SUSTAINable ACTIVITIES for Individuals and Groups

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The commonplace Reduce, Recycle, and Reuse paradigm needs help.  Limiting harm is not very motivating.

  • There are POSITIVE sustainable ACTIVITIES.
  • Humans can actually help the 'Growth' of Diversity, Productivity and Stability! (as understood in Ecology)
  • We will compile a list of individual ACTIONS and larger COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES. Please brainstorm for the list even now.
  • Meeting Details: Beginning as soon as Feb. 10th, but now more likely the week of the 15th.
  • We will meet in the evening, 6pm or later for about 2 hours, once per week for 4 weeks, or more if people want.
  • Location: TBD, Centrally located to participants in Mpls or St. Paul; please email the location you will be coming from.
  • Day of Week: not Tu, because I am taking an exco class: Voices of Rondo - Saint Paul's Historic Black Community
  • Please email or call me with: days of the week that work for you, your location and if you would like to start at 6, 7, or 8pm


Title:  Sustainable Activities for Individuals and Groups.

Starting with the question: what are some sustainable activities, we will then build a shared scientific background to provide answers.

I believe community understanding of science will improve, if community needs and social justice are being addressed.  While we are limited by time in our class together, we will at least acknowledge the needs and dignity of participants. With this acknowledgment we will be able to think more clearly about the science...and go beyond.

The patterns and processes of Earth continue. Many are being drastically altered to the point some call 'crisis'.  Yet there is good going on.

 Sustainability is good, right?  Sometimes I call this  "Going with the flow" of Earth's patterns.  So we value sustainability as good.   Sustainability has more than 3 parts, but we will use these ecological concepts: Productivity, Diversity and Stability.  Increasing ('Growing') these is what we are working toward.  These 3 all have  to do with the flow of energy from sunlight into plants and eventually to our bodies and needs. The water cycle, the carbon cycle, the nitrogen cycle, and decomposition are some of the major processes to be covered.

Our "List of Activities" will be diverse and go beyond 'science'.  Examples may be: Block Parties, planting a tree, sharing an electric lawnmower, Potlucks, Bike Co-ops, Political Organizing, Ridesharing, Snow-shoveling Socials, Childcare, Eldercare, Rehabilitation, Each of us is capable of offering something to share. 

This is where the class ends and something new may begin.

I offer to share my extensive addressing the questions: What activities help a tree grow?  What makes biking fun? Why is interacting with different age groups is good for Stability?,  What is edible in the garden and around town?, How so social supports keep you from spending money on diversions?  How inexactly do price and advertising reflect a product's sustainability?  Why do personal and ecological disasters lead to one another?

Where will your experiences fit in with your classmates?  Let's find out!


Please call me with questions (612) 805-4495

Facilitator email(s): 
[email protected]
Facilitator's experience: 
Horticulture B.S. from U of MN, vegetable CSA Head-grower, commercial fruit farm, cooking, arboriculture, permaculture, etc.
Facilitator phone number(s): 
Class minimum size: 
Class maximum size: 
Class times: 
Wed, 02/10/2010 - 19:00 - Wed, 03/03/2010 - 19:00
Additional class time information: 
We will meet in the evenings, somewhere centrally located to participants, as soon as Feb 10, but maybe beginning later
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