It's newsletter time. And that means we have to stop and make a quick assessment of what we need to share with our supporters. With 29 Fellows devoting their lives to crafting a resilient future, and so many moving targets, there's often way too much to try to distill in a pithy introductory paragraph. So this month, we decided we'd simply share a few of the things for which we're grateful:
For you, our supporters: It can be very tough, emotionally and physically, to fight every day for a more resilient and equitable world. The challenge is absolutely enormous. Your support, ideas and actions inspire us and keep our spirits high. THANKS. Please keep battling, as your fight is our fight.
This amazing planet: We've abused it beyond belief, but our Earth continues to turn the other cheek and provide sustenance, shelter and beauty. For how much longer is, of course, The Question.
All the other NGOs, non profits, businesses and activists who are working alongside PCI to raise awareness that we are OUT OF TIME. Not for a moment do we think we're the only boat in the water. In sharing resources and ideas with our Friends and Allies, we're part of a much larger movement that WILL succeed at both the grassroots and policy levels.
Of course, we're grateful for much more, and our list of frustrations would clog the entire inter-tubes. If you have a moment, do take a look at what we've been up to during these past 30 days. We hope you'll find something that will inspire you to remain an active participant in the battle for the future.
We Did It!
Just this week we sent The Post Carbon Reader to the printers! This project would simply have not been possible without the support of the entire Post Carbon Community, including all of you who have contributed your ideas, your passion, and your financial support to PCI.
A collaborative effort of 35 leading experts, The Post Carbon Reader provides clarity about the interrelated crises of the 21st Century and insightful guidance on the way forward. You helped create The Post Carbon Reader, and you can help bring it to schools, policymakers, communities, and journalists. Your support of Post Carbon Institute
helps move all of us towards a more resilient, sustainable, and equitable future.
ENERGY: Nine Challenges of Alternative Energy
Report by David Fridley • August 10, 2010
Unlike conventional fossil fuels, where nature provided energy over millions of years to convert biomass into energy-dense solids, liquids, and gases...alternative energy depends heavily on specially engineered equipment and infrastructure for capture or conversion... Read more
Big Think - Bill McKibben
Video commentary by Bill McKibben • August 11, 2010
Bill McKibben talks about the climate change that is already underway, our failure to act so far, and why we need to price carbon to ensure... View
Are you looking for suggestions of meaningful actions you can take to respond to the issues facing us? PCI is supporting our allies and friends in their campaigns. Keep an eye on the 'take action' block on our home page for more.
Join the 350.org party! - 10/10/10
Circle 10/10/10 on your calendar. That's the date. We're calling it a Global Work Party, with emphasis on both 'work' and 'party'. We want to send a message to politicians: if we can get to work on climate change, you can get to work too.
John's Still Driving
Story by Wayne Cook
You see, I really thought John had better hold on to his old bicycle after I'd finished reading Thom Hartmann's book, The End of Ancient Sunlight. That book described how petroleum had changed and improved our lives and why it would soon start getting scarce, changing our lives again, requiring us again to grow our food or starve; and to ride the wonderfully efficient bicycle or walk... Read more
While the Transition model is being used in communities of all shapes and sizes, rural and urban, it takes a slightly different form each time, adapted to the settings of that particular locale. In larger urban areas, and given the dense and resource intensive aspects of cities, organizers are thinking hard about how best to develop resilient local communities across a diverse geographic space. Host Tamara Banks of Colorado Public Television Studio 12 takes a look at the Transition Cities movement that is "working for a way of life that is environmentally friendly, supports the local economy and conserves natural resources." Watch it here.
Coming up on September 16th, organizers in northwest US and nearby Canadian provinces will converge at a one-day Northwest/Cascadian Transition Summit in Seattle to inspire, support and educate each other. This will be the first bio-regional Transition gathering in North America (more info). For more stories, resources and events, read the August Newsletter.
Green Collar Jobs
September 21, 2010, Syracuse, NY
While the term "green-collar jobs" gains more press and pundits daily, very few people have actually marshaled the resources to get unemployed Americans trained and placed on pathways out of poverty in this growing economic sector. Post Carbon Fellow Majora Carter has. Further event information.