TRANSITION STEERING COMMITTEE MEETING
Wednesday, September 14, 2016; Library Conference Room; 4:00pm-5:30pm
Liz Lafferty, Ande Finley, Scott Finley, Bob Gerfy, Ron Metcalf, Beth Robson, Margot Janeway, Chom Greacen
- I-732 Campaign: Ande updated the group on the current activities of this campaign. Now that the Saturday Market is done for the season we are primarily conducting surveys on the ferries, and calling 5,000 voters in Skagit County. People are needed to take 1 hour/week phone shifts until Election Day – Liz & Kim, Ron, Bob, Beth, Margot, and Chom will join Ande & Scott in this work. Visit the yeson732.org website to register to call: http://yeson732.org/call-voters/. Click on Skagit County.
- “The Climate Anxiety Doctor is In:” Liz reported on the success of this booth in the final weeks of the Market and Bob mentioned that he will build a more permanent structure to use next season.
- Dime-A-Gallon Project: Discussion continued on this program adapted from a Berkeley Quakers group in which people voluntarily charge themselves a carbon tax on all the fossil fuels they personally consume. We will jumpstart it locally with an article in the Islands Weekly and then see if we can expand to include tourists next summer. It was suggested that members bring cash for the previous month’s gallons to each Steering Committee meeting. The group needs to find a good way to spend these funds as locally as possible. Liz suggested a visual representation posted on the website which would track the amount collected.
- Climate Action Workgroup (CAW): Liz volunteered to create a list of the resources that have already been compiled for our island, including the upcoming Green Home Tour (greenhomesanjuans.org), Lopez Energy Challenge, Lopez 2025 (Monterey students), Bainbridge Graduate Institute Survey, Village Subarea Plan, and the Food Security survey (done by Ezra Fradkin). Vision Blog on the website needs to be more widely publicized to invite more participation (https://transitionlopezisland.wordpress.com/vision-blog/).Let’s look at Anacortes Vision 2030 (Transition Fidalgo & Friends) as inspiration. http://www.transitionfidalgo.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/Vision_2030.pdf
Beth suggested putting together an educational program around climate change and the efforts that are connected to that, perhaps for a potluck.
Work That Reconnects: Ron updated the group on this upcoming Joanna Macy-inspired program. Transition is partnering with the Quakers to bring Marianne Percy from Bellingham to facilitate the workshop which will take place over Friday, November 11th to Saturday, November 12th at Grace Church. A maximum of 25-30 people can participate with Friday night’s event being by donation and Saturday with a cost of $30-$75 on a sliding scale. Childcare will be at Grace Church on Friday and Sunnyfield Farm on Saturday. Ron and Liz are moving ahead, prepping materials for advertising the event. He needs help posting on Lopez Rocks, emailing other organizations about the event with a custom cover letter, and assistance with organizing food. Ron needs to know who is committed at this point. Beth suggested working with the library to highlight Joanna Macy’s books for a few weeks leading up to the event. Ande will add the event to “Upcoming Events” on the home page of the website.
STANDING IN SOLIDARITY WITH THE STANDING ROCK SIOUX: At the conclusion of the meeting, 30 more people showed up for the Transition gathering to stand in solidarity with the 100+ tribes in North Dakota who are protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline being built across the Lakota Sioux’ land, threatening the Missouri River, their sole water source as well as Native burial sites and sacred places. Liz played a moving song, Kai Sanburn read a piece from Facebook, and we took multiple pictures of the group with signs and placards to spread on social media.