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5/15/22 — eNews #128

Think Sustainable Population!

The signs are here that my prediction of environmental implosion in 2040-50 will indeed happen. I strongly empathize with our grandchildren who will be saddled with the immense problems that are coming. Being white, privileged people, they will probably survive, though billions around the world will  not.

We see starvation in many countries, especially Africa; excruciating heat, causing melting of polar ice, wildfires in the U.S. and even death in India; and problematic immigration.

Our opposing positions on abortion may not matter! Until our global population reaches a sustainable level of 3-4 billion, Mother Earth and all her children — human and non-human —  are in jeopardy. That can only happen if women choose to have only one child or to be child-free and are not pressured by relatives, friends or partners to have more. The means for that are common for females and males — voluntary sterilization, contraception, abstinence, and (for women) abortion.

“Entrepreneurs” will, of course, strategize to make even more money from the environmental disaster, as they have during the present pandemic. Politicians will argue for more bodies to pay more taxes and to “grow the economy.”

I urge you to review my earlier essay: OverConsumption and OverPopulation Are the Two Primary Drivers of the Climate Crisis — https://simpleliving.startlogic.com/indexoth.php?place=archives/featuredwriters.php#CCD

Thoughtful comments are welcome.

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May 20 — World Bee Day

BEES are some of the most important pollinators, ensuring food, sustainable agriculture & #biodiversity . They significantly contribute to the mitigation of #ClimateChange & the conservation of the environment

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So on #WorldBeeDay

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Traveling Back to Iowa

I apologize to the progressive minority in Iowa for the following rant.

Though Rita and I have retired in California, one or both of us travel back to Iowa twice a year to visit our two grandkids. We have many friends, doctors and churches there that we respect and enjoy

We spent some 35 years doing our best to improve our corner of Iowa called Siouxland — Sioux City, IA; South S.C., NE; and North S.C., SD. Rita taught public school and I raised money for a new Public Radio station, KWIT (Western Iowa Tech Community College). Because of that we both get small pensions through IPERS (Iowa Public Employees Retirement System).

At the time (up to 2010) we had moderate politicians, including the distinguished US Senator Tom Harkin. But we noticed a sad change when the national embarrassment Steve King was elected to represent our congressional district. 

Iowa is a classic urban/rural split. The five largest “cities” lean moderate and the large rural population leans hard right. The two dominant crops are corn and soybeans, not grown for human consumption but as livestock feed and gasoline supplement (ethanol).  Big Ag pumps toxins from fertilizer and pesticides into the streams and rivers. (Listen to my podcast episode with ICCI—Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement).

<li><a href=\”http://simpleliving.startlogic.com/SLW-PODCAST/?p=2151\” target=\”_blank\”>Ep.02/19:</a> <b> Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement:</b> Why a moratorium on farm animal confinements? (02/19)

Since 2010, the legislature has been majority Republicans and regressive anti-woman, anti-worker policies have followed. Kim Reynolds (declared the second worst governor in the nation) has been nicknamed Covid-Kim for her lack of help during the pandemic. The state’s two U.S. senators are long-timer Chuck Grassley and new-comer Joni Ernst — both loyal members of the GOP (greedy obstructionist plutocrats). Grassley is so beloved by the wealthy conservatives that it’s proven virtually impossible to find someone to run against him.

On the positive side, the Iowa Chapter of Sierra Club and it numerous “groups” throughout the state are working to preserve Iowa’s natural environment. (Listen to my two episodes with Carrie Radloff.)

<li><a href=\”http://simpleliving.startlogic.com/SLW-PODCAST/?p=2203\” target=\”_blank\”>Ep.06/19:</a> <b>Carrie Radloff,</b> environmental activist (06/19)

<li><a href=\”http://simpleliving.startlogic.com/SLW-PODCAST/?p=2524\” target=\”_blank\”>Ep.06/21–</a><b>Carrie Radloff:</b> Midwest Environmental Activism

Once a purple state, Iowa is now red. I urge progressives to treat Iowa the same as other red states — avoid them if you can. Avoid visiting, avoid doing business there. Finances is the one thing conservatives understand. 

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Jerry, you may be interested to know that I’m running for Governor in Md. as a bread and roses socialist, with “the Simpler Living Option” at the heart of the campaign.  see: SegalforGovernor.org also BreadandRoses.us

best,

Jerome Segal

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Recent Simpler OneEarth Living Podcast Episodes

Ep. 0122–Chuck Collins on the Industry That Protects Wealth and How It Hurts Everyone

Ep. 1221Della Duncan, Renegade Economist, Tells about Doughnut Economics and Other Economic Models Being Put to Work

Ep. 1121–Lauren Van Ham: Radical Inter-religious Cooperation Is Working to Save Life on Our Planet

Ep. 1021Encuentro–A U.S./Mexico Conversation on Living the Alternative Worldview We Call OneEarth Jubilee

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What Could Possibly Go Right? with Vicki Robin // Patheos–Progressive Christian // Jesus for Everyone // Crazy Town // Imagine with Us (SpiritualProgressives.org, Tikkiun.org) // Hopecast with Jane Goodall

Peace Podcast from John Dear on Apple and Google. Author of ‘They Will Inherit the Earth: Peace and NonViolence in a Time of Climate Change’ — SLW! #114: Part 1 // TCGP #98: Part 2

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  1. GrowthBusters
  2. Post-Carbon Institute / CrazyTown Podcast — SLW! Ep. 109: Richard Heinberg
  3. CASSE: Center for the Advancement of the Steady-State Economy / Steady-Stater Podcast — The Common Good Podcast Ep. 46–Brian Czech (use player)

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4/15/22 — eNews #127

Traveling Back to Iowa

I apologize to the progressive minority in Iowa for the following rant.

Though Rita and I have retired in California, one or both of us travel back to Iowa twice a year to visit our two grandkids. We have many friends, doctors and churches there that we respect and enjoy.

We spent some 35 years doing our best to improve our corner of Iowa called Siouxland — Sioux City, IA; South S.C., NE; and North S.C., SD. Rita taught public school and I raised money for a new Public Radio station, KWIT (Western Iowa Tech Community College). Because of that we both get small pensions through IPERS (Iowa Public Employees Retirement System).

At the time (up to 2010) we had moderate politicians, including the distinguished US Senator Tom Harkin. But we noticed a sad change when the national embarrassment Steve King was elected to represent our congressional district. 

Iowa is a classic urban/rural split. The five largest “cities” lean moderate and the large rural population leans hard right. The two dominant crops are corn and soybeans, not grown for human consumption but as livestock feed and gasoline supplement (ethanol).  Big Ag pumps toxins from fertilizer and pesticides into the streams and rivers. (Listen to my podcast episode with ICCI—Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement).

http://simpleliving.startlogic.com/SLW-PODCAST/?p=2151>Ep.02/19: Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement: Why a moratorium on farm animal confinements? (02/19)

Since 2010, the legislature has been majority Republicans, and regressive anti-woman, anti-worker policies have followed. Kim Reynolds (declared the second worst governor in the nation) has been nicknamed Covid-Kim for her lack of help during the pandemic. The state’s two U.S. senators are long-timer Chuck Grassley and new-comer Joni Ernst — both loyal members of the GOP (greedy obstructionist plutocrats). Grassley is so beloved by the wealthy conservatives that it’s proven virtually impossible to find someone to run against him.

On the positive side, the Iowa Chapter of Sierra Club and it numerous “groups” throughout the state are working to preserve Iowa’s natural environment. (Listen to my two episodes with Carrie Radloff.)

http://simpleliving.startlogic.com/SLW-PODCAST/?p=2203>Ep.06/19: Carrie Radloff, environmental activist (06/19)

http://simpleliving.startlogic.com/SLW-PODCAST/?p=2524>Ep.06/21–Carrie Radloff: Midwest Environmental Activism

Once a purple state, Iowa is now red. I urge progressives to treat Iowa the same as other red states — avoid them if you can. Avoid visiting, avoid doing business there. Finances is the one thing conservatives understand. 

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TUES., 5/10/22, 9-10 AM PDT

Dirt Road Revival: A Discussion with Chloe Maxmin and Canyon Woodward

Online event

Dirt Road Revival: A Discussion with Chloe Maxmin and Canyon Woodward

How to Rebuild Rural Politics and Why Our Future Depends on It.

Event by Beacon Press and The Nation Magazine

Public  · Anyone on or off Facebook

Join us for a virtual discussion of Chloe Maxmin and Canyon Woodward’s “Dirt Road Revival” with The Nation.

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Jerry, you may be interested to know that I’m running for Governor in Md. as a bread and roses socialist, with “the Simpler Living Option” at the heart of the campaign.  see: SegalforGovernor.org also BreadandRoses.us

best,

Jerome Segal

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Recent Simpler OneEarth Living Podcast Episodes

Ep. 0122–Chuck Collins on the Industry That Protects Wealth and How It Hurts Everyone

Ep. 1221Della Duncan, Renegade Economist, Tells about Doughnut Economics and Other Economic Models Being Put to Work

Ep. 1121–Lauren Van Ham: Radical Inter-religious Cooperation Is Working to Save Life on Our Planet

Ep. 1021Encuentro–A U.S./Mexico Conversation on Living the Alternative Worldview We Call OneEarth Jubilee

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NEW in ’22–All of SLW! and OneEarth Jubilee Economics’ 250+ podcast episodes will be offered–one at a time in the Daily Nudge. If you do not already receive the weekly email that links to the Daily Nudges, subscribe for free by sending NUDGE to SimpleLivingWorks@yahoo.com.

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Each Nudge contains a brief idea for simplifying our lives + plus, in 2022, one or two links to other helpful free information, including a podcast episode from the Simpler Living OneEarth collection.

Your personal information will not be sold, loaned or traded.  Simple Living Works! does not solicit nor accept donations. This new subscription will not affect your status with any other SLW! publication.

Please join us now for Simpler Living Nudges Enhanced!

NOTE: Our Simpler OneEarth Living Podcast is currently on pause. Lee Van Ham has begun a new BLOG — Let’s Think and Act Jubilee — which is included in the NUDGE.

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Invitation to Read and Sign OneEarth Jubilee Covenant for the 2020’s

Latest OneEarth Jubilee monthly eNewsletter. Well worth a read.

NEW Jubilee Blog — Let’s Think & Act Jubilee

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Worthwhile Blogs, Webinars, Podcasts

What Could Possibly Go Right? with Vicki Robin // Patheos–Progressive Christian // Jesus for Everyone // Crazy Town // Imagine with Us (SpiritualProgressives.org, Tikkiun.org) // Hopecast with Jane Goodall

Peace Podcast from John Dear on Apple and Google. Author of ‘They Will Inherit the Earth: Peace and NonViolence in a Time of Climate Change’ — SLW! #114: Part 1 // TCGP #98: Part 2

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Solving the Climate Crisis with No-Growth Economics

To get a worldview very different from the greed and profit-oriented politicians and corporatists, visit these solution-oriented resources:

  1. GrowthBusters
  2. Post-Carbon Institute / CrazyTown Podcast — SLW! Ep. 109: Richard Heinberg
  3. CASSE: Center for the Advancement of the Steady-State Economy / Steady-Stater Podcast — The Common Good Podcast Ep. 46–Brian Czech (use player)

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3/15/22 — eNews #126

Lent and Taxes

Ironically, Easter and the tax deadline fall next to each other in 2022 — 4/15 and 17. Just like the four weeks of Advent prepare Christians for the Christmas season (which begins Dec. 25) and help us guard against the onslaught of hyperconsumerism, so the six weeks of Lenten introspection can help us to avoid overconsumption.

I have published several blogs and podcast episodes about Lent and Taxes which may be helpful. Hear colleague Susan Vogt’s tips on an alternative Lent on episodes *Episode 39: Susan Vogt + LENT // *Episode 90: Author, blogger, speaker, coach Susan Vogt on her Lenten disciple of ‘Love Your Enemy’

Since half of every federal tax dollar goes to the military, we must equip ourselves to give more money to humanitarian causes and legally pay fewer taxes. Two techniques that work for me are BUNCHING (for anyone) and QCD’s (for those over 70 who have traditional, non-ROTH IRA’s). Read more about these at Simpler Living Weekly Nudge 10/15/19–eNews #97: A New Way to Avoid the Military/War Tax. // Simpler Living Weekly Nudge 12/7/18: Year-end Giving under the New Tax Laws // Taxing Negatives @ http://simpleliving.startlogic.com/indexoth.php?place=archives/News/MemUpd2001Summer.php#TaxingNegatives // Waging Peace at Tax Time  // Episode 67: redmoonsongsimple living war tax resister with NWTRCC

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Watch live online Mon., 4/11/22, 12noon EDT

Boycotts, Divestment and Sanctions

Comparing the Palestinian BDS Movement and Global Sanctions on Russia

In 2005, Palestinian civil society organizations put out a call for Boycott of, Divestment from, and Sanction of Israel (BDS). Premised on “the simple principle that Palestinians are entitled to the same rights as the rest of humanity,” proponents of BDS took as a model the work of Black South African activists who mobilized economic sanctions against the apartheid regime.

Now, the United States is working with the European Union and other countries to impose broad, economy-wide sanctions on Russia in response to President Putin’s invasion of Ukraine.

Join movement leaders from Palestine, South Africa, and the United States, for an online discussion about sanctions as a tool of social movement.

How does the Palestinian-led demand for BDS differ from the sanctions imposed on Russia? What are the shared characteristics of these various sanctions? When are sanctions a tool for justice, and when are they an instrument of violence?

Taking as a shared principle solidarity with all who face injustice, from Ukraine to Yemen to Palestine, participants will clarify the tactic of BDS, and explore areas of consensus and non-consensus within the BDS movement.

Participants will include:

  • Omar Barghouti, co-founder of the BDS movement
  • Lara Kiswani, Executive Director of the Arab Resource and Organizing Center
  • Olivia Katbi, North America coordinator for the BDS movement
  • Ronnie Kasrils, former South African government minister and leading member of the African National Congress during the apartheid era

This event is co-sponsored by In These Times and Jewish Currents. You can read the Palestinian BDS National Committee’s statement about this topic here.

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TUES., 5/10/22, 9-10 AM PDT

Dirt Road Revival: A Discussion with Chloe Maxmin and Canyon Woodward

Online event

Dirt Road Revival: A Discussion with Chloe Maxmin and Canyon Woodward

How to Rebuild Rural Politics and Why Our Future Depends on It.

Event by Beacon Press and The Nation Magazine

Public  · Anyone on or off Facebook

Join us for a virtual discussion of Chloe Maxmin and Canyon Woodward’s “Dirt Road Revival” with The Nation.

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Jerry, you may be interested to know that I’m running for Governor in Md. as a bread and roses socialist, with “the Simpler Living Option” at the heart of the campaign.  see: SegalforGovernor.org also BreadandRoses.us

best,

Jerome Segal

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Thur., 3/17/22, 4-5pm PDT

Dollar for Dollar NOW: From Pay Equity to Paid Leave, The Push for Economic Justice

Online event

Event by National Organization for Women (NOW)

Public  · Anyone on or off Facebook

In society, money is equated with financial freedom: a freedom currently denied to women in drastic ways. Women face gender discrimination in the workplace, imbalance of responsibilities in the home, lack access to care infrastructure like childcare and family leave benefits, plus many other barriers that put them at high-risk for financial insecurity.

Women are also more likely to face poverty than their male counterparts; in fact, women continue to have higher poverty rates than men in every age category as women still only make 82 cents on the dollar according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. This disparity is even worse for women of color.

The COVID-19 pandemic has augmented the harsh economic experiences that countless women face in the United States, illustrating why lawmakers must address such inequities quickly and efficiently. December 2020 marked unprecedented rates of job losses and illustrated that the fallout from the pandemic is far from over. Women had been the group hardest hit with job losses since the start of the pandemic: with women making up 55% of net job losses, summing 12.2 million jobs lost in April 2020. On top of that women, especially women of color, took on the most essential jobs during the pandemic, working in healthcare, childcare, restaurant/service and the domestic worker industries, which were the hardest hit during the pandemic.

Even though we are seeing some gains in 2021, the job losses that took place in two years are not outliers in the American labor landscape. These losses are emblematic of the larger issue: women’s economic security continues to be precarious. We invite NOW members and ally activists to join us for this important conversation as we continue our efforts to ensure economic justice for women. Come learn from our expert panelists on next steps we can take to create meaningful change.

Equal pay is a life-or-death issue for women—we can no longer wait for economic justice.

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Recent Simpler OneEarth Living Podcast Episodes

Ep. 0122–Chuck Collins on the Industry That Protects Wealth and How It Hurts Everyone

Ep. 1221Della Duncan, Renegade Economist, Tells about Doughnut Economics and Other Economic Models Being Put to Work

Ep. 1121–Lauren Van Ham: Radical Inter-religious Cooperation Is Working to Save Life on Our Planet

Ep. 1021Encuentro–A U.S./Mexico Conversation on Living the Alternative Worldview We Call OneEarth Jubilee

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NEW in ’22–All of SLW! and OneEarth Jubilee Economics’ 250+ podcast episodes will be offered–one at a time in the Daily Nudge. If you do not already receive the weekly email that links to the Daily Nudges, subscribe for free by sending NUDGE to SimpleLivingWorks@yahoo.com.

Free Simpler Living Nudges Enhanced

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Your personal information will not be sold, loaned or traded.  Simple Living Works! does not solicit nor accept donations. This new subscription will not affect your status with any other SLW! publication.

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Page Turners Book Club

Saving Us: A Climate Scientist’s Case for Hope and Healing in a Divided World By Katharine Hayhoe

Date: Thur., 3/24
Time: 4pm ET/1pm PT

A Canadian climate scientist living in Texas, Hayhoe is teaching others how to do one of the most important things we can to address climate change—talk about it! Recently named Chief scientist for the Nature Conservancy, Hayhoe is familiar with all sides of the climate conversation but knows facts are only one side of the story.

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Voluntary Simplicity

  • Tue., 2/22/22 – Tue., 3/29/22, 1-2:30 PM PST 
  • Pace e Bene Online Course

$80, scholarships available

From Gandhi to Thoreau to Thich Nhat Hanh to Wally and Juanita Nelson, voluntary simplicity runs through the heart of nonviolence. In this 6-week course, we will examine how—and why—simplifying our lives supports nonviolence as a way of life. Each week, we will look at a different aspect of simplicity, distinguishing it from involuntary poverty, and reconnecting it to respectful relationships with people and planet. We will explore our stuff and consumerism, transportation and fossil fuels, technology and mindfulness, busy-ness and overcommitment. We will also address how voluntary simplicity is an act of resistance to the many violences inherent in our economy, society and culture, and the war industry. To integrate voluntary simplicity into our lives, we will look at sharing practices, the role of community and connection, ways to unpack fears and attachments, and mindfulness and awareness skills. Along the journey, we will draw from examples of nonviolence practitioners from around the world and find inspiration from many spiritual traditions. 

Week One: Voluntary Simplicity, An Expression of Nonviolence

Week Two: How Much Is Enough? Taking Stock With Honesty

Week Three: A Cup Of Sugar – Community Not Consumerism

Week Four: One Robe, One Bowl – Spiritual Traditions

Week Five: Simplicity As An Act of Resistance

Week Six: The Gifts & The Joys

Need a scholarship? Just email Erin: info(at)paceebene.org

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Invitation to Read and Sign OneEarth Jubilee Covenant for the 2020’s

Latest OneEarth Jubilee monthly eNewsletter. Well worth a read.

NEW Jubilee Blog — Let’s Think & Act Jubilee

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Worthwhile Blogs, Webinars, Podcasts

What Could Possibly Go Right? with Vicki Robin // Patheos–Progressive Christian // Jesus for Everyone // Crazy Town // Imagine with Us (SpiritualProgressives.org, Tikkiun.org) // Hopecast with Jane Goodall

Peace Podcast from John Dear on Apple and Google. Author of ‘They Will Inherit the Earth: Peace and NonViolence in a Time of Climate Change’ — SLW! #114: Part 1 // TCGP #98: Part 2

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Simpler Living Daily Nudges

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Solving the Climate Crisis with No-Growth Economics

To get a worldview very different from the greed and profit-oriented politicians and corporatists, visit these solution-oriented resources:

  1. GrowthBusters
  2. Post-Carbon Institute / CrazyTown Podcast — SLW! Ep. 109: Richard Heinberg
  3. CASSE: Center for the Advancement of the Steady-State Economy / Steady-Stater Podcast — The Common Good Podcast Ep. 46–Brian Czech (use player)

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We protect ourselves from Climate Crisis deniers, through such series as:

# # # # # # # # # #

You can access all SLW! podcast audio and the show notes at SimpleLivingWorks.org (then click window #3). Complete Episode Index. Listen through your computer, iPod, iPad, iPhone (or equivalent). SUBSCRIBE as Simple Living Works! through iTunesStitcher.com or your favorite podcast service. To SUBSCRIBE to email notices, click Comments at the bottom of Show Notes, then check ‘Notify me of new posts by email.’ Please rate us in iTunes and leave a review. Send us your email address to receive the free monthly SLW! eNews. Remember to like us on Facebook. Urge your friends to do the same. Do your friends a favor. Share our blog and podcast. Like SLW! on Facebook. | Follow us on Twitter. | Follow us on Pinterest. Share your thoughts on our podcast and blogs. Email SimpleLivingWorks@yahoo.com, leave a message on our Facebook page or on the SLW! blog.

Peace, Gerald “Jerry” Iversen, Chief SLW! Activist

Copyright: Creative Commons non-commercial attribution share-alike license. Through social media, we extend the mission and resources of the non-profit organization Alternatives, 1973-2011.

2/15/22 — eNews #125

Lee has a new BLOG
at OneEarthJubilee.com

Recent Simpler OneEarth Living Podcast Episodes

Ep. 0122–Chuck Collins on the Industry That Protects Wealth and How It Hurts Everyone

Ep. 1221Della Duncan, Renegade Economist, Tells about Doughnut Economics and Other Economic Models Being Put to Work

Ep. 1121–Lauren Van Ham: Radical Inter-religious Cooperation Is Working to Save Life on Our Planet

Ep. 1021Encuentro–A U.S./Mexico Conversation on Living the Alternative Worldview We Call OneEarth Jubilee

# # #

NEW in ’22–All of SLW! and OneEarth Jubilee Economics’ 250+ podcast episodes will be offered–one at a time in the Daily Nudge. If you do not already receive the weekly email that links to the Daily Nudges, subscribe for free by sending NUDGE to SimpleLivingWorks@yahoo.com.

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You’re invited to receive FREE Daily Simpler Living Nudges. Simply reply “NUDGE” to this email or send “NUDGE” to SimpleLivingWorks@yahoo.com. You will receive a weekly email with a link to the week’s Nudges. Read one a day or once a week—at your own pace.

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NOTE: Our Simpler OneEarth Living Podcast is currently on pause. Lee Van Ham has begun a new BLOG — Let’s Think and Act Jubilee — which is included in the NUDGE.

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Wed., 2/23/22, 11am–12noon ET

Glaring Emissions: Linking Rapid Population Growth & Climate Change

a discussion on human activities, demographic trends and climate change with John Seager, Pres. and CEO of Population Connection

Register for Webinar at https://populationconnection-org.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_AYxGNBXPTDKrlwYg3DCGtQ

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Voluntary Simplicity

  • Tue., 2/22/22 – Tue., 3/29/22, 1-2:30 PM PST 
  • Pace e Bene Online Course

$80, scholarships available

From Gandhi to Thoreau to Thich Nhat Hanh to Wally and Juanita Nelson, voluntary simplicity runs through the heart of nonviolence. In this 6-week course, we will examine how—and why—simplifying our lives supports nonviolence as a way of life. Each week, we will look at a different aspect of simplicity, distinguishing it from involuntary poverty, and reconnecting it to respectful relationships with people and planet. We will explore our stuff and consumerism, transportation and fossil fuels, technology and mindfulness, busy-ness and overcommitment. We will also address how voluntary simplicity is an act of resistance to the many violences inherent in our economy, society and culture, and the war industry. To integrate voluntary simplicity into our lives, we will look at sharing practices, the role of community and connection, ways to unpack fears and attachments, and mindfulness and awareness skills. Along the journey, we will draw from examples of nonviolence practitioners from around the world and find inspiration from many spiritual traditions. 

Week One: Voluntary Simplicity, An Expression of Nonviolence

Week Two: How Much Is Enough? Taking Stock With Honesty

Week Three: A Cup Of Sugar – Community Not Consumerism

Week Four: One Robe, One Bowl – Spiritual Traditions

Week Five: Simplicity As An Act of Resistance

Week Six: The Gifts & The Joys

Need a scholarship? Just email Erin: info(at)paceebene.org

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NEW for ’22 — More Streamlined. For previous blogs, visit the Archives Index

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Invitation to Read and Sign OneEarth Jubilee Covenant for the 2020’s

Latest OneEarth Jubilee monthly eNewsletter. Well worth a read.

NEW Jubilee Blog — Let’s Think & Act Jubilee

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Worthwhile Blogs, Webinars, Podcasts

What Could Possibly Go Right? with Vicki Robin // Patheos–Progressive Christian // Jesus for Everyone // Crazy Town // Imagine with Us (SpiritualProgressives.org, Tikkiun.org)

Peace Podcast from John Dear on Apple and Google. Author of ‘They Will Inherit the Earth: Peace and NonViolence in a Time of Climate Change’ — SLW! #114: Part 1 // TCGP #98: Part 2

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Simpler Living Daily Nudges

Month 2*: Celebrating More ResponsiblyWeek 1: Music/Worship || Week 2: Preparing for Lent, Easter and Other Spring Festivals || Week 3: Rites of Passage || Week 4: What Is ‘Enough’?

Month 3*: Global JusticeWeek 1 Language || Week 2: Hunger & Homelessness || Week 3: Peace/Non-Violence || Week 4: Advocacy/Boycotts

Send “Nudge” to SimpleLivingWorks@yahoo.com to receive a free, brief email each week. You can unsubscribe at any time by replying Unsubscribe Nudge.

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  • SLW! Blog Index | SLW! Podcast Index
  • SUBSCRIBE to SLW! Blog. Click “+Follow” at lower right of blog post, enter a name and email address. Welcome!
  • Non-Conform-Freely Celebrations:  Months 1-4
  • Check out a few of SLW! thought-provoking, timely resources that might meet your personal, family or congregational/group needs. They’re all FREE. Visit Seasonal/Thematic Resource Index.

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DONATE to our partner organization: https://oneearthjubilee.com/support-oneearth-jubilee/

# # #

Solving the Climate Crisis with No-Growth Economics

To get a worldview very different from the greed and profit-oriented politicians and corporatists, visit these solution-oriented resources:

  1. GrowthBusters
  2. Post-Carbon Institute / CrazyTown Podcast — SLW! Ep. 109: Richard Heinberg
  3. CASSE: Center for the Advancement of the Steady-State Economy / Steady-Stater Podcast — The Common Good Podcast Ep. 46–Brian Czech (use player)

# # #

We protect ourselves from Climate Crisis deniers, through such series as:

# # #

You can access all SLW! podcast audio and the show notes at SimpleLivingWorks.org (then click window #3). Complete Episode Index. Listen through your computer, iPod, iPad, iPhone (or equivalent). SUBSCRIBE as Simple Living Works! through iTunesStitcher.com or your favorite podcast service. To SUBSCRIBE to email notices, click Comments at the bottom of Show Notes, then check ‘Notify me of new posts by email.’ Please rate us in iTunes and leave a review. Send us your email address to receive the free monthly SLW! eNews. Remember to like us on Facebook. Urge your friends to do the same. Do your friends a favor. Share our blog and podcast. Like SLW! on Facebook. | Follow us on Twitter. | Follow us on Pinterest. Share your thoughts on our podcast and blogs. Email SimpleLivingWorks@yahoo.com, leave a message on our Facebook page or on the SLW! blog.

Peace, Gerald “Jerry” Iversen, Chief SLW! Activist

Copyright: Creative Commons non-commercial attribution share-alike license. Through social media, we extend the mission and resources of the non-profit organization Alternatives, 1973-2011.

1/15/22 — eNews #124

Recent Simpler OneEarth Living Podcast Episodes

LATEST–Ep. 0122–Chuck Collins on the Industry That Protects Wealth and How It Hurts Everyone

Ep. 1221Della Duncan, Renegade Economist, Tells about Doughnut Economics and Other Economic Models Being Put to Work

Ep. 1121–Lauren Van Ham: Radical Inter-religious Cooperation Is Working to Save Life on Our Planet

Ep. 1021Encuentro–A U.S./Mexico Conversation on Living the Alternative Worldview We Call OneEarth Jubilee

# # #

NEW in ’22–All of SLW! and OneEarth Jubilee Economics’ 200+ podcast episodes will be offered–one at a time in the Daily Nudge. If you do not already receive the weekly email that links to the Daily Nudges, subscribe for free by sending NUDGE to SimpleLivingWorks@yahoo.com.

# # #

NEW for ’22 — More Streamlined. For previous blogs, visit the Archives Index

# # #

Invitation to Read and Sign OneEarth Jubilee Covenant for the 2020’s

Latest OneEarth Jubilee monthly eNewsletter. Well worth a read.

NEW Jubilee Blog — Let’s Think & Act Jubilee

# # #

Worthwhile Blogs, Webinars, Podcasts

What Could Possibly Go Right? with Vicki Robin // Patheos–Progressive Christian // Jesus for Everyone // Crazy Town // Imagine with Us (SpiritualProgressives.org, Tikkiun.org)

Peace Podcast from John Dear on Apple and Google. Author of ‘They Will Inherit the Earth: Peace and NonViolence in a Time of Climate Change’ — SLW! #114: Part 1 // TCGP #98: Part 2

# # #

Simpler Living Daily Nudges

Month 1*: Life Principles of Voluntary Simplicity — Week 1: Do Justice || Week 2: Learn from the World Community || Week 3: Nurture People || Week 4: Non-conform Freely

Month 2*: Celebrating More ResponsiblyWeek 1: Music/Worship || Week 2: Preparing for Lent, Easter and Other Spring Festivals || Week 3: Rites of Passage || Week 4: What Is ‘Enough’?

Send “Nudge” to SimpleLivingWorks@yahoo.com to receive a free, brief email each week. You can unsubscribe at any time by replying Unsubscribe Nudge.

# # #

  • SLW! Blog Index | SLW! Podcast Index
  • SUBSCRIBE to SLW! Podcast for free through your favorite podcast service. Subscribe to SLW! Blog. Click “+Follow” at lower right of blog post, enter a name and email address. Welcome!
  • Non-Conform-Freely Celebrations:  Months 1-4
  • Check out a few of SLW! thought-provoking, timely resources that might meet your personal, family or congregational/group needs. They’re all FREE. Visit Seasonal/Thematic Resource Index.

# # #

DONATE to our partner organization: https://oneearthjubilee.com/support-oneearth-jubilee/

# # #

Solving the Climate Crisis with No-Growth Economics

To get a worldview very different from the greed and profit-oriented politicians and corporatists, visit these solution-oriented resources:

  1. GrowthBusters
  2. Post-Carbon Institute / CrazyTown Podcast — SLW! Ep. 109: Richard Heinberg
  3. CASSE: Center for the Advancement of the Steady-State Economy / Steady-Stater Podcast — The Common Good Podcast Ep. 46–Brian Czech (use player)

# # #

We protect ourselves from Climate Crisis deniers, through such series as:

# # #

You can access all SLW! podcast audio and the show notes at SimpleLivingWorks.org (then click window #3). Complete Episode Index. Listen through your computer, iPod, iPad, iPhone (or equivalent). SUBSCRIBE as Simple Living Works! through iTunesStitcher.com or your favorite podcast service. To SUBSCRIBE to email notices, click Comments at the bottom of Show Notes, then check ‘Notify me of new posts by email.’ Please rate us in iTunes and leave a review. Send us your email address to receive the free monthly SLW! eNews. Remember to like us on Facebook. Urge your friends to do the same. Do your friends a favor. Share our blog and podcast. Like SLW! on Facebook. | Follow us on Twitter. | Follow us on Pinterest. Share your thoughts on our podcast and blogs. Email SimpleLivingWorks@yahoo.com, leave a message on our Facebook page or on the SLW! blog.

Peace, Gerald “Jerry” Iversen, Chief SLW! Activist

Copyright: Creative Commons non-commercial attribution share-alike license. Through social media, we extend the mission and resources of the non-profit organization Alternatives, 1973-2011.

12/15/21–eNews #123

Recent Simpler OneEarth Living Podcast Episodes

LATEST–Ep. 1221Della Duncan, Renegade Economist, Tells about Doughnut Economics and Other Economic Models Being Put to Work

Ep. 1121–Lauren Van Ham: Radical Inter-religious Cooperation Is Working to Save Life on Our Planet

Ep. 1021Encuentro–A U.S./Mexico Conversation on Living the Alternative Worldview We Call OneEarth Jubilee

Ep. 0921Eric LeCompte: Forgive Us Our Debts—Woes and Wins in Canceling Student Debt

Ep. 0821–Brenda Wyss: Feminist Economics Is Creating Just Systems That Meet Current Crises

Ep. 0721–Matt Brennan: An Advocate for Your Congregation and Nonprofit on How to Install Solar Power

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MUST READ!

Our Great Reckoning

Eileen Crist On The Consequences Of Human Plunder

BY LEATH TONINO • The SUN Magazine 12/20

Connect to it here. 

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Four Foundations for Earth Care: Solidarity, Sustainability, Sufficiency & Democracy
By Rev. Peter Sawtell (recorded 10/18/21)
The Sustainable Sanctuary Coalition of KC, the Environmental Action Committee of Village Church, and Earthkeepers of Heartland Presbyterian co-sponsored a presentation focusing on Earth Care and Environmental Ethics.
See it now at https://youtu.be/TDOQmrBClog

Although Peter has retired, his weekly Eco-Justice Notes and other resources are archived and a source of constant inspiration at http://www.eco-justice.org/.

# # #

Reparations for Slavery and Racism


Jeffrey Robinson gave this talk for Beyt Tikkun Yom Kippur services. Now we are sharing it with the tens of thousands of people who receive Tikkun info in the hopes that you will listen to his talk, share it with everyone on your email lists and then contact your elected representatives to support the bill in the House of Representatives which seeks to create a national report on what those reparations should look like. We at Tikkun hope that it also includes reparations to Native Americans for the genocide of their nations by the whites who conquered them and systematically pursued policies seeking to extinguish their cultures and livelihoods. Listen and then share the link with neighbors, friends, and everyone you can reach.I write this on Indigenous People’s Day rather than celebrate Columbus who opened the gates to white supremacist exploitation of this beautiful and magnificent part of Earth, but the issue of reparations should be on our minds till some justice is done for both African Americans and all Indigenous people. Rabbi Michael Lerner

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GCeT4x3mg1g

# # #

Coming 2022–All of SLW! and OneEarth Jubilee Economics’ 200+ podcast episodes will be offered–one at a time in the Daily Nudge. If you do not already receive the weekly email that links to the Daily Nudges, subscribe for free by sending NUDGE to SimpleLivingWorks@yahoo.com.

# # #

Fly your Earth flag at half mast.

# # #

Critical American History

In light of the recent stirrings about Critical Race Theory, I recommend a video series “American Oligarchy.” I watched it on Free Speech TV and it’s available on-line at

Plutocracy

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Check out Earth Mama’s Latest Album “Lovingkindness

# # #

Video: Why anti-Zionism is not anti-Semitism

https://electronicintifada.net/blogs/nora-barrows-friedman/video-why-anti-zionism-not-anti-semitism

# # #

Recent Reader Comment

I loved the earlier focus of Simple Living and am dissapointed in the blatant politization of this material.  I have stepped away from the site for awhile and hardly recognize it as the same publication. I do not support or endorse your views. Please remove me from your distribution list.

My Reply

This reader may have confused Voluntary Simplicity with “10 Tips to Unclutter Your Closet.” SLW! has for over 20 years been guided by the Five Life Standards of “Living More with Less,” the classic by Mennonite Doris Janssen Longacre. “Do Justice; Learn from the World Community; Cherish Natural Order; Nourish People (not Stuff); and Non-Conform Freely” are highly political! If you are put off by one of our blogs or podcasts, please review these Standards. We have expounded on them in text and audio at http://simpleliving.startlogic.com/indexoth.php?place=archivesThemes.php#lmwl.

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Why Is Critical Race Theory So Dangerous

https://www.patheos.com/blogs/paperbacktheology/2021/08/why-is-critical-race-theory-so-dangerous.html/embed#

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CAUTION—CONTROVERSIAL SUBJECT!

We may need to consider the possibility that the ever mutating pandemic is one way that Mother Earth is righting a natural imbalance. 

Let’s consider several premises:

That humans are part of Nature, not the rulers of Nature, that all animals and plants are interdependent. Most creatures have natural predators—animals that eat other animals or plants. 

The Earth is in Overshoot. We have more humans than the Earth can support. Some call it Overpopulation. This is a very controversial. The pro-natalists, those who want a higher birth-rate, are driven primarily by pro-growth economics, which just sends us further into Overshoot.

We can survive well with a steady-state economy—one that does not grow—and a reduced population.

We needn’t use coercion to stabilize population. When talking about a smaller global population, pro-natalists use negative examples such as China’s One Child policy or racial superiority. Population can be reduced to a sustainable level using female education and comprehensive family planning. This applies mainly in the Southern Hemisphere.

The Northern Hemisphere must be concerned primarily about restraining OverConsumption—using no more than our fair share of the Earth’s resources. This has been the primary thrust of Simple Living Works! and its predecessors for almost 40 years! We’ve come to the conclusion it’s easier to change human’s reproduction than consumption!

I could go on but I’ll return to the main idea—the pandemic may be a way of the Earth bringing life into balance. Not God, not malevolent scientists, not terrorists.

I’m not suggesting that the Earth makes human-style intellectual decisions and then acts. The Earth is a interconnected, interdependent set of systems that interact to bring change.

We can cooperate in this effort by: 1. Accepting a decline in population and not trying to replace those who have died; 2. Supporting female education and family planning; 3. Bringing our consumption into control so that more humans have an equal share. 4. Tax the Rich and large corporations!

We are not telling women how many children they can have. We are trying to help free them to make their own decisions for their own lives, health and family, not to please their husband, extended family or community.

Also visit Resources http://simpleliving.startlogic.com/indexoth.php?place=archives/featuredwriters.php#resources

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Invitation to Read and Sign OneEarth Jubilee Covenant for the 2020’s

Latest OneEarth Jubilee monthly eNewsletter at https://oneearthjubilee.com/updates/. Well worth a read.

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FUNDAMENTALISM & NATIONALISM: TWO DOMINANT HERESIES IN AMERICAN CHRISTIANITY

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ReTrumplicans Wage War on Democracy

Voter Suppression in effect in Georgia, Florida and Texas. Similar laws in legislatures in multiple other “red” states. How do pro-democracy Progressives pro-act? Non-cooperation! Refuse to do business, vacation or attend events in these states, and tell the ReTrumplicans there–governors, legislators, county chairs–the effects of their actions. Money is the language they understand.
PLUS–
+ The GOP’s Obsession with Power-At-All-Costs Will End Badly for Us All (Including Them) by Thom Hartmann
+ The wealthiest 1% have robbed the nation with $7 trillion in tax evasion over the last 10 years
+ Ari Berman on GOP’s War on Democracy & Voting Rights.
+ Voter Suppression: The Republican War on Facts, Snacks and Democracy by Amy Goodman & Denis Moynihan
The January 6th insurrection was one way to try to overthrow democracy. Now, a more sophisticated effort to subvert democracy is underway.
+ How We Fight Back Against the GOP’s New War on Democracy

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The Thom Hartmann Hidden History Series

LATEST–The Hidden History of American Healthcare: Why Sickness Bankrupts You and Makes Others Insanely Rich

The Hidden History of American Oligarchy: Reclaiming Our Democracy from the Ruling Class

The Hidden History of Guns and the Second Amendment 

The Hidden History of the Supreme Court and the Betrayal of America

The Hidden History of the War on Voting: Who Stole Your Vote and How to Get It Back

The Hidden History of Monopolies: How Big Business Destroyed the American Dream

# # #

Worthwhile Blogs, Webinars, Podcasts

What Could Possibly Go Right? with Vicki Robin // Patheos–Progressive Christian // Jesus for Everyone // Crazy Town // Imagine with Us (SpiritualProgressives.org, Tikkiun.org)

Peace Podcast from John Dear on Apple and Google. Author of ‘They Will Inherit the Earth: Peace and NonViolence in a Time of Climate Change’ — SLW! #114: Part 1 // TCGP #98: Part 2

# # #

Simpler Living Daily Nudges

Month 12*: Responsible Celebrating (Advent) Week 1: Ten Tips for a Simpler, More Meaningful Christmas, #1-6 || Week 2: 10 Tips, #7-8 || Week 3: 10 Tips, #9-10+ || Week 4: Christmas, Kwanzaa, Holy Innocents

Month 1*: Life Principles of Voluntary Simplicity — Week 1: Do Justice || Week 2: Learn from the World Community || Week 3: Nurture People || Week 4: Non-conform Freely

Send “Nudge” to SimpleLivingWorks@yahoo.com to receive a free, brief email each week. You can unsubscribe at any time by replying Unsubscribe Nudge.

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  • SLW! Blog Index | SLW! Podcast Index
  • SUBSCRIBE to SLW! Podcast for free through your favorite podcast service. Subscribe to SLW! Blog. Click “+Follow” at lower right of blog post, enter a name and email address. Welcome!
  • Non-Conform-Freely Celebrations:  Months 9-12* // Months 1-4
  • Check out a few of SLW! thought-provoking, timely resources that might meet your personal, family or congregational/group needs. They’re all FREE. Visit Seasonal/Thematic Resource Index.

# # #

DONATE to our partner organization: https://oneearthjubilee.com/support-oneearth-jubilee/

# # #

Solving the Climate Crisis with No-Growth Economics

To get a worldview very different from the greed and profit-oriented politicians and corporatists, visit these solution-oriented resources:

  1. GrowthBusters
  2. Post-Carbon Institute / CrazyTown Podcast — SLW! Ep. 109: Richard Heinberg
  3. CASSE: Center for the Advancement of the Steady-State Economy / Steady-Stater Podcast — The Common Good Podcast Ep. 46–Brian Czech (use player)

# # #

IT’S NOT OVER YET: A PRA WEBINAR SERIES

In the wake of four years of far-right populist governance culminating in a violent insurrection, Political Research Associates (PRA), publisher of Religion Dispatches, is holding steady in the knowledge, informed by 40 years of Fight the Right research, that it’s not over yet.

PRA is taking this moment to evaluate the state of the Right as it enters into opposition and, at times, into partnership with the new centrist administration. AND STAY TUNED! PRA and RD are working on a joint webinar series on the “Christian” Right to be announced soon.

# # #

We protect ourselves from Climate Crisis deniers, through such series as:

# # #

You can access all SLW! podcast audio and the show notes at SimpleLivingWorks.org (then click window #3). Complete Episode Index. Listen through your computer, iPod, iPad, iPhone (or equivalent). SUBSCRIBE as Simple Living Works! through iTunesStitcher.com or your favorite podcast service. To SUBSCRIBE to email notices, click Comments at the bottom of Show Notes, then check ‘Notify me of new posts by email.’ Please rate us in iTunes and leave a review. Send us your email address to receive the free monthly SLW! eNews. Remember to like us on Facebook. Urge your friends to do the same. Do your friends a favor. Share our blog and podcast. Like SLW! on Facebook. | Follow us on Twitter. | Follow us on Pinterest. Share your thoughts on our podcast and blogs. Email SimpleLivingWorks@yahoo.com, leave a message on our Facebook page or on the SLW! blog.

Peace, Gerald “Jerry” Iversen, Chief SLW! Activist

Copyright: Creative Commons non-commercial attribution share-alike license. Through social media, we extend the mission and resources of the non-profit organization Alternatives, 1973-2011.

11/15/21–eNews #122

Recent Simpler OneEarth Living Podcast Episodes

LATEST–Ep. 1121–Lauren Van Ham: Radical Inter-religious Cooperation Is Working to Save Life on Our Planet

Ep. 1021Encuentro–A U.S./Mexico Conversation on Living the Alternative Worldview We Call OneEarth Jubilee

Ep. 0921Eric LeCompte: Forgive Us Our Debts—Woes and Wins in Canceling Student Debt

Ep. 0821–Brenda Wyss: Feminist Economics Is Creating Just Systems That Meet Current Crises

Ep. 0721–Matt Brennan: An Advocate for Your Congregation and Nonprofit on How to Install Solar Power

Episode 0621–Carrie Radloff: MidWest Environmental Activism

Episode 0521::Neddy Astudillo: Adding Environmental Actions to Our Spiritual Practices

Episode 0421::Arborist Robin Rivet on Reversing Climate Crises Through Informed Tree Actions

Episode 0321::Mike Little: Faith and Money Network

Episode 0221::Economist Barry Shelley: Economic Assumptions and Initiatives for Change

# # #

MUST READ!

Our Great Reckoning

Eileen Crist On The Consequences Of Human Plunder

BY LEATH TONINO • The SUN Magazine 12/20

Connect to it here. 

# # #

NEW and Worthwhile

THUR., 11/18/21, 11 AM PST

Tackling Climate Change through Regenerative Agriculture

Event by Heifer InternationalPublic  · Anyone on or off Facebook

Register here ↓
https://hefr.in/3D3BMMJ

Conventional, large-scale agriculture has contributed to global land degradation and the devastating impacts of climate change. Join us for a live discussion with the Savory Institute’s Global Network Coordinator, Abbey Smith, on how regenerative agriculture has the potential to help reverse this, creating productive, profitable small-scale farms, promoting soil, ecosystem and human health.

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Four Foundations for Earth Care: Solidarity, Sustainability, Sufficiency & Democracy
By Rev. Peter Sawtell (10/18/21)
The Sustainable Sanctuary Coalition of KC, the Environmental Action Committee of Village Church, and Earthkeepers of Heartland Presbyterian co-sponsored a presentation focusing on Earth Care and Environmental Ethics.
See it now at https://youtu.be/TDOQmrBClog

Although Peter has retired, his weekly Eco-Justice Notes and other resources are archived and a source of constant inspiration at http://www.eco-justice.org/.

# # #

Reparations for Slavery and Racism


Jeffrey Robinson gave this talk for Beyt Tikkun Yom Kippur services. Now we are sharing it with the tens of thousands of people who receive Tikkun info in the hopes that you will listen to his talk, share it with everyone on your email lists and then contact your elected representatives to support the bill in the House of Representatives which seeks to create a national report on what those reparations should look like. We at Tikkun hope that it also includes reparations to Native Americans for the genocide of their nations by the whites who conquered them and systematically pursued policies seeking to extinguish their cultures and livelihoods. Listen and then share the link with neighbors, friends, and everyone you can reach.I write this on Indigenous People’s Day rather than celebrate Columbus who opened the gates to white supremacist exploitation of this beautiful and magnificent part of Earth, but the issue of reparations should be on our minds till some justice is done for both African Americans and all Indigenous people. Rabbi Michael Lerner

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GCeT4x3mg1g

# # #

Coming 2022–All of SLW! and OneEarth Jubilee Economics’ 200+ podcast episodes will be offered–one at a time in the Daily Nudge. If you do not already receive the weekly email that links to the Daily Nudges, subscribe for free by sending NUDGE to SimpleLivingWorks@yahoo.com.

# # #

Fly your Earth flag at half mast.

# # #

Critical American History

In light of the recent stirrings about Critical Race Theory, I recommend a video series “American Oligarchy.” I watched it on Free Speech TV and it’s available on-line at

Plutocracy

# #



Check out Earth Mama’s Latest Album “Lovingkindness

# # #

Video: Why anti-Zionism is not anti-Semitism

https://electronicintifada.net/blogs/nora-barrows-friedman/video-why-anti-zionism-not-anti-semitism

# # #

Recent Reader Comment

I loved the earlier focus of Simple Living and am dissapointed in the blatant politization of this material.  I have stepped away from the site for awhile and hardly recognize it as the same publication. I do not support or endorse your views. Please remove me from your distribution list.

My Reply

This reader may have confused Voluntary Simplicity with “10 Tips to Unclutter Your Closet.” SLW! has for over 20 years been guided by the Five Life Standards of “Living More with Less,” the classic by Mennonite Doris Janssen Longacre. “Do Justice; Learn from the World Community; Cherish Natural Order; Nourish People (not Stuff); and Non-Conform Freely” are highly political! If you are put off by one of our blogs or podcasts, please review these Standards. We have expounded on them in text and audio at http://simpleliving.startlogic.com/indexoth.php?place=archivesThemes.php#lmwl.

# # #

Why Is Critical Race Theory So Dangerous

https://www.patheos.com/blogs/paperbacktheology/2021/08/why-is-critical-race-theory-so-dangerous.html/embed#

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CAUTION—CONTROVERSIAL SUBJECT!

We may need to consider the possibility that the ever mutating pandemic is one way that Mother Earth is righting a natural imbalance. 

Let’s consider several premises:

That humans are part of Nature, not the rulers of Nature, that all animals and plants are interdependent. Most creatures have natural predators—animals that eat other animals or plants. 

The Earth is in Overshoot. We have more humans than the Earth can support. Some call it Overpopulation. This is a very controversial. The pro-natalists, those who want a higher birth-rate, are driven primarily by pro-growth economics, which just sends us further into Overshoot.

We can survive well with a steady-state economy—one that does not grow—and a reduced population.

We needn’t use coercion to stabilize population. When talking about a smaller global population, pro-natalists use negative examples such as China’s One Child policy or racial superiority. Population can be reduced to a sustainable level using female education and comprehensive family planning. This applies mainly in the Southern Hemisphere.

The Northern Hemisphere must be concerned primarily about restraining OverConsumption—using no more than our fair share of the Earth’s resources. This has been the primary thrust of Simple Living Works! and its predecessors for almost 40 years! We’ve come to the conclusion it’s easier to change human’s reproduction than consumption!

I could go on but I’ll return to the main idea—the pandemic may be a way of the Earth bringing life into balance. Not God, not malevolent scientists, not terrorists.

I’m not suggesting that the Earth makes human-style intellectual decisions and then acts. The Earth is a interconnected, interdependent set of systems that interact to bring change.

We can cooperate in this effort by: 1. Accepting a decline in population and not trying to replace those who have died; 2. Supporting female education and family planning; 3. Bringing our consumption into control so that more humans have an equal share. 4. Tax the Rich and large corporations!

We are not telling women how many children they can have. We are trying to help free them to make their own decisions for their own lives, health and family, not to please their husband, extended family or community.

Also visit Resources http://simpleliving.startlogic.com/indexoth.php?place=archives/featuredwriters.php#resources

# # #

Invitation to Read and Sign OneEarth Jubilee Covenant for the 2020’s

Latest OneEarth Jubilee monthly eNewsletter at https://oneearthjubilee.com/updates/. Well worth a read.

# # #

FUNDAMENTALISM & NATIONALISM: TWO DOMINANT HERESIES IN AMERICAN CHRISTIANITY

# # #

ReTrumplicans Wage War on Democracy

Voter Suppression in effect in Georgia, Florida and Texas. Similar laws in legislatures in multiple other “red” states. How do pro-democracy Progressives pro-act? Non-cooperation! Refuse to do business, vacation or attend events in these states, and tell the ReTrumplicans there–governors, legislators, county chairs–the effects of their actions. Money is the language they understand.
PLUS–
+ The GOP’s Obsession with Power-At-All-Costs Will End Badly for Us All (Including Them) by Thom Hartmann
+ The wealthiest 1% have robbed the nation with $7 trillion in tax evasion over the last 10 years
+ Ari Berman on GOP’s War on Democracy & Voting Rights.
+ Voter Suppression: The Republican War on Facts, Snacks and Democracy by Amy Goodman & Denis Moynihan
The January 6th insurrection was one way to try to overthrow democracy. Now, a more sophisticated effort to subvert democracy is underway.
+ How We Fight Back Against the GOP’s New War on Democracy

# # #

The Thom Hartmann Hidden History Series

LATEST–The Hidden History of American Healthcare: Why Sickness Bankrupts You and Makes Others Insanely Rich

The Hidden History of American Oligarchy: Reclaiming Our Democracy from the Ruling Class

The Hidden History of Guns and the Second Amendment 

The Hidden History of the Supreme Court and the Betrayal of America

The Hidden History of the War on Voting: Who Stole Your Vote and How to Get It Back

The Hidden History of Monopolies: How Big Business Destroyed the American Dream

# # #

Worthwhile Blogs, Webinars, Podcasts

What Could Possibly Go Right? with Vicki Robin // Patheos–Progressive Christian // Jesus for Everyone // Crazy Town // Imagine with Us (SpiritualProgressives.org, Tikkiun.org)

Peace Podcast from John Dear on Apple and Google. Author of ‘They Will Inherit the Earth: Peace and NonViolence in a Time of Climate Change’ — SLW! #114: Part 1 // TCGP #98: Part 2

John Dear’s Beatitudes Center for the Nonviolent Jesus– www.beatitudescenter.org

# # #

Simpler Living Daily Nudges

Month 11* // Week 1: More Celebrating || Week 2: Preparations || Week 3: Unplug the Christmas Machine || Week 4: Whose Birthday Is It, Anyway?

Month 12*: Responsible Celebrating (Advent) Week 1: Ten Tips for a Simpler, More Meaningful Christmas, #1-6 || Week 2: 10 Tips, #7-8 || Week 3: 10 Tips, #9-10+ || Week 4: Christmas, Kwanzaa, Holy Innocents

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  • Non-Conform-Freely Celebrations:  Months 9-12*
  • Check out a few of SLW! thought-provoking, timely resources that might meet your personal, family or congregational/group needs. They’re all FREE. Visit Seasonal/Thematic Resource Index.

# # #

DONATE to our partner organization: https://oneearthjubilee.com/support-oneearth-jubilee/

# # #

Solving the Climate Crisis with No-Growth Economics

To get a worldview very different from the greed and profit-oriented politicians and corporatists, visit these solution-oriented resources:

  1. GrowthBusters
  2. Post-Carbon Institute / CrazyTown Podcast — SLW! Ep. 109: Richard Heinberg
  3. CASSE: Center for the Advancement of the Steady-State Economy / Steady-Stater Podcast — The Common Good Podcast Ep. 46–Brian Czech (use player)

# # #

IT’S NOT OVER YET: A PRA WEBINAR SERIES

In the wake of four years of far-right populist governance culminating in a violent insurrection, Political Research Associates (PRA), publisher of Religion Dispatches, is holding steady in the knowledge, informed by 40 years of Fight the Right research, that it’s not over yet.

PRA is taking this moment to evaluate the state of the Right as it enters into opposition and, at times, into partnership with the new centrist administration. AND STAY TUNED! PRA and RD are working on a joint webinar series on the “Christian” Right to be announced soon.

# # #

We protect ourselves from Climate Crisis deniers, through such series as:

# # #

You can access all SLW! podcast audio and the show notes at SimpleLivingWorks.org (then click window #3). Complete Episode Index. Listen through your computer, iPod, iPad, iPhone (or equivalent). SUBSCRIBE as Simple Living Works! through iTunesStitcher.com or your favorite podcast service. To SUBSCRIBE to email notices, click Comments at the bottom of Show Notes, then check ‘Notify me of new posts by email.’ Please rate us in iTunes and leave a review. Send us your email address to receive the free monthly SLW! eNews. Remember to like us on Facebook. Urge your friends to do the same. Do your friends a favor. Share our blog and podcast. Like SLW! on Facebook. | Follow us on Twitter. | Follow us on Pinterest. Share your thoughts on our podcast and blogs. Email SimpleLivingWorks@yahoo.com, leave a message on our Facebook page or on the SLW! blog.

Peace, Gerald “Jerry” Iversen, Chief SLW! Activist

Copyright: Creative Commons non-commercial attribution share-alike license. Through social media, we extend the mission and resources of the non-profit organization Alternatives, 1973-2011.

10/15/21–eNews #121

Recent Simpler OneEarth Living Podcast Episodes

LATEST–Ep. 1121–Lauren Van Ham: Radical Inter-religious Cooperation Is Working to Save Life on Our Planet

Ep. 1021Encuentro–A U.S./Mexico Conversation on Living the Alternative Worldview We Call OneEarth Jubilee

Ep. 0921Eric LeCompte: Forgive Us Our Debts—Woes and Wins in Canceling Student Debt

Ep. 0821–Brenda Wyss: Feminist Economics Is Creating Just Systems That Meet Current Crises

Ep. 0721–Matt Brennan: An Advocate for Your Congregation and Nonprofit on How to Install Solar Power

Episode 0621–Carrie Radloff: MidWest Environmental Activism

Episode 0521::Neddy Astudillo: Adding Environmental Actions to Our Spiritual Practices

Episode 0421::Arborist Robin Rivet on Reversing Climate Crises Through Informed Tree Actions

Episode 0321::Mike Little: Faith and Money Network

Episode 0221::Economist Barry Shelley: Economic Assumptions and Initiatives for Change

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MUST READ!

Our Great Reckoning

Eileen Crist On The Consequences Of Human Plunder

BY LEATH TONINO • The SUN Magazine 12/20

Connect to it here. 

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NEW and Worthwhile

THUR., 11/18/21, 11 AM PST

Tackling Climate Change through Regenerative Agriculture

Event by Heifer InternationalPublic  · Anyone on or off Facebook

Register here ↓
https://hefr.in/3D3BMMJ

Conventional, large-scale agriculture has contributed to global land degradation and the devastating impacts of climate change. Join us for a live discussion with the Savory Institute’s Global Network Coordinator, Abbey Smith, on how regenerative agriculture has the potential to help reverse this, creating productive, profitable small-scale farms, promoting soil, ecosystem and human health.

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Four Foundations for Earth Care: Solidarity, Sustainability, Sufficiency & Democracy

By Rev. Peter Sawtell (10/18/21)

The Sustainable Sanctuary Coalition of KC, the Environmental Action Committee of Village Church, and Earthkeepers of Heartland Presbyterian co-sponsored a presentation focusing on Earth Care and Environmental Ethics.

See it now at https://youtu.be/TDOQmrBClog

Although Peter has retired, his weekly Eco-Justice Notes and other resources are archived and a source of constant inspiration at http://www.eco-justice.org/.

# # #

Reparations for Slavery and Racism

Jeffrey Robinson gave this talk for Beyt Tikkun Yom Kippur services. Now we are sharing it with the tens of thousands of people who receive Tikkun info in the hopes that you will listen to his talk, share it with everyone on your email lists and then contact your elected representatives to support the bill in the House of Representatives which seeks to create a national report on what those reparations should look like. We at Tikkun hope that it also includes reparations to Native Americans for the genocide of their nations by the whites who conquered them and systematically pursued policies seeking to extinguish their cultures and livelihoods. Listen and then share the link with neighbors, friends, and everyone you can reach.I write this on Indigenous People’s Day rather than celebrate Columbus who opened the gates to white supremacist exploitation of this beautiful and magnificent part of Earth, but the issue of reparations should be on our minds till some justice is done for both African Americans and all Indigenous people. Rabbi Michael Lerner

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GCeT4x3mg1g

# # #

Coming 2022–All of SLW! and OneEarth Jubilee Economics’ 200+ podcast episodes will be offered–one at a time in the Daily Nudge. If you do not already receive the weekly email that links to the Daily Nudges, subscribe for free by sending NUDGE to SimpleLivingWorks@yahoo.com.

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Fly your Earth flag at half mast.

# # #

Critical American History

In light of the recent stirrings about Critical Race Theory, I recommend a video series “American Oligarchy.” I watched it on Free Speech TV and it’s available on-line at

Plutocracy

# #

Check out Earth Mama’s Latest Album Lovingkindness

# # #

Video: Why anti-Zionism is not anti-Semitism

https://electronicintifada.net/blogs/nora-barrows-friedman/video-why-anti-zionism-not-anti-semitism

# # #

Recent Reader Comment

I loved the earlier focus of Simple Living and am dissapointed in the blatant politization of this material.  I have stepped away from the site for awhile and hardly recognize it as the same publication. I do not support or endorse your views. Please remove me from your distribution list.

My Reply

This reader may have confused Voluntary Simplicity with “10 Tips to Unclutter Your Closet.” SLW! has for over 20 years been guided by the Five Life Standards of “Living More with Less,” the classic by Mennonite Doris Janssen Longacre. “Do Justice; Learn from the World Community; Cherish Natural Order; Nourish People (not Stuff); and Non-Conform Freely” are highly political! If you are put off by one of our blogs or podcasts, please review these Standards. We have expounded on them in text and audio at http://simpleliving.startlogic.com/indexoth.php?place=archivesThemes.php#lmwl.

# # #

# #

CAUTION—CONTROVERSIAL SUBJECT!

We may need to consider the possibility that the ever mutating pandemic is one way that Mother Earth is righting a natural imbalance. 

Let’s consider several premises:

That humans are part of Nature, not the rulers of Nature, that all animals and plants are interdependent. Most creatures have natural predators—animals that eat other animals or plants. 

The Earth is in Overshoot. We have more humans than the Earth can support. Some call it Overpopulation. This is a very controversial. The pro-natalists, those who want a higher birth-rate, are driven primarily by pro-growth economics, which just sends us further into Overshoot.

We can survive well with a steady-state economy—one that does not grow—and a reduced population.

We needn’t use coercion to stabilize population. When talking about a smaller global population, pro-natalists use negative examples such as China’s One Child policy or racial superiority. Population can be reduced to a sustainable level using female education and comprehensive family planning. This applies mainly in the Southern Hemisphere.

The Northern Hemisphere must be concerned primarily about restraining OverConsumption—using no more than our fair share of the Earth’s resources. This has been the primary thrust of Simple Living Works! and its predecessors for almost 40 years! We’ve come to the conclusion it’s easier to change human’s reproduction than consumption!

I could go on but I’ll return to the main idea—the pandemic may be a way of the Earth bringing life into balance. Not God, not malevolent scientists, not terrorists.

I’m not suggesting that the Earth makes human-style intellectual decisions and then acts. The Earth is a interconnected, interdependent set of systems that interact to bring change.

We can cooperate in this effort by: 1. Accepting a decline in population and not trying to replace those who have died; 2. Supporting female education and family planning; 3. Bringing our consumption into control so that more humans have an equal share. 

We are not telling women how many children they can have. We are trying to help free them to make their own decisions for their own lives, health and family, not to please their husband, extended family or community.

Also visit Resources http://simpleliving.startlogic.com/indexoth.php?place=archives/featuredwriters.php#resources

# # #

Invitation to Read and Sign OneEarth Jubilee Covenant for the 2020’s

Latest OneEarth Jubilee monthly eNewsletter at https://mailchi.mp/965450d548b6/learning-from-mexico-and-a-solar-advocate-for-congregations. Well worth a read.

# # #

FUNDAMENTALISM & NATIONALISM: TWO DOMINANT HERESIES IN AMERICAN CHRISTIANITY

https://pcpj.org/2020/05/26/fundamentalism-nationalism-two-dominant-heresies-in-american-christianity/

# # #

ReTrumplicans Wage War on Democracy

Voter Suppression in effect in Georgia, Florida and Texas. Similar laws in legislatures in multiple other “red” states. How do pro-democracy Progressives pro-act? Non-cooperation! Refuse to do business, vacation or attend events in these states, and tell the ReTrumplicans there–governors, legislators, county chairs–the effects of their actions. Money is the language they understand.
PLUS–
+ The GOP’s Obsession with Power-At-All-Costs Will End Badly for Us All (Including Them) by Thom Hartmann
+ The wealthiest 1% have robbed the nation with $7 trillion in tax evasion over the last 10 years
+ Ari Berman on GOP’s War on Democracy & Voting Rights.
+ Voter Suppression: The Republican War on Facts, Snacks and Democracy by Amy Goodman & Denis Moynihan
The January 6th insurrection was one way to try to overthrow democracy. Now, a more sophisticated effort to subvert democracy is underway.
+ How We Fight Back Against the GOP’s New War on Democracy
# # #

The Thom Hartmann Hidden History Series

LATEST–The Hidden History of American Healthcare: Why Sickness Bankrupts You and Makes Others Insanely Rich

The Hidden History of American Oligarchy: Reclaiming Our Democracy from the Ruling Class

The Hidden History of Guns and the Second Amendment 

The Hidden History of the Supreme Court and the Betrayal of America

The Hidden History of the War on Voting: Who Stole Your Vote and How to Get It Back

The Hidden History of Monopolies: How Big Business Destroyed the American Dream

# # #

Worthwhile Blogs, Webinars, Podcasts

Patheos–Progressive Christian // Jesus for Everyone // Crazy Town // Imagine with Us (SpiritualProgressives.org, Tikkiun.org)

Peace Podcast from John Dear on Apple and Google. Author of ‘They Will Inherit the Earth: Peace and NonViolence in a Time of Climate Change’ — SLW! #114: Part 1 // TCGP #98: Part 2

Join Marie Dennis to Reflect on Putting Gospel Nonviolence Back into the Church

John Dear’s Beatitudes Center for the Nonviolent Jesus– www.beatitudescenter.org

# # #

Simpler Living Daily Nudges

Month 10*: Sustenance // Week 1: Food || Week 2: Recipes (from Developing Countries) & Food Preparation || Week 3: Sustainable Agriculture, Organic Farming || Week 4: Gardening

Month 11* // Week 1: More Celebrating || Week 2: Preparations || Week 3: Unplug the Christmas Machine || Week 4: Whose Birthday Is It, Anyway?

Send “Nudge” to SimpleLivingWorks@yahoo.com to receive a free, brief email each week. You can unsubscribe at any time by replying Unsubscribe Nudge.

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  • SLW! Blog Index | SLW! Podcast Index
  • SUBSCRIBE to SLW! Podcast for free through your favorite podcast service. Subscribe to SLW! Blog. Click “+Follow” at lower right of blog post, enter a name and email address. Welcome!
  • Non-Conform-Freely Celebrations:  Months 9-12*
  • Check out a few of SLW! thought-provoking, timely resources that might meet your personal, family or congregational/group needs. They’re all FREE. Visit Seasonal/Thematic Resource Index.

# # #

DONATE: https://oneearthjubilee.com/support-oneearth-jubilee/

# # #

Solving the Climate Crisis with No-Growth Economics

To get a worldview very different from the greed and profit-oriented politicians and corporatists, visit these solution-oriented resources:

  1. GrowthBusters
  2. Post-Carbon Institute / CrazyTown Podcast — SLW! Ep. 109: Richard Heinberg
  3. CASSE: Center for the Advancement of the Steady-State Economy / Steady-Stater Podcast — The Common Good Podcast Ep. 46–Brian Czech (use player)

# # #

IT’S NOT OVER YET: A PRA WEBINAR SERIES

In the wake of four years of far-right populist governance culminating in a violent insurrection, Political Research Associates (PRA), publisher of Religion Dispatches, is holding steady in the knowledge, informed by 40 years of Fight the Right research, that it’s not over yet.

PRA is taking this moment to evaluate the state of the Right as it enters into opposition and, at times, into partnership with the new centrist administration. AND STAY TUNED! PRA and RD are working on a joint webinar series on the “Christian” Right to be announced soon.

# # #

We protect ourselves from Climate Crisis deniers, through such series as:

# # #

You can access all SLW! podcast audio and the show notes at SimpleLivingWorks.org (then click window #3). Complete Episode Index. Listen through your computer, iPod, iPad, iPhone (or equivalent). SUBSCRIBE as Simple Living Works! through iTunesStitcher.com or your favorite podcast service. To SUBSCRIBE to email notices, click Comments at the bottom of Show Notes, then check ‘Notify me of new posts by email.’ Please rate us in iTunes and leave a review. Send us your email address to receive the free monthly SLW! eNews. Remember to like us on Facebook. Urge your friends to do the same. Do your friends a favor. Share our blog and podcast. Like SLW! on Facebook. | Follow us on Twitter. | Follow us on Pinterest. Share your thoughts on our podcast and blogs. Email SimpleLivingWorks@yahoo.com, leave a message on our Facebook page or on the SLW! blog.

Peace, Gerald “Jerry” Iversen, Chief SLW! Activist

Copyright: Creative Commons non-commercial attribution share-alike license. Through social media, we extend the mission and resources of the non-profit organization Alternatives, 1973-2011.

9/15/21–eNews #120

Eric LeCompte, executive director of Jubilee USA Network, is pictured near the Vatican in Rome Feb. 4, 2020. LeCompte was invited to a Feb. 5 Vatican meeting of high level finance ministers and economic experts. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) See VATICAN-LETTER-FINANCE-ETHICS Feb.6, 2020.

Recent Simpler OneEarth Living Podcast Episodes

LATEST–Ep. 1021Encuentro–A U.S./Mexico Conversation on Living the Alternative Worldview We Call OneEarth Jubilee

Ep. 0921Eric LeCompte: Forgive Us Our Debts—Woes and Wins in Canceling Student Debt

Ep. 0821–Brenda Wyss: Feminist Economics Is Creating Just Systems That Meet Current Crises

Ep. 0721–Matt Brennan: An Advocate for Your Congregation and Nonprofit on How to Install Solar Power

Episode 0621–Carrie Radloff: MidWest Environmental Activism

Episode 0521::Neddy Astudillo: Adding Environmental Actions to Our Spiritual Practiceser

Episode 0421::Arborist Robin Rivet on Reversing Climate Crises Through Informed Tree Actions

Episode 0321::Mike Little: Faith and Money Network

Episode 0221::Economist Barry Shelley: Economic Assumptions and Initiatives for Change

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Join us for YES! Fest, Oct. 7-8

With Vandana Shivaadrienne maree brownFania Davis, Alicia Garza, Dallas Goldtooth, David Korten, Sarah van Gelder and more!

GET YOUR TICKET

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9/24-10/10REGISTER

We invite you to connect and engage with an active network of diverse people inspired by similar visions of a more beautiful world. Learn from amazing folks doing important work to build our community resilience. Come deepen our collaboration with each other and connect with the movement!

The Climate Justice and ReGenerative communities movement must accelerate the spread of regenerative and solidarity economy models and enterprises, providing credible pathways for divesting resources out of the extractive economy and into building thriving communities.

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ADDITION
Reparations for Slavery and Racism
Editor’s note: Jeffrey Robinson gave this talk for Beyt Tikkun Yom Kippur services. Now we are sharing it with the tens of thousands of people who receive Tikkun info in the hopes that you will listen to his talk, share it with everyone on your email lists and then contact your elected representatives to support the bill in the House of Representatives which seeks to create a national report on what those reparations should look like. We at Tikkun hope that it also includes reparations to Native Americans for the genocide of their nations by the whites who conquered them and systematically pursued policies seeking to extinguish their cultures and livelihoods. Listen and then share the link with neighbors, friends, and everyone you can reach.I write this on Indigenous People’s Day rather than celebrate Columbus who opened the gates to white supremacist exploitation of this beautiful and magnificent part of Earth, but the issue of reparations should be on our minds till some justice is done for both African Americans and all Indigenous people. Rabbi Michael Lerner

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GCeT4x3mg1g

# # #

Fly your Earth flag at half mast.

# # #

Critical American History

In light of the recent stirrings about Critical Race Theory, I recommend a video series “American Oligarchy.” I watched it on Free Speech TV and it’s available on-line at

Plutocracy

# #

ADDITION

Check out Earth Mama’s Latest Album Lovingkindness

# # #

ADDITION

Video: Why anti-Zionism is not anti-Semitism

https://electronicintifada.net/blogs/nora-barrows-friedman/video-why-anti-zionism-not-anti-semitism

# # #

Recent Reader Comment

I loved the earlier focus of Simple Living and am dissapointed in the blatant politization of this material.  I have stepped away from the site for awhile and hardly recognize it as the same publication. I do not support or endorse your views. Please remove me from your distribution list.

My Reply

This reader may have confused Voluntary Simplicity with “10 Tips to Unclutter Your Closet.” SLW! has for over 20 years been guided by the Five Life Standards of “Living More with Less,” the classic by Mennonite Doris Janssen Longacre. “Do Justice; Learn from the World Community; Cherish Natural Order; Nourish People (not Stuff); and Non-Conform Freely” are highly political! If you are put off by one of our blogs or podcasts, please review these Standards. We have expounded on them in text and audio at http://simpleliving.startlogic.com/indexoth.php?place=archivesThemes.php#lmwl.

# # #

# #

CAUTION—CONTROVERSIAL SUBJECT!

We may need to consider the possibility that the ever mutating pandemic is one way that Mother Earth is righting a natural imbalance. 

Let’s consider several premises:

That humans are part of Nature, not the rulers of Nature, that all animals and plants are interdependent. Most creatures have natural predators—animals that eat other animals or plants. 

The Earth is in Overshoot. We have more humans than the Earth can support. Some call it Overpopulation. This is a very controversial. The pro-natalists, those who want a higher birth-rate, are driven primarily by pro-growth economics, which just sends us further into Overshoot.

We can survive well with a steady-state economy—one that does not grow—and a reduced population.

We needn’t use coercion to stabilize population. When talking about a smaller global population, pro-natalists use negative examples such as China’s One Child policy or racial superiority. Population can be reduced to a sustainable level using female education and comprehensive family planning. This applies mainly in the Southern Hemisphere.

The Northern Hemisphere must be concerned primarily about restraining OverConsumption—using no more than our fair share of the Earth’s resources. This has been the primary thrust of Simple Living Works! and its predecessors for almost 40 years! We’ve come to the conclusion it’s easier to change human’s reproduction than consumption!

I could go on but I’ll return to the main idea—the pandemic may be a way of the Earth bringing life into balance. Not God, not malevolent scientists, not terrorists.

I’m not suggesting that the Earth makes human-style intellectual decisions and then acts. The Earth is a interconnected, interdependent set of systems that interact to bring change.

We can cooperate in this effort by: 1. Accepting a decline in population and not trying to replace those who have died; 2. Supporting female education and family planning; 3. Bringing our consumption into control so that more humans have an equal share. 4. Tax the Rich and large corporations!

We are not telling women how many children they can have. We are trying to help free them to make their own decisions for their own lives, health and family, not to please their husband, extended family or community.

Also visit Resources http://simpleliving.startlogic.com/indexoth.php?place=archives/featuredwriters.php#resources

# # #

Invitation to Read and Sign OneEarth Jubilee Covenant for the 2020’s

Latest OneEarth Jubilee monthly eNewsletter at https://mailchi.mp/965450d548b6/learning-from-mexico-and-a-solar-advocate-for-congregations. Well worth a read.

# # #

FUNDAMENTALISM & NATIONALISM: TWO DOMINANT HERESIES IN AMERICAN CHRISTIANITY

https://pcpj.org/2020/05/26/fundamentalism-nationalism-two-dominant-heresies-in-american-christianity/

# # #

ReTrumplicans Wage War on Democracy

Voter Suppression in effect in Georgia, Florida and Texas. Similar laws in legislatures in multiple other “red” states. How do pro-democracy Progressives pro-act? Non-cooperation! Refuse to do business, vacation or attend events in these states, and tell the ReTrumplicans there–governors, legislators, county chairs–the effects of their actions. Money is the language they understand.
PLUS–
+ The GOP’s Obsession with Power-At-All-Costs Will End Badly for Us All (Including Them) by Thom Hartmann
+ The wealthiest 1% have robbed the nation with $7 trillion in tax evasion over the last 10 years
+ Ari Berman on GOP’s War on Democracy & Voting Rights.
+ Voter Suppression: The Republican War on Facts, Snacks and Democracy by Amy Goodman & Denis Moynihan
The January 6th insurrection was one way to try to overthrow democracy. Now, a more sophisticated effort to subvert democracy is underway.
+ How We Fight Back Against the GOP’s New War on Democracy
# # #

The Thom Hartmann Hidden History Series

LATEST–The Hidden History of American Healthcare: Why Sickness Bankrupts You and Makes Others Insanely Rich

The Hidden History of American Oligarchy: Reclaiming Our Democracy from the Ruling Class

The Hidden History of Guns and the Second Amendment 

The Hidden History of the Supreme Court and the Betrayal of America

The Hidden History of the War on Voting: Who Stole Your Vote and How to Get It Back

The Hidden History of Monopolies: How Big Business Destroyed the American Dream

# # #

Worthwhile Blogs, Webinars, Podcasts

Patheos–Progressive Christian // Jesus for Everyone // Crazy Town // Imagine with Us (SpiritualProgressives.org, Tikkiun.org)

Peace Podcast from John Dear on Apple and Google. Author of ‘They Will Inherit the Earth: Peace and NonViolence in a Time of Climate Change’ — SLW! #114: Part 1 // TCGP #98: Part 2

Join Marie Dennis to Reflect on Putting Gospel Nonviolence Back into the Church

John Dear’s Beatitudes Center for the Nonviolent Jesus– www.beatitudescenter.org

# # #

Simpler Living Daily Nudges

Month 10*: Sustenance // Week 1: Food || Week 2: Recipes (from Developing Countries) & Food Preparation || Week 3: Sustainable Agriculture, Organic Farming || Week 4: Gardening

Month 11* // Week 1: More Celebrating || Week 2: Preparations || Week 3: Unplug the Christmas Machine || Week 4: Whose Birthday Is It, Anyway?

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Solving the Climate Crisis with No-Growth Economics

To get a worldview very different from the greed and profit-oriented politicians and corporatists, visit these solution-oriented resources:

  1. GrowthBusters
  2. Post-Carbon Institute / CrazyTown Podcast — SLW! Ep. 109: Richard Heinberg
  3. CASSE: Center for the Advancement of the Steady-State Economy / Steady-Stater Podcast — The Common Good Podcast Ep. 46–Brian Czech (use player)

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IT’S NOT OVER YET: A PRA WEBINAR SERIES

In the wake of four years of far-right populist governance culminating in a violent insurrection, Political Research Associates (PRA), publisher of Religion Dispatches, is holding steady in the knowledge, informed by 40 years of Fight the Right research, that it’s not over yet.

PRA is taking this moment to evaluate the state of the Right as it enters into opposition and, at times, into partnership with the new centrist administration. AND STAY TUNED! PRA and RD are working on a joint webinar series on the “Christian” Right to be announced soon.

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We protect ourselves from Climate Crisis deniers, through such series as:

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Peace, Gerald “Jerry” Iversen, Chief SLW! Activist

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8/15/21–eNews #119

Recent Simpler OneEarth Living Podcast Episodes

LATEST–Ep. 0821–Brenda Wyss: Feminist Economics Is Creating Just Systems That Meet Current Crises

Ep. 0721–Matt Brennan: An Advocate for Your Congregation and Nonprofit on How to Install Solar Power

Episode 0621–Carrie Radloff: MidWest Environmental Activism

Episode 0521::Neddy Astudillo: Adding Environmental Actions to Our Spiritual Practiceser

Episode 0421::Arborist Robin Rivet on Reversing Climate Crises Through Informed Tree Actions

Episode 0321::Mike Little: Faith and Money Network

Episode 0221::Economist Barry Shelley: Economic Assumptions and Initiatives for Change

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Recent Reader Comment

I loved the earlier focus of Simple Living and am dissapointed in the blatant politization of this material.  I have stepped away from the site for awhile and hardly recognize it as the same publication. I do not support or endorse your views. Please remove me from your distribution list.

My Reply

This reader may have confused Voluntary Simplicity with “10 Tips to Unclutter Your Closet.” SLW! has for over 20 years been guided by the Five Life Standards of “Living More with Less,” the classic by Mennonite Doris Janssen Longacre. “Do Justice; Learn from the World Community; Cherish Natural Order; Nourish People (not Stuff); and Non-Conform Freely” are highly political! If you are put off by one of our blogs or podcasts, please review these Standards. We have expounded on them in text and audio at http://simpleliving.startlogic.com/indexoth.php?place=archivesThemes.php#lmwl.

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CAUTION—CONTROVERSIAL SUBJECT!

We may need to consider the possibility that the ever mutating pandemic is one way that Mother Earth is righting a natural imbalance. 

Let’s consider several premises:

That humans are part of Nature, not the rulers of Nature, that all animals and plants are interdependent. Most creatures have natural predators—animals that eat other animals or plants. 

The Earth is in Overshoot. We have more humans than the Earth can support. Some call it Overpopulation. This is a very controversial. The pro-natalists, those who want a higher birth-rate, are driven primarily by pro-growth economics, which just sends us further into Overshoot.

We can survive well with a steady-state economy—one that does not grow—and a reduced population.

We needn’t use coercion to stabilize population. When talking about a smaller global population, pro-natalists use negative examples such as China’s One Child policy or racial superiority. Population can be reduced to a sustainable level using female education and comprehensive family planning. This applies mainly in the Southern Hemisphere.

The Northern Hemisphere must be concerned primarily about restraining OverConsumption—using no more than our fair share of the Earth’s resources. This has been the primary thrust of Simple Living Works! and its predecessors for almost 40 years! We’ve come to the conclusion it’s easier to change human’s reproduction than consumption!

I could go on but I’ll return to the main idea—the pandemic may be a way of the Earth bringing life into balance. Not God, not malevolent scientists, not terrorists.

I’m not suggesting that the Earth makes human-style intellectual decisions and then acts. The Earth is a interconnected, interdependent set of systems that interact to bring change.

We can cooperate in this effort by: 1. Accepting a decline in population and not trying to replace those who have died; 2. Supporting female education and family planning; 3. Bringing our consumption into control so that more humans have an equal share. 

We are not telling women how many children they can have. We are trying to help free them to make their own decisions for their own lives, health and family, not to please their husband, extended family or community.

Also visit Resources http://simpleliving.startlogic.com/indexoth.php?place=archives/featuredwriters.php#resources

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Invitation to Read and Sign OneEarth Jubilee Covenant for the 2020’s

Latest OneEarth Jubilee monthly eNewsletter at https://mailchi.mp/965450d548b6/learning-from-mexico-and-a-solar-advocate-for-congregations. Well worth a read.

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FUNDAMENTALISM & NATIONALISM: TWO DOMINANT HERESIES IN AMERICAN CHRISTIANITY

https://pcpj.org/2020/05/26/fundamentalism-nationalism-two-dominant-heresies-in-american-christianity/

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ReTrumplicans Wage War on Democracy

Voter Suppression in effect in Georgia, Florida and Texas. Similar laws in legislatures in multiple other “red” states. How do pro-democracy Progressives pro-act? Non-cooperation! Refuse to do business, vacation or attend events in these states, and tell the ReTrumplicans there–governors, legislators, county chairs–the effects of their actions. Money is the language they understand.
PLUS–
+ Ari Berman on GOP’s War on Democracy & Voting Rights.
+ Voter Suppression: The Republican War on Facts, Snacks and Democracy
By Amy Goodman & Denis Moynihan
The January 6th insurrection was one way to try to overthrow democracy. Now, a more sophisticated effort to subvert democracy is underway.
+ How We Fight Back Against the GOP’s New War on Democracy: https://www.commondreams.org/views/2021/05/19/how-we-fight-back-against-gops-new-war-democracy
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The Thom Hartmann Hidden History Series

LATEST–The Hidden History of American Oligarchy: Reclaiming Our Democracy from the Ruling Class

The Hidden History of Guns and the Second Amendment 

The Hidden History of the Supreme Court and the Betrayal of America

The Hidden History of the War on Voting: Who Stole Your Vote and How to Get It Back

The Hidden History of Monopolies: How Big Business Destroyed the American Dream

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Worthwhile Blogs, Webinars, Podcasts

Patheos–Progressive Christian // Jesus for Everyone // Crazy Town // Imagine with Us (SpiritualProgressives.org, Tikkiun.org)

Peace Podcast from John Dear on Apple and Google. Author of ‘They Will Inherit the Earth: Peace and NonViolence in a Time of Climate Change’ — SLW! #114: Part 1 // TCGP #98: Part 2

Join Marie Dennis to Reflect on Putting Gospel Nonviolence Back into the Church

John Dear’s Beatitudes Center for the Nonviolent Jesus– www.beatitudescenter.org

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Simpler Living Daily Nudges

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  • Non-Conform-Freely Celebrations:  Months 5-8*
  • Check out a few of SLW! thought-provoking, timely resources that might meet your personal, family or congregational/group needs. They’re all FREE. Visit Seasonal/Thematic Resource Index.

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DONATE: https://oneearthjubilee.com/support-oneearth-jubilee/

# # #

Solving the Climate Crisis with No-Growth Economics

To get a worldview very different from the greed and profit-oriented politicians and corporatists, visit these solution-oriented resources:

  1. GrowthBusters
  2. Post-Carbon Institute / CrazyTown Podcast — SLW! Ep. 109: Richard Heinberg
  3. CASSE: Center for the Advancement of the Steady-State Economy / Steady-Stater Podcast — The Common Good Podcast Ep. 46–Brian Czech (use player)

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IT’S NOT OVER YET: A PRA WEBINAR SERIES

In the wake of four years of far-right populist governance culminating in a violent insurrection, Political Research Associates (PRA), publisher of Religion Dispatches, is holding steady in the knowledge, informed by 40 years of Fight the Right research, that it’s not over yet.

PRA is taking this moment to evaluate the state of the Right as it enters into opposition and, at times, into partnership with the new centrist administration. AND STAY TUNED! PRA and RD are working on a joint webinar series on the Christian Right to be announced soon.

# # #

We protect ourselves from Climate Crisis deniers, through such series as:

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You can access all SLW! podcast audio and the show notes at SimpleLivingWorks.org (then click window #3). Complete Episode Index. Listen through your computer, iPod, iPad, iPhone (or equivalent). SUBSCRIBE as Simple Living Works! through iTunesStitcher.com or your favorite podcast service. To SUBSCRIBE to email notices, click Comments at the bottom of Show Notes, then check ‘Notify me of new posts by email.’ Please rate us in iTunes and leave a review. Send us your email address to receive the free monthly SLW! eNews. Remember to like us on Facebook. Urge your friends to do the same. Do your friends a favor. Share our blog and podcast. Like SLW! on Facebook. | Follow us on Twitter. | Follow us on Pinterest. Share your thoughts on our podcast and blogs. Email SimpleLivingWorks@yahoo.com, leave a message on our Facebook page or on the SLW! blog.

Peace, Gerald “Jerry” Iversen, Chief SLW! Activist

Copyright: Creative Commons non-commercial attribution share-alike license. Through social media, we extend the mission and resources of the non-profit organization Alternatives, 1973-2011.

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