Local 20/20 Wants to Hear Your Vision for the Future! - Last 2 Days!
The COVID-19 emergency has changed our daily lives and communities. Crises like these reveal both the strengths and weaknesses of our communities as well as what we could be doing differently. When communities are forced to rebuild from a crisis, there's an opportunity to create what we want to be. We are inviting you and all residents to imagine a strong and resilient future for Jefferson County. The results of this effort will be gathered and distributed widely throughout the county, and will help shape where we collectively go from here. You can access the survey online and get more informationhere. Responses will be collected until June 30, 2020, so don't delay!
Dr. Locke's COVID-19 Update - Mon June 29th - 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.
How To Mobilize Grassroots Investors for WA's Post-COVID Reconstruction - Tues June 30th *New* *Online*
Join the Washington State Microenterprise Association (WSMA) for a lively Zoom event: “How To Mobilize Grassroots Investors for Washington’s Post-COVID Reconstruction” featuring economist, attorney, author, entrepreneur, and a leading visionary on community economics, Michael Shuman and local investment network leaders throughout Washington, including our very own LION. Register for this event here.
Time: 2:00 - 3:30 pm
Farmers Market - Sat July 4th - Uptown PT
The Port Townsend Farmers Markethas 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 hereby 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 morehere, 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 5th 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
Coffee with City Manager Mauro - July 3 and alternate Fridays *Update**KPTZ 91.9FM*
Port Townsend City Manager John Mauro is on KPTZ at a new time, on alternate Fridays shortly after 12 noon for Brewocracy Now. Discovery Road DJ host Tim Quackenbush joins John live in the studio for updates on the fast-changing, local world in and around Port Townsend. Topics have included the update on Port Townsend’s Open Streets Project, how the City is meeting fiscal challenges from the pandemic, and the responsibilities of the Port Townsend Police, in assuring racial equality in our community. Mauro takes questions from listeners from 10:00 -10:30 a.m on most Fridays. Questions can be submitted to John ahead of time by emailhere. Check KPTZ for the schedule, and find recorded conversations on theDiscovery Road page.
A Class for Family Caregivers - Mon July 6th *New* *Online* Each Moment Counts is offering a free, online, 6-week educational and support program for family/friend caregivers beginning on July 6th. Join a group of kindred spirits where you can let down for a moment, share both the blessings and the frustrations of care giving in a safe online environment.Limited seats are available. More detailshere.
Time: 10:00 -11:30 am
Winter Vegetable Gardening - Thurs July 9th*New* *Online*
Curious about growing your own food this winter? Even a few containers on your deck or a small plot in your yard can yield produce during the colder months of the year. Learn more about Planning A Winter Vegetable Garden presented Lys Burden and Nita Wester, Jefferson County Master Gardeners on Zoom, Meeting ID: 958 3909 0577, Password: 02981
Time: 3:00 pm
Meaningful Movies Port Townsend - Mon July 13 *Online*
Special guest filmmaker Shane Anderson will present an online screening of Chehalis: A Watershed Moment We'll watch the film together online via Zoom and have a Q&A session following the film. It's like the Meaningful Movies you're used
to, but online! This 60-minute documentary shows how climatechange and a legacy of human impact is affecting Washington’s Chehalis River and the people living in the watershed. You can watch a trailer here.
REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED! You can register here.To contact Meaningful Movies Port Townsend, go to their site on Facebook or email them.
Time: 6:30 p.m. Location: Online
Local 20/20 Council Meeting - Wed July 15th*New* *Online* The monthly Local 20/20 Steering Council meeting is open to all and welcomes those interested in active involvement in Local 20/20 leadership. Newcomers are always welcome. If you'd like a virtual orientation, please emailMarlow. For online meeting information, contactMark . Time: 4 pm – 6 pm. Online.
Jefferson Land Trust Together Fest - Thurs July 23 *New* *Online*
You’re invited to TogetherFest 2020 with Jefferson Land Trust: A virtual gala celebrating the power of community conservation and our shared resilience! *Earlybird Tickets available through July 1st - grab your (virtual) seat today!*
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
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 Lower Elwah Klallam, the Jamestown S’Klallum, the Port Gamble S’Klallam, the Skokomish, the Quinault, the Quileute, the Hoh, and the Makah tribes.
(See new readings in our Resilience Review section below on this topic.)
Local 20/20 COVID-19 Resources l2020.org/COVID-19/ *Updated* 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. New this past week: Share your thoughts in the Vision Survey by June 30, Phase 3 information, mask mandates.
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.
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.
The COVID-19 Emergency Fund
So far this year, $542,000 have been donated to the Jefferson Community Foundation's COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund. And $500,660 has already gone directly back into the community in the form of grants for projects that meet urgent needs. See the list of recipients and learn about the funded projects here. The COVID-19 Emergency Fund supports local nonprofits and community-serving government agencies that help meet basic human needs and facing their own financial hardships. Anyone can make a donation by giving to a general fund or directly to one of the local organizations who has registered with the campaign. Organizations that want to have needs posted can email Jen Kingfisher or call her 360.385.1729. Note: This fund will be closing down as of July 1st.
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.
Movement Generation's Course Correction - Continuing Series on Tuesdays*Online* Movement Generation Justice and Ecology Project recognizes this pandemic as a time of possibility to act collectively to make needed ecological and economic shifts. Leading with their hearts, the group has created a four-session online course that helps reframe the COVID-19 crisis. This is an opportunity to discuss real solutions and strategies that address structural inequities. Spanish and ASL interpretation and live captions are available. Visit the website for full course info and updated session descriptions. The small group discussion guide is here. Questions? Email the organizers. Last session on Tuesday July 14th - from 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. Online.
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.
Host a Meeting on the Local Housing Emergency
The Housing Solutions Network offers a free 1-hour program on Zoom and the opportunity to convene a group to learn about Jefferson County's housing emergency. Participants watch a 13-minute video about the local housing crisis and explore and cultivate solutions in a facilitated conversation. HSN will provide the Zoom invitationand link, support to access Zoom for those who need it, facilitation of the discussion, and any follow up that participants may want. To initiate a screening watch the video trailer and contact Justine Gonzalez-Berg.
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 11,089subscribers, 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 email@example.com. 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.
A Disastrous Summer in the Arctic *New* 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. From 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 (minus 90 deg F) in an inhabited place, was over 100 deg F recently on the same day that Las Vegas experienced that same temperature. The alarming consequences include thawing of the permafrost which caused 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 *New* Just north of us in British Columbia, the Hakai Institute is doing great things. This article from Hakai magazine discusses the state of the science of alternatives to meat and seafood as part of 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 mutlltiude of cultural, lifestyle, and emotional factors. As Payton points out the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations estimate 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*New* An important article recently appeared in The Guardian that shows accessibility to drinking water is increasingly a problem for many people in our country. Author Nina Lakhani reports on a study of 12 US cities and 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 over the period 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.
What Good Is Clean Air If People Can’t Breathe?
A7-minute read from YES Magazinenotes: "Racism is inherent to the environmental movement because it’s inherent to everything." Starting out from a first person story perspective, this article shares how climate change and racism are part of the same systemic problem. The second half of the article is chock full of links and references to further reading and further understanding.
Principals for Environmental and Climate Justice These principles from Front and Centeredpoint out that the very populations who are most impacted by the ill effects of pollution, climate change, and resource extraction etc., are either left out of the conversation or not heard at all when it comes to making policy that would protect their communities from these ill effects. The principles listed are ways to equalize the platform so that all communities can be heard and included in the process of policy making that directly affects the communities’ well being.
Are There Two Different Versions of Environmentalism, One “White” One “Black”?
It’s sad thatthis Grist article from 2014is still relevant today. A reminder of some of the historical roots of different perspectives of what “environment” means and talks about barriers and challenges that people of color endured and continue to endure to just be counted and heard when it comes to climate justice.
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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