North Notes – Next Meeting March 21

We will meet this Tuesday, March 21st, at the  Cub foods in Blaine, located at the intersection of University and 109th, in the upstairs conference room from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.
Things to discuss:
  • A picnic table building project for the Garden Farm in Ramsey.  Need to find a Saturday in April for folks interested in helping out.
  • Discussion about Richard Heinberg’s recent article entitled “Disengage From the Spectacle” which can be found in its entirety here http://www.resilience.org/stories/2017-03-15/disengage-from-the-spectacle/.  We could share our own ideas related to his suggestions on things to work on in the coming days to keep from becoming overwhelmed by the foolish/dangerous happenings around the world. Heinberg’s suggestions:
    • “Disengage from the spectacle. Learn what you need to know in order to assess immediate threats and general trends, but otherwise avoid spending long periods of time ingesting online, print, radio, or televised media…
    • Make a personal and family resilience plan in case of a temporary breakdown in the basic functions of government…
    • Work to build community resilience. If and when national governance breaks down, your local community’s degree of social and biophysical resilience will make all the difference for you and your family. Biophysical resilience relates to local food, water, and energy systems. A socially resilient community is one in which people are talking to one another, institutions for resolving disputes are trusted, and people look out for one another. Identify organizations that are building both kinds of resilience in your community and engage with them…
    • Direct some of your resilience-building efforts toward long-term and nature-centered concerns. This might take the form of conservation work of various kinds. In my last essay, I discussed assisting the migration of forests in the face of climate change. Carbon farming and providing wild bird and insect refuges are other options… Again, this is work that proceeds best in the company of others…
    • Take some time for the conservation of culture—arts and skills that are their own reward. Connecting with others in your community by enjoying or playing music together, singing, dancing, or making visual art deepens relationships and gives life more dimension and meaning.”