ST December Meeting – The Politics of Sustainability
|Monday, December 12, 2011|
|5:30 pm||to||8:00 pm|
at Joel D. Valdez Main Library
101 N. Stone, Downtown (free lower level parking off Alameda St)
Activism, Advocacy, and Political Action are ramping up all over the world. Tucson is no exception, and so Sustainable Tucson begins an exploration into the realm of political expression and action, and how we can use it to promote sustainability and resilience.
The December 12th Sustainable Tucson General Meeting promises to offer provocative ideas from three local experts…
First, Dave Ewoldt, ecopsychologist and founder of Natural Systems Solutions, will speak on the importance of establishing a legally defensible definition of sustainability.
Our second speaker is Margaret Wilder, an associate professor in Latin American studies and in the School of Geography and Development, and an associate research professor of environmental policy with the Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy at The University of Arizona. Margaret will be speaking on the relationship between sustainability and social equity.
Finally, Randy Serraglio from the Center for Biological Diversity, will talk about biodiversity and ecological rights.
Following the presentations, the speakers will engage in a lively panel discussion.
Sustainable Tucson is committed to the practice of engaging our audience in a participatory process. Following the panel discussion we will ask participants to engage in lively table discussions focusing on what actions we can take to make Tucson a more vibrant and sustainable community. Actions might be in the form of policy development, support of on-going projects, or the initiation of new projects.
The ideas generated will be used to develop the content for our January meeting, where presentations and audience discussions will continue. The goal is to create a list of activities, projects and initiatives that we believe will build our resilience as a Desert People.
The ultimate goal for this process is to invite our public officials to a future meeting and ask them to share with us those projects/initiatives on our list with which they resonate. Where can we partner with City or County initiatives that align with our philosophy? Where can we find common ground, and how can we support each other’s common goals?
Doors open at 5:30 pm.
The meeting will begin promptly at 6:00 pm.