Dr. Locke's COVID-19 Update - Mon July 20th - 9:45 a.m.*Online*
Weekly COVID-19 weekly 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 thewebsite for videos of meetings. You can choose “Streaming Live” or, if viewing later, “Recorded.” You can alsolisten liveto Dr. Locke at 9:45 a.m. on KPTZ or find listen to Dr. Locke recorded onKPTZ home page.
Coffee with PT City Manager John Mauro on KPTZ - Thurs July 23rd 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 theDiscovery Road page.
Jefferson Land Trust Together Fest - Thurs July 23 *Online*
You’re invited to TogetherFest 2020 with Jefferson Land Trust: A virtual gala celebrating the power of community conservation and our shared resilience! Help support the farms, fish, and forests of Jefferson County while gathering with friends from the safety of your home. Special guest host Luke Burbank will be our guide to an evening of merriment and inspiration from nature. Learn more here. Time: 5:30 - 7:00 pm Location: Online
Farmers Market - Sat July 25th - Uptown PT
The Port Townsend Farmers Market has been adding new vendors, check their website for the latest. The Saturday Market in Uptown PT is laid out without a middle row and ten feet between vendors booths. A limited number of shoppers at a time are admitted through a single entrance. Hand washing and hand sanitizer are available. Market vendors, staff and volunteers wear masks. Food is bagged or arranged so shoppers only touch food they are purchasing. Now 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, and don't forget your mask! (Can't wear a mask? Then check the online order option above.)
Time: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Location: Uptown, Tyler Street.
Chimacum Farmers Market - Sun July 26th 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 intheir 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
L2020 Climate Change Preparation Monthly Meeting - Mon July 27th *Online* 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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Time: 2:00 – 4:00 pm Location: Online
Jefferson Beach Naturalists Course - Mon July 27th Registration *Online* Jefferson and Kitsap WSU Extension programs are collaborating to deliver a 3-week Beach Naturalist training designed for anyone interested in beaches, marine life, and becoming better stewards. You will learn from experts in the field about marine habitats and species of the Salish Sea, restoration and conservation efforts, community science opportunities, and more! The virtual course will be offered via Zoom, 9:30am-1pm on Mondays and Thursdays through the first three weeks of August (August 3, 6, 10, 13, 17, and 20). To register ($70), please contact Monica Montgomery, the Jefferson WSU Beach Naturalist/MRC Coordinator at email@example.com by July 27. Space is limited!
Time: August 3, 6, 10, 13, 17, and 20th, 9:30am-1pm. Location: Online
Climate on Tap – Mon August 3rd*Online* This month’s topic isEnvisioning the “New Normal” – how will we live more sustainably as we adapt to a post-corona world? We now have a unique opportunity to resist the tug of old habits and begin to envision a more sustainable world, from our own homes to our community and beyond. This is not just an individual challenge, but a societal struggle that needs our efforts combined to succeed. Each session is held on the first Monday of the month. Co-sponsored by Local 20/20 Climate Action and Jefferson County Public Health, this is not a lecture series, but a book club & discussion format. Each session includes information to get the conversation started, followed by group discussions that include what locals think and what locals plan to do. For further information email Laura Tucker or call 360-379-4491.
Zoom link: https://zoom.us/j/91749346112?pwd=Nmo2dEhUQXllMldiQnMzWmFqVmwzdz09 Meeting ID: 917 4934 6112 Password: 593788
Time: 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. Location: Online
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.
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New this past week: Every week there is new information on what is happening in our county. Some key information comes from every week from Dr.Locke, our Public Health Officer, as well as 1-2 page summary updates of relevant information in the Community Situation Reports, updated at least twice a week. Convenient location to find both in the red "Daily Page Updates" box at the top of the page.
Local Economy / Currency Group Forming
Local 20/20is 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 emailMark.
Host a Meeting on the Local Housing Emergency *New* *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.
Volunteer forSummer Meals Programs for Kids Monday-Friday When the school year ends, millions of kids and teens who rely on free and reduced-cost lunches are at an increased risk of going hungry. The Y's Summer Food Program helps fill the gap by providing nutritious meals and snacks to kids 18 and under at more than 2,500 locations across the country.
Our local YMCA is looking for volunteers to help with their summer meals programs for kids. Volunteers are needed Monday through Friday starting at 7 am and lasting 3-4 hours depending upon how many volunteers are available that day. Additional volunteers are needed Monday and Wednesday from 11 to 1:30. Volunteers are needed now through August. Contact Anna Hannon at 360-385-5811 ext. 202 or email her. Time: Monday-Friday, 7 a.m. for 3-4 hours.
Nature in Your Neighborhood with Jefferson Land Trust - View all of 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 onLocal 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
Virtual Tour of Recovery Cafe
Join Dove House staff on a virtual tour of Recovery Cafe - a beautiful, safe, warm, drug-and-alcohol-free community where everyone is welcome to find peer support for recovery (and we're all in recovery from something). Here's avideo of a 3D rendering of the designof the remodel. And click here for a virtual tourof Recovery Cafe Jefferson County at 939 Kearney St, Port Townsend. For more information about this program, how we're navigating the pandemic, or an update on construction timeline, visitwww.recoverycafejc.orgor emailBrian Richardsonor call him at360-821-1985.
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, visitthe websiteto see theseed 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 Libraryhere.
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 farmwebsiteor 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 downloadablehere. 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 theLION COVID-19 Recovery Loan Programwebsite. Email Brian Kuhor 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 isdownloadable 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 receiveJefferson County Department of Emergency Management’s 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. Thesign up web pagealso 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 11,159subscribers, with many new members joining each day.EmailPete 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 pageto access to a HUGE number of free resources from A (Academic Search Premier, Ancestry.com, and Automotive Resources) to the Washington Anytime Library with its e-books and audiobooks. In between findKanopyfor 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, Lydna.com for computer skills and more. You don't even need a library card to access theKhan 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Please 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.
Do you have readings, podcasts or videos to share that are aligned with our Local 20/20 mission? Please submit themhere for consideration.
Should No-Till Farming Be Adopted by All to Help the Earth?*New* 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. Pleasefind the article here.
Cogs in the Climate Machine*New* 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. Pleaseaccess this wonderful article at Medium via the link here.
White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism byRobin DiAngelo *New* 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, or a shorter version on Deconstructing White Privilege by the same author: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=45ey4jgoxeU&t=1909s https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DwIx3KQer54
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 thislink to the article.
The Faux Fish Coming to a Restaurant Near You Just north of us in British Columbia, the Hakai Institute is doing great things. This article from Hakai Magazine discusses the science of alternatives to meat and seafood as the quest to reduce the climate change footprint of our food systems. Author Brian Payton starts with research being conducted at UC Berkeley, where students are asked to think deeply about how our food choices derive from a multitude of cultural, lifestyle, and emotional factors. As Payton points out, the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations estimates that 14.5% of global greenhouse emissions come from raising animals for meat, milk, and eggs, and that this activity requires some 83% of farmland. So the stakes are big. For a taste of this delectable article, which can also be enjoyed in an audio format, please follow this link.
Revealed: Millions of Americans Can’t Afford Water as Bills Rise 80% in a Decade An important article recently appeared in The Guardian that shows accessibility to drinking water is an increasing problem for many people in our country. Author Nina Lakhani reports on a study of 12 US cities in a piece described as the first nationwide research of its kind. While most of us would agree that clean water is a basic human need and right, in practice the treatment of water as a commodity in our current economic system means that more and more people are having difficulty affording it. Seattle is one of the 12 cities studied by this research, and water bills there rose by $381 per annum between 2010-2018. The report also describes the dramatic decline in federal funding for water systems and the immense investment needed to catch up. Full of helpful graphics, charts, and tables. Please find this article here.
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 toaccess this important essay here.
Normal is the Problem Author Andrew Nikiforuk of theTyee 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 thishere.
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 Leaderhere.
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.
It Will Get Darker before the Dawn “Owing to past neglect, in the face of the plainest warnings, we have entered upon a period of danger. The era of procrastination, of half measures, of soothing and baffling expedients of delays, is coming to its close. In its place we are entering a period of consequences …We cannot avoid this period, we are in it now…” Winston Churchill, November 12, 1936
This essay's author, Paul Gilding, prefaces it with the prescient quote above and argues that the COVID-19 pandemic is not a Black Swan event but more like one of a herd of stampeding black elephants, a term he borrows from NYT columnist Tom Friedman. Gilding goes on to discuss the multiple systemic challenges we are facing. He notes that they include “climate change, the collapse of the fossil fuel industry, social and economic inequality, ocean and eco-system collapse, famine, mass refugees and others. As well as their direct economic impact, many will also drive social instability, civil unrest, nationalism, debt and credit crises, protectionism, geopolitical realignment and military conflict– further magnifying the economic consequences.” He makes the point that until we face the truth of our situation we will not be effective in finding a successful response. Pleasefind this article here.
A Letter from the Virus (short video) Just a little north and west of here, in the Cascadian town of Tofino, is a carved statue called Weeping Cedar Woman. In response to the rampant old growth logging of the 1980’s, her message is “Stop. And consider Nature.” A similar message from a different messenger narrates this poignant video. Please. Stop. And watch this short video,A Letter from the Virus.
The Pandemic as a Catalyst for Institutional Innovation This article by David Bollier describes how the corona virus forces us to reconsider "normal" and gives us the opportunity to choose something better as we hopefully plan for a future without masks and physical distancing. This is a relatively long read and focuses quite a bit on The Commons, a concept of public space where innovation is possible. Bollier spends time describing the degeneration of our current political system and how unstable capitalism can breed authoritarianism. Bollier calls the virus the "most potent political actor of our time." He rejects the Hobbesian view that without accepting sovereign state power we will succumb to brutishness and chaos. He believes instead that we could be entering a period of enlightenment in which humanity rediscovers the fact that we are not separate from nature. Pleasefind the article here.
Think Resilience Course Offered Free The Post Carbon Institute is offering the online Think Resilience course for free during this critical period. It features 22 short videos, quizzes and suggested readings. It provides the participant with a big picture view of our moment in history and takes us through an engaging tour of systems thinking. Its goals are tow fold: first to help us make sense of the complex challenges that society now faces, and second how we can respond to build community resilience. It is delivered in a common sense, low-key manner and is entertaining as well as informative. Highly recommended. You can explore the details and how to register here.
Fraying Food System May Be Our Next Crisis Here on the Olympic Peninsula many of us feel a little exposed due to our reliance on food supplies that come by truck over a floating bridge or via ferry or by a twisty, long, two-lane road. Richard Heinberg, a classic systems thinker, explores the multiple weak links in the supply chain in this comprehensive but concise essay. As Heinberg describes, "For better or worse, this is likely to be a historic moment of change for our food system."Please read this articleand give thought to what we want our food system to look like in the post-COVID times. It's time to prioritize food system resilience.
Barter, Hours Banking and Skill Shares Current information on bartering, time-banking, and skill shares appears inthe May newsletter from Zero Waste Washington. The age old traditional bartering has scaled up in Bellevue with BizX. Timebanking has a century plus of experience in exchanging time credit among those who offer skills or resources to someone in the network. Contemporary platforms include TimeBanksUSA,hOurworld, and TimeRepublik. In Washington, West Seattle, Seattle's Belltown, Kirkland, and Spokane have timebanks and can help. For information on skillshare see Hands on Skill Sharean annual event ofSustainable NE Seattle, a Transition Initiative.Email Kamifor info. Other issues Zero Waste is working on arehere.
A Light at the End of the COVID Tunnel? Patrick Holden of the Sustainable Food Trust asks whether the light at the end of the COVID-19 tunnel is a new awareness of the need for resilience in our food system or is it simply the light of the train that is the globalized system. This article argues that we must move away from a centralized food production system and towards local production and processing. The author likens making these kinds of changes as analogous to reversing a supertanker with its huge forward momentum, and that this indicates the the change will have to be initiated by citizens as opposed to governments. Holden offers food for thought, the kind of thought that is organically springing up in localities all over the world.Find the article here.
The Sequel: a David Fleming Movie The visionary thinker and economist David Fleming used the term "Climacteric" to describe the set of converging crises that would punctuate the era of market capitalism. His thoughts and essays were gathered into a dictionary called "Lean Logic," edited and published posthumously by Shaun Chamberlin. Chamberlin also put out an interpretive book based on Fleming's works: Surviving the Future: Culture, Carnival and Capital in the Aftermath of the Market Economy. This book was the focus of a Local 20/20 discussion group last year. Fleming's prognosis for how to reorganize after the end of this era was localization. And while transitioning to a system of localized everything when we're still a global culture seems near impossible, in Fleming's words, "it has the decisive argument in its favor that there will be no alternative." Recently a film has been released describing some of the key concepts of Fleming's work and how they're being implemented around the world. You canfind "The Sequel" here. It's offered by Vimeo for a $2.99 rental fee.
Four Ways COVID-19 Will Change Food Systems and Food Security
Another great food-focused article! Humans are social animals. No man is an island. Food is social. Author Wayne Roberts places our food system in context with regards to the nature of our species and the dysfunctional nature of how we manage food, health care, and much of our society. I especially like the call to recognize the value of our food system workers, to acknowledge that in our current crisis the average grocery worker is a super hero. Take some time to think about our local food system. The link to the article ishere.
Weeds We Like to Eat
Foraging skills are fun to learn. How do you work chickweed and miners lettuce into the spicy arugula for a salad? Its always good to know what exactly is growing around us, and that's especially so in these times. Readthis articlefrom author Kara Stiff and learn about what's available to eat all around us.
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