Archive for the 'Sustainability Trends & Threats' Category


Public Meetings About Proposed Interstate 11- May 2 & 3

posted April 13, 2017

Tuesday, May 2 — Arizona Riverpark Inn, 777 W. Cushing Street Wednesday, May 3 — Marana Middle School, Cafeteria, 11285 W. Grier Road, Marana The Arizona Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration are hosting public meetings to present corridor alternatives for the proposed interstate 11 between Nogales and Wickenburg. More information and talking [...]

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Tucson Earth Day Festival

posted April 13, 2017

Tucson Earth Day Festival Saturday, April 22, 10:00 am-2:00 pm — Tucson Children’s Museum, 200 S. 6th Avenue Free and open to the public, with free admission to the Museum all day Eco-friendly exhibits and hands-on activities — for kids of all ages! Interested exhibitors can register through April 7. www.tucsonearthday.org

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Solidarity Rally – resisting the Dakota Access Pipeline

posted September 13, 2016

Join Rising Tide Tucson and others for a Solidarity Rally with the water protectors of Standing Rock resisting the Dakota Access Pipeline. We will be gathering on Wednesday September 14th at 4:30 at Bank of America downtown (33 N. Stone, between Congress and Pennington). Bank of America is one of many financial institutions investing in [...]

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Duality in Climate Science

posted November 16, 2015

Duality in Climate Science Published by Kevin Anderson blog on 2015-10-15 Original article: http://kevinanderson.info/blog/duality-in-climate-science/ by Kevin Anderson   The value of science is undermined when we adopt questionable assumptions and fine-tune our analysis to conform to dominant political and economic sensibilities. The pervasive inclusion of speculative negative emission technologies to deliver politically palatable 2°C mitigation [...]

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Special event for November

posted November 1, 2015

Sustainable Tucson is co-sponsoring a special movie at the Loft Theater – “This Changes Everything” by Naomi Klein. The presentation also features a post-film panel discussion with Luis Alberto Perales of Tierra y Libertad, Bob Cook of Sustainable Tucson, and Diana Liverman of UA Institute of the Environment. This presentation is part of Science on [...]

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Important movie – This Changes Everything

posted November 1, 2015

In place of the November Sustainable Tucson meeting, ST is co-sponsoring the movie This Changes Everything at the Loft. Featuring a post-film panel discussion with Luis Alberto Perales of Tierra y Libertad, Bob Cook of Sustainable Tucson, and Diana Liverman of UA Institute of the Environment. This presentation is part of Science on Screen at [...]

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Broadway Coalition Vision: Let’s Make the Broadway Project Sustainable Now!

posted March 2, 2015

Please ACT NOW: Email your objections to the City’s Broadway Plan. Here is a model letter with email addresses by Broadway Coalition member Laura Tabili to help list the community’s concerns. “Broadway Corridor Plan Aims to Demolish 37 Tucson Buildings” reads the Arizona Daily Star lead headline from Feb.24th. City of Tucson staff and consultants [...]

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Response to assertions made about energy’s costs, systems

posted February 3, 2015

Response to assertions made about energy’s costs, systems By Carmine Tilghman Special to the Arizona Daily Star, January 29, 2015   Evidence of Tucson Electric Power’s commitment to renewable energy isn’t hard to find. Visit the Solar Zone at the University of Arizona Tech Park, where solar projects built from competing technologies cover 165 acres [...]

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The Yes Men Are Revolting – Sunday Jan 4 at the Loft

posted December 29, 2014

at The Loft Cinema, 3233 East Speedway Boulevard, Tucson AZ 85716 Start the New Year Right: Gear Up to Fight Climate Change! The Yes Men Are Revolting On Sunday, January 4 at 1:00 p.m., Sustainable Tucson will partner with the Loft for a special preview screening of The Yes Men Are Revolting, with the duo [...]

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What climate change asks of us

posted December 21, 2014

  What climate change asks of us: moral obligation, mobilization and crisis communication by Margaret Klein “Humans contain a great capacity to help each other, to dutifully respond to the needs of others, and to improve the world around us… When it is clear there is an emergency, and we have a vital role in [...]

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The Oil Price Crash of 2014

posted December 20, 2014

  The Oil Price Crash of 2014  by Richard Heinberg Oil prices have fallen by half since late June. This is a significant development for the oil industry and for the global economy, though no one knows exactly how either the industry or the economy will respond in the long run. Since it’s almost the [...]

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Special AUGUST 18th Meeting — Thomas Greco Presents: HOW CAN TUCSON THRIVE?

posted August 15, 2014

  Monday, August 18, 2014, 6:00 – 8:00 pm Joel D. Valdez Main Library, Lower Level Meeting Room, 101 N. Stone (free lower level parking off Alameda St.) HOW CAN TUCSON THRIVE IN THE FACE OF ONGOING ECONOMIC AND FINANCIAL MALAISE? WHAT AILS OUR TUCSON ECONOMY? HOW CAN TUCSON THRIVE IN THE FACE OF ONGOING [...]

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What climate activists should learn from the Monterey Shale downgrade

posted June 12, 2014

What climate activists should learn from the Monterey Shale downgrade by Kurt Cobb Published by Resource Insights on 2014-06-01 Original article: http://resourceinsights.blogspot.com/2014/06/what-climate-activists-should-learn.html   There is an important hidden lesson for climate activists in the vast downgrade of recoverable oil resources now thought to be available from California’s Monterey Shale. Almost all climate activists have rejected [...]

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The great imaginary California oil boom: Over before it started

posted June 12, 2014

The great imaginary California oil boom: Over before it started by Kurt Cobb, originally published by Resource Insights  | May 25, 2014   It turns out that the oil industry has been pulling our collective leg.   The pending 96 percent reduction in estimated deep shale oil resources in California revealed last week in the [...]

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RTA and County Should Heed Community’s Vision for Broadway Project

posted June 11, 2014

RTA and County Should Heed Community’s Vision for Broadway Project  By Robert Cook , June 8, 2014 This is the June 8th Sunday Arizona Daily Star Guest Opinion without the Star’s edits. Note the Star’s edited headline is: “8-Lane Roadway No Longer Makes Sense.”   The two-year design phase of the Broadway Boulevard, Euclid to [...]

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ST May Meeting: CAN MUSHROOMS SAVE THE WORLD?

posted May 8, 2014

  Sustainable Tucson’s May Meeting: CAN MUSHROOMS SAVE THE WORLD?   Monday, May 12, 2014,    5:30 – 8:00 pm Joel D. Valdez Main Library, Lower Level Meeting Room, 101 N. Stone, (free lower level parking off Alameda St.)   What do human health, environmental detoxification, consumer waste recycling and a great-tasting and healthy locally produced [...]

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April 20th: “Welcome the Third Economic Revolution”

posted April 13, 2014

Welcome the Third Economic Revolution A talk on converting from a Consumer Killer Economy to a Sustainable Green Economy by John ‘Skip’ Laitner, featured speaker at Sustainable Tucson’s December 2013 General Meeting. Skip is a Resource and Energy Economist, International Economic Conversion Consultant, and Visiting Fellow to the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy. Hear [...]

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ST March Meeting: Preparedness for a World of Change

posted March 6, 2014

  Sustainable Tucson’s March Meeting: Preparedness for a World of Change Monday, March 10, 2014,    5:30 – 8:00 pm Joel D. Valdez Main Library, Lower Level Meeting Room, 101 N. Stone, (free lower level parking off Alameda St.) Join the Sustainable Tucson community and extended network to hear Nicole Foss, world-renown lecturer and co-creator of [...]

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February General Mtg: IS YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD READY FOR CLIMATE CHANGE?

posted January 28, 2014

Sustainable Tucson’s February Meeting: IS YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD READY FOR CLIMATE CHANGE? Monday, February 10, 2014,    5:30 – 8:00 pm Joel D. Valdez Main Library, Lower Level Meeting Room, 101 N. Stone, (free lower level parking off Alameda St.) Last November 14th, the State of Arizona ran a simulation of an emergency event that included a [...]

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ST Dec. Mtg: The Economic Imperative of Energy Efficiency: Leading Tucson to More Jobs and a Robust Economy While Mitigating Climate Change

posted November 21, 2013

XXXX At Joel D. Valdez Main Library, Lower Level Meeting Room, 101 N. Stone, Downtown (free lower level parking off Alameda St)   Sustainable Tucson December Meeting: The Economic Imperative of Energy Efficiency: Leading Tucson to More Jobs and a Robust Economy While Mitigating Climate Change This month, Sustainable Tucson brings international expertise and vision [...]

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Will the real International Energy Agency please stand up?

posted November 17, 2013

Will the real International Energy Agency please stand up? Published by Resource Insights on 2013-11-16 Original article: http://resourceinsights.blogspot.com/2013/11/will-real-international-energy-agency.html by Kurt Cobb It was as if the International Energy Agency were appearing on the old American television game show To Tell the Truth last week as it offered a third contradictory forecast in the space of [...]

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Loss and Damage @Warsaw: Climate change Conference of Parties 19

posted November 17, 2013

Loss and Damage @Warsaw Published by Daily Kos on 2013-11-15 Original article: http://www.dailykos.com/story/2013/11/15/1255756/-Loss-and-Damage-Warsaw by Deborah Phelan The issue of ‘loss and damage’, which at long last mainstreamed at last year’s COP18, is vying for center stage in Warsaw as COP19 participants wrestle with the problems of effectively addressing and financing the irreparable impacts of climate [...]

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Three things you shouldn’t miss this week: Energy Crunch: the global picture

posted November 17, 2013

Energy Crunch: the global picture Published by New Economics Foundation on 2013-11-15 Original article: http://www.neweconomics.org/blog/entry/energy-round-up-the-global-picture by Energy Crunch staff Three things you shouldn’t miss this week The dwindling emissions budget if we are to limit global warming to no more than 2°C. Graphic: International Energy Agency World Energy Outlook 2013 Article: Shale’s Effect on Oil Supply Is [...]

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Green Redevelopment & the Rise of 2030 Districts

posted October 20, 2013

at Tucson Association of Realtors conference room,  2445 N. Tucson Blvd   (one block north of Grant Rd)   But, could something like a 2030 District in Tucson help align many efforts to support economic re-generation in our community?    Come join us on: Monday. November 11, 5:30 – 8:30 pm  PLEASE NOTE: SPECIAL MEETING LOCATION Tucson Association [...]

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When Wealth Disappears: International Banker

posted October 8, 2013

When Wealth Disappears By STEPHEN D. KING Published October 6, 2013,  New York Times   LONDON — AS bad as things in Washington are — the federal government shutdown since Tuesday, the slim but real potential for a debt default, a political system that seems increasingly ungovernable — they are going to get much worse, [...]

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A Radical Approach to the Climate Crisis

posted July 25, 2013

A Radical Approach to the Climate Crisis by Christian Parenti, July 19, 2013 Several strands of green thinking maintain that capitalism is incapable of a sustainable relationship with non-human nature because, as an economic system, capitalism has a growth imperative while the earth is finite. One finds versions of this argument in the literature of [...]

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Arctic Methane Release Due To Climate Change Could Cost Global Economy $60 Trillion, Study Reports

posted July 25, 2013

Arctic Methane Release Due To Climate Change Could Cost Global Economy $60 Trillion, Study Reports By Nina Chestney LONDON, July 24 (Reuters) – A release of methane in the Arctic could speed the melting of sea ice and climate change with a cost to the global economy of up to $60 trillion over coming decades, [...]

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Climate Smart Southwest: Ready or Hot? – National climate change conference in Tucson – Sep 20-21

posted July 23, 2013

Free lecture Friday evening at the TEP Unisource Building, 88 East Broadway, Tucson AZ Saturday conference at the Tucson Convention Center (details below) Tucson will be hosting a climate change conference focused on public health and climate adaptation in September, sponsored by Physicians for Social Responsibility and 35 other local and national organizations. The following [...]

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The One Thing You Need to Know about the President’s Plan to Address Climate Change

posted July 3, 2013

The One Thing You Need to Know about the President’s Plan to Address Climate Change by Kurt Cobb,    June 30, 2013   The one thing you need to know about President Obama’s plan to address climate change is that the most it will accomplish is slowing very slightly the pace at which the world is [...]

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Sustainable Tucson July Film Night!

posted July 3, 2013

Monday, July 8th, 5:30 – 8:00, Joel D. Valdez Main Library, 101 N. Stone, Downtown (free lower level parking off Alameda St) Sustainable Tucson will show a variety of films at our July general meeting. Included among the short and medium length topics are greening the desert, climate change in the arctic, how the people [...]

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March Against Monsanto worldwide – and in Tucson at Reid Park – May 25

posted May 21, 2013

Free movie at Murphy-Wilmot Public Library, 530 N Wilmot Road Tucson, AZ March begins May 25 at 12 noon at Reid Park, 900 Randolph Way, Tucson AZ   May 19 Sunday 1:30 pm – free documentary movie showing and discussion of “The World According to Monsanto” at the Murphy-Wilmot Public Library, 530 N Wilmot Road [...]

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Building Sustainable Cities – New York Times Conference April 25

posted May 8, 2013

See the online video archive of the entire conference at nytenergyfortomorrow.com ENERGY FOR TOMORROW – BUILDING SUSTAINABLE CITIES A NEW YORK TIMES CONFERENCE IN COLLABORATION WITH RICHARD ATTIAS AND ASSOCIATES APRIL 25, 2013 THE TIMESCENTER, NEW YORK CITY   THE CONCEPT According to U.N. data, the worldwide urban population over the next 40 years will [...]

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Move to Amend – Corporations Are Not People – May 10

posted May 8, 2013

May 2 planning meeting at Unitarian Church, 22nd between Swan and Craycroft May 10 demonstration at Miracle Mile freeway entrance   Move to Amend – Corporations Are Not People JOIN US IN A NATIONWIDE ACTION ON MAY 10TH (details below) urging Americans to take the next step in passing a CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT which declares that [...]

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Cooking the Books: The True Climate Impact of Keystone XL

posted April 17, 2013

Click to view/download a pdf of the full report Cooking the Books: The True Climate Impact of Keystone XL April 16, 2013 A new report out today from environmental groups shows that the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline would, if approved, be responsible for at least 181 million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) [...]

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100% Renewable Energy – Earth Day Weekend Rally – April 20

posted April 17, 2013

at Tucson Electric Power Headquarters, 88 E Broadway Blvd, Tucson AZ (corner of Broadway and Scott, just west of 6th Ave) 100% Renewable Energy: Earth Day Weekend Rally This Saturday April 20 at 10:00 am, the Tucson Climate Action Network continues its campaign to stop TEP’s stockpiling and burning of coal and push ahead with [...]

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How Can Arizona Survive the Coming Dust Bowl? – Climate presentation at Milagro – May 4

posted April 17, 2013

at Milagro Cohousing, 3057 N Gaia Place, Tucson, AZ Come early for a tour of Milagro at 4 pm. How Can Arizona Survive the Coming Dust Bowl? Presentation by renowned climate scientist Dr. Steve Ghan, a Fellow of the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, and Editor-in-Chief of the Atmospheres Section of the Journal of Geophysical Research. [...]

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A Fierce Green Fire – A Film and Panel on Green Activism – April 19

posted April 15, 2013

at The Loft Cinema, 3233 East Speedway Blvd, Tucson AZ Join us for a special post-film panel discussion on opening night, featuring local experts in the field of environmental studies! Maria Baier – Executive Director of the Sonoran Institute Roger Clark – Grand Canyon Program Director for The Grand Canyon Trust Paul Green – Executive [...]

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Sustainable Tucson Community Fundraising Appeal

posted April 15, 2013

Sustainable Tucson needs your support to continue to present timely, interesting and informative monthly programs. With minimal financial support from the larger community we have provided continuous monthly programs for nearly seven years, drawing particularly on local talent and sustainability leaders. As we increasingly bring in cutting-edge speakers from other cities and regions, Sustainable Tucson [...]

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Arctic Methane: Why The Sea Ice Matters

posted March 22, 2013

Arctic Methane: Why The Sea Ice Matters: An interview with four top climate scientists: Peter Wadhams, Director, Polar Ocean Physics Group, Cambridge University: Natalia Shakhova, International Arctic Research Centre; David Wasdell, Director, Apollo-Gaia; James Hansen, NASA, Goddard Institute. By Nick Breeze, Envisionation, Communicating Climate Change If there is one short video you need to share [...]

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The End of Growth: David Suzuki & Jeff Rubin

posted March 18, 2013

The End of Growth: Rubin & Suzuki From Ideas with Paul Kennedy Economist Jeff Rubin and biologist David Suzuki might seem an unlikely pairing. But they’ve been touring Canada together, talking about the natural limits to growth from their very different perspectives. We listen in as they try to convince a Calgary audience that we’ve [...]

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Hungry for Change: Food, Ethics, & Sustainability – starting March 27

posted March 15, 2013

for 6 Wednesdays, near Congress & Grande, Tucson AZ Hungry for Change: Food, Ethics, & Sustainability Discussion Course Baja Arizona Sustainable Agriculture offers “Hungry for Change”, a 6-session discussion course that analyzes the connection between food, ethics, and sustainability. The goals of the course are to explore the interconnected nature of food systems & our [...]

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ST April Meeting – Power to the People: Should TEP be municipalized? – April 8

posted March 15, 2013

at Joel D. Valdez Main Library, 101 N. Stone, Downtown Tucson (in the large lower-level meeting room, free lower-level parking off Alameda St) Power to the People: Should TEP be municipalized? with guest speaker Leslie Glustrom, Research Director for Clean Energy Action, Boulder Colorado also speaking – Dan Millis (Sierra Club) The science is clear. [...]

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The surprising conclusion to an important new book

posted March 12, 2013

The surprising conclusion to an important new book by Herman Daly Book Review: The Failure of Laissez Faire Capitalism and the Economic Dissolution of the West (Towards a New Economics for a Full World), by Paul Craig Roberts About the author: Dr. Roberts was educated at Georgia Tech, University of Virginia, UC Berkeley, and Oxford [...]

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Citizens Climate Lobby monthly conference call & planning meeting – (usually) first Saturdays

posted February 28, 2013

at 255 W University Blvd, Tucson AZ Groups meet at 9:45am PT / 12:45pm ET, the international conference call starts at 10:00 am PT / 1:00 pm ET. The conference call is about an hour long, and the groups meet for another hour after that to plan actions.   Citizens Climate Lobby – Monthly Conference [...]

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ST March Meeting – Climate Change Activism – March 11

posted February 14, 2013

at Joel D. Valdez Main Library, 101 N. Stone, Downtown Tucson (in the large lower-level meeting room, free lower-level parking off Alameda St) Climate Change Activism – Messaging and Solutions with guest speaker Julie Robinson, Center for Climate Change Communication, George Mason University In our future there will be no more important issue to the [...]

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The World According To The Automatic Earth: A 2013 Primer Guide

posted February 6, 2013

For the past five years, Nicole (Stoneleigh) Foss and Raul Ilargi Meijer have been providing the world with keen analyses of critical sustainability subjects: finance and economics;  energy; scale, society, and trust; and preparation. The Automatic Earth’s 2013 Primer is an excellent summary of their work including dozens of links to cutting-edge articles and clear [...]

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ST February Meeting – Tucson’s Economy – Feb 11

posted January 22, 2013

at Joel D. Valdez Main Library, 101 N. Stone, Downtown Tucson (in the large lower-level meeting room, free lower-level parking off Alameda St) Local Economy • Financial and Monetary Innovation Please join us for Sustainable Tucson‘s February Meeting where we’ll hear leaders and experts from Tucson and Phoenix, and engage everyone in discussion on the [...]

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TUCAN – Tucson Climate Action Network – (usually) 2nd Wednesdays

posted January 9, 2013

at Pima Friends Meeting House, 931 N 5th Ave, Tucson AZ Also see: monthly conference call with Citizens Climate Lobby, and the March 2013 Sustainable Tucson meeting on Climate Change Activism   March 16 thru 23 is the Stop Tar Sands Profiteers Week of Action – details at www.tarsandsblockade.org/actionweek   Jan 7, 2013 Dear friends [...]

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ST January 2013 Meeting – Jan 14

posted January 8, 2013

at Joel D. Valdez Main Library, 101 N. Stone, Downtown (free lower level parking off Alameda St) Sustainable Tucson 2013 How We Can Take Action in the New Year Lots of powerful efforts are happening in Tucson and around the world to make a more sustainable and secure future. Join Sustainable Tucson on Monday, January [...]

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The Beginning of the World

posted December 27, 2012

The Beginning of the World By  John Michael Greer, The Archdruid Report , December 27, 2012   Last Friday was, as I’m sure most of my readers noticed, an ordinary day. Here in the north central Appalachians, it was chilly but not unseasonably so, with high gray clouds overhead and a lively wind setting the [...]

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