Wonderful Friends from my marina in Turkey

I am hoping that this link will let you see their arrival in Finike and also you can find their other videos. Enjoy.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EArhfPUxabU&feature=youtu.be

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Some Ideas on How to Save Our Planet

Here is some info, especially Greta and the video further down by Gabe Brown.

Greta Thunberg

https://www.themercury.com.au/news/world/greta-thunberg-un-climate-change-conference-in-poland/video/ae124de8e21fc55c4027281c09d22fe4

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0TYyBtb1PH4

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2018/12/12/whoever-you-are-wherever-you-are-we-need-you-15-year-old-greta-thunberg-calls-global

Watch the video on this site for a calm, matter of fact powerful explanation of what we are facing due to climate change:

https://rebellion.earth explains the need for getting control of the government:

The good news is:

Regenerative Agriculture can help solve the technical (but not the political)
problem.

https://www.greenamerica.org/healthy-soil-cool-climate/heal-soil-cool-climate

In the links below you can see videos where farmers seem to mimic Nature
and minimize the disturbance of the soil. Tilling damages the healthy soil.
For example, fungi mycelium is the vegetative part of a fungus or
fungus-like bacterial colony, consisting of a mass of branching,
thread-like hyphae. Tilling tears that up. Just a few years ago they
discovered that the thread-like hyphae secrete a weak adhesive that allows
the worms and other tiny critters to make tunnels and gives the healthy
soil the ‘black cottage cheese’ effect. This allows the soil to clump and
increase aeration, water absorption and water retention.

In the first video Gabe Brown went from nearly dead “soil” that looked like
whole wheat flour. Dry and compacted and low in nutrients, to ‘black
cottage cheese’. Rich, black moist soil full of diverse life. In 1991 his
soil would absorb only 0.5″ of rain/hr, but by 2011 it would absorb over
8″/hr. He normally only gets 15″ of rain/yr of rain, but his soil can hold
20″ He does not need to irrigate. He uses zero fertilizer or pesticides. He
is Organic, yet he has better yields than his conventional, chemical using
neighbors, at much lower costs.

There is much more if you search on-line. Some are smarter than others. The rules that I think I see each of these farmers
aiming for include:

>Till as little as possible. Let the underground livestock aerate the soil.

>Never have bare soil. It will be cooler in the Summer and warmer in the
Winter and keeps the moisture in.

>Carefully ‘design’ the crop(s) and ground cover choices for your
situation. Diversity and Synergy are important. Typically 10, or more types
of plants at one time.

>Trampling the ground cover may be important, especially in the Winter. Get
as much carbon into the soil as you can.

>Livestock, chickens, beef, etc, transform the nutrients as do some of the
crops and careful ground cover choices. Certain nutrients available only at
great depths can still be brought up by special plants with extra deep
roots.

>Plants and animals, eggs, etc are vastly more nutritious when the system
is working at natural optimum efficiency. Joel Salatin said the eggs have
over 20 times the folic acid, just as an example.

Green America:

https://www.greenamerica.org/healthy-soil-cool-climate/heal-soil-cool-climate

Gabe Brown: Keys To Building a Healthy Soil
https://youtu.be/9yPjoh9YJMk

Some of his stats are repeated here:

More microorganisms in 1 tsp of healthy soil than Humans on Earth.

60+ earthworms in 12x12x2″ of soil

1991 0.5″/hr, 2011 8+”/hr of water absorption

Gabe gets 15″/yr of rain & his soil can hold 20″ He does not need to
irrigate.

He says that he did not instantly change damaged land into fertile, healthy
soil. It may need some chemicals at first, but very few.

More from Gabe Brown:

http://brownsranch.us/category/videos/

https://www.facebook.com/brownsranch/

Dairy-grazing-program saved previous confined feed operation:

video: https://www.lexiconoffood.com/video/runaway-cows-trantham’s-sustainable-“12-aprils”-dairy-grazing-program

article: http://www.happycowcreamery.com/12-aprils-program/

Reversing desertification: Using livestock to restore deserts.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vpTHi7O66pI

The next link is a Talk in Danby, NY Apr 29, 2017 about Vegan Regenerative Farming (although I believe that the correct animals, used the correct way are better for the soil. You do not have to eat them, but for some time Humans are going to want meat.)

https://youtu.be/bMpMTo3–eY?t=542

Kelly Kirsten & Bob Flatly at Ahimsa village PA

http://www.ahimsavillage.org/about.htm

https://www.organicconsumers.org/file/soil-organic-carbon-keystone-sustainability-changing-world

Joel Salatin on recovering bad land:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FsbDXQBuwPg

A book “Call of the Reed Warbler” by Charles Massey is said to be good (we haven’t read it yet).

https://youtu.be/hr3qciR6WOY?t=393 interview with Charles Massey

Political Activism related:

A Green New Deal: US political proposal to deal with climate change is getting some limited attention.

Toothless at this time, but still being promoted by

https://www.sunrisemovement.org

Initial details on the proposed Green New Deal:

https://www.dataforprogress.org/green-new-deal/

non-violent civil resistance:

short version: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YJSehRlU34w

long version: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j6jJGFv23Jw

https://worldbeyondwar.org/talk-nation-radio-dave-lindorff-on-the-pentagons-fictional-budget/

Evidence that the powerful few are not to be trusted, period, with anything. Given by whistle blowers.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9aCA36J8R4Q

More miscellaneous Links:

https://www.organicconsumers.org/essays/five-new-reasons-monsanto’s-‘science’-doesn’t-add
https://www.organicconsumers.org/sites/default/files/gnd_fact_sheet.pdf
https://www.organicconsumers.org/essays/why-we-endorse-greennewdeal-and-how-we-plan-support-it

Robn, Dave and a Trini Friend trying to save the Planet

This was back on 14 Dec 2018. I do not have a copy of the photo from today yet.

We are as close as allowed to the US Embassy in Trinidad. Several Trini passers by stopped to thank us and show support. The lady in the middle even held the sign for quite a while.

Lots of cars driving by tooted and/or gave us big grins and thumbs up. One man is a native Trini, who joined the US Army as a private and retired as a Lt Colonel and became a US Citizen. They all felt that we have a nice Planet and it is a shame to Trash it.

Please Google Greta Thunberg

From writing to raising awareness

I haven’t quit writing. I just haven’t been writing my journal. I’ve been writing about my views regarding political issues and humanity instead of about me and my life.

Then we listened to Greta Thunberg, 15, from Sweden who spoke at the Climate Talks about the global non-action on the climate crisis. She very pointedly said that there was no point in asking the so called leaders yet again to do something that they have no intention of doing. She told the listeners that WE, the people, must act. She called for a global-wide school strike on Friday to call attention to the issue. Which is technically still asking the government to do its job but with a bit more disruption than just a polite ‘please’.

“Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will. Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have found out the exact measure of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them, and these will continue till they are resisted with either words or blows, or with both. The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress.”
Frederick Douglass

https://www.themercury.com.au/news/world/greta-thunberg-un-climate-change-conference-in-poland/video/ae124de8e21fc55c4027281c09d22fe4

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0TYyBtb1PH4

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2018/12/12/whoever-you-are-wherever-you-are-we-need-you-15-year-old-greta-thunberg-calls-global

We heard her speech and strike call on Thursday, and agreed that talking and writing were not enough. We, too, were guilty of not doing enough. We quickly made three signs out of what we had on hand – manilla file folders, and blue felt tip markers – and on Friday went to the US Embassy to support any and all striking students. I have no idea if anyone here was aware let alone joining. We didn’t care. It was just the two of us. One of the security guards promptly asked us to move to the other side of the street from the corner we started at. Then we decided to move over to the other side where there was shade. Since it was a one way road around Queen’s Park Savannah, the move actually put us closer to the drivers.

I had expected it to be unpleasantly hot and sunny but with shade and breeze it was quite pleasant. The breeze made it necessary to hold our floppy signs with 2 hands, so we were unable to display all three. They read: “SAVE OUR PLANET”, THERE IS NO PLANET B, and “THERE ARE NO JOBS ON A DEAD PLANET”.

We were encouraged by the number of beeps and thumbs up that we got. After half an hour a local woman came and joined us and happily brandished our third sign while we chatted for the next half hour. A bit later we were joined by a local man who is a veteran of the US armed forces, retired as a Lieutenant Colonel after enrolling as a private, now a US Citizen. He was also interested in the cause, so we told him about CommonDefense, a progressive organization of vets and active military personnel. He said he would look into it.

On the way home we went shopping for material to make a banner, having decided to make a weekly event of it. The woman who first joined us said that she would do the same down south where she lives.

We felt that we got more exposure in that hour and a half than we ever did by writing bits on social media – especially since the latter is mostly preaching to the choir. I’m sure some of the drivers disagreed with us and would hardly be influenced by anyone holding signs. Others, however, were probably not paying much attention to the issue, especially since it gets so little attention by the press. Seeing us, though, might make them curious, get them thinking, prepare them for more down the road. We felt good about the day’s efforts.

Next spring we have to leave Trinidad as our visas expire, so we will go to Tennessee and attend the UnRig Summit 2019 to discuss ways to reclaim the democracy that has been stolen from us. Then we go to Puget Sound and will be attending the Global Earth Repair Conference at Fort Warden, Port Townsend early May. Then we go to Turkey and do some preventative maintenance on Alegria.

I am feeling more and more hypocritical and guilty about my carbon foot print. I think I kept it very low for many years, and less low for most of my life, but this flying hither and yon has blown it, I’ll have to figure out how to get it back down.

Way way back in the 60’s I was already wondering why people were so willing to pollute our environment. Air, water, and sea were and are apparently believed to be infinitely capable of absorbing our dirty byproducts – despite the obvious fact that it isn’t.

Most of the activism regarding climate change has been centered on fossil fuels, which I do believe need to be phased out, especially since most of our wars are over oil and need to be ended. I have no sympathy for the fossil fuel industry as they have been aware for many decades of the magnitude of the problem and could easily have prepared for the end of fossil fuels by diversifying into alternative energy sources.

Less attention has been given to agriculture’s role in climate change. Addressing it’s role may well be our best chance at restoring the carbon balance and thus minimizing the damage being done.

We are heartened by the potential healing offered by regenerative agriculture. Various farmers have demonstrated the potential for sequestering megatons and megatons of carbon (given enough acres) back into the soil by using minimal till (if any), mulching, composting, animal husbandry, crop rotation, and (very importantly) diversity – getting way away from monocultures. Mimicking nature can do wonders.

If we phase out the use of synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides, and antibiotics using modern techniques of regenerative agriculture, we can vastly improve the quality and quantity of food produced (and hence our health) AND bring down atmospheric carbon. It also reduces the agricultural demand for water, can help recharge aquifers with cleaner water. The list of benefits is long.

Big Ag is no more interested in doing this than Big Oil is interested in closing their doors, so it, too, is not an easy solution politically. As a solution to many many problems including climate change, however, it should get top billing. Since these regenerative farmers have demonstrated the profitability of their methods, education ‘should’ be able to convert conventional farmers. If only it were that simple!

We are not farmers, yet we found the following videos very informative, encouraging, and even entertaining. Perhaps you would also enjoy them.

Regenerative Agriculture: Not theory, this is actual experience. Sequestering carbon, water retention, improving nutrition, no till, no poisons, etc.

https://youtu.be/9yPjoh9YJMk

Run away cows saved dairy farm:

https://www.lexiconoffood.com/video/runaway-cows-trantham’s-sustainable-“12-aprils”-dairy-grazing-program

Reversing desertification: Using livestock to restore deserts.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vpTHi7O66pI

Extreme example of regeneration success:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FsbDXQBuwPg Joel Salatin on recovering bad land

So we look forward to a new year of activism to push regenerative agriculture, thereby reducing poisons, improving nutrition, and sequestering carbon and water, plus fighting war and the continued unnecessary dependence on fossil fuels. No more war for oil, no more oil for war.

Cheers, Robn and Dave
P.S. Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year
Mele Kalikimaka, Hau ‘oli Makahiki Hou!

How to support the Green New Deal.

Since 1000 Volunteers from sunrisemovement.org flooded Congress Monday, 13 NEW Representatives have backed the Select Committee on a Green New Deal. We have incredible momentum, but we also have just two more days before Congress closes for the year to #SealTheDeal.

We know that showing up at Representatives’ offices is the single most effective tool we have to shift them.

To win, we need as many of us as possible to visit our Representatives’ offices today, tomorrow, or Friday. You can do it on your own, on your lunch break, or after school. You don’t need an appointment. When we’re fighting for life as we know it, we can’t wait for appointments.

Here are the steps:

0. Fill out this simple form to let us know you’ll be visiting your Rep

1. Print this sign. If you can’t print, write it with marker.

2. Find your Reps’ office. You don’t need an appointment. You just gotta show up. Bring some friends if you want.

3. Go to the office and ask to speak to the Representative. They probably won’t be there, but that’s ok. Try to talk to a staff member involved in policy and get them to commit to 6 ‘Magic’ Words: Support a Select Committee on a Green New Deal. ‘Select Committee’ or ‘Green New Deal’ alone are too vague for us to hold them accountable.

4. Take a selfie with your sign and post it on social media with #SealTheDeal

5. Once you’re done, fill out this form to tell us how it went.

You got this. I believe in you. I believe in us.

Questions? Check out this guide, or join our online office hours Wednesday at 3pm, 7pm, or 10pm ET; or Thursday at 9am or 12pm or 8pm ET where a coach will answer any questions you have.

Clear eyes, full hearts, Green Jobs, can’t lose,

Victoria

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