Phase Out Fossil Fuels: The Best Solution

Climate change is real and ignoring it won’t solve the disastrous problems it will bring.  There are many actions necessary but chief among them is the switch to non-fossil energy.  Presently fossil fuels are cheap because the price does not take into account the collateral damage extracting and using them does. This post describes a realistic market-driven solution to accelerate the transition: Carbon Fee and Dividend. Continue reading “Phase Out Fossil Fuels: The Best Solution”

Frackin’ Crazy!

There is a stealth effort afoot to bring fracking wells to our area. One can’t really know the integrity of those who are pushing this, but the fact that they are holding the hearings close to a holiday when the locals are busy and distracted, the fact that the announcements of these hearings appeared in obscure media, and the fact that they seek to limit their liability for environmental damage to only $50,000 does not bode well.

Marguerite will post details here shortly.  Stay tuned.

Update: Visit NoFrackingBucks.net.

World Cafe

For those unfamiliar with the process, a “world cafe” is a large free-form discussion group. The participants convene in a cafe setting and seat themselves around tables which have been covered with heavy paper instead of table cloths.  Crayons or other writing materials are provided and each table has both a moderator and a recorder taking notes.

There is a discussion question or questions, and each table engages with the questions.  Individuals are encouraged to note their opinions and ideas on the tabletop paper.  The recorder takes notes in anticipation of delivering a summary of the discussion in the concluding plenary session. The moderator seeks to ensure that all those present give voice to their thoughts without one individual dominating the conversation.

Following the concluding plenary session, the organizers recover the tabletop paper with the individual notes and comments and summarize the entire affair.

At Pennswood Village we had such an event on the theme of Quaker Values and Principles as expressed in the life of the community.  The document attached is the report of the organizers.

World Cafe Report