The water forum “What you can do to tackle local water concerns” held at Lenoir Rhyne last Thursday evening sparked a lot of conversation and offered solutions to local problems concerning flooding, drought, contamination, and political issues around water. Check out this newsy article from the Mountain Express:
Here’s a great website with some short how-to videos that make a sustainable water-food connection.
Ashevillage Institute is putting the Wise Water School off until sometime this fall. The WWS is a year-long, in-depth, immersive, whole-systems, on-the-ground educational leadership program, and here at Transition Asheville we are looking for people who want to attend as part of the Water Sustainability Initiative team.
The WWS is set up for five-member teams, with as many as three people attending the Asheville presentations in person and the others attending remotely. Total cost for the team is $5000, so we need people who want to participate or to support to step forward and let us know.
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Anna Lappé is a widely respected author and educator, known for her work as an expert on food systems and as a sustainable food advocate.
Transition Asheville, in collaboration with several other organizations, has invited Anna to visit Asheville in November. She would be asked to share insights from her experience and travels working at hunger, organic food production, and mitigating climate change. In coming months, we’ll be raising funds to bring her here; your contributions can surely help.
The co-author or author of three books and the contributing author to ten others, Anna’s work has been widely translated internationally and… read more +
Pope Francis made the religious case for tackling climate change on Wednesday, calling on his fellow Christians to become “Custodians of Creation” and issuing a dire warning about the potentially catastrophic effects of global climate change.
Speaking to a massive crowd in Rome, the first Argentinian pope delivered a short address in which he argued that respect for the “beauty of nature and the grandeur of the cosmos” is a Christian value, noting that failure to care for the planet risks apocalyptic consequences.
“Safeguard Creation,” he said. “Because if we destroy Creation, Creation will destroy us!… read more +
“Through new uses of corporations, banks and securities, new machinery of industry, of labor and capital — all undreamed of by the Fathers — the whole structure of modern life was impressed into the service of economic royalists. It was natural and perhaps human that the privileged princes of these new economic dynasties, thirsting for power, reached out for control of government itself. They created a new despotism and wrapped it in the robes of legal sanction. In its service new mercenaries sought to regiment the people, their labor and their property. And as a result the average man… read more +
Yahoo! reports that the Obama administration will issue a comprehensive report about climate change in the US and measures that can be taken to try to mitigate is effects…
Despite the rain, Transition Asheville had a successful Earth Day celebrating Water!
Water Infiltration Installations: We started the day with beginning to install some low terraces at Peace and Fun Gardens at 124 Choctaw, marking the contours with an A-frame level, cutting into the ground along the contour, and putting in a base for the terrace by laying the log of a small locust tree (tapering from about 3″ across to 2″ across) into the trench. Locust is a very durable native wood and reproduces not only with blossoms and seeds, but also by coppicing (sending… read more +
Earth Day is a day for Action!
Transition Asheville’s Water Action Group will host a demonstration and tour of super low-tech methods for keeping water on your site using tools no more complex than a shovel at Peace and Fun Gardens, a micro-farm in Asheville’s Southside neighborhood.
This Saturday, April 19, 2014 ~ 9:00 am – 11am ~ 124 Choctaw Street,… read more +