Declaration of Independence (Sustainable)

Still the best one since I posted it as TerraBluTeams Practice #27 in 2012. Happy Independence Day to all my fellow sustainable Americans.

Transition Declaration of Independence
Adapted from the Declaration of Independence of the United States of America
Thomas Jefferson, 1776
Adaptation by Dr. Susan Krumdieck, 2008

When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the economic bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all people are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, Justice, the pursuit of Happiness, a Healthy Natural Environment and Sustainability for ourselves, the Third Generation and the Seventh Generation.

— That to secure these rights, Organisations are instituted among Communities, deriving their just powers from the consent of the Members,

— That whenever any Form of Economy becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute a new Relationship, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Economic Relationships long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shown that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them and their environment to ruin, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Economic Constraints, and to provide new Guards for their future security and sustainability.

— Such has been the patient sufferance of this community; and such is now the necessity which constrains us to alter our former Systems of Business Growth for its own Sake and Environmental Exploitation. The history of the present Theory of Economics is a history of repeated disasters, injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over communities and the environment. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

The Growth Economy for its own Sake has plundered our seas, ravaged our coasts, felled our forests, polluted our water and fouled our air.

The Growth Economy for its own Sake has exploited our talents, put us into debt, degraded our culture and eroded our relationships with the members of our community.

The Growth Economy for its own Sake has exploited mineral resources which by right should belong to people in perpetuity in order to obscenely enrich a few in the short term.

The Growth Economy for its own Sake has paved our farms, sprawled our towns, and destroyed the quality of live of our people and their children and grandchildren.

The Growth Economy for its own Sake has convinced us, for more than a century, to ignore the voice of scientific knowledge and reason in order to continue the acidification of our air and oceans through Sulphur Dioxide, Nitrous Oxides and Carbon Dioxide emissions from combustion of fossil fuels.

The Growth Economy for its own Sake has exploited the labour of people and environments that have no protection from ill use, and has persecuted people who worked for economic justice and equality.

The Growth Economy for its own Sake has assaulted the morality of our youth and treated them as a target market rather than with the respect of future citizens and community members.

The Growth Economy for its own Sake has corrupted the purpose of our governance and civic institutions, it has usurped the purpose of our curiosity and research efforts, and it has shifted the motivation for the education of our young from development of their intellect and character to exploitation of their labours for further growth of the economy.

We, therefore, the Representatives of the Transition Committee of Oamaru, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of this community, solemnly publish and declare, That this Community is, and of Right ought to be Free, that we are Absolved from all unsustainable and perverse requirements of the Growth Economy for its own Sake, and that all connection between this Community and the Growth Economy, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as a Free and Sustainable Community, we have full Power to reduce fuel and electricity consumption, restore our environment, protect our culture, nurture our agricultural assets, set aside our resources, refrain from extracting minerals, stone or fossil fuels, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Local Commerce based on our own principles and theories, and to do all other Acts and Things which Sustainable Communities may of right do.

— And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.

More about Dr. Susan Krumdieck here.

2nd Silver Bullet Tiny House Swap Social!

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July 19 – July 20, Newbury, Ma., Saturday 9AM – Sunday 6PM

Greetings!

You are invited to participate in a tiny house social opportunity with artists, artisans, tiny house enthusiasts and builders, a local organic chef, local organic wines, and 12 other participants.

Last weekend we received permission to announce our last summer social prior to the Silver Bullet Premiere Event. We have been madly, excitedly, planning ever since!

This event will cost $55.00 each and that includes Saturday dinner and Sunday brunch and wine! Why so little, you say?

We are very pleased to announce that we received a grant from local donors to underwrite the cost of this event for the Silver Bullet Tiny House/Classroom if we do it within July!!  At a recent festival, an additional donor funded 5 full scholarships to any participant who may be unemployed, underprivileged or underfunded!

To see if you qualify, fill out application attached and send to verastruck@mac.com (you will have an answer within 48 hours). Speakers will be announced Monday on the website.

To register, please send $55.00 via Paypal to verastruck@mac.com and you will receive confirmation, event details, directions, what to bring, etc.

Info about the weekend available at this time :

• You can pitch your tent as early as 6PM Friday evening, July 18th, or book a room at any of our local Inns, details in confirmation email.

• We are only 7 minutes from exquisite Plum Island and 4 minutes from Newburyport, which you could visit Friday night after you pitch your tent or late Sunday afternoon.

• Enjoy the stars, dinner, wine and new friends around the firepit or play “torch croquet”.

• Two local organic meals provided and plenty of water. Saturday night dinner and Sunday brunch. All meals will be vegetarian made with the option of adding separately prepared and presented local vegetables, local shrimp, range free chicken and beef. Two glasses each of local organic wine, if desired, will be included. If you have special dietary concerns, please let us know.

• Our donors have requested we have this event this month and so we are lining up speakers since their donation last Saturday. If you have expertise in a tiny house topic or know someone who does, please contact verastruck@mac.com, thanks. (Barter)

• Very clean and well-managed compost toilet facilities.

* Demo’s/hands-on experience with any number of projects that interest you:

Vermicomposting, organic gardening, window installation, cedar or metal siding, roofing, interior siding, tiny house décor/design, tiny life transitioning, Silver Bullet Tour/Q&A, History of/Why Barter?, how to repurpose found objects, leftovers,         surplus stuff. Not to mention that each participant will be asked to bring a skill they can share with the group. (Some building material samples available)

• Limited to 12 participants, no pets, no children under 18 allowed.

• Those folks (there are 6 of you) who registered for the last event and last minute, could not come, are allowed to apply their previous amount towards this event. We cannot wait to see you!!!

***Proceeds from this event will benefit TerraBluTeams.org , a sustainability education 501c3 non-profit, that helps under privileged youth, college students and seniors learn new skills

•   How to build a mortgage free tiny house under $10K

•   How to design a sustainable lifestyle to become resilient

•   Cradle to Cradle Design & Product Lifestyle Assessment

•   Holistic Systems Thinking – Capra/Meadows

•   7 R Challenge in 7 Weeks – Rethink, Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Repair & Repurpose

Scholarship Application

PLEASE PRINT

Your Name________________________________________

Address____________________________________________

City, State, Zip_______________________________________

Phone______________________________________________

E-mail address_______________________________________

Websites/URL’s where we can see your work and learn more about you:

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The skill you would like to share:

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In 100 words or less, tell us why you are worthy of this scholarship and what sustainability means to you:

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Please list 2 folks who would recommend you and their phone numbers:

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Please email this completed form to verastruck@mac.com and you will receive an answer within 48 hours.

Support our local Arts Center and the Silver Bullet Tiny House

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Want to hear live music from 15 different bands, try the brews, buy art, support sustainability non-profits and have fun on a beautiful summer Saturday?

Come join us tomorrow…at Manter Field 10AM-9PM for the Byfield Music & Arts Festival. Directions, tickets, more information is here.

The Struck women will be there at their Struck Studios art booth!!! Come see us!

All proceeds from our sales of gorgeous reclamation artwork and jewelry go to support the Byfield Arts Center and the Net Zero Silver Bullet Tiny House.