Thank you for your story on the “food stylist” today. An hour-long interview with Michael Polan would not have been as effective as this in showing the consequences of an industrialized food system, one in which food becomes the stuff of marketers and corporate profits, in which consumers are presented with an idealized image as they make their food choices, and in which food is distanced from considerations such as nutrition and the conditions under which it is grown and… Continue
Added by Erik Lindberg on May 23, 2010 at 7:30am —
I want to thank you for your coverage on Morning Edition (5-18-10) on our energy future with reference to the dangers of off-shore drilling. I was pleased that you put its obvious hazards into dialogue with the matter of our projected liquid-fuel needs. Too often we are told that we simply “need to get off oil,” or that we should just “drill-baby-drill” regardless of potential consequences. It is less common to see the two issues discussed together.
However, the… Continue
Added by Erik Lindberg on May 18, 2010 at 7:00pm —
A hardcore Plan C advocate can be aggressively unimpressed with conventional measures to conserve energy or use alternatives. The numbers themselves, can be disheartening: if we doubled the most optimistic projections for the amount of energy that solar and wind could provide by 2020, we are only up to 1% of world BOE usage.…
Added by Erik Lindberg on May 2, 2010 at 9:30am —
Recently there has been some talk about starting a compost collection system in Milwaukee as part of the Victory Garden Initiative and therefor under the banner of transitioning. Part (half?) of the money collected for the pick up fee would be for the VGI and the other half for those who pick up and deliver the compost. I would be thrilled to see this started and essentially start collecting myself. I don't own a car, but own a sturdy touring bike and see no problem in bike collection. The idea… Continue
Added by Adrian Lee on April 28, 2010 at 3:35pm —
I want to preface my remarks by noting that Bill's Deep Economy changed the course of my life and I feel indebted to him for articulating a feeling about economic growth that I previously hadn't the words for. He does great work and I consider him a hero of the global climate change movement.
He started his talk by reading a beautiful and moving passage from his new book, the jist of which was we need a new metaphorics to… Continue
Added by Erik Lindberg on April 17, 2010 at 5:30pm —
Added by marc on April 8, 2010 at 12:23pm —
Easy for me to say. For whatever reason, technological innovation doesn’t thrill me. This is not a virtue but more on the order of a personality quirk. Not that I don’t enjoy many new technologies and use them, more or less effectively. But what must for many be a feeling of awe at the power, speed, size, or features of new devices is lost on me. I get it but I don’t feel it.… Continue
Added by Erik Lindberg on April 6, 2010 at 7:22pm —
Added by tom brandstetter on April 2, 2010 at 8:19pm —
Borrow from your neighbor:
Some history - EPIC
A Milwaukee chapter of the Grange?
Added by marc on March 30, 2010 at 5:20am —
Hello Transition Milwaukee,
We are in the planning stages on the 2nd Annual Great Milwaukee Victory Garden Blitz, where we inspire the planting of gardens throughout the city.
This year we have a contest to install one garden for the winner. 2nd runner up will receive a garden installed by VGI volunteers, with the owner providing the resources.
We need all the help we can get! Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or… Continue
Added by Gretchen Mead on March 18, 2010 at 2:41pm —
Our Veggie Gardens are really our vitamin sources, Hazel nuts grow like lilac bush but still give the protein and fat we need.
If you sign up for the hazel nut project at the Arbor Day Foundation you can get 3 free Hazel Nuts. http://www.arborday.org/shopping/memberships/hazelnut/index.cfm
Added by Sarah Moore on March 11, 2010 at 5:47pm —
Nikolai of Pragmatic Construction here.
We had almost all of our first floor windows on our two Riverwest Green homes broken AGAIN this morning. Someone took a bat or a crowbar and blew out all the hyper-efficient (and expensive) triple-paned glass around 4 am. We have had a full year of targeted vandalism including Anarchy tags, broken plumbing, windows, etc. If anyone knows anything
about these events- please help us out. It is… Continue
Added by Nikolai Usack on March 9, 2010 at 12:41pm —
Peak Oil & Energy Developments Info & Discussion - At the following location for Saturday 3/6/10 the "HOUR 2" with Bill Powers, Matt Simmons, & David Miller (with: Another Look at Alternative Energy):
These guys do a real good job providing info & explaining what's going on in the markets (energy, stock, bonds, commodities), the economy, and government -… Continue
Added by Robert Tilden on March 8, 2010 at 1:29am —
Added by Sam Kozel on February 24, 2010 at 3:00pm —
Transitioners and Friends, I am pasting my notes and thoughts from our hub last meeting sub group on off the grid week. What I am hoping/asking is that we will make this an official "Transition Milwaukee" event and put our full power and weight behind it. i was excited By Ken Keens interest in planning and have gotten warm responses from some others individuals in either participating or joining in planning.
This is not to say we would not have other projects, but I have been… Continue
Added by Sarah Moore on December 23, 2009 at 4:51pm —
This is the letter that the Riverwest Currents printed for me. If you like this letter, please share it or write your own.
I am asking for a gift from everyone I know, it is not a gift from a store, it is nothing you can buy. What I am asking for is for everyone I know, every friend, family member, neighbor and everyone who reads this, to help save my children and grandchildren. From those who are already working hard I am gratefully asking for even more.
Here is the beginning of the… Continue
Added by Sarah Moore on December 17, 2009 at 1:22pm —
A few weeks ago Xav Leplae brought up the idea of an off the grid or power down week with me. which I love and am very excited about us possibly doing in Riverwest in the spring. But then as I talked with others and we batted around the idea on the Transition yahoo group I heard about the idea of power down days. So I started inviting others to pick a day with me. The idea as I see it is that every family or individual can choose what power down means to them. If that means a day with out the… Continue
Added by Sarah Moore on December 14, 2009 at 11:38pm —
Article fro Eartheasy Blog - Link: http://www.eartheasy.com/blog/2009/11/transition-towns-%e2%80%93-preparing-for-a-self-sufficient-community-based-future/
In over 150 cities in 14 countries, ‘Transition Town’ communities are raising awareness of the threats associated with peak oil and climate change, and taking practical steps to prepare for a… Continue
Added by Jessica Cohodes on December 8, 2009 at 11:22am —
I’d like to discuss the terms with which economic debate and analysis is almost always undertaken. The catalyst for this particular essay was a discussion on NPR’s Morning Edition, October 29, 2009, between Steve Inskeep and John Ydstie. Inskeep and Ydstie were analyzing the latest economic growth figures and were questioning whether last quarter’s growth could be sustained. Despite some growth, the concern was whether, Ydstie put it, we “are on a path of sustainable growth.”
As an… Continue
Added by Erik Lindberg on October 30, 2009 at 7:30am —
I know there are some folks getting into beekeeping and there's a large auction coming up on November 14 with lots of beekeeping equipment. There's quite a bit of other farming equipment and general goods as well.
Auctions are a great way to pick up equipment for a fraction of what it would cost new, and many times you can find specialized or custom equipment that may no longer be available. I watch auction listings pretty often and this is the first time I've seen one for a honey… Continue
Added by Jack Driscoll on October 29, 2009 at 4:51pm —