{EcoLink} OCT/NOVEMBER 2008 Activist Calendar

GrassrootsAction GreenEvents & related notices
(a service of the Eco Media Center of Monroe County & Center for Sustainable Living)
Submissions: Mylo Roze: , Subject Line: EcoLink, Ph: 335-2572

Table of Contents:

~ Special Notices -
>EcoReport radio show airing weekly
>Fairview Chimney Swift Action Alert - call for matching funds
>CARR, HEC begin I-69 ad campaign


Throughout OCT & NOV ~ EarthCare Cut Your Carbon Workshops (multiple events)

10/28 ~ 'Buildings for a Green Community' - B-TOP Livable Cities Speaker Series
10/29 ~ New Griffey Lake Mngmt Plan - Bill Jones, limnologist w/SPEA
10/29 ~ B-TOP Action Alert - Oppose parking subsidy @ City Council meeting
10/30 ~ Jail Overcrowding - Monroe County Criminal Justice Coordinating Council
10/31 thru 11/2 ~ BirdCountry.US - Wings on the Water (various events)


11/1 ~ Mother Hubbard's Cupboard - 'Share the Harvest Gala & Auction'
11/1 & 11/2 ~ See last entry for October (Wings on the Water)
11/5 ~ Indiana Forest Alliance call-out meeting @ MCPL
11/6 ~ Gardeners and Global Warming Workshop (Fishers Town Hall)
11/8 ~ Volunteer Day @ IU Research & Teaching Preserve
11/13 ~ 9/11 Truth Film Series @ MCPL - 'Fabled Enemies'
11/13 thru 11/15 ~ Local Foods & Aging Well - Simply Living Fair & Wellness Expo
11/15 ~ Sycamore Land Trust - Tree ID @ the Cedars
11/18 ~ Center for Sustainable Living - Board meeting @ MCPL
11/18 ~ 1SKY Climate Change event @ local Congressional offices
11/19 ~ Film & Discussion - 'Sick around the world' - HCHP meeting @ MCPL
11/22 ~ INPAWS 15th Annual Conference - Growing Native Plants for Wildlife

>Update from CAC on "Clean-Coal" plant


~Special Notices -

>EcoReport radio program:
Thursdays @ 11:00 a.m.
WFHB - Community Radio for South Central Indiana
91.3 FM | 98.1 Bloomington | 100.7 Nashville | 106.3 Ellettsville
Online archive/podcasts/stream:
>CSL/Sassafras Audubon Action Alert:

Help Save Important Chimney Swift Habitat in Bloomington

October 2008: Fairview Elementary School will be building a new chimney, made with bricks from the OLD chimney, to house the Chimney Swifts IF the community will come up with half of the cost! The Center for Sustainable Living hopes that their members feel strongly about this issue and would be willing to support this effort.
If you would like to donate money for the chimney send your check to the Sassafras Audubon society and mail it to
PO Box 85
Bloomington, IN 47402
Be sure to note that your donation is for the Fairfield school chimney swift fund.

>From the home page of http://www.valleywatch.net/

CARR, HEC begin I-69 ad campaign

October 15, 2008-by John Blair, valleywatch.net editor. The Hoosier Environmental Council and Citizens for Appropriate Rural Roadshave fought the I-69 extension from Indianapolis to Evansville for nearly two decades.
Now, they are taking their message to people in Indianapolis directly through advertisements in the Indianapolis Star. In an effort spearheaded by former HEC executive director, Jeff Stant, thge ads will runs as often as there is money available to place them.


>Throughout OCT/NOV ~ EarthCare Cut your Carbon Workshops
EarthCare Cut Your Carbon Workshops
An intensive program to reduce your “carbon footprint” while saving money.

Carbon dioxide (CO2), which traps heat in the atmosphere, is the chief human contribution to global warming. We are responsible for sending CO2 into the atmosphere when we cool our homes, drive to the store, make a cup of tea, take a bath, or watch TV. By carefully adjusting our daily routines and making small changes in our homes, we can reduce the CO2 we are responsible for emitting- our “carbon footprint” – and help curb climate change.

In these workshops, learn how to calculate, monitor and reduce your carbon footprint while also reducing your energy bills. Using a nationally tested program and workbook, you’ll choose what you want to do to reduce your carbon footprint and how to put your choices into action.

To participate, pick the workshop that fits your schedule and contact the facilitator. A $10 suggested donation to cover the cost of the workbook can be given to the facilitator at the workshop.

Note: The Monday and Tuesday workshops meet four times to give participants time to share ideas and experiences and put information into action.

By internet starting on 10/6 – for people who are extremely disciplined. Please email .

Monday evenings (10/6, 10/20, 11/3, & 11/17) from 7:30 to 9 pm at First United Church, 2420 East Third St. Call or email Stephanie Kimball at 333-9324 or .

Tuesday lunch hour (10/7, 10/14, 10/28 & 11/11) from noon to 1:30 pm at First United Methodist Church (219 East Fourth St.). Bring a bag lunch. Call or email Anne Veldman at 988-6241 or .

Wednesday evenings (10/29 & 11/12) from 6 – 8 pm at St. Thomas Lutheran Church, 3800 East Third Street. Call or email Benjamin Schultz at 855-5130 or .

Saturday afternoon (11/15) from 1 – 5 pm at St. Thomas Lutheran Church, 3800 East Third Street. Participants in this power version (the full workshop in one session) of the class will need to contact Benjamin Schultz in advance for instructions on information that attendees will need to bring with them to the workshop. Benjamin can be reached at 855-5130 or .

By internet starting on 10/6 – for people who are extremely disciplined. Please email .

Sponsored by Earth Care Bloomington
Bloomington Friends Meeting
Bloomington Islamic Center
Congregation Beth Shalom
Dagom Gaden Tensung Ling Monastery
First Christian
First Presbyterian
First United
First United Methodist
St. Paul Catholic Center
St. Thomas Lutheran, ELCA
Sanshin Zen Community
Tibetan Mongolian Buddhist Cultural Center
Trinity Episcopal
Unitarian Universalist Green Sanctuary Task Force
United Presbyterian
Unity of Bloomington
University Baptist

>10/28 ~ Buildings for a Green Community (B-TOP Speaker Series)
Tuesday, October 28, 2008, 9-11 a.m.
Bloomington City Council Chambers, Showers Building 401 N Morton
Neal Angrisano, Deputy Director of Facilities for Johnson County (Kansas) Facilities Management, will speak on "Buildings for a Green Community".
This is the last speaker in our 2008 Livable Cities Speaker Series, so don't miss it!

Bloomington Transportation Options for People (B-TOP) is a non-profit, 501(c)3 organization working to bring about a more sustainable culture, better urban form and enhanced quality-of-life to people in the Bloomington area by increasing use, funding and development of alternatives to auto transport.


>10/29 ~ Bill Jones of SPEA on the new Griffey Lake Mngmt Plan
Wednesday, October 29
The new Griffy Lake Management Plan
7 p.m. - Room 1-B, Monroe County Public Library, Bloomington

Bill Jones, limnologist on the faculty of the IU School of Public and Environmental Affairs, will discuss management of Lake Griffy and some of the problems and potential solutions associated with this popular recreational and birding site north of Bloomington. Jones has been involved with development of the management plan. The program will be held in Room 1-B of the Monroe County Public Library. Light refreshments will be served.

>10/29 ~ B-TOP Action Alert - Oppose parking subsidy @ City Council meeting

Wednesday, Oct. 29, 7:30 p.m., City Council chambers (scroll down)

Dear B-TOP supporters,
1. Reminder: Next B-TOP speaker Tuesday, Oct. 28, 9-11 a.m., City Council chambers, Showers building

Neal Angrisano, Deputy Director of Facilities for Johnson County ( Kansas ) Facilities Management, will speak on “Buildings for a Green Community”. This is the last speaker in our 2008 Livable Cities Speaker Series, so don’t miss it!

2. Oppose the parking subsidy! Transportation issues at City Council meeting, Wednesday, Oct. 29, 7:30 p.m., City Council chambers, Showers building – your support needed!

At the next City Council meeting, we expect discussion of the following:

· An ordinance to increase parking prices in downtown garages will be up for second reading. We support the increases in parking prices, but don’t think they go far enough, inasmuch as the city will still be heavily subsidizing not only all garage parking, but the most inefficient use of garage space, the spaces that are reserved for one individual. Steve Volan has agreed to sponsor two amendments that, among other changes, would raise the price on reserved permits to cover the full cost of providing those spaces. The Chamber of Commerce has been quite vocal about opposing these amendments in the discussions up to this point, so we need to be vocal on the other side. There are many more progressive ways the city could be using its transportation money rather than helping individual parkers have their own special spots!

· Isabel Piedmont has proposed a stop sign at Henderson and Allen to allow pedestrians to cross into Bryan Park; there is a new pedestrian crossing and island here. However, the stop sign is being opposed by the city engineering department. B-TOP strongly supports this stop sign.

· The city is planning on vacating the right of way of South Fairview St, south of Patterson Rd. , adjacent to Cook Pharmica and the Social Security Office. While there is no public road there right now, B-TOP notes the importance of increasing connectivity for the future, and is therefore concerned at the prospect of losing any opportunity for a stronger grid pattern for our urban streets.

Please contact your council representative before the meeting and/or come to speak.

3. Ride free on first Saturdays!
Did you know that Bloomington Transit and the Monroe County Public Library have partnered to provide free rides on the first Saturday of each month? Just show your MCPL library card to ride any BT bus (fixed route or Access) free to any destination. Spread the word!

Elizabeth Venstra
Vice-President, Bloomington Transportation Options for People


>10/30 ~ Jail Overcrowding notice from Citizens for Effective Justice

The next meeting in the MCCJCC series will be on Thursday, October 30th at the Monroe County Public Library at 5:00 p.m. and will deal with the jail.

Discussion of the master planning meetings organized by the Monroe County Criminal Justice Coordinating Council.

There are many sources with useful information on jail overcrowding. The following paper from the National Institute of Corrections provides a basic overview of the issue:


Vid Beldavs, Secretary – Citizens for Effective Justice

Citizens for Effective Justice (CEJ) was formed in response to the tragic, untimely death of James Borden, Sr. in the Monroe County Jail on November 6, 2003. CEJ members are citizens from all walks of life concerned about our overcrowded jail and about creating opportunity for those incarcerated to reenter the community as productive, contributing members of our community. We affirm the Constitution of the State of Indiana Article I, Section 18 which states “The penal code shall be based on principles of reformation and not of vindicitive justice."

More information can be found on the CEJ website: www.citizensforeffectivejustice.org

CEJ holds general meetings every Saturday from 1:30 – 3:00 p.m. at Trinity Episcopal Church, on Kirkwood at Grant, Bloomington, IN 47408.

Only through community participation can community problems be resolved

______________________________________________________ ___________________

>10/31 THRU 11/2 - Bird Country.US - multiple events
See: http://www.birdcountry.us/wings

Avian conservation through research and education

Wings on the Water

October 31 - November 2, 2008

at the intersection of 3rd Street (SR 46) and SR 446 in Bloomington, Indiana.

Register Online, by Mail, or Phone Today Click here to download a printable brochure (PDF format).

Friday, October 31st


Arrive at the Registration Table IN COSTUME and register for the entire weekend FREE!

(Bigger kids, 13 through Adult, are welcome to wear their costumes, but regular price still applies.)

3:00 p.m. Bird Brain Bowl II

Do woodpeckers sing? When geese fly in their “V” formation, why is one side of the “V” longer than the other? Think you know the answers? Bring your team (you and two other bird brains) or join one of ours for the Second Annual Bird Brain Bowl! Spectators and tactful hecklers are encouraged.

4:30 p.m. Feathered Fundamentals

An excellent short version of our popular one-day workshop for beginners! BirdCountry.US Director (and the current President of Sassafras Audubon Society), Jeff Riegel, shows you how easy it is to get started in birding. (Only at “Wings on the Water”, discounted registration for the upcoming full-day version is available.)

6:00 p.m. Dining with the Director

Reserve your spot NOW for a great meal with some of our favorite (non-feathered) friends! Chapman’s Restaurant is the setting for informal, informative dinner conversations with regional experts. Choose Eagle Excitement, Owl Oddities, or Twitching for Tweeters or about anything "birdy" that might be on your mind. (Seating is limited; menu prices apply.)

8:30 p.m. Beautiful Bats

You can't have a Halloween celebration without bats and “Bat Woman” Terri Warne is bringing a few of her furry, flying friends for you to meet and greet, while she teaches you more about these gentle creatures. Terri, the Director of Bat World South Indy, is a bat rehabilitator and a Certified Interpretive Guide at Brown County State Park.

Register Online, by Mail, or Phone Today Click here to download a printable brochure (PDF format).


Stop by anytime Saturday from 2 to 8 p.m. and meet our very special guest, artist Elaine Oehmich. Take an up-close-and-personal look at some of her amazing paintings and charcoal sketches.


Saturday, November 1st

8:00 a.m. Wings on the Water

Rise and shine with the early birds, and add to your “event list” and ours! Sassafras Audubon Society (SAS) lends us knowledgeable experts to guide you to the best area spots for viewing waterfowl. For the environment’s sake, and because parking may be limited in some areas, CARPOOLING is highly encouraged! Meet in front of Chapman’s Banquet Center, dress for the weather, and consider being generous with your driver.

12:00 Noon LUNCH BREAK

Try the “Nutty Bird” at Chapman’s Restaurant, also available in a vegetarian version!

2:00 p.m. Winter Photography

Award-winning photographer Jeff Hammond, Hammond Photography, coming to us all the way from Atlanta, Georgia, shares tips and opportunities for capturing winter wildlife and scenery on pixels or film.

2:00 p.m. Just for Kids: Bird brain bowl

NEW this year, budding ornithologists have their own Bird Brain Bowl! Teams of 3, ages 12 and under ONLY, with spectators of any age welcome.


Geoff Keller shares his expert recordings and his wild experiences obtaining them! Chances are that if you've ever listened to a bird song CD, you've heard Geoff's recordings - many of them are catalogued with the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. CDs with many of Geoff’s recordings will be available this weekend for you to buy, and Geoff will be available today to autograph them for you.

5:00 p.m. DINNER BREAK

Chapman’s Restaurant has plenty of great selections for you to sample. (Menu prices apply.)

7:00 p.m. Creature Feature

Entertaining experts from Return to the Wild return to “WOW”, with LIVE owls and a surprise or two! Come and get better acquainted with, and even photograph, our feathered friends.

Register Online, by Mail, or Phone Today Click here to download a printable brochure (PDF format)

Sunday, November 2nd

8:00 a.m. Waterfowl, Wetlands, and More!

Last chance (this weekend) to go birding with an expert guide! Members of Sassafras Audubon Society again lead you on today’s walk. For the environment’s sake, and because parking may be limited in some areas, CARPOOLING IS HIGHLY ENCOURAGED. Meet in front of Chapman’s Banquet Center, dress for the weather, and consider being generous with your driver. (When we return, you don’t have to eat like a bird—Chapman’s has a wonderful breakfast buffet on Sunday mornings, beginning at 10:00 a.m.!)

10:00 a.m. For Rent - One Bedroom, Nursery Included, No Utilities

Some 50 or so species of birds in the continental United States nest in the cavities of dead trees, snags. The problem is that we tend to clear snags from our homes for safety reasons. But we can still provide homes for birds by offering them nestboxes designed for a specific species. Find out how easy it is to become a landlord for the birds and contribute to science at the same time by participating in the BirdCountry.US Nestbox Program.

11:30 a.m. A Season on the Wing

After we review Wings on the Water 2008, let’s take a quick preview of Eagle Watch Weekend 2009, “A Season on the Wing”, and the 2009 Spring Nature Expo. These are two more fun-filled events brought to you by BirdCountry.US and Chapman’s Restaurant and Banquet Center. Ask about the photography contest during Eagle Watch Weekend!

Register Online, by Mail, or Phone Today Click here to download a printable brochure (PDF format)

Be sure to check out our other great birding and nature events
Eagle Watch Weekend

February 6 - 8, 2009
Spring Nature Expo

April 3 - 5, 2009

Be sure to thank all of our wonderful presenters and sponsors. Wings on the Water couldn't happen without them!

Your Hosts and Presenters

Chet Cherry, General Manager, Chapman’s Restaurant and Banquet Center

Brittany Davis, Certified Interpretive Guide

Laura Edmunds, Education Director, Return to the Wild

Jeff Hammond, Hammond Photography

Dr. Susan Hengeveld, Biology Professor, Indiana University

Dr. James Hengeveld, Biology Professor, Indiana University

Geoff Keller, Bird Song Recordist

Ann Maxwell, Marketing Director, BirdCountry.US

James Mitchell, S.A.S. Board of Directors

Elaine Oehmich, MFA

Patty Reynolds, President, Return to the Wild

Jeff Riegel, Director, BirdCountry.US

Terri Warne, Director, Bat World South Indy

With Generous Assistance and Support From:

Bat World South Indy

Bird Watcher’s Digest

Brown County State Park Nature Center

Chapman’s Restaurant and Banquet Center


Friends of Brown County State Park

Hammond Photography

Monroe County/Bloomington Convention and Visitors Bureau

Sassafras Audubon Society

Summerhouse Inn

Information for Vendors/Exhibitors

A booth fee of $25.00 is required, in advance, for any person or entity wishing to participate at the 2008 Wings on the Water. (For nonprofit organizations, the fee is $15.00.) Limited space is available. Booths/displays must be manned/supervised AT ALL TIMES. Vendors are non-competing. No political or advocacy entities will be allowed.

BirdCountry.US and Chapman’s Restaurant and Banquet Center are NOT RESPONSIBLE for losses, including thefts, items left behind, or accidents. Vendors/exhibitors agree to hold harmless, and NOT TO SUE, nor engage in any legal action against, BirdCountry.US, Chapman’s Restaurant and Banquet Center, and any and all of their employees, associates, affiliates, or assignees.

BirdCountry.US and Chapman’s Restaurant and Banquet Center CANNOT make any assurances or guarantees concerning sales, number of attendees, weather conditions, or any other variable that may affect vendors/exhibitors public exposure and/or income from this event.

Vendors/exhibitors are encouraged to provide their own equipment; however, if arrangements are made in advance, tables and chairs can be made available. Electricity is available at the site, and booth space will be indoors.

For more information, email or call BirdCountry.US at 812-335-8137.

!!!!! NEW !!!!! The BirdCountry.US Citizen Research Sponsorship Program !!!!! NEW !!!!!
Soon, anyone can contribute directly to avian population research in your home area.

Check back for complete details on how you can help the birds.

>>>>> Another great book on the BirdCountry.US bookshelf <<<<<

Pete Dunne on Bird Watching-

The How-To, Where-To, and When-To of Birding

Pete Dunne, Houghton Mifflin Company, paperback, 334 pages.

"Going afield with this book is almost like having Pete Dunne himself in your birding party."

- Robert Michael Pyle

While there are many books on the market today about bird watching and how to be a better birder, in our opinion, none even come close to the thoroughness of this great book by the winner of the American Birding Association's Roger Tory Peterson Award for Promoting the Cause of Birding. Every birder, no matter what their level of expertise, will find value in this book. To the beginner, it is invaluable ... and extremely affordable. Only $12.00.

Proceeds from the BirdCountry.US e-Store help support our conservation and education efforts.



Rio Muchacho Organic Farm - Ecuador Learn how to grow your own food and live more sustainably! Courses offered in November
The course includes theory & practical, visits & videos. Covers organic farming, permaculture, appropriate technology, bee keeping, biodynamic farming, urban sustainablity and much more. It is a great opportunity to travel, experience a new culture and learn a lot! Other activities on the farm include chocolate making, freshwater shrimping, arts & crafts and horse riding.
More info on www.riomuchacho.com

>11/1 ~ Mother Hubbard's Cupboard - 'Share the Harvest' Gala & Auction

With the current state of the economy and rising costs of food and fuel
more and more of our fellow Bloomingtonians are having trouble putting
food on the table. This makes the mission of Mother Hubbard's Cupboard
more important than ever.

Simply stated, the mission of Mother Hubbard's Cupboard (MHC) is to
provide healthful, wholesome food to those in need. This service is
provided in a way that respects the individual and builds community.
There is no extensive paperwork for patrons to fill out, just a simple
sheet; Mother Hubbard's Cupboard operates on the honor system.
Many of the patrons also serve as volunteers. Patrons can choose the
food they want at the MHC's food pantry, and they can take home one bag
of groceries per week for each member of their household.

MHC currently provides healthy groceries to over 1,580 people in need
EVERY week.
Mother Hubbard's Cupboard is holding a fundraising event at tutto bène
on Saturday, November 1. *The 'Share the Harvest' Gala & Auction* will
offer fine wines, live music by Indiana Jazz Preserve and Kaia a
Capella, and delicious appetizers and desserts by Restaurant Tallent,
Finch's Brasserie and tutto bène. The best part will be the fabulous
live and silent auction items available, just in time for the holidays.
Visit www.mhcfoodpantry.org for a complete list of auction item donors.

With your help we can take a stand against hunger. 100% of the event
proceeds support MHC's work in our community. Tickets are $30/person and
on sale at Bloomingfoods, tutto bène and MHC. The evening promises to
be a lot of fun. It would be great to see you there! Please be in
touch if you have any questions.

Best wishes,
MHC is proud to be a member agency of United Way of Monroe County.
Visit www.monroeunitedway.org to find out how to participate in this
year's United Way Campaign.
Brooke Gentile, Executive Director
Mother Hubbard's Cupboard
1010 South Walnut Street, Suite G
Bloomington, IN 47401

>11/5 ~ Indiana Forest Alliance - Film & Call-out meeting @ MCPL
Indiana Forest Alliance is holding a membership call-out meeting on Wednesday, November 5 at the Monroe County Public Library starting at 6 pm. The meeting is for old members and people who want to join. We will be showing the film 'This Land Is Your Land' and holding break-out groups afterward for those who want to know more about what is happening with public forests in Indiana.
If you have any questions,
you can e-mail Rhonda Baird:

>11/6 ~ Dr. Elinor Ostrom -Sustaining Social-Ecological Systems
On behalf of the Schuessler Institute for Social Research, the
Department of Sociology and the Bureau of Social Science Research, I am pleased to invite you and your colleagues to the first Karl F.
Schuessler Lecture in Social Science Research. Please let others know about this talk. We are honored that the first lecture will be given by Lin Ostrom:

Sustaining Social-Ecological Systems
by Dr. Elinor Ostrom
Presidents' Room, University Club
Indiana Memorial Union
Thursday, November 6, 4–6 p.m.
Reception to follow

Elinor Ostrom is the Arthur F. Bentley Professor of Political Science,
co-director of the Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis,
and the Robert A. Dahl Fellow of the American Academy of Political and Social Science. Here talk deals recent research in sustainability.

A major effort of scholars interested in sustaining ecological systems
is conducting research that takes both the complexity of ecological
systems and the complexity of social systems into account.
Unfortunately, the biophysical sciences and the social sciences have
evolved without much cognizance of each other. To move ahead in
achieving higher levels of sustainability, we need to develop research
methods and ontological approaches that enable social and ecological
scientists to work together. Dr. Ostrom will report on some of the
research conducted by scholars at Indiana University in collaboration
with a network of scholars across the world. She will also examine an
ontological framework proposed to help integrate future work that
crosses ecology and social science.
Further details at: http://bssr.indiana.edu/documents/schuessler_lecture.pdf

For further information, please contact Megan Glass at 5-8984.
Forrest Fleischman
Research Assistant, Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis
Doctoral Student, School of Public and Environmental Affairs
Indiana University
Bloomington Permaculture Guild
Calendar of Events at http://my.calendars.net/bloomingtonpccal

>11/6 ~ Gardeners & Global Warming (Fishers)
Thursday, November 6
Gardeners and Global Warming Workshop
Fishers Town Hall
Gardeners have always been on the front line when it comes to dealing with changes in the environment. In the past decade, Hoosier gardeners noticed the earth warming up sooner, summers lasting longer and winters relatively free of bitter cold. These changes were substantiated when the Arbor Day Foundation updated their plant hardiness map by moving Indiana a full zone south. These changes forced adjustments in gardening practices and they now challenge you on a daily basis. Why not take up the challenge and learn to fight back?
The National Wildlife Federation and the Indiana Wildlife Federation are co-hosting a a free workshop to demonstrate how YOU can counteract global warming. Based on the National Wildlife Federation's Gardeners Guide to Global Warming, the workshop will provide relevant information for gardeners in Indiana and the Mid-Atlantic region.
The initial hour and a half will educate gardeners about the impacts of global warming, and how they can take actions in their gardens, homes and communities to limit those impacts. The second session will train participants to give the same presentation in their own communities.
RSVP to or call 317-875-9453.

>11/8 ~ Volunteer Day at the IU Research and Teaching Preserve
Saturday, November 8
Volunteer Day at the IU Research and Teaching Preserve

Join IU RTP staff to construct a new trail at Kent Farm, a parcel of the IU Research and Teaching Preserve. Volunteers of all ages are welcome. Meet the RTP staff at 8:45am at the edge of the KMart parking lot, nearest to Bloomingfoods-East, off of Third Street/State Road 46. We will carpool approximately 8 miles to the Kent Farm site and return to the parking lot by noon.

The preserve staff will bring tools and equipment to clear the trail. Volunteers should wear sturdy shoes and bring water and work gloves, although there will be some gloves available for people to borrow.

Please e-mail or call 855-8742 to let the RTP staff know you are coming.

>11/13 ~ 9/11 Truth Film Series @ MCPL - 'Fabled Enemies'

9/11Truth Film Series:
Evidence for a New Investigation
at the Monroe County Public Library
303 E. Kirkwood Ave.
Bloomington, IN

Thursday, Nov 13th at 7 pm, meeting room 1c

'ZERO: An Investigation Into 9/11'
Tuesday, Dec 16th at 7 p.m., meeting room 1-B

Free and open to the public.
Sponsored by 9/11 Working Group of Bloomington.
911workinggroup@ gmail.com

>11/13 THRU 11/15 ~ Simply Healthy - Local Foods & Aging Well

The 3rd Annual ''Simply Healthy: Creating Sustainable Communities" Simply Living Fair and Wellness Expo, Local Foods and Aging Well is November 13th, 14th and 15th, 2008.

Keynote Presenter Judy Wicks, owner and founder of Philadelphia's 25-year-old White Dog Cafe, and is a national leader in the local, living economies movement will speak in the Monroe County Public Library Auditorium.

On Friday evening, November 14th there will be a Local Foods Dinner fundraiser, $35.

On Saturday, November 15th, from 9:00am to 5:00 pm choose from more than two dozen workshops and visit the Free Vendors area with a wide variety of Wellness Practitioners, Vendors, Local Food Resources and Holistic Spiritual Practitioners. At 7:00 pm attend the Healing Sound Concert. We will also be hosting a "Silent Auction" throughout the event and welcome your support through donations or purchases.

The Local Foods Dinner, workshops, vendors and Healing Sound Concert will take place in the Unitarian Universalist Church of Bloomington, 2120 North Fee Lane, Bloomington.
This holistic, simply living, local foods and spiritual lifestyle fair and wellness expo is presented by the Indiana Holistic Health Network under the umbrella of the Center for Sustainable Living and in cooperation with the Center for Sustainable Living, Reiki Peace and Wellness Arts, Good Life Alternative and the Local Growers Guild.

"Simply Healthy" will feature more than two dozen workshops, including yoga and healing with arts; a Free Vendors area where you can meet wellness and holistic practitioners, such as Chiropractors, Life Coaches, Reiki Practitioners, Naturopaths, Acupuncturist, and others; learn about new products, purchase holistic products, eat food, have psychic and astrological readings, discuss holistic services and attend
The 3rd annual Healing Sound Concert featuring Bil Whitefeather, Native American Flutes, Ryan Anderson, Sacred Healing Rhythms, Dark Side Tribal Belly Dancers, Baraka, Kirtan songs, Janiece Jaffee, Jazz Singer - Sound Healer, Patricia C. Coleman and Paul Swanson, Poetry and Storytelling. Opening Words by Reverend William Breeden.
"Simply Healthy" is an opportunity to get a first hand glimpse of services and products that might be of use to you in aging well. It is an opportunity to explore simply living resources, holistic and alternative health topics and resources through lectures, workshops and talking with experts.
Opportunities are available for Workshop Presenters, Vendors and Volunteers.

Saturday Workshops, November 15th from 9:00am to 5:00 pm choose from more than 20 workshops and presentations - register early and attend as many presentations as you desire - $11 General Admission, Students and Seniors $9, Children are Free (unless there is a specifed materials fee). Childcare available with pre-registration.
After a day of workshops, end "Simply Healthy" by relaxing Saturday evening at the 7pm with the ''Healing Sound Concert'' a fundraiser for the Simply Healthy Fair and Expo (tickets only $11 in advance). Featuring the Bil Whitefeather, Native American Flutes , Ryan Anderson, Sacred Healing Rhythms, Dark Side Tribal Belly Dancers, Baraka, Janiece Jaffee Patricia C. Coleman and Paul Swanson. Opening Words by Reverend William Breeden.
You may tap your foot, laugh, sing along, dance or even cry with joy. Everyone usually walks away happy. "Healing Sound Concert" offers a variety of sounds and musical ideas with the intent of putting forth healing vibrations. "Healing Sound Concert" Tickets can be purchased at Wandering Turtle Gallery at 224 North College Avenue, (cash or check only) and at all Bloomingtonfoods Cooperative Grocery Stores, both in Bloomington, IN.

This event is Sponsored and supported by: Indiana Holistic Health Network, Center for Sustainable Living, Eco Media Center of Monroe County, The Good Life Alternative, Reiki Peace and Wellness Arts, Local Growers Guild, Women Writing for a Change, Local Food, Caldwell Eco Center, Green Dove Network, Inc., Wandering Turtle Art Gallery, WFHB Community Radio, the City of Bloomington, IN, Quilter's Comfort, HART ROCK, , Indiana Living Green Magazine, White Rabbit Copy Services, Holistic Affordable Housing (H!A!H!), WME3tv, Home Renovators, Wildwood Furniture, One World Enterprises, BLOOM Mag, Howard's Book Store, Soma Coffeehouse and Juice Bar and Laughing Planet Café and others.

For detailed information about "Simply Healthy: Creating Sustainable Communities" Local Food and Aging Well visit our website at http://www.indianayholistichealth.net/wellnessexpo. To register for workshops or purchase tickets, visit http://www.indianaholistichealth.net/wellnessexpotickets.htm Concert Tickets will go on sale at Wandering Turtle Gallery in October, 224 North College Avenue, Bloomington

If you have questions contact:

Patricia C. Coleman
Indiana Holistic Health Network
P.O. Box 8172
Bloomington, IN 47407

>11/15 ~ Sycamore Land Trust Environmental Education Activity
Saturday, November 15
Tree ID at The Cedars
9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Free and open to the public
Sycamore Land Trust Environmental Education Activity
Attendance is limited, so RSVP soon!
If you can't tell the trees without their leaves maybe this outing is just what you need. We will look at the various ways to identify trees after leaf drop. Each tree has certain traits unique to its species. By the end of this hike, you should be able to identify a butternut by the arrangement of the vascular bundles, a black cherry by its astringent odor or a scarlet oak by its concentric circles. If you like a challenge, come join us for a morning of discovery.
Bring water to drink. Dress for walking and weather. SLT will provide a snack.
If you're driving from Bloomington, we'll carpool from the east end of the Sam's Club parking lot at the junction of SR 37 and Bloomfield Road (SR 45). Meet there at 9 a.m. The Cedars is about a 20 minute drive south from there.
If you're driving from Bedford, we'll carpool from the southwest corner of the K-Mart parking lot at 1320 James Avenue, near Highway 50 and State Road 37. Meet there at 8:45 a.m. The Cedars is about a 30 minute drive north from there. We will give you a phone number to call to secure this carpool plan.

Please RSVP by November 11 to
or call 812-336-5382 x 100.

>11/18 ~ Center for Sustainable Living - monthly Board meeting
6-7 p.m. @ the Monroe County Public Library
Note that this is the 3rd Tuesday of the month (not the 2nd TUE)
The Center for Sustainable Living
office is now within the
Caldwell ECO Center
323 S. Walnut St. • Bloomington, Indiana 47401
Email: • phone: (812)332-8796

>11/18 ~ 1SKY Climate Change event @ local Congressional offices

On Nov. 18, hand a "welcome" card to the new Congress & President-elect demanding bold climate action in 2009.

Sign up to deliver the message!
No matter who our next president is or what the next Congress looks like after Election Day, we have to keep pushing our leaders for real solutions to the energy crisis and climate change.

That's why on Tuesday, November 18, volunteers will gather all over the country -- with help from 1Sky, the Energy Action Coalition and 350,org -- to welcome the President-elect and the new Congress by calling on them to make climate an immediate priority in 2009. Will you join them?

It's a simple but powerful action: On November 18, you'll "welcome" your representatives to the new Congress by visiting their local offices with a strong demand that they make climate change a top priority in Washington. As part of the welcome, you'll deliver a large greeting card representing the thousands of people in your state who voted on climate.

You don't have to make an appointment with the office, and you can bring along as many people as you like. After you sign up, we'll send you everything you need for the welcome, including a tool kit and the card itself to make your visit a success.

November 18 is less than a month away: sign up today to welcome the President-elect and the new Congress in November.

From the district visits in March and August through Mothers' Day and Green Jobs Now, you've stepped up time after time to grow this movement and push our leaders for bold climate action -- and thanks to you, we're having influence in Washington. Join us on November 18 for this simple but powerful action to remind the new president and Congress that we're ready for clean energy, green jobs, and real climate solutions:


Thank you for all your hard work to grow the climate movement!
On behalf of the 1Sky team,
Liz Butler
Field and Outreach Director, 1Sky
Help us build a list 1 million strong.

>11/19 ~ 'Sick around the world' film/discussion & HCHP meeting
You are invited to a film showing and discussion sponsored by Hoosiers for a Commonsense Health Plan (HCHP) at 7pm, Wednesday, November 19 in the Auditorium of the Monroe County Public Library, at Kirkwood and Lincoln, in Bloomington.

The film, 'SICK AROUND THE WORLD', shows how a number of countries around the world get better access to and less expensive health care than we in the US get by moving away from an unregulated and for-profit health insurance system.

The film is a PBS Frontline production narrated by T.R. Reid. Members of HCHP will lead the discussion. Please put this date in your calendar and pass the word to others.

Milton Fisk, HCHP


>11/22 ~ Growing Native Plants for Wildlife (INDY)
Saturday, November 22
Growing Native Plants for Wildlife
Indiana Native Plant & Wildflower Society (INPAWS) 15th Annual Conference. All day event, open to the public, beginning at 8 a.m.
at The Garrison at Fort Harrison State Park, 6002 N. Post Road, Indianapolis, IN.
For event information, visit: http://www.inpaws.org

IFCO/Pastors for Peace

Dear Friends,
Like all of you, IFCO has been watching with heavy hearts as Hurricanes Gustav, Hannah and Ike have ravaged the Caribbean.

IFCO is organizing a variety of disaster responses this week.

Here is how you can help:

1. Help us organize an IFCO-Pastors for Peace Construction Brigade
of 30-50 skilled carpenters, electricians, plumbers, etc. They and a small number of support individuals will travel to Cuba for approximately two weeks to assist in the reconstruction of social projects-i.e. schools, hospitals, medical facilities, home for the elderly, etc

This brigade will arrive in Cuba with tools and humanitarian aid collected from our friends.

As usual this aid will be delivered to the Ecumenical Distribution Committee which will distribute the aid wherever it is needed most.

2. Help us organize a mini-caravan to gather aid that Cuba says they need.

3. Send a generous donation. IFCO has established a Hurricane Relief Fund to respond as best we can to the needs of our brothers and sisters in Cuba.

The magnitude of need in Cuba has reached historic proportions. Each of us can contribute in some way to the recovery effort. You have helped us in the past.

Our friends in Cuba need our support now more than ever before.

Please be as generous as you can. Send your tax-exempt contributions to
IFCO, 418 W. 145th Street, New York, NY 10031 212-926-5757 by phone or by snail mail or
donate online at our website.

Let us help Cuba rebuild with no strings attached!

All contributions are tax deductible. IFCO is a 501c3 non profit organization.

And please dont forget to urge other people of faith, conscience and good will to contribute in any way possible to this effort.

Important: Please designate all contributions with the word Hurricane. Do not use the word "Cuba" in the subject notation line of your check or with an online donation.

Donating on line is safe, simple and straight forward:
Go to www.IFCONEWS.org contributions online

Designate your donation amount and write Hurricane Relief in the box online

418 W 145th Street, New York, NY 10031
tel: 212.926.5757 - fax: 212.926.5842 - email: ,

Right now INPIRG is hiring interns to work on campaigns to stop global warming, fight hunger and homelessness, and register thousands of IU students to vote.
Our voter registration project will be our top priority this fall, as we work to register 90% of the campus to vote. IU has a great opportunity to influence the youth vote nationally by becoming a shining example of youth participation. Applying for our internship program is the best way to get involved.
Go to http://inpirg.org/internships to submit an application.
Possible internships include organizing grassroots campaigns, working with the media, building partnerships with faculty and student groups on campus, building an internet presence through Facebook, and more. You'll learn great skills and have an impact on the issues that you care about. Plus, interns with INPIRG can earn course credit for their work.
The deadline to apply for an internship is Monday, September 8th, so apply now at http://inpirg.org/internships.
There will be interviews held from now until the application deadline. After receiving your application, we will be in contact with you via phone or email.
Brandon Liner

>Letter from Kerwin Olson of the Citizens Action Coalition
Subject: update from CAC

Greetings all. The myth that is “clean” coal continues to dominate the conversation about our nation’s energy future. After attending and laboring through multiple seminars, workshops, summits this summer, the reality that “clean” coal is truly a pipedream is clearer now than ever. The environmental implications of carbon sequestration are still unknown. It was even suggested by one “expert” at Gov. Daniels’ CCS (carbon capture and sequestration) Summit that the plume from the injected CO2 may well travel as far as 1000 square miles underground, from one coal plant. With approximately 600 coal-fired power plants nationwide, that math simply does not add up. Not only do they not know the fate of the CO2, those that inject it want to assume none of the liability or risk that comes with their pollution. Also at the CCS Summit, John Thompson of the “environmental” group Clean Air Task Force actually made the statement “to solve global warming, start building new coal plants.” Think I’m kidding; feel free to check out his presentation at http://www.in.gov/oed/files/Thompson_Presentationfinal.pdf. A ridiculous statement that needs no argument to defeat, but one that was prompted I’m sure by the $845,000 check given to his organization by the Doris Duke foundation (her father founded Duke Energy) and the $902,500 bribe by the Joyce Foundation to promote “clean” coal technology.

(I would be remiss if I failed to mention that when checking in at the registration desk for the Governors CCS Summit, we were all warmly greeted and handed our propaganda by employees of Duke Energy, and then treated to several nice meals and an open bar, all brought to you by your friends from Duke Energy; collusion anyone? I must pass along my warmest appreciation to all 750,000 + ratepayers of Duke Energy Indiana for the excellent roast beef and shrimp cocktail. Was that Amstel Light I had included in the costs for Edwardsport?)

But I am not here to discuss the environmental destruction that is coal, we all know the truth. Rather, I want to bring to light the economic injustice that is “clean” coal. When speaking at the Regulatory Flexibility meeting on September 25th, Paul Mitchell of the Daniels Administration was questioned by Rep. Ryan Dvorak of South Bend. Rep. Dvorak hit the nail on the head when he asked Mr. Mitchell, “I don’t get it, what’s the benefit [of CCS]…who’s making the money?” After dancing around the question, the only response Mr. Mitchell could come up with was “its wealth creation.” In other words, it is a continuation of the failed economic policy of supply-side, or trickle down, economics; introduced by the Reagan Revolution, tweaked by the Clinton administration, and then perfected by the Bush regime. Need I remind everyone that the honorable Mitch Daniels was the Budget Director for the Bush crime family from 2001-2003.

The notion that somehow the wealth created for the few by pursuing an energy policy centered on CCS will trickle down to the citizens of Indiana is as ludicrous as it is foolish. The only thing that will trickle down is higher rates and empty bank accounts. There is no economic development in CCS. There are no jobs in CCS. There is no societal benefit in CCS. Let’s not forget, they still have no idea how to do it, so this really is a conversation “that is at least 15 years off,” to borrow the words of Duke’s CEO Jim Rogers. If you believe that capturing C02 from 600 coal plants will bring about an era of economic prosperity for our state and our nation, I’ve got a couple million gallons of radioactive waste from some nuclear power plants I’d like to sell you.

The pursuit of CCS is merely an attempt by the industry, and its paid servants in government, to keep control not only of the money, but also of the grid. They control the message, trying to scare the public into believing that we cannot survive as a society without coal. Governor Daniels said at the Summit, “It does not go too far in my opinion to say, no coal, no country. No country as we have known it, no standard of living as we seek to leave it to our children.” Dispatching countless TV ads, deploying operatives on college campuses and Earth Day events handing out “clean” coal t-shirts and hats, and buying off a few environmental groups to deliver their message. It is reminiscent of the activities of GM, Standard Oil, and Firestone in the 1940’s, dismantling the street cars and replacing them with gasoline powered buses.

These activities are proof positive that there is an energy revolution on the very near horizon and their stranglehold on society is waning.

Improvements in energy efficient technology can bring about significant reductions in energy usage, and thus utility profits. Simon properties is evidence that real energy savings, through a serious commitment to energy efficiency can be realized, quickly, as they have reduced energy usage 11.7% since 2004. Those same savings could be realized through the commercial and residential sectors if our policymakers showed the same commitment to efficiency as did the board of Simon Properties. Unfortunately, we live in a state that ranks 49th in spending on energy efficiency and continues to construct new buildings and homes using 1992 energy codes. We also live in a state where the chairman of our state regulatory commission believes that energy efficiency “sounds nice, but a lot of things that sound nice, aren’t worth it.” (quote of Chairman Hardy at Reg Flex September 25th) That must change. We must hold office holders accountable and demand they do their job. That job, according to the IURC website, is “An advocate of neither the public nor the utilities, the IURC is required by state statute to make decisions that balance the interests of all parties to ensure the utilities provide adequate and reliable service at reasonable prices.” By continuing to ignore energy efficiency and dismiss renewables as “not economic at this point,” (another quote of Chairman Hardy at Reg Flex September 25th), the commission is not balancing the interests of all. They are complicit in maintaining the status quo and helping to push the agenda of the utilities, while ignoring the interests of ratepayers and the environment. Further proof of Chairman Hardy’s complicity in forcing the utilities agenda on our state was evidenced at the CCS Summit wrap-up session where he charged the masses to heed the Governor’s call because “he’s not going to ask twice.” That hardly sounds like an objective statement from an allegedly independent state regulator charged with balancing the interests of all parties.
Despite their attempts to skew the numbers and deny the truth, new large-scale wind farms are now cheaper than new coal-fired power plants, especially when you factor in future costs for carbon compliance. Why don’t they build wind farms you ask? Simply put, the more money they spend, the more money they make. The utilities make their profits off capital investment; therefore, coal is more expensive so they choose coal.

Advances in photovoltaics are driving down the cost, so much so, that Duke Energy Carolinas is proposing leasing roofs to install solar panels. Duke of course wants to own those panels, and deploy them when they want to; another clear indication that the industry is very aware that they are losing their grip, and homeowners everywhere soon may not require their services.

In addition to efficiency, wind, and solar, significant strides are being made in micro-algae, tide, geo-thermal, bio-mass, stationary batteries and many other clean and renewable technologies. Imagine if instead of spending the billions we currently waste subsidizing and researching finite, dirty, and expensive fossil fuels, we instead committed those funds to investment and research in energy efficiency, green building, and renewable energy! Where would we be as a society? We must not remain silent when we hear “clean” coal, or “nuclear renaissance.” We must not allow the public to be bought, sold, and manipulated. We must not allow these corporate polluters to dictate our energy future, just as we sat on the sidelines and watched them change the course of public transportation. Thomas Jefferson wrote, “We must make our election between economy and liberty, or profusion and servitude…. [Otherwise], as the people of England are, our people, like them, must come to labor sixteen hours in the twenty-four,… and the sixteenth being insufficient to afford us bread, we must live, as they do now, on oatmeal and potatoes; have no time to think, no means of calling the mismanagers to account; but be glad to obtain subsistence by hiring ourselves to rivet their chains on the necks of our fellow sufferers.” But what do I know; I’m just a community organizer with no real responsibility.

Kerwin Olson

Program Director
Citizens Action Coalition
603 E Washington St, Suite 502
Indianapolis, IN 46204
(317)205-3535 (main line)
(317)735-7727 (direct line)
(317)216-6329 (fax)


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