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Support renewable electricity.
Solar panels may possibly be a better financial choice, but we switched to 100% wind because it was easy and cost little more than conventional sources.
Climate Justice project
Representatives from our Green Sanctuary Committee and Social Action Council are working together on a climate Justice proposal. This involves both individual and congregational actions, working within our homes and church and in the larger community. Our local League of Women Voters Environment Committee is interested in our project and is considering working with us. We're just beginning!
Have Your Electicity Utility Deliver 100% Renewable Energy (If you are in a deregulated state)
Switch Your Residential Electricity To a Renewable Supplier - Its Easy If you live in one of the 16 electricity supply deregulated states, there IS something significant that you can do to reduce your carbon footprint without having to install your own solar panels or wind turbine. You can switch your electricity supplier to use only renewable energy sources such as hydro, wind and/or solar and in doing so you can say NO to nuclear and fossil fuels (coal, natural gas, oil). The deregulated states are: ME, NH, MA, RI, CT, NY, NJ, PA, DE, MD, OH, IL, TX, OR, (AZ & MI partial). Deregulation means your old local utility now delivers electricity to you through the grid and local power cables, while many different companies may generate the electricity (known as Energy Supply Companies or ESCOs) and you have the right to choose your supplier and still receive one bill and uninterrupted service. Many ESCOs offer 100% renewable energy contracts. Across the USA, electricity generation is by 39% coal, 19% nuclear, 27% natural gas, 6% hydro, 7% non-hydro renewable and 1% oil. So if you choose an ESCO supplying 100% wind energy you are changing this distribution away from the undesirable sources to the clean sources. If we can make this a grass roots movement by all acting together we can make a strong statement to the industry and tell the World we care. We could also use increase conversion rates to encourage congress to pass laws to help deregulate ALL states. Depending on the amount of electricity you consume, about ½ to ¾ of your bill goes to the old utility for the delivery of electricity through the grid and local power lines to your house and all the maintenance and overheads that go with that operation. This part doesn’t change. The remaining part of your bill is for the generator of your electricity (the supplier or ESCO), so only that part changes if you switch and the new rate is different. For each ESCO there is a website, so locate the ones you are interested in and see what contracts they have to offer this month. Contracts often change monthly because electricity is bought by ESCOs as a commodity, subject to market supply and demand. Often the ESCO will offer a contract with a variable rate that fluctuates monthly with the market. For those of you that prefer a predictable payment they also offer fixed rate contracts for a few months to a couple of years. The deregulated states provide assistance for making the switch, but it varies from state to state. For example in NY, the NY State Public Service Commission website provides all the assistance to make the switch, although it’s also useful to see what rating the Better Business Bureau has given each ESCO. For this project to be most effective, we would need a helper in each state who familiarizes him/herself with the conversion process. I have done this for NY State and now know how easy the process is. I have materials I can email to anyone who asks. I would also be happy to help a representative from the other deregulated states do the same. So let’s do it. What are you waiting for? It’s a NO-BRAINER!! To get help switching in NY State or to offer to be a helper in other deregulated states, contact [email protected]
Tim DeChristopher in Bill Moyers Journal: "Lead, Don't Follow on Climate Justice"
Support, Invest in, Advocate Policy Reforms to optimize cooperative economics
Relationships are like farming, if you don't plant the seed, you'll have no crop to harvest. Rumi (M. Mafi, trans.) Gambling is like farming, if you don't play the game, you'll have no winnings. Economics is like farming, if you don't play the mutual cooperative game, you'll have no competitive winnings. Ecologic is like farming, if we don't play the mutual mentoring Climax Community game, we'll have no long-term sustainable, much less optimized systemic, winnings. Stay aware and purposeful in your search, for happiness is truly in the searching. Rumi Stay awake and purposeful in our research, for peacefulness, contentment, confluence, justice, ecological economies are true within this polycultural searching. Stay awake and mindful of polypathic meaning in your Regenerative Permaculture Designed Research, for happiness, confluence, equity, truth, Prime Relationship Balanced Teleology are truly within this self-optimizing SuperEco searching. How do we sleep while part of us is gone? Frogs and night birds, bats and insects cry out for company filling raucous warm luscious breeze gentle, caressing, carrying chicken soup songs of love not yet won, love wanted and needed with primal longing to belong back together for our first really great time. How do we sleep while part of us is gone? Night flight resolves revolving chatter, fractal spinning spiral-echoes haunting iconic timeless teachings from potential future Right-brain memory predicative facts, intuiting predictors, confluent, confident islands of prophetic sanity boundary inspiring polycultures, multi-open systems of optimal communication. How do we sleep in this racket of absent SuperEgo missing evil hope of flight tonight? God as the Doomed and Dooming Ground of All Being, under Whom we hide from shamed non-redeeming character, id-entity. We thought we were economically neutral on Goddess Moving Train of Earth, oblivious to Her climatic millennial warnings to ease up on the fire power, take a break, let's cool down, enjoy some slower peace and more mindfully inclusive justice. Remaining neutral in our farming cooperative relationships, admittedly a slower moving train, and yet it helps to confluently comprehend we are spinning with Common balancing thermodynamic balance, and how fast is too fast, too Yangish, and how slow is too slow, too Yinnish, and when we might slow down to rebalance Yang with Yin, and how much we might slow down emerges permaculturally predicated as [+Yang = (-)(-)Yin] = [+PolyNomial 0-sum equivalent to (-)Not-PolyBiNomial-4-Prime Spacetime Dimensionally Balancing Vortex] Open Natural Systemic or +1/(-)0 = space/time binary Closed MetaSystem fractal-holonic-octaved reverse-hierarchical balance, to sustain our permacultured rich teleological neutrality on Gaia's regenerative train. How do we wake when part of Us is gone? How do we awaken our search for polycultural economic justice standards for researching well-being sustenance, self-optimizing regeneration with SuperEco Mindfulness Intent? Planting regenerative seeds, to grow redemptive pay-it-forward gift economies, winnowing metasystemic research to optimize repurposing meaningful purpose, EarthTribe's ecological self-redemption future day covering love, peace, happiness, contentment, justice, information, confluence roots with threats, opportunities, strengths, weaknesses systemically balanced compost, learning faith and hope in suffering dissonance as cooperative redemption, evolutionary research, incarnation, karma, ecology, the Permaculturalist Economic Tao: sleep and wake and absorb others, as you would have them be you NOW we re-emerge our SuperEcoTribe's cultural therapeutic, polypathic scientific natural-spirituality. Natural systems are to spiritual systemic comprehension, as Physics is to Metaphysical Universe (B. Fuller's definition), as Yang is to Yin, as Polynomial Information is to Double-Bound Negative Polynomial Information Balancing Trends. Polypathic and multisystemic relationships are like therapeutic organic farming, if you don't plant fractal-holonic DNA/RNA-encrypted seeds, you'll not have an Optimized PermaCultural crop to harvest. Ain't nobody here ceptin us Chickens and somehow we all landed in this soupy mess together. Let's start lickin each other's wounds.
Support Carbon Fee/ Dividend
The Citizens Climate Lobby pushes a Legislative proposal to Tax (Fee) Carbon and disperse the funds as a Dividend to every household. This lets the market make decisions, not regulators. Join us lobbying to save the Earth. Rich Greene
Animal agriculture and climate change
If we are interested in sustainable and ethical living, we must address our practice of raising animals to be slaughtered for food: animal agriculture is responsible for more greenhouse gas emissions that all transportation combined and is the number one cause of species extinction, ocean dead zones, habitat and rainforest destruction. Please inform yourselves, consider the facts, and make the connection — for the sake of our children, the environment, the animals, and ourselves. Here’s a start: http://www.cowspiracy.com/facts/#
please take 1 minute to protest privatization of water
In the midst of a drought, Nestle Corporation is extracting water from natural springs in California to sell under the Arrowhead and Pure Life brand names. With a recent report showing that California only has enough water to last the state one more year, we must put an end to this madness at Nestlé before it’s too late. Join us! Go to http://act.couragecampaign.org/sign/NestleDrought/?t=3&akid=1590.539008.J-hoSA to SIGN THE PETITION to tell the California Water Resources Control Board: “While California is facing record drought conditions, it is unconscionable that Nestlé would continue to bottle the state’s precious water, export it, and sell it for profit. As a consumer and concerned citizen, I call on you to immediately stop Nestlé’s bottling operations in California.” http://act.couragecampaign.org/sign/NestleDrought/?t=3&akid=1590.539008.J-hoSA
WE have to attach a rising price on carbon or the world is cooked.
We need to move faster and stronger on climate change, with policies that actually make a difference. Here’s a suggestion: Citizens’ Climate Lobby supports a carbon pricing plan in which all funds are returned to citizens. It’s based on the successful policy implemented in 2008 in British Columbia. Analysis shows that by 2025, carbon fee and dividend in the U. S. will raise employment by 2.1 million, reduce carbon dioxide pollution by 33 per cent, and increase gross domestic product by $84 billion.
Join the global Earth Charter Movement
"We stand at a critical moment in Earth's history, a time when humanity must choose its future. " The Earth Charter is a universal expression of ethical principles for a sustainable, just and peaceful future. It's a framework for action. It's a way to put all our little ideas and actions in our own communities together so we can see this as one global movement. "Let ours be a time remembered for the awakening of a new reverence for life, the firm resolve to achieve sustainability, the quickening of the struggle for justice and peace, and the joyful celebration of life."
Eat a Plant Based Diet
Eating vegan saves: 1100 gallons of water, 45 lbs of grain, 30 square feet of forest, 20 lbs of CO2, 1 animal’s life... PER DAY.