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Local 20/20 Weekly Announcements
September 21, 2020
Bobcat by Ann Owsley

Dr. Locke's COVID-19 Update - Mon, Sept 21st *Online*

The Weekly COVID-19 update with Jefferson County Public Health Officer, Dr. Thomas Locke at today's meeting of the County Commission. To watch live or recorded videos of the entire 9 a.m. Board of County Commissioners (BOCC)  meeting, including the 9:45 a.m. COVID-19 update, go to the website for videos of meetings. You can choose “Streaming Live” or, if viewing later, “Recorded.”  You can also listen live to Dr. Locke at 9:45 a.m. on KPTZ or later on the KPTZ home page.

Coffee with PT City Manager John Mauro on KPTZ - Thurs, Sept 24th

Brewocracy has a new weekly time slot on KPTZ - Thursdays, from 12:10 to 12:40 pm. Discovery Road DJ host Tim Quackenbush hosts Port Townsend City Manager John Mauro in a live broadcast that encourages productive dialogue. John takes questions that listeners call in to 360-215-7270 during the 12:10 to 12:40 p.m. broadcast. You can also email questions to Tim Quackenbush.  Join the recurring Zoom Meeting here.  (Meeting ID: 872 1438 1087 Password: 816197) Or simply tune in to KPTZ at 91.9 FM.  Check KPTZ for the schedule, and find recorded conversations on the Discovery Road page.

Port Townsend Farmers Market - Sat, Sept 26th
This time of year, tomatoes, tomatillos, peppers, summer squash, eggplant, corn, green beans, fresh onions, carrots, cabbage, celery, cucumber, sweet and spicy peppers, salad mix, fresh herbs, blueberries, as well as late-season strawberries, are in abundance at the Farmers Market.
Port Townsend Farmers Market has also been adding new vendors, check their website for the latest.  The market is also online!  Place your order online here by 1 pm Thursday and pick it up during market hours. There is a now a new option for bike delivery of online orders from the farmers' market. Find out more here. Don't forget your mask!

We are asking folks to join us in the $20 farmers market challenge. Farmers market sales are down 52% versus last season. This sales reduction may result in local farms and businesses closing due to the pandemic economic downturn. We need help to turn things around. We are asking market shoppers to spend more of their weekly grocery budget directly with local farms at the Port Townsend or Chimacum Farmers Market. We also offer the JCFM online store, open Tuesdays 5:30 pm-Thursdays at 1 pm at The Farmers Market $20 Challenge-- shop local for your health, to support local farms, and as an investment in our community.
Time: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Location: Uptown, Tyler Street.

Chimacum Farmers Market  - Sun, Sept 27th
Want to shop for locally grown food in the heart of our farming community with your dog at your side? Well, the Chimacum Farmers Market may be just the market for you. Located in the heart of Jefferson County’s farm country, The Chimacum Farmers Market is set up every Sunday from 10 am to 2 pm, June-October. You can find the weekly vendor map on their website.  Senior and immuno-compromised shopping hour from is from 10-11 am. General community shopping from 11 am to 2 pm at Chimacum Corner Farmstand. The Chimacum Farmers Market will follow the health and safety plan developed in partnership with Jefferson County Public Health listed in their newsletter, and now includes having shoppers wear masks to protect others.
Time: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.  (seniors 10-11), Location: 9122 Rhody Dr, Chimacum

Local 20/20 Climate Change Preparation Monthly Meeting -
Mon, Sept 28th 
 Interested in learning more about how climate change will impact Jefferson County, and what we can do as a community to prepare? Attend our monthly meeting, generally on the 4th Monday of the month, to learn about current projects and how to get involved. Meetings are virtual, contact Cindy for more information.
When: 2 pm – 4 pm Where: Online

September is Eat Local First Month - Now through Wed, Sept 30th
September is a great time to enjoy the bounty of goodies produced by our many local farms. From fresh dairy products, to delicious vegetables and fruits, to high quality meat and eggs, shoppers can meet virtually all their grocery needs buying directly from farms and local retailers right here on the Olympic Peninsula. By supporting local farmers and businesses, consumers are not only building meaningful relationships with the people who grow, cook or sell their food, they are also ensuring more dollars stay in our local communities and supporting the health and longevity of our farmland for many years to come. Find the Fork! Community members can look for local food with the Eat Local First fork icon at local restaurants, retailers, grocers and farmers markets. Learn more about Eat Local Month by visiting their website.

The Port Townsend Golf Course -  Responses Due before Wed, Sept 24th *New* *Online*
The City is exploring alternative use ideas for the Port Townsend Golf Course that harmonize with the needs and desires of the community and wants to hear from everybody. There are a number of choices:
1. Take a survey before Wednesday September 30, 2020 at 5 pm.
2. Be an Ambassador.  Based on the Engage PT ambassador concept, community members can lead a conversation (socially distanced and masked OR virtually) with their neighbors, friends, and family to create alternative use ideas.  Responses will be reported back to the City and included in their analysis.  If you are interested in being an Ambassador, please email them or call 360-379-2979.
3. Email your own thoughts here.
4. Zoom.  If you are interested in participating in a group Zoom meeting with the Parks, Recreation, and Community Services Director, please email us or call 360-379-2979 to schedule a time.
In addition to exploring alternative use ideas, the City has also posted a Request for Proposal for continued golf operations; the RFP was posted on August 12th and proposals are due by September 30th

First Indigenous Online Film Festival - Now through Mon Oct 5th *Online*
For the first time, Vision Maker Media will be hosting an online, five-week-long celebration of American Indian, Alaska Native and worldwide Indigenous films from August 31 – October 5, 2020. Accompanying the films, a collective of inspiring filmmakers will discuss the films and more. To see the films, go here.

Local 20/20 Climate Action Outreach Meeting - Thurs, Oct 8th *New* *Online*
Want to help educate the community on what we all can do related to reducing our carbon footprint? Attend our monthly meeting to learn more about what is currently planned, and add your ideas to the mix! Meetings are generally on the second Thursday of the month, from 3:00 - 5:00 pm. For the online meeting information, email Cindy
Time: 3 pm – 5 pm Location: Online

Community Notices
Local 20/20 COVID-19 Resources *Updated* *Online*
A central location for community-wide information relating to COVID-19, updated frequently. Includes Reliable Information Sources, Food Sources, Community Covid-19 Resource pages, Giving and Getting Assistance, Community Events Online, Community Face Mask Program, and information web posts related to COVID-19. Look in the red box at the top of the page for all the newest information.

Jefferson Land Trust Fall Harvest Dinner Challenge
*New* *Online*
The Jefferson Land Trust has issued Fall Harvest Dinner Challenge. You can choose a pairing of food with specialty sauerkrauts from Midori Farm. Source as much of your meal as possible from local farms. Then email them a photo or two of your table with information on the ingredients. They will share the results via social media and their website.

Needed: Canning Jars and Lids
As you might already know, there is a nationwide shortage of canning jars and lids.  As the pandemic continues, many new people have taken up canning, and some supply chains have been disrupted, meaning that lids are sold out across the country.  Meghan at Hopscotch Farm is seeking unused regular mouth (small) canning jar lids and/or 4 oz canning jars so that produce will not to go to waste.  If you have any regular mouth lids or 4 oz jars that you would like to donate or sell, please email Meghan  or call her at  or 206-947-1116. Or you can find the Hopscotch booth at the Saturday Port Townsend Farmers Market.

Request for Community Donations
The Local 20/20 Resiliency of Heart Action Group, is in need of outdoor latex or acrylic paints.  We will be restoring the Chester Square Mural (located above the Land Trust and Puffin Shoe Repair/next to Finistere patio) with our Intergenerational Art Movement in September. We need the following colors to complete the work: browns, yellows, blues, greens, and white/cream. Please email Adrianna Santiago.

Food Resilience Task Force Survey *Online*
The Jefferson County Community Food System Resilience Task Force is asking for your help. The collective governing bodies of Jefferson County, the City of Port Townsend, the Port of Port Townsend and Jefferson County PUD have recently formed the Intergovernmental Collaborative Group (ICG) to address recovery and resiliency in our community due to COVID-19. They want to  Identify gaps in the food system that occurred early in the pandemic and find solutions using some CARES Act funding. This survey will help us better understand how the pandemic is impacting our community food system and help guide us as we identify solutions for moving forward. Your responses will help us provide recommendations to the IGC in the coming months. 

Jefferson Land Trust Burial Survey *Online*
Conservation burial cemeteries and memorial forests are places for family and friends to come to honor and remember a loved one in a natural setting. Jefferson Land Trust is considering creating a conservation burial wildland cemetery and/or a memorial forest for scattering ashes. To help them decide whether to proceed with these projects, they’re asking for community feedback in a brief, 10-question online survey.

Broadband Survey Takers Needed *Online*

You may have heard that the Port, the PUD, the City and the County have all joined together to work on some specific aspects of the COVID response - especially in areas that have emerged as vulnerable areas for our communities. One area is broadband access - with focus areas of education, business and health care. Recently the Jefferson Broadband Action Team had a presentation from the Washington State Department of Commerce on new possibilities for seeking funding for broadband funding. In order to be competitive, communities need to map out  connectivity of residents. In order to do that, WA State Dept of Commerce has developed a short survey for residents to describe their access to the internet. You can help out by taking this easy one-minute survey. 

Local Adult Family Home Looking for Volunteers
The Hamilton House, a Port Townsend Adult Family Home, is looking for volunteers to help in the garden, taking residents on socially distant walks and bike rides, fundraising, graphic design, events, and more! Let us know your expertise and we can find somewhere you can fit in. Hours are flexible. The Hamilton House houses six residents  and is operated by Olympic Neighbors, a local nonprofit organization that provides safe, affordable housing and staff support for adults with developmental disabilities. Contact Stephanie Brooks at 616-566-6103 or email here to learn more. You can also complete the volunteer application here

Local 20/20 Statement on Systemic Racial and Social Inequities
As our hearts, minds, and bodies survive and move through the COVID 19 pandemic and into the uprising of voices demanding social and racial justice sparked by the murder of George Floyd at the hands of law enforcement, Local 20/20 acknowledges the existence of systemic racial and social inequities in our country.  With compassion, we “take a knee” in solidarity with victims of oppression in any form.  We pledge to work harder at understanding what it takes to make positive change toward our collective goals for policy that reflect antiracist actions and ideas. Local 20/20’s mission is to promote sustainability and resilience through advocacy and education. We recognize that our goals of a healthy existence for all can ONLY be achieved through policies that uphold racial and social equity. As we enjoy the benefits of living in this incredible paradise, we also acknowledge that we live on land usurped by European Settlers from the Jamestown S’Klallam, the Lower Elwah Klallam, the Port Gamble S’Klallam, the Skokomish, the Quinault, the Quileute, the Hoh, and the Makah tribes.
Read about 
actions that have emerged since we first posted this statement.
See updated readings in our Resilience Review section below on this topic.

Local Economy / Currency Group Forming 
Local 20/20 is always looking for ways to make the local economy more resilient and with COVID 19 we are also looking for ways that might help restart our local economy. Currently, we are researching a range of local complementary currency options, including the existing one, but are open to any ideas which can make us more resilient to outside forces. If you would like to join a group whose mission is to discuss these topics please email Mark.

Host a Meeting on the Local Housing Emergency *Online*
The HSN's Outreach Housing Action Team is releasing the Cultivating Community Solutions to the Housing Crisis video online to continue reaching broader audiences and inspiring more action. You can view the video here. You can continue spreading this call to action by sharing this video in the community. COVID-19 is a threat multiplier to the challenges our struggling community members were already facing. You can join the HSN Giving Circle here.

Nature in Your Neighborhood with Jefferson Land Trust - View All  the Event Recordings *Online*

Although the live virtual events in Nature in Your Neighborhood ended last week - you can still sign up to view all the event recordings online! Recordings are available from all 8 of the Virtual Nature Walks that are centered around what hidden wonders there are to discover in our own backyards and neighborhoods as well as the 6 Extending Your Reach presentations on local geology, marine mammals, wildlife tracking and more. Sign up to receive a link to all of the recordings, to be in the know about future events, and to receive a *treasure trove *of supplemental materials shared by the presenters!

Just Soup on Tuesdays
On Tuesday, 11:30-1:30, Just Soup provides free, hot soup lunches at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 1020 Jefferson St, on the Tyler St. bus line [by the Bell Tower.] Enter the rear church parking lot on Franklin, and whether you are on foot, bike, or car, you will be in line for curbside pickup, with masks, gloves, and safe distancing protocols in place.  Pick up a lunch for yourself or your neighbor in need. No questions asked.
Many partners and supporters have come together to feed Port Townsend one bowl at a time!!!  This information also appears on
 Local 20/20 COVID-19 Resources Meals Page here
Times and Locations:  11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Tuesdays, St. Paul's Episcopal Church

Facebook Group for Jefferson County Food Growers
A new Facebook group has been formed for gardeners, community gardens, and farmers to share resources, information and inspiration. Here you can connect with other food and herb growers in our region.  You can find answers to your questions about pests, powdery mildew, and all the other challenges faced by food growers.  Ask for or share resources such as seedlings, seeds, manure, and more. Post pictures for plant identification or just to share your inspiration.

Seeds by Mail from the WSU Seed Library  
The WSU Extension Master Gardener Seed Library offers seeds  by mail to new members. Gardeners borrow seeds, grow plants, and return the seeds from some of your plants at the end of the season. To become a member, visit the website to see the seed inventory and fill out a form. No payment is necessary, however monetary or stamp donations are accepted.  Please also support professional seed companies, local seed vendors and nurseries for community seed resilience. Questions? Email Seed Library here.

Solstice Family Farm Internships Available
Solstice Family Farm is a 33-acre homestead farm on Beaver Valley Road in Chimacum. They grow produce, eggs and animals for market, and much of what they need for their table. They seek two enthusiastic interns to work now through November, to learn growing techniques for vegetables, fruit, meat and eggs, orcharding, pasture management, animal husbandry and other sustainable agriculture skills. In exchange for 21 hours of labor and 4 to 8 hours of feeding and chores per week, interns receive lodging, a row in the vegetable garden and the opportunity to enjoy surplus produce and eggs.  For details, visit the farm website or call Jennifer White 360.215.0786.

LION Recovery Loan Program 
LION, the Local Investing Opportunities Network, has extended its new loan program for Jefferson County businesses and non-profits needing funding to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic. The loan application and instructions are downloadable here.   LION welcomes inquires from people who would like to become a member and increase the resiliency of our local community. LION is affiliated with Local 20/20 and EDC Team Jefferson.  Information is on the LION COVID-19 Recovery Loan Program websiteEmail Brian Kuh or call him at (360) 379-4693 for further info.

Download Port Townsend Walking Times Map

Local 20/20 Transportation Lab's popular walking times map is downloadable here.  It provides approximate travel time on foot between points. Estimates are based on an average speed of 3 mph. Walking is healthy, social, fun, costs nothing, keeps your carbon footprint small and allows you to maintain social distance. Use the map to find new routes across our beautiful town.

Emergency Text Alerts from Jefferson County
Sign up to receive Jefferson County Department of Emergency Managements emergency alerts by text on your mobile phone and/or by email.  NIXLE messages provide crucial information in an emergency & are sent directly to your text-enabled device and/or email. The sign up web page also has information about other alert and warning systems, including the tsunami warning system and the WSDOT alert system.

A Tool for Neighborhood Organization
Nextdoor is a private social network for YOUR neighborhood. Use this link to join one of 59 Nextdoor Neighborhoods (NDN) in Jefferson County. Currently there are 11,477 subscribers, with many new members joining each day. Email Pete Hubbard with questions or comments.

Library Resources A to Z 
Jefferson County Library has now begun delivery of holds and pick up of returns at all bookmobile stops  You can see the schedule here. Curbside holds may be picked up at the library on Tuesdays-Saturdays, 10 a.m.-5:00 pm
Bookmark this Jefferson County Library page to access to a HUGE number of free resources from A (Academic Search Premier,, and Automotive Resources) to the Washington Anytime Library with its e-books and audiobooks. In between find Kanopy for three free full-length films per month plus unlimited Kanopy Kids and The Great Courses. ProQuest takes you to scholarly journals, dissertations and theses, books and videos. (A feature that limits searches to peer-reviewed material yielded 503 studies for the search term COVID-19.) Classes? Try Mango for languages, for computer skills and more. You don't even need a library card to access the Khan Academy for homework help from pre-school up through advanced placement and test prep. If you have trouble logging in, call  360-385-6544 Mon-Fri  between 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. to get help from a librarian.

Calling Local Photographers!

Local 20/20 Weekly Announcements invites local photographers to submit images that capture the character of our community and its natural setting. For the opening photo of each weekly email, we seek local color, horizontal (“landscape”) orientation, and jpeg format. Please no children, pets or recognizable faces. Kindly send to events@l2020.orgPlease include your name in the jpeg filename. We are an all-volunteer non-profit, so compensation for your talent and generosity is a photo credit and our profound thanks. 
Resilience Readings
Do you have readings, podcasts or videos to share that are aligned with our Local 20/20 mission?  Please submit them here for consideration.

Truth and Redistribution *New*
In the Yes! magazine's Black Lives Issue, authors Darrick Hamilton and Naomi Zewde discuss how to fix the racial wealth gap, end plutocracy, and build black power. They discuss how acknowledgment alone is insufficient to address "America's race problem manifesting as a Black economic problem."  “We can only move forward from the long history of racial exploitation for those who have been harmed.  In essence, acknowledgment and apology alone (truth and reconciliation) will be incomplete if not accompanied by some form if material redress: It is only with both these factors that America can ever have racial justice.” This article addresses what needs to happen for equity in America.  What does reparation mean, and how would that make real change? Please find the article here.

West Coast Wildfires: A Letter to Friends from an Oregon Resident
John Kaufman, formerly  of The Scientists’ Institute for Public Information, worked for 35 years on climate and energy issues. He writes from Salem, OR, to help the nation get a sense of what has going on there with the fires. He reminds us of the impacts wildfires leave long after the fires have gone out. As he says, we have entered a new era. Please find his essay here.

The Desperate Search to Find His Family Ends in Tragedy
Sometimes the entirety of a disaster is so overwhelming that the human mind has a hard time grasping the situation. This article about the Beachie Fire tells of the heroic efforts of Chris Tofte of Stayton, OR, as he tried to get back to his family after going to borrow a trailer so they could pack up and evacuate. It is very well written and gives us a sense of how terribly easy it is to get caught by a wildfire. Such stories, even though hard to read, may help us motivate to prepare ourselves in case we find ourselves in such a situation. Published in The Oregonian September 12th, please find the article here.

On COVID and Climate Perils
Local 20/20's monthly PT Leader column for August described a few parallels between the Covid-19 pandemic and climate change.  It is a friendly reminder that we need to act, and quickly, to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions in order to avoid the worst consequences of climate change.  It encouraged taking a look at your own carbon footprint and considering easy individual actions that a person might take.  The author, Cynthia Bratz, P.E., describes how her own individual actions influenced others to act.

Living in the Time of Dying  *Online*

Living in the Time of Dying’ is short documentary film (54 min.) by Australian Michael Shaw. It begins with a trip to visit local author Dahr Jamail (The End of Ice). It is a meaningful exploration of the situation in which humanity finds itself here on planet Earth--that  we must consider societal collapse as likely and even human extinction as quite possible. Featured interviews with Jem Bendell (Deep Adaptation) and Native Elder Stan Rushworth help us consider our own story in the here and now. Noted dharma teacher and author of Facing Extinction, Catherine Ingram asks us to find the courage to move towards acceptance.  Ingram leaves us with a Leonard Cohen quote: “So come my friends, be not afraid. / We are so lightly here. / It is in love that we are made; / In love we disappear.” If you are able to find some quiet time today, I think you will enjoy this video available here.

A Helpful Approach to Communication in These Difficult Times
Local 20/20's monthly PT Leader column for July shared how in times like the ones we are experiencing now, one of the most compassionate things we can do for one another is to listen--listen carefully and offer back what we have heard the other person say about what they are feeling and needing. "It is impossible to overemphasize the immense need humans have to be really listened to, to be taken seriously, to be understood,” notes Dr. Paul Tournier.  This article by Suzanne Jones, M.A., is entitled A Helpful Approach to Communication in These Difficult Times” 

Our Power Comes from Acting without Escape from Our Pain
This article is co-authored by Gail Bradbook, one of the founders of the Extinction Rebellion (XR), and Jem Bendell from the Deep Adaptation Forum (DA), and represents a unified view on how the two groups view the climate crisis. As outlined in Heinberg’s article below, both groups agree on the urgency and existential level of the threat. There had been some concerns expressed that the Deep Adaptation approach, which begins with an acceptance of the probability of civilization collapse may lead people into bottomless despair and inaction. This essay addresses that concern directly and, beautifully, I think, realigns the two camps. While XR will continue efforts to demand action from the current political system in order to lower our collective greenhouse gas footprint, DA people will focus on work at a personal and local level to help cushion the inevitable fall. Both approaches are valid and necessary;  the important thing is the awareness of the urgency of the situation. Please find the article here.

In Detroit a New Type of Neighborhood Has Emerged
Where exactly is the line between a community garden and urban agriculture? Does it matter? As Port Townsend debates the future of the City-owned golf course, there is a growing advocacy for considering the value of growing our own food close to home. At the same time there remains a level of skepticism as to whether small scale agriculture or community gardens can grow a significant part of our community's food supply.  This article describes the emerging phenomenon of “agrihoods,”communities built around a large garden/small farm hub. Increasing food security and building community are some of the ways these efforts increase our resilience. Please read this 2019 article from Yes! magazine about efforts in Detroit and imagine how Port Townsend might look and feel in the future. 

The Pandemic is Making Us Question the Connection between Work and Money
This is a wonderful meditation on the concept of money. Author Curtis White picks up on the recent automatic deposits sent to people to provide relief from COVID-19’s economic effects and wonders if money can be magically created out of thin air, what does that mean? What is this thing called money, and how insidiously ingrained has it become in our psyche? White further explores how life without money might be possible, and he offers an argument for local communities taking control of their economy to find new ways to do the things that communities do regardless of money. Please find the article at Salon here.

Doom or Denial: Is There Another Path?
Systems thinker and Post Carbon Institute fellow, Richard Heinberg, contrasts the differing approaches to our climate crisis by two movements. Extinction Rebellion (XR) basically attempts to demand action from governments using civil disobedience. Deep Adaptation (DA) starts with acceptance that collapse of civilization is pretty much inevitable at this point. XR has concerns that DA promotes a fatalistic attitude that may prevent actions that could still save civilization, while DA argues that XR adherents are ignoring evidence and generalizing the actions of DA followers who are moving through grief to find the hope that exists even when we are faced with an apocalyptic situation. Heinberg uses the contrast to examine the capacity for denial that humans have evolved, and to assess the Adaptive Cycle of ecosystems. He concludes with sane and moral advice that all of us must “play our part in the defense of nature and humanity as cleanly and selflessly — and as effectively— as possible.” Find the article from here.

Should No-Till Farming Be Adopted by All to Help the Earth?
Jefferson County governments and people are currently engaged in dialogue about ways to improve our community’s food system resilience. Such an effort requires learning concepts and terminology so that those engaged in such discussions can be working from the same page. This article is a great overview of what “no-till” farming means and the important nuances we should consider in that discussion. For example, it discusses the differences between no-till farming and regenerative agriculture.  We want to sequester as much carbon as we can in the ground, and at the same time we want to build the health and vibrancy of our soils and recognize how important they are to growing food.  The underlying concept is that we all need to learn more about how our food is grown and to be more intimately involved in the endeavor. Please find the article here.

Cogs in the Climate Machine
This is a delightful, entertaining article that takes us back in time--way back. It helps us appreciate the radical changes that explosive human growth and technology have wrought. The author, Julia Steinberger, asks readers to employ their scrolling fingers to understand the unprecedented situation in which we find ourselves. For example, she plays out how the stable period since the last ice age has permitted the development of agriculture. She discusses the conditions that existed the last time atmospheric CO2 levels were this high in terms of temperature and sea levels, and the outlook is sobering. Turning towards an optimistic outlook, she and two other authors posit that we may not yet be toast, saying “There is no historical evidence that we need fossil fuels to thrive, and looking into the future, Eric Beinhocker notes that we need to eliminate them to survive." But as Steinberger notes, "we are in a struggle for survival and the odds are very much against us."  She argues there are two culprits: “scientific positivism (the overcautious nature of current scientific communication) and market fundamentalism (the belief in markets-above-all enshrined in neoclassical economics and policy).” She concludes by saying “it can be done” and asks each of us to become as revolutionary as we can. Please access this wonderful article at Medium via the link here.

White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo
The audience: White progressives, the time: current. Robin DiAngelo offers a comprehensive perspective of why it’s so hard for white folks to talk about racism and how that silence contributes to racial inequities today. If you don’t want to find and read a copy, tune into youtube and hear her talk about the book chapter by chapter here, or a shorter version on Deconstructing White Privilege by the same author here.

Food Sovereignty Now and Beyond COVID-19
Author Eric Darier talks about the need for big changes in our food and agricultural systems. He first describes how our food system was basically broken before the pandemic, for example 30% of food is wasted while nearly a billion people on the planet don’t have enough food to eat. Darier says that food insecurity is not due to a lack of food but to inequality, and to a system that produces the wrong types of food. Basically we have allowed corporations to dictate food production based on profit calculus. The emerging alternatives focus on resilient and ecological systems. An ecological food system is one that works for people and the environment, and one that delivers “food justice.” Darier lays out a list of basic principles: Food is a common good. Not just another economic commodity. All levels of government have a role. Cities and counties need to support the transition, such as Victoria BC, where Parks staff are growing veggie seedlings for free distribution. Food justice. Policies that support universal basic income and redistribution of wealth. Fair treatment for essential food system workers. Those who produce, process, share, and distribute food should earn a decent income. Use of individual power to accelerate change. Each of us can make changes at the household level to help bring out the needed change. Please take some time in between meals today to consider how you can help. Find the article here.

A Disastrous Summer in the Arctic 
Just in case you need a break from worrying about the corona virus, here’s a reminder of how bad things are with respect to the Climate Emergency. In The New Yorker, author Carolyn Kormann reports on extreme temperatures in the Arctic. The Siberian town of Verkhoyansk, which holds the record for the coolest temperature ever recorded  (-90 degrees F), for an inhabited place, recorded temperatures of over 100 degrees F recently on the same day Las Vegas experienced that same temperature. The alarming consequences include thawing of the permafrost, causing an oil storage tank to collapse and a subsequent disastrous oil spill. The extreme heat also brings the risk of Arctic wildfires and sets up a vicious cycle as the permafrost releases  methane and other greenhouse gases. Readers are encouraged to follow this link to the article.

The United States: An Obituary 
Richard Heinberg is noted for his calm, common sense communication style. His analysis of the big picture relies on understanding the multiple interconnected systems that permit our human society. In this essay Heinberg reviews recent key developments of the American past and argues that any hope to return to the status quo is a “fundamentally unrealistic” expectation, and that the U.S. is “entering a period of political, social, and economic dissolution. Heinberg lays out a powerful case that makes it difficult for readers to turn away from the unvarnished realities we face. His advice is to utilize the base of our "unifying values - hard work, thrift, generosity, fairness, honesty, ingenuity and mutual respect" as we adapt  to "less consumptive and more localized lifestyles". Please take the time to access this important essay here.

Normal is the Problem
Author Andrew Nikiforuk of the Tyee describes "normal" as an unsustainable, pathological state that is slowly killing the earth systems on which we depend. He notes that since 1970 our economic system has proceeded blindly in respect to the true costs of cheap fossil fuel energy, has doubled world population, and increased per capita consumption by 45%. Humans have eliminated 40% of the world's original forests, and we stand at the brink of a sixth mass extinction event in which more than a million species, including homo sapiens, are at risk. This is considered normal and the state to which we yearn to return after the novel coronavirus is dealt with. The article has many more reasons for us to question the sanity of "normal". Nikiforuk closes with a pledge that he is not going back to normal and quotes Sharon Wilson, "Do all things with love, and be damn fierce about it." Read the article via the link here.

A Novel Approach to Climate Action at the State Level
Local 20/20's monthly PT Leader column shared the idea of a Climate Assembly for Washington State, where a representative group of randomly chosen Washington State residents would come together (virtually) to make recommendations on how the state could address climate change. The group would learn from science and policy experts and then come up with their recommendations as to how to move forward. Citizens Assemblies like this have been happening worldwide and have been an effective tool to make progress on various challenging issues. Learn more about this ancient democratic process and efforts underway in our state to build support for this here.

COVID, Climate, and Local Food Resilience
Local 20/20's monthly PT Leader column for May focused on the opportunity we have in our community to rethink our local food system as we manage the intersecting risks of a novel virus,  climate change, economic recession, and societal instabilities. The author provides several examples of innovation in our local food system and encourages everyone to get involved in helping to make our food system more resilient for the challenges of an uncertain future.  Find the article in the PT Leader here.

Can Planting a Trillion Trees Stop Climate Change? 
This article from Inside Climate News, takes a deep dive into the concept of offsetting the CO2 emissions from burning fossil fuels by planting trees. The author, Berwyn, starts by reviewing the recent political action on this issue. He goes on from there to describe the significant challenges that climate change and human growth already present to growing trees--drought, wildfire, deforestation, etc. Berwyn argues that planting trees by itself will not be enough. He also notes  that humans think simplistically about nature’s systems and that we still have a lot to learn. Find the article here.
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