Just over a year since they last visited Idyllwild to educate us about the crisis at San Onofre’s Nuclear Generating Station, Shaun Burnie and Kendra Ulrich returned to our mountain community for a celebratory respite from their intense schedule of activism.
17 Idyllwild Conversationalists trekked down to Dana Point for the NRC’s October 9th hearing on SONGS. Towards the end of the night, the three Idyllwild girls managed to ask a key question to NRC Region 4 Administrator Elmo Collins: “Do you know what to do with nuclear waste, and if not, why do you keep making more of it?” Check out this video to hear the entire exchange.
Recovering from a stem cell transplant and chemotherapy at the City of Hope, Idyllwild Conversationalist Ray Barmore cheers on our efforts at local energy independence.
Check out our wild mind map! At our last meeting, we brainstormed on some of the ways we might disentangle our community from the industrial food chain and create a more sustainable, healthy standard of living for all interested Hill residents. I organized the ideas from that Conversation and the one prior, and I created a mind map using a free online collaboration tool.
What can we do to develop local food security? As oil prices rise, so do food prices.
Are our food supply chains secure? Are they healthy for the planet, for the creatures and for us? If not, what can our community do to improve the situation?
At last week’s meeting all participants arrived at a consensus that we should further explore the subject of capitalism at our next meeting on Wed. Nov 2. The following questions arose:
Markopolo and Zoraborealis embark on a cross country rail trip to the Occupation of Wall Street and the Occupation of Washington. Is democracy still breathing in the USA? Stay tuned to find out.
Yes, crimes were committed, and the Wall Street criminals escaped (for now)—not only unscathed but rewarded with infuriating bonuses. But Richard Heinberg’s new book The End of Growth makes a compelling case that the real source of the economic downturn is more systemic than villainous. Our economy is based on a fantasy of infinite growth, and it clashes with the real world of finite resources. This brief 6:30 short nicely summarizes his argument. If it sparks your curiosity you’ll want to check out some excerpts from his book.