can we expect to go on without their being pressed into service again by a defensive government, an aggressive government, a ruthless dictator, or a madman?  The major difference between our current situation and 1945 is that more than 15,000 nuclear weapons now exist, with the capacity to annihilate most life on earth.  Moreover, even if nations avoid using them for war, there remains the danger of their explosion by terrorist fanatics or simply by accident" - How many nuclear warheads does the United States need?.

We suggest readers avail themselves of the following sources for news on the demise of nuclear power: Japan for SustainabilityJapan FocusFukushima Update, and Fairewinds Energy Education.

Wednesday, 16 November 2016, 2nd session, 7:00-9:00pm - $$
UMKC School of Medicine, Theatre C, 2411 Holmes Street, KC MO

Permaculture is an integrative, ethics based sustainable design system.  We will explore permaculture design principles for urban and suburban homesteads and farms.  Topics covered include the initial envisioning process, site analysis, zone and sector analysis, energy and material flow along with soil and vegetation characteristics.  We will also cover designing with plant polycultures and guilds.  Lead by Michael Almon and Steve Mann from Kansas City Permaculture Education, Extension and Research (KCPEER).  Class fee is $14, plus $5 for materials; bring picture ID.  Register at UMKC Communiversity.  More info from .

Wednesday, 16 November 2016

The International Energy Agency publishes the World Energy Outlook each year, a compilation of current trends of forms of energy production, their economic and ecological implications, and future projections of production and consumption.  The report will be available at - WEO-2016 to be released 16 Nov 2016.  It will include sections on the impact of COP-21, renewable energy prospects, the future of fossil fuels, and energy relative to water and air quality.  The wild card of Donald Drumph does not factor in, because the report was finalized before his election.

Thursday, 17 November 2016, last session, 6:00-8:30pm - $$
M.U. Extension Center for Jackson County, 105 E. 5th St., Kansas City MO 64106

If you live in an urban area and want to learn how to grow your own food, the University of Missouri Extension is offering their first-ever Urban Homesteading Series.  Classes will have hands-on learning to help you develop the skills and confidence needed to start up your very own urban homestead.  Sessions will cover topics like city code requirements, building healthy soil, landscape and tree care, fruits and vegetable growing, small scale livestock, and food preservation.  Pre-registration for the entire series is due by September 15, but you can register for individual sessions at - Urban Homesteading Series.  Enrollment is limited due to room size.  Limited scholarships are available, so ask about them.  For more information contact the Jackson County Extension, (816) 482-5850.


Ballot initiatives are common in California, and three there are notable in last Tuesday's election.  Sonoma County CA adopted a ban on Genetically Engineered (GE) crops.  The Center for Food Safety legal staff assisted in the drafting of the Sonoma ballot initiative, and provided legal and scientific counsel throughout the last year, as with past county bans in California and in other states - Sonoma County Votes to Ban GE Crops.  California’s fourth-largest oil-producing county, Monterey County CA, voted to ban fracking and other fossil fuel extraction techniques.  Proponents won even though oil companies outspent them 30 to one - California county bans fracking, even though outspent by big oil 30 to 1.  Two propositions affecting the use of single-use plastic bags were on the California state-wide ballot.   Proposition 67 narrowly won, which will retain the legislatively-enacted statewide ban on single-use plastic bags.  Proposition 65, which was an industry-backed effort to create an ill-defined environmental fund supported by the 10-cent bag fee, was defeated - In narrow vote, plastic grocery bags will be banned in California.

Friday-Saturday, 18-19 November 20168:00am-5:00pm - $$
Four Points by Sheraton, 530 Richards Dr., Manhattan KS 66502

This annual conference will be packed with opportunities to learn about topics such as low-input farming alternatives, diversification for risk management, soil and animal health, local foods development, health-agriculture connections, beginning farmer and rancher resources, farm legacy transitions for landowners, state and federal farm and food policy, and much more.  The first day will have an emphasis on Pollinators and Soil Health.  Dr. Jonathan Lundgren, an award-winning entomologist/agroecologist, will kick off the day with a keynote presentation on the critical importance of biodiversity, soil health, beneficial insects, and pollinators.  He will be followed by Jennifer Hopwood, Senior Pollinator Conservation Specialist with the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation, speaking on the role and importance of pollinators.  The second day will turn to how collaboration and organizing is critical to development of a successful local and regional food system.  Dr. Liz Carlisle, fellow at the Berkeley Food Institute’s Diversified Farming Systems Project and teaching at Stanford University this fall, will be the keynote speaker.  More info at - 2016 Annual Farm & Food Conference. To register click on - Farms, Food, & Future Registration, or contact Joanna Voigt at 866-579-5469, or .

Saturday, 19 November 2016 , 10:00am-2:00pm - FREE
(RAIN DATE Sunday, 20 November 2016, 10:00am-2:00pm)
3104 Trail Rd., Lawrence KS 66049

This suburban lawn eradication workshop will be the first in a series of Lawrence Food Not Lawns hands-on workshops, to help people get their front yard food garden started.  This one day crop mob is the hands-on sequel to the 11 November class, and will have multiple outcomes.  It will bring together many hands to help the homeowner eradicate turf grass and jump start her front yard food garden.  It will be an opportunity for workshop participants to learn how to do it.  It will begin a cycle of mutual aid workshops at the homes of any participants who care to do similar.  And it will be a community demonstration of the potential for transforming acres of lawngrass wasteland into productive food gardens.  More info is available at - Intro to Lawn Eradication_Lawrence Class & Workshop.  Lawrence Food Not Lawns, which is a program of Sustainability Action hosted Heather Flores last year to launch of our local chapter.  Heather and Tobias Policha co-founded the original Food Not Lawns in 1999, and she has since written a book by the same name - Food Not Lawns: by Heather Flores.

Monday, 21 November 2016, 5:00-6:30pm
Parks & Recreation Conference Room, 1141 Massachusetts St., Lawrence KS 66044
(courtesy, Jessica Mortinger, Lawrence Transportation Planner)

The November agenda includes:  review of Kasold Dr. bicycle elements, downtown bicycle parking recommendations, and the BAC final meeting before transitioning to a Lawrence Transportation Commission.  The Bicycle Advisory Committee is being phased out, along with the Traffic Safety Commission, both to be consolidated into the new Lawrence Transportation Commission.  The agenda and information can be downloaded at - Bicycle Advisory Committee.

Monday, 20 November 2016, 6:30pm
location TBA, Lawrence KS 66044

The November meeting is canceled in lieu of the five community meetings about the Food System Plan.  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.

Friday, 25 November 2016

For more than 22 years, Adbusters have admonished us to consume less through Buy Nothing Day - for the sake of our ecological life-support base, our fiscal solvency, our community health, and the hole in our soul that we try to fill with stuff.  Adbusters advocate that on "Black Friday25 November, we stop buying for 24 hours, and shut off our lights, televisions and other nonessential appliances, park our cars, turn off our phones and log off of our computers for the day.  Adbusters was the initial inspiration for Occupy Wall Street.

Tuesday, 6 December 2016, 8:30am-4:00pm - $$
Reichmann Pavilion, Stephen's Lake Park, 2300 E. Walnut St, Columbia MO 65201
(courtesy Leslie Touzeau)

The Missouri Young Farmers Coalition (www.missouriyoungfarmers.com) is hosting an all-day workshop with Michael Phillips, the renowned orchardist and author of "The Wholistic Orchard" and "The Apple Grower".  Michael will be discussing how to build wholistic systems on your farm for fruit and berry success, how to increase fruit yield, how to fight pest and diseases in your orchards without using chemicals, and how to market your products for maximum profit.  Coffee, snacks, and lunch provided by Jill Rostine using all local products.  There will be a mixer afterwards with free snacks and beverages (local beer from Broadway Brewery) where you can chat with Michael, other growers, and the founders of the Missouri Young Farmers Coalition.  For questions, please e-mail: moyoungfarmers@gmail.com.  You can register for the workshop at: https://everyeventgives.com/event/successful-biological-orcharding/

Wednesday, 14 December
 2016, 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 Management Commission.

Wednesday, 14 December 2016, 5:30pm
Public Works Confr. Room, City Hall ground floor, 6 East 6th St., Lawrence KS 66044

The November agenda includes:  Sustainability Tools for Assessing & Rating Communities (STAR), and sub-committee updates.  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 - Sustainability Advisory Board.

Wednesday, 14 December 2016, 7:00pm
Lawrence Public Library, Room A, 7th & Vermont St., Lawrence KS 66044

The November agenda includes:  2017 objectives, coordination with Lawrence ped-bike advocacy groups, and City Commission response to the Pedestrian-Bicycle Task Force recommendations.  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 Gary Webber at <gwebber@sunflower.com>.


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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:
1) Food Sovereignty and Permaculture - local control of food and food policy, Food Not Lawns workshops, tours, and crop mobs.
2) Bicycles and Alternative Transportation - promoting bicycles, complete streets, ride sharing, and electric vehicles, including infrastructure and pro-active regulations.
3) Energy Conservation and Renewables - reducing our carbon footprint by promoting a carbon diet, an energy diet, conservation, and decentralized renewable energy.
4) Prime Farmland Preservation - protecting Capability I & II farmland from urban development and industrial land uses.
5) Water Rights and Watersheds - Protecting the water commons from privatization and contamination, and restoring watersheds.
6) Local Money and Local Food - fostering money literacy, and implementing a local currency through a buy-local campaign focused on local food.
7) Sustainability Action Newsletter - informing and encouraging people to be active in the Sustainability Action Network, or other action-driven groups.
8) Collaboration with Sister Organizations - building synergy with the combined talents and creativity of like-minded groups to achieve ecological sustainability. Groups like: the Dg County Food Policy Council, the Lawrence Pedestrian Coalition, Cultivate Kansas City, the Light Center eco village, the Lawrence Fruit Tree Project, and the Flint Hills Renewable Energy & Efficiency Co-op.

Sustainability Action sponsored organizations:
1) Lawrence Creates Makerspace - a co-operative community space with tool sharing, recycling, and innovation incubator.
2) Diesel Health Project - promoting eco-justice in neighborhoods exposed to industrial air and water pollution, by monitoring the pollution and changing policies and enforcement.

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