Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Natural (baby) Step

Next week we will start a discussion group to discuss what might be done to put out the fire in the house we are sitting in - special guest, Bob Elliot of the Slow Talkers of America.

I have mixed feelings about passing along this info. Of course, it's good to talk, it's REAL good. But good lord! it's time for action! Let's get with it, people!

So, if you MUST talk, then these are real good places to do it. But remember, the house is burning NOW. And right now we need a carbon tax. Now. Immediately.

Now, the part from Jai:

Two Natural Step Learning Circles will start up at the end of April. If you are interested in joining one of these groups, please email Vicki to register (required).

Because of limited space, Learning Circles will be filled on a "first-come first-served" basis. Additional circles will be offered later in 2008. Participants will purchase the book, The Natural Step for Communities (about $20) – copies may also be available for borrowing.

A joint introductory meeting for both circles is scheduled from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. at First Supply, Monday, April 28th.

One group will meet 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. Mondays at First Supply, 106 Cameron Avenue May 5-June 16.

Another group will meet 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. Wednesdays in the Community Room at the People’s Food Coop from May 7 to May 28

The Natural Step is an approach initially established in Sweden that promotes environmental sustainability. Both the City and County of La Crosse recently voted to become eco-municipalities and adopt the Natural Step framework.

Learning Circles consist of up to 12 participants and one facilitator. Circles meet weekly for several weeks to discuss readings from the book, The Natural Step for Communities: How Cities and Towns can Change to Sustainable Practices. Since the summer of 2007, six learning circles have met in La Crosse. They have been a great way to meet interesting members of our community and to have great discussions. Learning circles are being coordinated by Coulee Partners for Sustainability (more after the fold.)
The Coulee Partners for Sustainability is a grassroots movement that will support the city and county of La Crosse in their efforts. Coulee Partners for Sustainability will work with individuals, environmental organizations, educational institutions, businesses and governmental bodies to educate and create environmentally sustainable practices.

If you would like to become involved in Coulee Partners for Sustainability or find out about upcoming activities or our committees, please contact Glen Jenkins.

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