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EDA NEWSLETTER - AUGUST 2019
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THIS MONTH IN EDA NEWS
ECONOMIC DEMOCRACY IS UP TO US - Join us at EDA's 3rd Annual Conference: Resource Democracy in Action, this October
THE TRUTH ABOUT ENERGY USE - It's time for a rapid transition

BECOME AN EDA MEMBER - Your participation matters
ELECTION RESULTS ARE IN - Hello, Madam Secretary!
ANNOUNCING SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS - Meet the students joining us at EDA's 3rd Annual Conference
JOIN US AT EDA'S 3RD ANNUAL CONFERENCE: RESOURCE DEMOCRACY IN ACTION 
Economic Democracy Is up to Us
OCTOBER 4-6, 2019
(Optional Lobbying Day on Monday, October 7)

We don’t have to look too far to witness the growing social inequality and extreme weather in our communities, and climate refugees at our border. Our natural systems are straining under the intensity of climate change and the sheer volume of human demand for declining resources like food, water and energy. People are increasingly unsure what to do about these problems. 

EDA’s groundbreaking research into resource sustainability, combined with an advocacy training program that will be launched in Oakland, is designed to provide a new set of tools to enable the public to become agents of change themselves. Rather than focus on protests and resisting, EDA believes that the surest way to democratic change is through new laws generated by people advocating their elected officials for legislative action, particularly at the local level. Through its research, app development and advocacy training programs, EDA's objective is to put real solutions into everyone’s hands.

Attend EDA’s annual conference in Oakland and become part of this mission.

  • Witness first hand a presentation of EDA’s breakthrough research
  • Be empowered by EDA’s Advocacy Team as they engage you in effective advocacy for regional sustainability and equality
  • Hear from EDA’s Next Generation Team as they share their compelling vision for the future
REGISTRATION FEE
Regular registration is $375 from July 16 until August 31
Late registration is $425 from September 1 to October 1
Student rates are available.

LOCATION
Executive Inn and Suites, Oakland, CA., is a terrific venue located on the beautiful Oakland Estuary with the wonderful San Francisco skyline on the horizon.
 
CLICK TO REGISTER AND RESERVE YOUR ROOM
– THE TRUTH ABOUT ENERGY USE – 
It's Time For A Rapid Transition

Since the discovery of oil for industrial purposes in the 19th century, the global demand for energy has rapidly increased. Modern society, with all its cars, computers and air conditioners, depends on a prodigious amount of oil, which is becoming more and more difficult and costly to extract. Worse, the carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuels are also a major cause of pollution and hotter temperatures.

This is why many people are hoping to make a rapid transition from dirty fuel to clean energy. The problem is that coal and oil are still needed in creating this new solar energy industry. So it could be many decades before the production of solar energy exceeds that of fossil fuels.

– BECOME AN EDA MEMBER – 
Your Participation Matters

Many thanks to everyone who responded to our membership drive. In addition to those who renewed their membership, we’re delighted to welcome the new members who have joined us! If you missed the July 25th deadline to be eligible to vote in the election, you can still become an active member. Please CLICK HERE to join or renew your membership.

– ELECTION RESULTS ARE IN – 
Hello, Madam Secretary!

We are pleased to announce that Eva Simonsen has been elected Secretary to serve on EDA’s Executive Committee and Board of Trustees. The Executive Committee has legal and fiduciary responsibility for EDA, including federal and state compliance, tax, budgets, income and expenditures, and the administration of official appointments, elections and referenda. We would also like to announce the ratification of the following positions: Charles Hannah as Director of Development, Dave Cunningham as Research Chair, George Catlin and Annida Brunato as Education Co-Chairs and Jacelyn Eckman as Advocacy Chair.

A big thank you to the candidates who put themselves forward for the position of Secretary; and to all who participated in our election process! In alignment with our core values to create a democratic process that firmly establishes EDA’s vision into the future, we are happy to report that we achieved a quorum of over 82% voting participation by our members. 

And if you're not an Active Member yet, JOIN US TODAY.

– ANNOUNCING SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS – 
Meet The Students Joining Us at EDA's 3rd Annual Conference

This dynamic group of individuals has a lot to offer and we're excited that they'll be joining us for EDA's Resource Democracy in Action conference in Oakland, CA this October. 

Chloe Brown - Chloe is a junior at Virginia Commonwealth University.  She sees income disparity and the hoarding of wealth by a small percentage of the population as a driving factor in the extreme depletion of earth's natural resources.  She believes that wealth redistribution and how much freedom we give to large corporations are key factors in turning this around.

Garret LeRoy - Garret is a recent graduate of American University and an environmental filmmaker, with a focus in business. He sees the misalignment of private and governmental interests as being a major impediment to the sustainable use of our resources.  He wants to use his skills to further interdisciplinary dialogue.
 
Gwendolyn Nahnsen - Gwendolyn is a recent graduate of American University in Environmental Sustainability and International Service. She believes that it is from man's loss of connection to Nature that most of our ecological challenges stem. She feels it is important that we acknowledge that man and Nature are inextricably linked as we pursue our public policies.

Wei-Wen Wang - Wei-Wen is a Masters student at UC Berkeley in Development Practice.  She has a special interest in correctly pricing goods and services so that the environmental impact and negative externalities are taken into account.  Equality in policymaking is a focus of hers.

Chase Wolfsohn - Chase is a recent high school graduate from Lake Arrowhead, CA, who sees apathy as the biggest problem facing his cohorts.  He feels that they are unaware of the urgent responsibility that rests on their shoulders and that it is important to disseminate accurate information to young people about the problems facing us, and to give them concrete steps that can be followed.

Taryn Wolfsohn - Taryn is a senior at Georgetown University, whose focus is economics.  She thinks that the greatest issue facing her generation is the mismanagement of natural resources and their monopolization by corporate interests.  She wants to explore a new way to handle our commons, in order that more people may benefit.

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