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As a society we must recognize soil as basic infrastructure. This means agriculture should not be operating in a purely unfettered capitalist system. New deal elements such as debt forgiveness, price parity and supply management must be built in---along with other means of insuring basic livable incomes for farmers and farm workers so they can operate farms to maximize ecological services and local food production without having to compete within globalism and against the corporations that would like to see all small farms disappear.
This would mean a progressive tax system to make nutrient dense local food affordable for low income people whilst paying farmer a living wage and revamping the land grant universities to train a new generation of regenerative farmers and field agents. Replace the soil conservation corps with a soil regeneration corps! Put young people to work planting trees and restoring habitat---and not just in farm country but re-greening urban landscapes, too.

We know that agri-bizz is heavily subsidized---big oil, big pharma, transportation---all these lobbying groups make sure that it is so. Small farmers have proven they can compete even with the odds stacked against us---now is the time to turn the tables.

Healthy soil can sequester 3-10 tons of carbon per acre. It is estimated that if all 8.3 billion acres of rangeland and 3.8 billion acres of cropland on the planet were converted to regenerative land management we could sequester enough carbon to bring CO2 in the atmosphere back down to 350/ppm in just 5 years!

And to top that off, the benefits of regenerative agriculture go far beyond carbon sequestration. At 90%-----Water vapor is the most prevalent greenhouse gas. CO2 is a mere 0.04%. One gram of soil carbon can hold 8 grams of water. We can restore the hydrologic cycle. Restore the small rain cycles. Cool the planet one micro-climate at a time. Mitigating both flood and drought, while extending plant longevity.
Right now health care is listed as the most important issue to people in our region.

Why are we getting sick? What is the best health care?

We are getting sick from the contamination and degradation of our habitat. The best health care is reparation of our environment. All life on terrestrial earth this begins with soil.


XRUV General Assembly: 8/13 qt 5pm in Lyman Park, WRJ
People's Assembly for a Just transition in Agriculture: 9/1 at 11am on the VT statehouse lawn (see note below)
Come join in a People's Assembly on a Just Transition in Agriculture to be held on the lawn of the People's House in Montpelier on September 1st 2020 from 11am to 1pm.

Main event is an assembly to discuss a just transition to a resilient, sovereign, re-localized food economy in our region---with the aim to draft policy directives to present to our elected representatives for immediate deliberation.

Physical distancing and mask wearing.

Coalition building!

Bring your own musical instruments, beverages and foods.

Bring something you have produced on your land to add to a collective display---food, fiber, medicine, etc.

Hope to see you there!
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As a society we must recognize soil as basic infrastructure. This means agriculture should not be operating in a purely unfettered capitalist system. New deal elements such as debt forgiveness, price parity and supply management must be built in---along with other means of insuring basic livable incomes for farmers and farm workers so they can operate farms to maximize ecological services and local food production without having to compete within globalism and against the corporations that would like to see all small farms disappear.
This would mean a progressive tax system to make nutrient dense local food affordable for low income people whilst paying farmer a living wage and revamping the land grant universities to train a new generation of regenerative farmers and field agents. Replace the soil conservation corps with a soil regeneration corps! Put young people to work planting trees and restoring habitat---and not just in farm country but re-greening urban landscapes, too.

We know that agri-bizz is heavily subsidized---big oil, big pharma, transportation---all these lobbying groups make sure that it is so. Small farmers have proven they can compete even with the odds stacked against us---now is the time to turn the tables.

Healthy soil can sequester 3-10 tons of carbon per acre. It is estimated that if all 8.3 billion acres of rangeland and 3.8 billion acres of cropland on the planet were converted to regenerative land management we could sequester enough carbon to bring CO2 in the atmosphere back down to 350/ppm in just 5 years!

And to top that off, the benefits of regenerative agriculture go far beyond carbon sequestration. At 90%-----Water vapor is the most prevalent greenhouse gas. CO2 is a mere 0.04%. One gram of soil carbon can hold 8 grams of water. We can restore the hydrologic cycle. Restore the small rain cycles. Cool the planet one micro-climate at a time. Mitigating both flood and drought, while extending plant longevity.
Right now health care is listed as the most important issue to people in our region.

Why are we getting sick? What is the best health care?

We are getting sick from the contamination and degradation of our habitat. The best health care is reparation of our environment. All life on terrestrial earth this begins with soil.
 

 XRUV General Assembly: 8/13 qt 5pm in Lyman Park, WRJ
Peoples Assembly for a Just transition in Agriculture: 9/1 at 11am on the VT statehouse lawn (see note below)
Come join in a Peoples Assembly on a Just Transition in Agriculture to be held on the lawn of the Peoples House in Montpelier on September 1st  2020 from 11am to 1pm.

Main event is an assembly to discuss a just transition to a resilient, sovereign, re-localized food economy in our region---with the aim to draft policy directives to present to our elected representatives for immediate deliberation.

Physical distancing and mask wearing.

Coalition building!

Bring your own musical instruments, beverages and foods.

Bring something you have produced on your land to add to a collective display---food, fiber, medicine, etc.

Hope to see you there!

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Timeline Photos9 de Agosto Día Internacional de los Pueblos Indígenas "Pandemia, derechos y pueblos indígenas" escrito por Jesus González Pasos de Mugarik Gabe, clacpi.org/2020/08/04/pandemia-derechos-y-pueblos-indigenas/ "
International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples "Pandemic, Rights, and Indigenous Peoples " by Jesus González Pasos de Mugarik Gabe.
#WeAreStillHere
#LivingPeoples
#IndigenousRising
#IndigenousPeoples
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Time for a Just Transition in Agriculture
The time is now to press for reform of our regions agricultural economy. The need for a resilient local food economy has suddenly become tangible to a wide swathe of citizens.
The VT Green Mountain New Deal and the Federal Green New Deal need to place at least as much emphasis on incentivizing regenerative land management practices as they do on conversion to renewables. Emphasis should be placed on retooling farms to a human-scale geared towards local production. We can restore health to people, land and climate by working to support and regenerate basic landscape functions. Technological solutions alone won't save us---we must repair our relationship with the biosphere.
We need research and development focused in the applied sciences of regenerative biomimicry.
The current crises we face, the rogue wave of pandemic and the tsunami of abrupt climate change, present us with a watershed moment to put the welfare of the biosphere front and center of all policy change.
To transform our society we need to grow out these three branches:
-Education
-Small Farm Promotion
-Just Transition for Dairy Farmers and farm workers

How can we reach out to farmers, loggers, ranchers and private land owners to engage with these issues?
Can social democratic reforms build upon the original New Deal to bring about a more just and compassionate society? Can we awaken ecological literacy among our general populace? We need full citizen participation to repair and reinvent our relationship with earth.
Is non-violent civil disobedience an effective tool to leverage government, industry & financial institutions?
What about boycotts?
On thing is clear---sustainability no longer cuts it. We have so damaged our environment that we must embrace regenerative practices to repair it.
What are the catalysts to bring about a change of hearts and minds that will allow regenerative culture to become embedded in policy? How do we as a society embrace an ethic of habitat repair?
Our only hope for survival lies in understanding the fundamental role healthy soils plays in supporting all of life. This is why land managers who are capable of growing healthy soils as they produce food, medicine, fuel, fiber, building materials, etc., must be rewarded with a living wage and benefits by society at large. Collectively, we need new agreements that recognize soil as the fundamental infra-structure---the essence of the "commons". The wanton destruction of soil can no longer be a "right" of land owners or corporations.
Conventional and traditional organic farmers, ranchers and foresters need access to training, tools and incentives to transition to regenerative practices. Farm workers and migrant laborers should be guaranteed full equal rights and justice under the law. Climate refugees who want to farm should be given access to land, tools and markets.
A re-localized agriculture will require human labor. Many more citizens should have the opportunity to enjoy meaningful employ on regenerative farms in every city, town and village of the state. Young people should have access to training and grants to start up small farm businesses in a revitalized agricultural economy. Society must guarantee that regenerative farmers receive a living wage---this is key to restoring biodiversity and stability to our climate.
It is time to explicitly link "a just transition in agriculture" to racial injustice, social inequity, loss of biodiversity, abrupt climate change.
One way to achieve these ends is to press our elected representatives to pass a Healthy Soil Protection and Restoration)Act. This legislation could be embedded in a wider green stimulus bill or green new deal---or stand on its own.
The path to healthy soil is a revolution.
Such an act could include:
-Reparations to those historically disenfranchised from their land
-Incentives for land owners to adopt regenerative land management practices
-Establishment of "new commons" (through partnership between government, NGO's and land owners) to grant access to farm land to climate refugees, young and new farmers, people of color, women farmers
-Research and development on biomimicry
-Field agents trained in regenerative land management
-youth soil regeneration corps for habitat restoration.

Hope to see you at "The People's Assembly for a Just Transition in Agriculture"---September 1st, 11am on the Vermont Statehouse Lawn
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Time for a Just Transition in Agriculture
The time is now to press for reform of our regions agricultural economy. The need for a resilient local food economy has suddenly become tangible to a wide swathe of citizens. 
The VT Green Mountain New Deal and the Federal Green New Deal need to place at least as much emphasis on incentivizing regenerative land management practices as they do on conversion to renewables. Emphasis should be placed on retooling farms to a human-scale geared towards local production. We can restore health to people, land and climate by working to support and regenerate basic landscape functions. Technological solutions alone wont save us---we must repair our relationship with the biosphere.
We need research and development focused in the applied sciences of regenerative biomimicry. 
The current crises we face, the rogue wave of pandemic and the tsunami of abrupt climate change, present us with a watershed moment to put the welfare of the biosphere front and center of all policy change.  
To transform our society we need to grow out these three branches:
-Education
-Small Farm Promotion
-Just Transition for Dairy Farmers and farm workers

How can we reach out to farmers, loggers, ranchers and private land owners to engage with these issues?
Can social democratic reforms build upon the original New Deal to bring about a more just and compassionate society? Can we awaken ecological literacy among our general populace? We need full citizen participation to repair and reinvent our relationship with earth.  
Is non-violent civil disobedience an effective tool to leverage government, industry & financial institutions?
What about boycotts? 
On thing is clear---sustainability no longer cuts it. We have so damaged our environment that we must embrace regenerative practices to repair it. 
What are the catalysts to bring about a change of hearts and minds that will allow regenerative culture to become embedded in policy? How do we as a society embrace an ethic of habitat repair? 
Our only hope for survival lies in understanding the fundamental role healthy soils plays in supporting all of life.  This is why land managers who are capable of growing healthy soils as they produce food, medicine, fuel, fiber, building materials, etc., must be rewarded with a living wage and benefits by society at large. Collectively, we need new agreements that recognize soil as the fundamental infra-structure---the essence of the commons. The wanton destruction of soil can no longer be a right of  land owners or corporations.
Conventional and traditional organic farmers, ranchers and foresters need access to training, tools and incentives to transition to regenerative practices. Farm workers and migrant laborers should be guaranteed full equal rights and justice under the law. Climate refugees who want to farm should be given access to land, tools and markets.
A re-localized agriculture will require human labor. Many more citizens should have the opportunity to enjoy meaningful employ on regenerative farms in every city, town and village of the state. Young people should have access to training and grants to start up small farm businesses in a revitalized agricultural economy. Society must guarantee that regenerative farmers receive a living wage---this is key to restoring biodiversity and stability to our climate. 
It is time to explicitly link a just transition in agriculture to racial injustice, social inequity, loss of biodiversity, abrupt climate change. 
One way to achieve these ends is to press our elected representatives to pass a Healthy Soil Protection and Restoration)Act. This legislation could be embedded in a wider green stimulus bill or green new deal---or stand on its own.
The path to healthy soil is a revolution.
Such an act could include:
-Reparations to those historically disenfranchised from their land
-Incentives for land owners to adopt regenerative land management practices
-Establishment of new commons (through partnership between government, NGOs and land owners) to grant access to farm land to climate refugees, young and new farmers, people of color, women farmers
-Research and development on biomimicry 
-Field agents trained in regenerative land management
-youth soil regeneration corps for habitat restoration.

Hope to see you at The Peoples Assembly for a Just Transition in Agriculture---September 1st, 11am on the Vermont Statehouse Lawn

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Hello friends & neighbors,
This is a call for an XRUV General Assembly.
It's been a long time!
I propose that all who safely can, meet at Lyman Park in WRJ from 5 to 6:15pm on Thursday, August 13th.
(physical distancing and masks)
How does the climate justice movement continue in the time of Covid?
I would like to add to the agenda:
-Holding a "People's Assembly on a Just Transition in Agriculture".
-Advocating for our elected representatives to pass a Healthy Soils Protection (and restoration) Act.
Stand up for life!
Health & Peace
Stephen Leslie
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Hello friends & neighbors,
This is a call for an XRUV General Assembly.
It's been a long time!
I propose that all who safely can, meet at Lyman Park in WRJ from 5 to 6:15pm on Thursday, August 13th.
(physical distancing and masks)
How does the climate justice movement continue in the time of Covid?
I would like to add to the agenda:
-Holding a "People's Assembly on a Just Transition in Agriculture".
-Advocating for our elected representatives to pass a Healthy Soils Protection (and restoration) Act.
Stand up for life!
Health & Peace
Stephen Leslie
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Hello friends & neighbors,
This is a call for an XRUV General Assembly.
Its been a long time!
I propose that all who safely can, meet at Lyman Park in WRJ from 5 to 6:15pm on Thursday, August 13th.
(physical distancing and masks)
How does the climate justice movement continue in the time of Covid? 
I would like to add to the agenda:
-Holding a Peoples Assembly on a Just Transition in Agriculture.
-Advocating for our elected representatives to pass a Healthy Soils Protection (and restoration) Act.
Stand up for life!
Health & Peace
Stephen Leslie

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Rally at the State House Saturday, August 1st at 9:30 am. ... See MoreSee Less

Rally at the State House Saturday, August 1st at 9:30 am.

See you Saturday.Rally at the Vermont State House: “Say NO to Fascism”
Date: Saturday, August 1
Time 9:30-11:00 AM
Contact: [email protected]

On Saturday, August 1st there will be a rally on the steps of the Vermont State House in Montpelier as part of a nation wide resistance to President Donald Trump’s attempts to impose a fascist government in America.

Beginning at 9:30 AM the rally will feature an open mic for people to express their concern about federal government actions under Trump which include arrests without cause by unidentified federal agents, suppression of peaceful protests, statements and actions by the president which set citizens against one another and encourage fear and hatred.

Various organizations working on issues such as demilitarization, racial justice, greater economic equality, and protection of the environment have been invited to set up information tables where people can learn how to join efforts to create a more just, peaceful and sustainable future.

“We, the people, have watched while this president has set up the conditions for a fascist state. Extreme nationalism, white supremacy, demonizing and blaming weak and marginalized groups, militarized police forces are the ingredients which fascist dictators used in the twentieth century to dominate and oppress their citizens. We will not allow that to happen here.”
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See you Saturday.

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Wonder if I can repost this without being banned for 30 days

Here is an update on arctic sea ice, presently at record lows, both in the arctic as a whole and in regions around the arctic. Less ice means less energy is reflected back into space and more energy absorbed by the dark ocean, which then warms the water further and accelerates the melting of the remaining ice. This is a classic self reinforcing feedback loop, and it’s one of many that we are now seeing play out in real time.

Our situation is desperate, and it’s past time to get organized to fight for a habitable planet. Extinction Rebellion Vermont’s organizing meetings moved online online due to Covid, but the statewide working groups are still meeting regularly. Send us a message if you are interested in getting involved.
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Here is an update on arctic sea ice, presently at record lows, both in the arctic as a whole and in regions around the arctic. Less ice means less energy is reflected back into space and more energy absorbed by the dark ocean, which then warms the water further and accelerates the melting of the remaining ice. This is a classic self reinforcing feedback loop, and it’s one of many that we are now seeing play out in real time.

Our situation is desperate, and it’s past time to get organized to fight for a habitable planet. Extinction Rebellion Vermont’s organizing meetings moved online online due to Covid, but the statewide working groups are still meeting regularly. Send us a message if you are interested in getting involved.Image attachmentImage attachment

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"To understand the root causes of the pathologies we see today, which impact all of us—but affect Brown, Black and Poor people more intensely—we have to examine the foundations of this society which began with Colonization…. the way the extractive economic system of Capitalism came to this land, supported by systems of supremacy and domination which are a necessary part to keep wealth and power accumulated in the hands of the colonizers and ultimately their financiers.” — Dr. Rupa Marya #AnotherWorldIsPossible #FutureWeWant #DefundPolice ... See MoreSee Less

On this Memorial Day, as we mourn the needless loss of thousands of fellow humans in days past and future, we acknowledge that these losses are rooted in the diseases of domination, greed, violence, militarism, discrimination, and war. Let us today make a commitment to support egalitarian, regenerative, and sustainable solutions for generations to come. ... See MoreSee Less

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Planet of the Humans : Let's just have a think... ... See MoreSee Less

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This is a great critique, a clear rebuttal actually of the many distortions in this film. Can't understand why Michael Moore is promoting it - he obviously hasn't vetted it carefully.

ANNOUNCEMENT! Uprise Youth Action Camp has the green light from the State of Vermont to hold camp! We're going for it! Sign up HERE -> forms.gle/dw5USfjAdLT7ee7p6

DONATE TO SUPPORT YOUTH LEADERSHIP IN THE CLIMATE MOVEMENT HERE! -> www.gofundme.com/f/uprise-camp-amp-youth-action-alliance?utm_source=customer&utm_medium=copy_link...
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ANNOUNCEMENT! Uprise Youth Action Camp has the green light from the State of Vermont to hold camp! Were going for it! Sign up HERE -> https://forms.gle/dw5USfjAdLT7ee7p6

DONATE TO SUPPORT YOUTH LEADERSHIP IN THE CLIMATE MOVEMENT HERE! -> https://www.gofundme.com/f/uprise-camp-amp-youth-action-alliance?utm_source=customer&utm_medium=copy_link-tip&utm_campaign=p_cp+share-sheet

After everything that’s happened, does anyone still think petitions are going to change anything? If you’re not already fired up to get out of your comfort zone, now’s the time to light that fire. ... See MoreSee Less

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Extinction Rebellion BTV

Last Saturday, Extinction Rebellion Vermont and allies, using extreme social distancing techniques, planted 39 chestnut trees in honor of nonviolent warrior Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who was assassinated the same day in 1968 at the age of 39.

The trees were planted on property where working class families once lived before the City of Burlington razed their homes to expand BTV airport and pave the way for the appalling F-35 war aircraft. Vermont's contingent of F-35s burns thousands of gallons of toxic fuel in mere moments and is contributing to the ill health of neighboring communities due to their freakishly loud engine noise.

Burlington has turned a working class neighborhood into a wasteland. The ghostly footprints of former homes remain, waiting for a purpose and reminding us of the disdain that the forces of destruction have for life. These forces are not resting during this pandemic, and neither can we.

The city has said it has a landscape plan for the area, but we all know that "plan" likely consists of occasional mowing. Extinction Rebellion's planting of these 39 "MLK Trees" will help the city with their landscaping, provide healing to these maltreated residential lots, and begin the process of recapturing a fraction of the carbon burned by the military's death machines next door.

We invite the City of Burlington to use these trees as a catalyst for a full reforestation of this besieged territory.
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What do you think capitalists will say when climate change becomes too severe to ignore? We need a revolution so we don’t have to find out. ... See MoreSee Less

What do you think capitalists will say when climate change becomes too severe to ignore? We need a revolution so we don’t have to find out.

soil is usSOIL IS US
We owe our existence to soil. In a sense, we are animate consciously-aware expressions of the life generated by soil. Without soil there would be no terrestrial life forms on earth.
Four-hundred-and-seventy million years ago fungi cytoplasts united with bacteria and algae to become lichen and launched their mutualistic partnership upon a vast single continent of rock. They know longer waited for weatherization to wash nutrients to the sea. They colonized the rock and became the primogenitors of pedogenesis. The Permian forests grew from the soil lichen first built---laying down the coal oil and shale we burn today. Back then the CO2 in the atmosphere was 7000-8000 ppm. Deep soils teeming with life drew CO2 down to as low as 100ppm. Soil gave rise to hydrologic systems. Established the balanced climate in which our species evolved. Yet, to judge by our actions, soil is the most under-valued and abused of all the natural resources at our disposal. The last 30 years have seen an explosion in exciting new panoramas of research into the complex mutualism between plants and the soil biome. We now know that through photosynthesis plant roots deliver a 3rd or more of the sugars plants produce to the soil microorganisms. This liquid carbon drives the vast food web of our biosphere. The soil carbon sponge is designed to be the repository of excess carbon. It is the living library out of which all our dreams of existence are spun. We have come to understand that fungi are a keystone species in this hidden world. And that the conventional agriculture we have developed over the last 60 years has reduced that soil fungal population by 90%. We have degenerated degraded and desertified ½ of the terrestrial planet that is not covered with ice. If we restore this land just think of how much carbon we could draw down.
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Boring photo—but exciting evening. Montpelier City Council votes unanimously to declare climate emergency! ... See MoreSee Less

Boring photo—but exciting evening. Montpelier City Council votes unanimously to declare climate emergency!
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