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EDA NEWSLETTER - JULY 2019
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THIS MONTH IN EDA NEWS
3rd ANNUAL CONFERENCE - Focus on Effective Advocacy Training
EDA MEMBERSHIP DRIVE & 2019 ELECTION - Acting Together for Our Common Good
DID YOU KNOW? - Earth Overshoot Day: What It Is and Why It Matters
BE PART OF THE SOLUTION - EDA Internships 
LETTER FROM A 12TH GRADER - Why Students Need to Rally for the Planet
– 3RD ANNUAL CONFERENCE –
Focus on Effective Advocacy Training
JOIN US IN OAKLAND, CA, OCTOBER 4-6, 2019
with an optional day for lobbying on Monday, October 7

Many of you have experience with other organizations or groups where you’ve lobbied for changes that reflect your personal values. EDA is focused on issues of economic democracy, specifically equitable distribution of resources and resource sustainability so future generations won’t have to suffer because of our selfish and short-sighted behavior. We are putting our efforts toward fundamental structural change to ensure our goals are realized. Our advocacy training program diverges from other programs by:

  • exploring how we arrived at a place in which civil society has been so weakened that our very humanity is being called into question
  • taking an in-depth approach to educating ourselves on the issues of resource sustainability while providing specific tools and original research so that we can speak knowledgeably and forcefully to elected officials, other power brokers and our partner advocates
  • focusing on issues that impact us right where we live, locally and in our unique bioregion

You’ll find a brief outline of weekend events for our October conference in this newsletter. Join us for the entire weekend, if you can. And if you live in the Bay Area, we strongly encourage you to take part in the Monday morning visit to two of your elected representatives. It’s a great opportunity to give voice to the issues you’ve learned about over the weekend. Your presence in their offices is a clear demonstration that you will be there for them when they take on the difficult task of transforming an inequitable and short-sighted economic system to one that simultaneously provides for people’s basic needs, tackles climate change and restores a severely compromised environment.

Whether or not you’re able to be there for the lobby visits on Monday, you will leave the conference with tools for bringing your concerns to legislators on your home turf. We here at EDA pledge to be there for you as you develop and carry out a personal action plan. It’s time for all of us to stand up and step up together to advocate for a sane, principled and healthier world for ourselves, our loved ones, our planet. Future generations are counting on us.

EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION ENDS JULY 15!
Early bird registration is $325 until July 15
Regular registration is $375 from July 16 until August 31
Late registration is $425 from September 1 to October 1
Student rates are available.

Tell your friends and colleagues. All are welcome to join us. 

CLICK TO LEARN MORE, REGISTER AND RESERVE YOUR ROOM

CONFERENCE ITINERARY
Friday, October 4, Evening - Orientation: Registration, appetizers and a no-host bar, followed by an introduction to EDA and preview of Saturday’s advocacy training program. Open to the public.
Saturday, October 5 - Advocacy Day: EDA’s advocacy program is designed to empower you to empower (and hold accountable) those who make the laws and economic policies that affect your life and the lives of those around you. Snacks, drinks and lunch provided. Dinner at your leisure.
Sunday, October 6 - EDA’s Roadmap to the Future: A strategic plan to create structural change for resource democracy. Snacks, drinks, lunch and dinner provided. Keynote speaker to be announced.
Monday, October 7 - Day of Action (Optional): A morning lobby appointment with local representatives at their offices. Meals at your leisure.

CONFERENCE LOCATION AND LODGING
Executive Inn and Suites, 1755 Embarcadero, Oakland CA 94606: EDA has arranged for a block of standard rooms to be discounted to $169/night.  If you would like to extend your stay, this special rate applies two days before and two days after the event. The Executive Inn and Suites provides free hot breakfast, WIFI, parking and shuttle service from Oakland Airport. We recommend booking early as there are a limited number of rooms set aside for us at this rate.

EDA Membership Drive & 2019 Election

EDA’s stated mission is to ensure the sustainable development and management of vital resources to meet the basic human needs of current and future generations through economic democracy.

In order to fulfill our mission and accomplish the growing list of goals we’re establishing together, EDA organized as a democratic commons. This means we’re a cooperative, dependent on all our members taking part in planning and operations. EDA is what we make it, acting together. 

HOW TO GET INVOLVED  
Become an Active Member: For more information on becoming an Active Member, or to renew your Active Membership, CLICK HERE
Run for Office: Active Members can shape EDA’s future by applying for open positions when they become available. The next election is this month for the office of Secretary, to serve on our Board of Trustees. Any Active Member is welcome to submit an application for this position. You can find the job description, instructions for applying and other pertinent information on the Active Member site on Loomio, our network platform.
Vote: It's vital that all Active Members take part in the election process by casting their vote. According to our Charter, we need a 60% quorum of Active Members voting for the election to be valid.
Renew your Membership: If you are already an Active Member but have not yet renewed your membership, please ensure you do so before July 25th so you are eligible to exercise your vote during the upcoming election period.

This is a very exciting time at EDA as we continue to grow. We hope you will join us! It’s never too late to become an Active Member and participate in EDA’s programs and objectives so that we are able to play a key role in creating a sustainable future for all.

– DID YOU KNOW? –
July 29 Is Earth Overshoot Day

Each year, Global Footprint Network calculates Earth Overshoot Day. This is the calendar date on which humanity’s annual resource consumption exceeds Earth’s annual capacity to regenerate these resources.

This year, July 29 is the point at which the human population begins its ecological overspending — when human demand for environmental resources surpasses its yearly capacity to regenerate them.

Through our biocapacity research, EDA has corroborated these basic calculations about society's increasing debt to the environment. We congratulate Global Footprint Network for bringing this serious imbalance to the public's attention in a very simple way.

– BE PART OF THE SOLUTION –
EDA Internships

We at EDA are inspired by the many young environmentalists and community builders that we’ve been meeting, and we’re looking forward to collaborating with them through the development of internship programs around GIS modeling, video and other production, and the evolution of our advocacy work… for starters. You’ll be hearing more about this in the months to come. We’ve recently activated the social media icons on the EDA website and some of these young people are already contributors – check them out. And join us in Oakland this October for EDA’s Resource Democracy in Action conference where you can get to know this new group of activists. The following article was written by one of the students who applied for a conference scholarship.

A Letter to EDA from a 12th Grade Student

The following article was written by one of the students who applied for a scholarship to EDA's 3rd Annual Conference: Resource Democracy in Action.

As a high school senior, I see our youth unaware of the responsibility that rests on their shoulders. In the next fifty years, the world will have been given its last chance at survival and it is necessary for the current up-and-comers to save it. I have seen in my own generation kids who disregard climate change as a problem for the politicians and bash plastic manufacturers as they use yet another plastic straw. It seems not only are we oblivious to the real dilemma, but also do not see that we are the ones capable of the most change.

Therefore, EDA is tasked with the obligation to inform and reform such youth. If EDA can provide explicit knowledge first, they can then rely on us. Superman couldn’t be Superman if he didn’t know that Metropolis was in danger.

The best way to distribute more accurate information is to use the very devices that hinder today’s youth. By using social media and streaming services for the benefit of economic democracy, the best weapon against lack of education will be unveiled. Posting on Twitter and Instagram (or using targeted advertisements) puts the knowledge directly into the hands of the next generation.

The important thing to target when communicating the issue is its relevance, and present the responsibility in a clear and urgent way. When we realize that we can no longer wait for rescue, we will feel compelled to understand the steps needed to ensure a life for ourselves and our children. EDA has the opportunity to tell Superman about the enemy, and the way to do it is easier than they think.

Chase Wolfson
12th Grade at Rim of the World High School, Lake Arrowhead, CA

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