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Regenerative and Sustainable Living (RSL)

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We are building the RSL Action Group to address the broad question: How do we live and act more sustainably in accord with what our Earth home can continually support and sustain? This is in response to knowing that if everyone lived and consumed as we do, it would require multiple planets. Our current lifestyle will not be available for our grandchildren and all future generations.

We will first examine together RSL elements that have already been developed (e.g. co-housing, electric automotive transportation, low-meat diets). Our learning will be via monthly virtual meetings, limited homework, and occasional regional field trips. We will then set ourselves to make incremental changes in our lifestyles according to our new knowledge and what is feasible for our individual situations. This will include working with others to transform our communities and to support government policies and legislation that address our need to change.

We will work to form regional groups of RSL-interested elders to facilitate related local events. We will post and promote our learning and information on how to apply these to our individual and community situations.

Later we will explore prototyping some of the ideas that we have explored. For example, we may initiate or join an on-going urban garden or an “agri-hood” consisting of a small village connected to an acreage of farmland. We may create a local sharing economy.

This will be exploratory activity. We will work together to develop the subject matter and the learning and transformation processes that we will follow.

Northwest Earth Institute Book Club

We are continuing our discussion of the Northwest Earth Institute e-book “Choices for Sustainable Living.” Each meeting is devoted to a single chapter on a specific topic. Thus, each meeting is stand alone; you can join us for any of the meetings. You will need to purchase the book in order to read the chapter before the meeting.

This month we will meet on November 5th and November 19th to review chapter 3 on Food and chapter 4 on Water, respectively.  Short objective summaries of each chapter are as follows:

Chapter 3: Food - Explore the relationship between our eating decisions and greenhouse gas emissions, pollution, waste, and social justice. Identify some of the resources required to produce the food we eat.

Chapter 4: Water - Become familiar with the concept of a watershed and understand the global water cycle. Gain a more in-depth knowledge of our water consumption habits, including the water used to make the foods we eat and the products we use.

We will send you a reminder before each meeting. For those who are new to the course and who are interested in attending please send a note stating your interest to John and Geoff.

Register for the Northwest Earth Institute Sustainable Living Course:

  1. Go to the NWEI web page "https://www.nwei.org/"
  2. Click on Discussion Course Books, then Course Book Descriptions
  3. Click on 'Order' button for "Choices for Sustainable Living 2018"
  4. I choose the ebook for $33 to save using paper. (I had trouble downloading to my iPad but eventually got it in the iBook app.

If you have trouble, NWEI has been very responsive to my email questions. When you buy a book you're automatically registered with NWEI, so no need to fill out the registration form.

Let us know if you have trouble downloading the book
The Zoom link for Sept 25th is https://zoom.us/j/754166381.

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