Our next public meeting will be held at Northern Delights Coffeehouse at 7pm. The program will include a half hour film documenting the amazingly successful land restoration achieved by local people working together on huge landscapes in a short time, in China, Zimbabwe and Ethiopia. Filmed and produced by American Professor John D. Liu, ‘Hope in a Changing Climate’ will be shown on new large screen the Lanziseras (the new owners of Northern Delights) have recently purchased. (It is thanks to Neil Harvey of Hyampom and National Public Radio program he produces that we first learned of John Liu and this documentary. This excellent NPR half hour program, Bioneers ‘Revolution from the Heart of Nature’, is broadcast in Hayfork at 99.7 at 10:30am on Fridays.) To view 'Hope in a Changing Climate' on your computer go to www.whatifwe change.org/blog/?p=582
This will be followed with a presentation by Hayfork resident Fred McLearn who with his wife Melody own and operate McLearn Trucking and Landscape Material. Mr. McLearn will discuss landscaping principles and materials and tools they offer for sale. They work with another local resident who grows trees here from seed that are well adapted to our conditions and are available for purchase. Besides practical applications of landscape improvement such as soil erosion control, the McLearns aim to help make Hayfork more beautiful, one property at a time. This will be followed by a question & answer and discussion session.
Please join us for an enjoyable and informative evening. Remember to check out Hayfork Cooperative’s lending library managed by Judy Godair. Feel free to bring seeds, plants, bulbs, etc. to share. If you have magazines and periodicals that you are finished with and would like to give them to others before recycling them, feel free to bring them to share. At the end of the meeting they invite you to discuss Hayfork Cooperative and where you want them to go as far as programs. They do not ask for dues as this is a cooperative. However, please support Northern Delights with your business or a small donation. They want each of you to have a say in the programs and in the decisions. They are here to guide only, not to push a program. More info or if you have suggestions talk to: Susan Bower, Garrett Spillane, Peggy Siers, Adrian Keyes, or Todd Taylor. The public meetings are held on the fourth Tuesday of each month - please note this new day! They hope you will join them for this free event.
Update: John Dennis Liu is documening work in Haiti that has similar objectives. See www.whatifwechange.org/blog/?cat=7
Therein John states:
We don’t have theoretical climate changes. We have physical disruptions to Earth Systems. Mitigation and adaptation to climate change requires physically restoring organic matter in soil, biomass in vegetation cover and protecting biodiversity.
Sustainable Organic Integrated Livelihoods (SOIL) is acting with courage, grace and dignity by empowering the local people of Haiti with knowledge and opportunity to solve their own problems. What the good people working with SOIL in Haiti are illustrating is that there is a huge workforce ready to mitigate and adapt to climate change and that doing this is the same work needed to end the poverty and misery they currently endure.
I’ve always wondered why Haiti was so poor. On this trip I began to understand what has happened. In 1804 Haiti won its independence when the people rejected slavery, rebelled against the French and took over in a revolution. Then the French demanded that the Haitians pay reparations for their “Lost Property”. This was 10′s of millions of dollars then and would be the equivalent of more than 20 billion dollars today. It took over 100 years but the Haitians actually paid for their freedom.
The colonial powers feared that following the Haitian example all over the world colonies and slaves would demand their freedom and independence. This is exactly what happened. But by then the world had come to understand that you can’t own human beings and no other former colony was expected to pay their oppressors. Seen from this perspective the trouble Haiti has seen seems much more understandable and the work of SOIL and the people of HAITI is magnificent.