A Sunday morning gathering of progressive thinkers who explore, through presentations, issues that influence our daily lives and the lives of future generations. We hope these gatherings, through understanding and knowledge of the world around us, will ignite change for the common good and provide a sense of community. FREE and OPEN to the public.
Our planet is approaching a critical environmental juncture. Across the globe we continue to deplete the five pools of carbon – soil, wood, coal, oil, and natural gas – at an unsustainable rate. We’ve burned up half the planet’s known reserves of oil – one trillion barrels – in less than a century. When these sources of energy-rich carbon go into severe decline, as they surely will, society will follow.
Former archeologist and Sierra Club activist Courtney White calls this moment the Age of Consequences — a time when the worrying consequences of our environmental actions– or inaction — have begun to raise unavoidable and difficult questions. How should we respond? What are effective (and realistic) solutions?
In exploring these questions, White draws on his formidable experience as an environmentalist and activist as well as his experience as a father to two children living through this vital moment in time. As a result, The Age of Consequences is a book of ideas and action, but it is also a chronicle of personal experience. Readers follow White as he travels the country --- from Kansas to Los Angeles, New York City, Italy, France, Yellowstone, and New England.Bills are being pushed by the American Legislative Exchange Council all over the west, including New Mexico. They seek to take all federal public land and give it to state government to manage and to own.if the lands stayed in state control, states do not have the same level of environmental regulations as the federal government does, which means the lands could be damaged much more easily.
Harris will address The Gila River Diversion Proposal, USC Reform, Watershed Restoration, Steam Access and Landowner Rights and Public and Private Partnerships.
Harris is the Executive Director of The Rio Grande Restoration and the Chama Flow Project
and runs a river business called Far Flung Adventures.
Rio Grande Restoration is a New Mexico non-profit organization, established in 1994 to secure the river flows necessary to support restoration of the “great river”. The Rio Grande is vitally important to individuals and communities, yet it has been so over-developed as to cease to flow at certain times and places. Protective and restorative policies must be initiated at state and national levels, if we are to prevent continued ecological decline and socio-economic conflict along the Rio Grande.
For those of you who don’t plan to die, our speaker today will enlighten us on the finer points of not dying and what happens when you don’t plan.
Gail Rubin, The Doyenne of Death®, starts end-of-life and funeral planningconversations with a light touch on a serious subject, using humor, funny films, and in-depth knowledge. Find out what she can do for you, your family or your business! Rubin talks about Green Burials and More!
“Just as talking about sex won’t make you pregnant,
talking about funerals won’t make you dead —
and your family will benefit from the conversation.
Let’s get the conversation started!”
— Gail Rubin
Gail Rubin is the author of the award-winning book, A Good Goodbye: Funeral Planning for Those Who Don’t Plan to Die (www.AGoodGoodbye.com). Visit her blog, The Family Plot.
Javier Gonzales took office as the Mayor of Santa Fe in March, 2014. Gonzales is the city's first openly gay mayor and is the son of another former mayor of Santa Fe, George Gonzales.
Javier is known for his progressive vision and inclusive style. A lifelong resident of the City Different, his family has deep roots in our city. Prior to his election to the mayoralty, he worked as vice-president of a commercial real estate firm, and served on the county commission of Santa Fe County and as chair of the state Democractic Party.
Brian Egolf grew up in Santa Fe and ran for the State House, because he wants his kids to be able to raise their families here. He has been active in making our community a better place to live, following a long family tradition of service. In fact, his great-grandfather was a Santa Fe County delegate to the 1912 New Mexico Progressive Party convention. Today, Brian lives with his wife Kelly and daughters Cameron and Sidney in the house where he grew up.
Brian received a bachelors degree in diplomacy and public service from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. This education has helped Brian further develop his natural skills as an effective leader, negotiator, and consensus builder. While in Washington, Brian worked in the White House for President Bill Clinton and on President Clinton's 1996 reelection campaign. After serving in the White House, Brian worked at the United States Treasury Department and then moved to the office of Congressman Tom Udall. Representative Egolf currently serves as the NM House Democratic Leader.