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EDA NEWSLETTER - JANUARY 2020
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THIS MONTH IN EDA NEWS
EDA TOWN HALL PRESENTS - Strategic Plan 2020
RESEARCH TEAM - Breaking New Ground
WHAT WE'RE READING & WATCHING - Economics Edition
LEGISLATIVE UPDATE - Status of CA Watershed Bill
CLIMATE MAYORS - The Impact of Local Action on Climate Change
HOW WE OPERATE - Read Our Bylaws
JOIN THE EDA TEAM - Do You Have Bookkeeping Skills?
– EDA TOWN HALL PRESENTS –
Strategic Plan 2020

EDA has been integrating its work in thoughtful ways, consolidating our activities and expanding our scope. As part of this effort, our new Planning Team is proposing the launch of a strategic plan.

Comprised of James Quilligan, Sylvia Reischke and Patti Ellis of the Managing Director’s group, along with advisor Alison Weeks, the team will be introducing its dynamic agenda early this year.

EDA’s strategic plan will be featured at a special Town Hall event on Zoom on Monday, January 20, 2020 at 8:00 PM ET. We invite your comments, suggestions and feedback. Please attend and find out where EDA is heading and how we will get there.

– RESEARCH TEAM –
Breaking New Ground

During 2019, EDA’s Research Team developed the capacity to illustrate its regional sustainability results through colorful and easy-to-understand GIS maps. They used these illustrations to support the EDA Advocacy Team in its training and lobbying on specific legislation.

Food Sustainability in the San Francisco Bay Watershed

Congressional districts by population that can be fed by calories produced in the district. The darker the district, the more people it can support with the food calories it creates. 

Another milestone this past year was that Research expanded its analysis from the bioregions of local county districts into US Congressional Districts, State Senate and State House Districts. The Advocacy Team employed these maps for their training in Asheville, NC, in August. They used similar maps for the Oakland training presented at EDA’s 2019 Conference, and also for the lobbying of State Assemblymembers that followed. Similar projects are developing in California and Maine and others are projected for Illinois and Colorado.

The Research Team continues to raise the interest of groups around the world. Organizations from Brisbane, the Philippines and San Francisco to New York, Lisbon and Amsterdam are following EDA activities closely. Building partnerships with these organizations will enable EDA to reach more people and broaden our impact.

The objective is to offer regional sustainability data on food and water and advocacy training to these partner organizations. In exchange for our data, educational materials and advocacy training, our partners will organize advocacy groups which will help us to support specific legislation. In this way, EDA will meet its goal of building greater ecological sustainability and economic equity across the country.

– WHAT WE'RE READING & WATCHING –
Economics Edition

The new political story that could change everything
As an investigative journalist and self-described "professional troublemaker”, George Monbiot uncovers the complicated truths behind the world's most persistent problems. Here he talks about the stories that made Keynesianism and neo-liberalism work. Monbiot makes a powerful case that the way to move on from what we’re experiencing now is a brand-new narrative.

The new political story that could change everything     Time: 0:15:15

The dirty secret of capitalism – and a new way forward
Nick Hanauer, one of the world’s most provocative thinkers, talks about our society’s growing inequality and the dire consequences it creates for our democracies. In this TED talk, he criticizes the neo-liberal ideas that have dominated since the 1980s, creating the inequities of which we are all aware. While he favors economic growth, many of his ideas signal a new path towards economic justice.

The dirty secret of capitalism – and a new way forward     Time: 0:17:03

This small German town took back the power – and went fully renewable
Bertie Russell tells the story of a small German town that adopted total renewable energy and formed cooperatives to share the benefits. So it is possible!

Corporations in The Crosshairs: From Reform to Redesign
For the future economy to work, says Allen White, there needs to be a fundamental redesign of what we know as the ‘corporation’. Among other things, it needs to abandon the geometric growth model that is compromising our resources and move toward satisfying long-term human needs by respecting, rather than exploiting, the environment. We have a limited time in which to make this change, perhaps a decade. The alternatives, at minimum, may destroy a major part of humanity.

– LEGISLATIVE UPDATE –
Status of CA Watershed Bill

On October 7, 2019, twelve EDA members visited the offices of California Assemblymembers Buffy Wicks (State District 15) and Rob Bonta (State District 18) to lobby for the reintroduction of Assembly Bill 933 in the State Assembly. This bill would support community organizations and local governments to develop plans and implement environmental restoration projects, as well as address water quality, supply and management.

Recently we learned that this ‘Ecosystem Resilience’ bill will not be reintroduced in the California Senate this year as anticipated. Since many of its supporters will be engaged in federal elections activities, the bill’s backers decided that volunteer efforts for this legislation are not feasible this year.

2021 is a long way off but EDA plans to continue its support for this vital bill next year. A Watershed Coordinator program based on consistent funding from state budget and bond acts is not only good for California — it’s also model legislation for other regions in the United States.

Meanwhile, EDA is already expanding its legislative focus for this year. In coming newsletters, we’ll have news on legislative initiatives in California, Maine and a few more places. Stay tuned.

– CLIMATE MAYORS –
The Impact of Local Action on Climate Change

Since its founding in 1850, the City of Los Angeles and its environs has attracted immigrants from other parts of the US and the world, in large part because of its climate.

It is fitting, therefore, that Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti, a strong advocate for tackling climate change, has recently been elected as Chair of the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group. The C40, now comprising 94 major cities around the world, has four principles:

  • the recognition of a Climate Emergency
  • a commitment to keeping global heating below the 1.5°C goal of the Paris Agreement
  • a promise to build more equitable economies and advance the cause of environmental justice
  • a pledge to work with a broad range of impacted parties, from governments and businesses to labor organizations, scientists, youth and communities disproportionately impacted by climate change and poverty

“As opposed to the past,” Garcetti observes, “when people used to say you can either save the earth or save jobs, we know now that the two can go together – in fact, you can’t do one without the other.”

Garcetti is also the co-founder and current Chair of Climate Mayors, a bipartisan, peer-to-peer network of US mayors working together to demonstrate leadership on climate change through meaningful actions in their communities. Their aim is to express and build political will for effective federal and global policy action.

“Cities are more important than national governments,” says Garcetti. This is why 442 mayors from cities big and small have joined this network. To see if the mayor of your city is a member, or to persuade your mayor to join, check out: http://climatemayors.org/about/members/

– HOW WE OPERATE –
Read Our Bylaws

We’re proud to announce that our 501(c)(3) educational status was recently granted to EDA by the IRS. Our 501(c)(4) charitable status had been approved earlier in 2017. Each application took an enormous amount of work by EDA volunteers and our attorneys, including the development of new bylaws. Both sets of these organizational documents are now available to view on our Active Members site on Loomio. Just click on EDA Bylaws.

– JOIN THE EDA TEAM –
Do You Have Bookkeeping Skills?

EDA is looking for a volunteer bookkeeper. This would involve recording purchases, sales, receipts, payments and other financial transactions. It will require about five hours a month. If you’re able to help out, please contact Jonathan Stoller.

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