EDA Newsletter - April 12, 2017
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Dear <<First Name>>,

It's been a tough few weeks for environmental protections. With the swipe of a pen, POTUS signed an executive order to rollback WOTUS, the Waters of the United States, a rule that designated what smaller bodies of water are under the control of the EPA and the Army Control of Engineers.

As the legislative landscape for protecting our common resources appears increasingly challenging, how can we, as citizens, take action now?

We'll continue to explore this topic in our Learning Call 3: The Commons on April 18th, and even more in depth at our first conference Our Common Good: From Issues to Action in Asheville, NC, over Memorial Day weekend.

Please note Conference registration closes April 23rd so there's still time to join us. We hope you do!

Despite the heartbreaking news of environmental setbacks, we're keeping our finger on the pulse of what's positive--where local communities are taking action to creatively solve resource problems.

Check out our inspiring blog post on urban farming in a parking lot in Brooklyn, New York.

What's happening in YOUR community to protect water, food, and energy?
Sign up today for the April 18th Learning Call 3: The Commons and join us in Asheville to explore this together.

The EDA Team 

Tuesday, April 18, 2017, 5:00-6:30pm Pacific Time

In our final Learning Call, the article we’ll discuss begins with this: More than a political philosophy or policy agenda, the commons is an active, living process. It is less a noun than a verb because it is primarily about the social practices of commoning — acts of mutual support, conflict negotiation, communication and experimentation that are needed to create systems to manage shared resources.

The commons is about a new-old way of conceptualizing ourselves and the things we need.  It is an invitation to a deeply enriching, practical connection to one another and our world.  It is about “systemic change” in the deepest sense of the phrase: changing the systems that shape our perception of and interaction with everyone and everything around us.

For a genuine sense of what could be, in fact what already is in many instances, we invite you to read and enjoy this article by David Bollier, Commoning As A Transformative Social Paradigm

Look for discussion questions in the EDA LEARNING CALL 3 newsletter coming Friday, April 14, and then make sure to join us on the call Tuesday, April 18, 5:00-6:30 Pacific Time.

If you haven’t already registered for this series of webinars, please do so here

Looking forward to catching you on the call!

Published March 18, 2017

This week we mark the upcoming United Nation’s World Water Day on March 22. Every year there is a new theme for World Water Day – this year the theme focuses on wastewater.  In EDA’s two most recent blog posts we shared some of the advances in wastewater recycling, and much of this seemed to be on the cutting edge. In this article, we thought it appropriate to share another story of wastewater recycling success similar to that of Singapore and Orange, CA.
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Published March 21, 2017

Over the past week or so we’ve taken a glimpse at the world of wastewater recycling to acknowledge 2017’s theme for World Water Day.  We looked at recycling efforts in Orange, CA, Singapore, and the pioneers of wastewater recycling in Namibia.  While these recycling efforts were focusing on water for human consumption, there are needs for water in a variety of agricultural applications as well as industrial use, both of which can be less demanding.   Read More

Published March 24, 2017

Trump wants to demolish a federal agency that has played a crucial role in American history.

The Mission of Economic Democracy Advocates (EDA) focuses on the protection of the natural, social and economic systems that make up our Commons to meet the basic human needs of this and future generations. This Mission is extremely important to us. That is why we have been paying close attention to the recent... Read More

Published March 28, 2017

Our recent blog posts have had two themes:  the proposed cuts in Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) funding; and the celebration of the United Nation’s World Water Day. Both of these themes have had a focus on the future of water as a Common resource. We saw in a previous post, that the history of the issues that the EPA had solved since it was formed have been substantial.  With the possibility of an impending reduction in the role of the EPA in the country, there will undoubtedly be... Read More

Published March 31, 2017

This article written by Bill Gates offers us an amazing view into the future of energy.  We’re reading about the creativity of scientists and engineers that are tackling the potential of the use of the energy that is available to us from the sun.  Elon Musk’s team has done amazing work in two areas recently:  the new launch of solar roof shingles that is scheduled for commercial release in April 2017, and his recent opening of a new solar battery manufacturing facility...  Read More

Published April 6, 2017

One of the things that EDA believes in strongly is that sustainability in the future will rely on local efforts for food. That can serve as a challenge in urban areas. We recently released a post about the innovations in vertical farming and how this new way of growing food could make an impact on local distribution of freshly harvested vegetables.

This article, published in the Huffington Post describes an offshoot of that vertical farming...  Read More

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