Archive for the 'Nature Conservation' Category


Collaborative Redesign of the Sonoran Desert Foodshed – Localizing Our Food Supply – Gary Nabhan and Michael Brownlee – December 10

posted November 18, 2012

Free and open to the public at Pima Community College downtown, Amethyst Room, 1255 N Stone Ave, Tucson AZ (also see campus map for lots of free parking) Collaborative Redesign of the Sonoran Desert Foodshed and Localizing Our Food Supply with Gary Nabhan and Michael Brownlee Please note special time and location for this month’s […]

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Stop Keystone XL tar sands pipeline – 350.org & TUCAN – Nov 18 & 19

posted November 17, 2012

Sunday 1 pm MST (3 pm EST) – online live stream from Washington DC Monday 12 noon at TEP corporate headquarters, 88 E Broadway Blvd, downtown Tucson AZ Action Alert – SUNDAY online – MONDAY in downtown Tucson Nov 18 Sunday 1 pm MST, live online from Washington DC 350.org is gathering outside the White House […]

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More Than a Food Fight – Monsanto’s War Against Food Security, the Environment, Local Farmers, Local Economies, and Democracy – film clips & discussion – Nov 30

posted November 10, 2012

Free, at the Historic Y, 738 N 5th Avenue, Tucson   More Than a Food Fight: Monsanto’s War Against Food Security, the Environment, Local Farmers, Local Economies, and Democracy Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom presents video clips from “The World According to Monsanto” and a discussion with Bill McDorman & Belle Starr of […]

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Bag It! Is your life to plastic? – free film showing – Nov 16

posted November 10, 2012

Free at Prescott College – Tucson, 2233 E Speedway Blvd, Tucson AZ Free Film showing of “Bag It! Is your life to plastic?” Friday November 16th 7:00 PM-9:00 PM Prescott College – Tucson 2233 E. Speedway Blvd. 319-9868 Free and open to the public. Limited seating available.

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UK Tyndall Centre Interview: Rapid and deep emissions reductions may not be easy, but 4°C to 6°C will be much worse

posted November 3, 2012

 by Rob Hopkins Published by Transition Culture on Fri, 11/02/2012  and republished by EnergyBulletin.Net  on Sat, 11/3/2012 Kevin Anderson is the Deputy Director of the UK Tyndall Centre and is an expert on greenhouse-gas emissions trajectories. He will be giving the annual Cabot Institute lecture, ‘Real Clothes for the Emperor’ on 6th November in Bristol, […]

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Climate Change and Energy Decline: Building resilient communities in the SW United States – Guy McPherson – November 5

posted October 31, 2012

at Pima Community College downtown, Amethyst Room, 1255 N Stone Ave   Climate Change and Energy Decline: Building resilient communities in the southwestern United States with Guy McPherson Co-sponsored by Tucson Audubon Society and Sustainable Tucson Please note special time and location for this month’s Sustainable Tucson meeting, When:  Monday, November 5, 2012, 7:00 pm […]

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Eco-Health Relationship Browser – EPA Sustainable and Healthy Communities

posted October 23, 2012

Eco-Health Relationship Browser EPA Sustainable and Healthy Communities (SHC) Research News Flash September 25, 2012 The EPA Sustainable and Healthy Communities Research Program is pleased to announce the launch of the Eco-Health Relationship Browser, an easy-to-use new online tool from the SHC program. The Eco-Health Relationship Browser illustrates the linkages between human health and ecosystem […]

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270 minutes of silence – Presidential debates avoiding Climate change – 350.org

posted October 23, 2012

Date: Mon, 22 Oct 2012 22:32:25 +0000 From: Jamie Henn – 350.org <organizers(at)350.org> Subject: 270 minutes of silence. Dear Friends, Not one word. After 270 minutes of Presidential and Vice Presidential debates, no one has mentioned climate change or global warming. If the candidates don’t speak up tonight, this will be the first time since 1988 […]

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Natural Beekeeping – NS/S free salon – Oct 15

posted October 15, 2012

at Native Seeds/SEARCH Retail Store, 3061 N Campbell Ave, Tucson AZ (note new time 5 to 7 pm) Natural Beekeeping with Jaime de Zubeldia from ReZoNation Farm Why is beekeeping so popular? What do we need to know about beekeeping specific to our region? Local beekeeper Jaime will share natural beekeeping methods and provide an […]

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Seeds of Freedom – Tucson Film Premiere – Oct 16

posted October 15, 2012

at Native Seeds / SEARCH Conservation Center, 3584 E River Road, Tucson AZ   Seeds of Freedom – Tucson film premiere In conjunction with World Food Day and part of the Act for Seed Freedom Fortnight, we will screen a short documentary exploring the importance of seed saving and the current threats to the practice. […]

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Special Food Day Screening of Genetic Roulette – Oct 24

posted October 4, 2012

at The Loft Cinema, 3233 E Speedway Blvd, Tucson AZ Special Food-Oriented Presentation for Food Day, a day to celebrate healthy, sustainable food production: Movie Screening at 7 p.m. of the new groundbreaking definitive documentary on the health risks of genetically modified foods, Genetic Roulette: The Gamble of Our Lives, followed by a panel discussion […]

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Earth Harmony Festival – Avalon Organic Gardens & EcoVillage – Oct 6-7

posted September 27, 2012

at Avalon Organic Gardens & EcoVillage, Tumacácori, AZ (South of Tucson) Free admission, donations appreciated Earth Harmony Festival A weekend celebration devoted to creating a sustainable future now. EcoVillage tours on water harvesting, green building, organic gardening, solar energy, composting, and more. Live music, food, arts, children’s village, hay rides, pony rides, and other activities […]

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Second Annual Home-scape Tour – Watershed Management Group – Oct 20

posted September 17, 2012

Tucson, AZ   Second Annual Watershed Management Group Home-scape Tour Saturday, October 20 Did the new City of Tucson rainwater-harvesting rebate rouse your interest in capturing the rain that falls on your own property? Curious about implementing other backyard sustainability practices such as chicken coops, food production, greywater, composting systems, and even solar-heated outside showers? […]

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How Do We Grow Our Food? – Native Seeds/SEARCH Free Monthly Salon – Sep 17

posted September 12, 2012

at Native Seeds/SEARCH Retail Store, 3061 N Campbell Ave, Tucson (please note new time)   How Do We Grow Our Food? A panel discussion with growers from River Road Gardens, High Energy Farm, Sleeping Frog and the NS/S Conservation Farm. No till, cover crops, Effective Microorganisms, biodynamic and good ole elbow grease are some of […]

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Gardening for Wildlife and Sustainability – NS/S Green Bag Lunch – Sep 25

posted September 12, 2012

at Native Seeds/SEARCH Retail Store, 3061 N Campbell Ave, Tucson   Gardening for Wildlife and Sustainability with Kendall Kroesen Tuesday, September 25, 2012 Noon – 1 pm As the summer swelter recedes, we are excited to bring back your favorite mid-day brainfood break! Join us for the return of our Green Bag Lunch series with […]

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Harvest Festival – NS/S Conservation Farm – Sep 15 (changed from Sep 22)

posted September 10, 2012

at NS/S Conservation Farm (note: changed from Sep 22 to Sep 15 !)   Reap, Chomp, and Stomp This Saturday, September 15, 2012 ▪ 3pm to dark FARM TOURS ▪ CROP HARVESTING ▪ BEAN STOMPING ▪ POTLUCK DINNER ▪ MUSIC ▪ FRIENDS ▪ FUN! Please bring:  Appropriate clothing incl. hat, water, a dish, silverware, and […]

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Crucial ACC Election for Climate Activists – TUCAN Workshop Sep 8

posted September 5, 2012

at Miller Golf Links Public Library, 9640 E Golf Links Rd, Tucson (see below about carpooling) Crucial ACC Election for Climate Activists Workshop on September 8 Saturday 1 p.m., free t-shirt Dear Climate Activist, In the 2012, three of five seats at the Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) are up for election. This election will decide […]

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Fall 2012 One Day Workshops – Sonoran Permaculture Guild

posted September 4, 2012

Fall 2012 One Day Workshops – Sonoran Permaculture Guild For full class descriptions, registration information, and FAQs for these workshops, please go to http://www.sonoranpermaculture.org/courses-and-workshops/   Designing a Home Greywater System – September 22nd, 2012 This one-day class provides a basic understanding of residential greywater system design, function, application, and applicable building codes. Participants will work […]

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Designing a Home Greywater System – Sonoran Permaculture Guild – Sep 22

posted September 4, 2012

in Tucson AZ   Designing a Home Greywater System Leona Davis, Sonoran Permaculture Guild This one-day class provides a basic understanding of residential greywater system design, function, application, and applicable building codes. Participants will work with an aerial photo of their own residence (provided by the instructor) to identify and evaluate the potential of their […]

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Wild Foods of the Sonoran Desert – John Slattery – Sep 29

posted September 4, 2012

carpool from Tucson AZ to the Santa Rita Mountains   Wild Foods of the Sonoran Desert John Slattery Learn to eat from what you find in the forest! Join local herbalist, John Slattery on a wild foraging journey in our local Santa Rita Mountains. We will be exploring the great diversity of native wild foods […]

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Who Owns Our Food? – Native Seeds/SEARCH free monthly salon – Aug 20

posted August 16, 2012

Free at NS/S Retail Store, 3061 N. Campbell Ave.   “Who Owns Our Food?” with Bill McDorman Aug. 20th, 5-7 pm (Note new time) Ten companies own and control 75% of the worlds seeds. How does this affect local food security and the health of our region? More importantly what does this have to do […]

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No Coal in Tucson – Please help leaflet TEP – Aug 9

posted August 5, 2012

Wednesday 7pm – TUCAN meeting (every second Wednesday) at the Quaker Meetinghouse, 931 N 5th Ave, Tucson AZ Thursday 11:30am – press conference and leafletting outside the TEP Headquarters, 88 E Broadway, Tucson AZ Please help leaflet TEP – No Coal in Tucson Dear Tucsonan Concerned About Health and Climate, Tucson Electic (TEP) has refused […]

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NS/S Last Seed School of 2012 – Oct 28 thru Nov 2

posted July 29, 2012

Phoenix, Arizona October 28 – November 2, 2012 Location: Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix In cooperation with The Urban Farm, Phoenix Early bird special: Register before October 5th for only $600! Deposit to reserve a spot: $200. Lunch is not included. Proceeds benefit Native Seeds/SEARCH. Full payment is due two weeks prior to the starting date. […]

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Native Seeds/SEARCH Farm & Conservation Center Tour – 2nd & 4th Fridays

posted July 29, 2012

2nd and 4th Fridays 10 – 11 am at the Conservation Center 5 – 6 pm at the Conservation Farm   Native Seeds/SEARCH Farm & Conservation Center Tours Ever wanted a behind-the-scenes look into Native Seeds/SEARCH? Starting Friday July 27th, we are excited to begin offering public tours of our Conservation Center and Conservation Farm! […]

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Sustainable Tucson August Film Festival – August 12th and 13th

posted July 29, 2012

at Joel D. Valdez Main Downtown Library, Large Lower Level Meeting Room, 101 N. Stone, (free lower level parking off Alameda St)   Sunday, August 12th 1:00 to 5:00pm, Sustainable Tucson will show three top-rated sustainability films covering critical sustainability topics: • The U.S. financial crisis erupted in 2008 and still looms on the horizon. • […]

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Global Warming’s Terrifying New Math – by Bill McKibben in Rolling Stone

posted July 21, 2012

Global Warming’s Terrifying New Math Three simple numbers that add up to global catastrophe – and that make clear who the real enemy is by Bill McKibben (350.org) This story is from the August 2nd, 2012 issue of Rolling Stone. http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/global-warmings-terrifying-new-math-20120719 If the pictures of those towering wildfires in Colorado haven’t convinced you, or the […]

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What do we do about climate change?

posted July 10, 2012

What do we do about climate change? by Brian Davey After Copenhagen it was by no means obvious that simply calling upon governments to act would achieve very much. Yet the situation is urgent – so what do we do? The aim of this chapter is to look at options for getting from where we […]

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Rainwater Harvesting – Native Seeds/SEARCH free monthly salon – July 16

posted June 23, 2012

Free, at Native Seeds/SEARCH Retail Store, 3061 N. Campbell Ave. (just south of Ft. Lowell) Rainwater Harvesting Leona Davis, Education and Advocacy Coordinator Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona Harvest those wonderful monsoon rains. Learn about the benefits of rainwater harvesting both in the soil and in storage tanks. Gain an understanding of the cost, […]

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Occupy Arcology – ecological city design lecture & discussion – June 26

posted June 20, 2012

Free, at Historic Y conference room, 738 North 5th Ave (at University)   OCCUPY ARCOLOGY LECTURE – June 26 Come be a part of a lecture and lively discussion on Occupy Arcology. In this part of the lecture series, hosted by Occupy Tucson’s Doctress Neutopia, we will focus on the question of ecology and economy […]

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Support Energy Efficiency Workshop – June 27

posted June 18, 2012

at Historic Y conference room, 738 N 5th Ave in Tucson   TEP Customers — Help TEP Move Beyond Coal to Clean Energy! Join us at a free workshop! You can help move Tucson Electric Power from coal to clean energy! Come to this informative workshop and find out more. Support Energy Efficiency Workshop Wednesday, […]

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Tucson Climate Activists Network – 2nd Wednesdays

posted June 10, 2012

  Every second Wednesday 7-9pm at the Quaker Meetinghouse, 931 N. 5th Ave, Tucson AZ   TUCAN (Tucson Climate Activists Network) TUCAN meets the 2nd Wednesday of each month, 7-9 pm at the Quaker Meetinghouse on 5th Ave, to connect the work of local Climate Change activists. Contact: Jim Driscoll, Jimdriscoll(at)NIPSPeerSupport.org

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Native Seeds/SEARCH free monthly salon – June 18

posted June 10, 2012

at NSS Retail Store, 3061 N. Campbell [south of Ft. Lowell] “Ancient and Traditional Water Harvesting in the Southwest” Native Americans have successfully farmed the arid lands of this region for centuries and continue to produce abundant crops. Join us for another thought-provoking Salon with Melissa Kruse-Peeples, Collections Manager at Native Seeds/SEARCH, for an exploration […]

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Community Water Coalition – Open House – May 23

posted May 20, 2012

at Ward 6 Council Office Community Room, 3202 East 1st Street (near Speedway and Country Club) Community Water Coalition – Open House Please join the us for a fun and informative meeting of professionals and passionate advocates for a sustainable water future in Southern Arizona! Come find out how you or your organization can get […]

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A pre-monsoon storm of water harvesting activity – Free workshops May 14 thru 26

posted May 9, 2012

Watershed Management Group’s Sweat Equity Co-op is ending its 2012 pre monsoon season with a storm of rain water implementation workshops that are free and open to the public. Snacks and liquid refreshments are always provided. Come on out and learn how to get the most out of your home’s natural resources, and find out […]

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Overpeck lecture – audio recording online here

posted April 8, 2012

An audio recording of Dr. Jonathan Overpeck’s presentation at DuVal Auditorium in Tucson February 13th 2012 is now available here on the Sustainable Tucson website. To listen or download, please go to the first comment on ST February Meeting – Climate Change in Tucson and the Southwest – Dr Jonathan Overpeck.

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Menu for the Future discussion course – Thursdays starting May 3

posted March 25, 2012

Six Thursdays, May 3 to June 7, in Tucson AZ   Menu for the Future Baja Arizona Sustainable Agriculture offers Menu for the Future, a 6-session discussion course prepared by the Northwest Earth Institute that analyzes the connection between food and sustainability. The goals of the course are to explore food systems and their impact […]

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Desert Terroir with Gary Paul Nabhan – Native Seeds/SEARCH Monthly Salon – April 16

posted March 25, 2012

at Native Seeds/SEARCH Retail Store, 3061 N Campbell Ave, Tucson   Native Seeds/SEARCH – Free Monthly Salon – A little something for anyone who has ever wielded a fork or pitchfork. Bring your juiciest ideas and appetite for mind-watering conversations. April 16 Monday 5:30 to 7:30 pm Gary Paul Nabhan, one of the founders of […]

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A Sweet Grass Braid of Connection – March 29

posted March 15, 2012

at City of Tucson Northwest Community Center, 2160 N 6th Avenue, Tucson AZ 85705 “A Sweet Grass Braid of Connection” Gathering March 29, 2012 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Gathering, Facilitator for Class, Martha Dominguez It has been my observation in meeting people that community is something needed to have a sense of belonging and […]

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Nine Elements of a Sustainable Culture – Mitchell Thomashow – free lecture at UA – Feb 29

posted February 20, 2012

WHEN: Wednesday, Feb. 29, 5 to 7 pm WHERE: Center for Creative Photography Auditorium, University of Arizona (near Speedway and Park) ADMISSION: Free At its core, sustainability addresses how people live, think and behave. We are all change agents. – Mitchell Thomashow Meet Mitchell Thomashow and hear how he transformed Unity College into a nationally […]

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Clean Elections – and other projects – To Stop Climate Change – Feb 22

posted February 20, 2012

CLEAN ELECTIONS – AND OTHER PROJECTS – TO STOP CLIMATE CHANGE — Wed, Feb 22, 7 PM, 931 N. 5TH AVE. Dear Climate Change Activist, Please join us Wednesday, February 22nd at 7 p.m. at the Quaker Meetinghouse, 931 N.5th Ave., Tucson, to learn more about the Clean Elections Law and ways to use it […]

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Walking Away from Empire – Guy McPherson at Antigone Books – March 2

posted February 20, 2012

Walking Away from Empire – Guy McPherson at Antigone Books, 411 N. 4th Avenue, Friday, March 2, 7 PM Guy McPherson will discuss his book, Walking Away from Empire: A Personal Journey. McPherson was a successful professor by every imperial measure: tenured, published in all the right places, mentoring students who acquired the best jobs […]

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Green For All – Special Southern Arizona Coalition Event – Feb 14

posted February 10, 2012

Green for All and The SAGAC Organizing Committee Invite You to Attend Our Coalition Building Training Session Please note location has changed to the Community Food Bank, 3003 S. Country Club Rd. Who: SAGAC, Green for All, & Tucson Allies When: Tuesday, February 14th from 8:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. Where: Community Food Bank, 3003 […]

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What Are We Planning For? – A New Advocacy Initiative

posted February 10, 2012

What Are We Planning For? A Sustainable Tucson Issues Paper                                                  March 2012 Since Imagine Greater Tucson’s initiating phase began more than three years ago, Sustainable Tucson has been engaged with the IGT Project at many levels, participating in the steering, community values, outreach, and technical committees. Imagine Greater Tucson has consistently requested input and Sustainable […]

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Annual Flavors of the Desert – April 28

posted January 26, 2012

at the University of Arizona and Tohono Chul Park ANNUAL FLAVORS OF THE DESERT This year we are celebrating the 1981 landmark gathering of the folks who would become the luminaries of the seed world, with a day of workshops at the University of Arizona, and then in the evening at Tohono Chul Park, we […]

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Seed School – Native Seeds / SEARCH – 6-day classes in 2012

posted January 26, 2012

March 4 – 9 in Tucson April 12 – 14 Seed Library School Summer Saturdays: June 16, 23, 30, July 7, 14 Oct 28 – Nov 2 in Phoenix Seed School – Native Seeds / SEARCH Six-day trainings in Tucson, Arizona, facilitated by NS/S Executive Director Bill McDorman, author of Basic Seed Saving. Bill is […]

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WMG Composting Toilet Program – Seeking Participants – Feb 9

posted January 16, 2012

Soil Steward Composting Toilet Program – Seeking Participants   Are you… An early adopter who likes to be part of a cutting-edge pilot program to influence city and state policy? Tired of flushing potable water down the toilet and interested in building a legal composting toilet for your home? Interested in using alternative composting systems […]

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Pima County Food Systems Alliance – Meeting & Potluck – January 31

posted January 16, 2012

On January 31st, there will be a meeting of the Pima County Food Systems Alliance, at Tucson Village Farm, 4210 N Campbell Ave The Pima County Food Systems Alliance (PCFSA) is an open membership network comprised of a variety of groups and individuals—including but not limited to farmers, chefs, restaurants, schools, educators, youth, gardeners, researchers, […]

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Seed Library of Pima County Public Library – Grand Opening January 28

posted January 16, 2012

10am-5pm at Joel D Valdez Main Library, 101 N Stone Ave, Downtown Tucson Pima County Public Library invites you to the grand opening of its Seed Library and introducing the new Pima County Public Library Bookbike! The Seed Library is a collection of edible, decorative, and herb seed varieties that community members will borrow, use […]

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Ten Good Things About a (Not So) Bad Year

posted January 5, 2012

Ten Good Things About a (Not So) Bad Year Medea Benjamin, CommonDreams I had the privilege of starting out the year witnessing, firsthand, the unfolding of the Egyptian revolution in Tahrir Square. I saw people who had been muzzled their entire lives, especially women, suddenly discovering their collective voice. Singing, chanting, demanding, creating. And that […]

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The 12 most hopeful trends to build on in 2012

posted January 5, 2012

The 12 most hopeful trends to build on in 2012 Published by YES! Magazine on Sat, 12/31/2011 Original article: http://www.yesmagazine.org/blogs/sarah-van-gelder/12-most-hopeful-trends-to-build-on-in-2012 by Sarah van Gelder Who would have thought that some young people camped out in lower Manhattan with cardboard signs, a few sharpies, some donated pizza, and a bunch of smart phones could change so […]

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