Archive for January, 2007


Local Economies, Local Choices

posted January 30, 2007

Independence from the Corporate Global Economy
by Ethan Miller
http://www.yesmagazine.org/article.asp?ID=1545
The old story says we have to depend on big corporations. The new story tells us we can earn a livelihood, gain freedom, and build community through cooperation.
Call it “globalization,” or the “free market,” or “capitalism.” Whatever its name, people across the United States and throughout the world [...]

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Picture Southeast Arizona Full of Small Farms!

posted January 30, 2007

What’s So Beautiful About Small
by Peter Rossett
http://www.yesmagazine.org/article.asp?ID=353
Are small farms as bountiful as they are beautiful? Can they really compete with large farms in the agriculture of the future? The answer is yes on both counts. Here’s why.
. Small farms are far more productive, producing from 200 to 1,000 percent more per acre than large farms. [...]

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Brad Lancaster and speakers panel: Rainwater harvesting, river restoration

posted January 29, 2007

[ Thursday, February 8, 2007; 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm. ] Thursday, February 8, 2007, 7 to 9 p.m., local author Brad Lancaster
and a panel of experienced water and food harvesters and solar energy
users will speak on rainwater harvesting, dryland river restoration,
reducing Tucson’s carbon footprint, and related issues at El Ojito
Springs Center for Creativity, 452 South Stone Avenue. Bioregional
foods, healthy snacks and beverages will be on [...]

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Free showing of “An Inconvenient Truth” and panel discussion

posted January 29, 2007

[ Thursday, February 1, 2007; 12:00 pm; ] Free showing of “An Inconvenient Truth” and panel discussion
Thursday, Feb 1, 2007 12:00 noon
Gallagher Theater, UA Student Union

The Institute for the Study of Planet Earth (ISPE) and the Global
Change PhD Minor GIDP would like to invite you to a free showing of
“An Inconvenient Truth,” former Vice President Al Gore’s 2006 award-
winning documentary on global warming. [...]

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Hawking warns: We must recognise the catastrophic dangers of climate change

posted January 28, 2007

Hawking warns: We must recognise the catastrophic dangers of climate change
By Steve Connor,
Science Editor Published: 18 January 2007
http://news.independent.co.uk/environment/article2162862.ece
Climate change stands alongside the use of nuclear weapons as one of the greatest threats posed to the future of the world, the Cambridge cosmologist Stephen Hawking has said.
Professor Hawking said that we stand on the precipice [...]

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Public lecture: Overview of Sonoran Identity/Southwest Regionalism

posted January 23, 2007

[ Monday, January 29, 2007; 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm. ] Monday January 29, 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Downtown Main Library (100 N. Stone), lower level meeting room
Overview of Sonoran Identity: What is Southwest Regionalism
(Tucson, Phoenix, Albuquerque) and design influences from other
communities.
Ofelia Zepeda, Professor at U of A and Tohono O’odham linguist;
Gary Nabhan, Author, Native seed Search co-founder, and Director of the Center for
Sustainable Environments at [...]

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Relocalization URL list

posted January 23, 2007

This list of URLs on relocalization comes from one of Eugene, Oregon’s great activists, Kathy Ging.
Community is the Solution: http://www.communitysolution.org/solution.html
ECONOMIC LOCALIZATION HAS BEGUN:
Willits Economic Localization (WELL) 459-1256
http://www.willitseconomiclocalization.org
Coast Economic Localization (CELL) 463-2921 http://www.coastlocalize.org
coastlocalize@mcn.org
Greater Ukiah Localization Project (GULP) http://www.cloudforest.org
cliffpaulin@hotmail.com
Potter Valley Community Planning
http://www.cloudforest.org/Potter_Valley_Community_Planning
Boonville Economic Localization (with local grange)
Laytonville Economic Localization (with local grange)
South Coast Economic Localization (with local [...]

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“Climate Solutions” from Co-op America

posted January 23, 2007

“Climate Solutions” from Co-op America
With the election of a new Congress come new opportunities to plan a better way forward on the issues we all care about.
That’s why Co-op America is mailing our recent “Climate Solutions” issue of the Co-op America Quarterly to each new and returning member of the 110th Congress. In it, we [...]

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Green Drinks

posted January 19, 2007

[ Wednesday, January 31, 2007; 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. ] Happy New Year to all fellow Green Drinkers! Tucson Green Drinks was on holiday in December. See you January 31st at 6 pm for Happy Hour and, as always, bring a friend. Introductions and announcements will take place at 7, with a Mexican buffet available afterward. See www.oldtownartisans.com for directions and please enter the Old [...]

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Monthly General Meeting

posted January 19, 2007

[ Thursday, February 15, 2007; 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm. ] In addition to our weekly and biweekly working groups, Sustainable Tucson gathers once a month for announcements, important presentations, brainstorming sessions, and networking. Our next meeting will be Thursday, February 15, 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. at the Ward VI office (Councilwoman Nina Trasoff’s office), 3202 E. First Street (behind the Rumrunner, one block south of [...]

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Sustainable Tucson to Follow Up Dr. Jackie King’s Visit

posted January 16, 2007

Co writers: Madeline Kiser and Lindianne Sarno
Sustainable Tucson will be holding a series of meetings is to follow up on Dr. Jackie King’s visit this past summer. City Councilwoman Karin Uhlich is particularly interested in Tucson’s followup to Dr. King’s visit. Below is an excellent article about her visit, which appeared in [...]

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The Great Turning: From Empire to Earth Community

posted January 16, 2007

The Great Turning: From Empire to Earth Community
by David Korten
http://www.yesmagazine.org/article.asp?ID=1463
By what name will future generations know our time? Will they speak in anger and frustration of the time of the Great Unraveling, when profligate consumption exceeded Earth’s capacity to sustain and led to an accelerating wave of collapsing environmental systems, violent competition for what remained [...]

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Energy, Ecology, & Economics – Howard T. Odum – intro Bob Cook

posted January 12, 2007

Howard Odum’s following paper, published in 1974, was considered one of the most concise—yet most sweeping—examinations made of the real problems of the world up to that time. His groundbreaking book Environment, Power and Society (John Wiley, 1972) also introduced us to his paradigm-changing energetic analysis of economics and ecology. This paper should be included [...]

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Sustainable Business Institute – recommended website

posted January 4, 2007

Vision
The SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS INSTITUTE (SBI) is the premier catalyst for the business community and public to take the lead in implementing equitable worldwide sustainability practices.
Mission
To benefit the public through outreach initiatives that encourage business leaders to identify, create, implement and communicate economically viable sustainability practices.
How does SBI accomplish its mission?
SBI educates business leaders and the [...]

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Industrialization: Prelude to Collapse by William Catton

posted January 2, 2007

Industrialization: Prelude to Collapse
by William Catton
(Excerpt from Overshoot: The Ecological Basis of Revolutionary Change, 1982)
The Industrial Revolution made us precariously dependent on nature’s dwindling legacy of non-renewable resources, even though we did not at first recognize this fact. Many major events of modern history were unforeseen results of actions taken with inadequate awareness of ecological [...]

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Interpreting the Precautionary Principle

posted January 2, 2007

Interpreting the Precautionary Principle
Edited by Tim O’Riordan and James Cameron
Definitions of the precautionary principle
As Sonja Boehmer Christiansen points out in the chapter that follows, the precautionary principle evolved out of the German socio-legal tradition, created in the heyday of democratic socialism in the late 1920′s to early 1930s, centering on the concept of good household [...]

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Laws, Hypotheses, Observations and Predictions Relating To Sustainability

posted January 2, 2007

Dr. Albert Bartlett, a physics professor at the University of Colorado at Boulder, has worked many decades to educate people about the dynamics and consequences of exponential growth. In 2005, he was honored by the Association for the Study of Peak Oil & Gas—USA (ASPO-USA) with the annual M. King Hubbert Award.
Laws, Hypotheses, Observations [...]

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Towards A New Economics: Questioning Growth by Herman E. Daly

posted January 2, 2007

Herman E. Daly is sometimes called the father of the ecological economics movement. In 1973 he edited an essential book, Economics, Ecology, Ethics: Essays Toward a Steady-State Economy published by W.H. Freeman and Co. Since then, he has authored many other important books including Steady–State Economics, Beyond Growth: The Economics of Sustainable Development, The Local [...]

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Places to Intervene in a System – Donella (Dana) H. Meadows

posted January 2, 2007

Dana Meadows was one of four post graduate students in Jay Forrester’s Systems Dynamics Program at MIT in the early 1970s who researched and wrote the widely read, paradigm shifting study sponsored by the Club of Rome titled, The Limits to Growth. The following essay is a helpful guide in how to plan for and [...]

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The Tragedy of the Commons By Garrett Hardin

posted January 2, 2007

This is one of the key early essays of the environmental and sustainability movement written in 1968. Author Dr. Garrett Hardin illuminates the necessity of a new ethics to sustain the vast domain of what we all share – “the Commons”
The Tragedy of the Commons
By Garrett Hardin
Published in Science 13 December 1968:
Vol. 162. no. [...]

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