EDA Newsletter - March 22, 2017
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Dear <<First Name>>,

This week's newsletter is brimming with exciting new information, so be sure to read to the end. We'll be covering:

  • Scholarship for youth to attend Our Common Good: From Issues to Action conference in Asheville
  • Learning Call 2: Economic Democracy details
  • World Water Day
  • 6 NEW blogs about water
There's still time to sign up for our first conference Our Common Good: From Issues to Action, May 26-29 – to learn and participate in building a team that will be the core of a long, sustained effort to influence our society toward a positive future for everyone. Be sure to register here before registration closes on April 23rd.

A very generous anonymous donor has made it possible for EDA to set up a scholarship for youth ages of 17-25 to attend Our Common Good: From Issues to Action conference in Asheville, NC, May 26-29. As an organization, we know that it will take all of us, working together, to make a difference.  

Who's eligible: You are, if you’re between the ages of 17-25 and interested in learning about how you can help define and implement a commons-based economic system designed to assure that everyone will have their basic human needs met now, and for generations to come.

What's included: The scholarship will cover the $500 conference fee, including all meals and dormitory accommodations at the Prama Institute just outside Asheville, North Carolina, in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. Flights are not included, however, limited transportations to Prama Institute will be arranged by the EDA team on May 26 and May 29 for those flying into Asheville airport.

What's required of you: Applicants are asked to write a 200-350 word response, addressing these two questions:

1. Do you have any academic or practical work experience in economic or environmental issues and if not, what is the source of your interest in these topics;
2. How do you envision participation in this conference impacting on your future?

If you're interested in this scholarship, please fill out this Survey Monkey questionnaire

Deadline for applying: April 10, 2017. Applicants will be notified of results by April 15.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Thank you to those who participated in our first Learning Call yesterday. It was a lively, informative dialogue. If you didn't have an opportunity to join, it's not too late to register here for the subsequent calls. Each call explores a stand-alone topic, and how it factors into creating a sustainable society where everyone gets their needs met.

Call 2: Economic Democracy
Tuesday, April 4 at 5:00-6:30pm PST

The thought-provoking reading for this call is entitled Economic Democracy, by David Schweickart, and is available here. Please read the entire webpage including the Q&A at the bottom.

Regardless of whether you'll be attending the conference, we encourage you to read the article and join us in the call. 
Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Today, March 22nd, is World Water Day, a day that is about taking action to solve the global water crisis. According to the UN, there are more than 633 million people living without safe drinking water close to home. Many spend hours trekking to distant locales to obtain water, much of it contaminated and not potable. While this is not the biggest first world problem, there are many threats to our own water sources that will require focused problem-solving and persistent legislative advocacy. 
The theme for this year's World Water Day is wastewater – how we can better recycle and reuse water in our homes, cities, industry, and agriculture. One of the UN Sustainable Development Goals for 2030 is to halve the amount of untreated wastewater while increasing recycling. Check out this UN wastewater fact sheet to learn more. 
EDA continues to explore this issue in a series of blog posts featured below, which look at the practices, science, and psychology of recycling and reusing wastewater. 
Learn about the issues so that we can take action. Together.
The new administration of the United States is starting out with an alarming explosion! An early view of the first proposed budget is reflecting catastrophic cuts in funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. The proposed reduction of between 90 and 97% of funding would decimate the program and could result in irreversible damage to the Commons that our country relies upon. The reduction in 2018 funding from $300 million to just $10 million has caused alarm...

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Recent actions by the new US Administration have raised alarm over the protection of water for our citizens.  An earlier post in our blog this month discussed the budgetary changes that will cause an enormous impact for the Great Lakes. This collection of five lakes is the largest group of freshwater lakes on Earth, and contains 84% of North America’s surface fresh water and 21% of the world’s surface fresh water by volume. These five lakes provide drinking water to roughly 8...

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Earlier this month we published two posts about the concerns that we are seeing regarding the future of clean water with the US Administration’s desire to severely weaken the Environmental Protection Agency. In combination with an Executive Order intending to rescind regulations preventing pollution of our rivers, lakes and streams, the head of the EPA has taken steps in his early days in his position to weaken the entire agency.

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The Executive Order that was signed recently will undo decades of progress in cleaning up our environment. But what’s worse, it will impair the environment for us and for future generations of Americans. This article published by Huffington Post will remind you of the origins of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Many of our readers are old enough to remember watching television when Walter Cronkite or the anchors on the other two networks...

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A third successive year of California’s worst drought in a century has the Golden State’s reservoirs at record lows. Agriculture has been affected, hitting the local economy, while some small communities risk running out of water. But business is booming in California’s Orange County Water District (OCWD), through a pioneering wastewater treatment facility that recycles used water – or sewage – and returns it to the drinking supply. 

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We’re continuing our exploration of how wastewater is recycled as EDA celebrates World Water Day on March 22. This year, the United Nation’s World Water Day theme is wastewater. Our previous post began this series looking at “toilet to tap” and introduced the innovations of wastewater recycling in Singapore and Orange, CA. We wanted to continue exploring these two pioneers, and introduce others in this series as well. We thought this article did a particularly great job of a offering a more in depth view of the Singapore recycling project.  In addition, this article, originally published at reaches into the “psychology of sewage.”
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