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Posted on: September 23, 2019


In This Issue — The Global Climate Strike, Friday, 9/20–Report from Central Coast CA // Latest Podcast Episode // New Book by George S. Johnson // FREE Daily NUDGE // Much More!

LATEST Simpler OneEarth Living Podcast Episode 09/19: George Gastil–Doing Good Through Local Government

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COMING Next Week–Episode 10/19: Margaret Bullit-Jonas–Faith Communities Have Great Reason to Go All Out on Reversing Climate Crisis

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Climate Strike! Paso Robles

I attended my local Climate Strike! in Paso Robles, Calif., Friday, 9/20/19 — as did 4+ million people around the globe. Our local event was one of several in our Central Coast San Luis Obispo county. It was organized by local high school students and attended by 60+ people, about half seniors and half students. It started at 8:30 and lunch was served at noon.

It was both inspiring and frustrating. The speakers and singers were inspiring. The younger speakers called for action; the academics shared stories about science and nature.

Minor frustrations included inexperienced chant leaders and comments from the crowd that could scarcely be heard because the M.C. didn’t urge them to use the mic. Those can be fixed with experience.

Bigger frustrations. As I worked the crowd introducing myself as the editor of the SLO Co. Social Justice eNews and gathering email addresses, I noticed that we had no public officials present — no city council, no city employees (except some of the the high school’ers teachers). Part of the problem, no doubt, was that the city participated in Creeks to Coast Cleanup at the same time, as part of National CleanUp Day, so some of the Earth-friendly folks may have been there.

Secondly, no media. Granted, our sole county TV station may have been at one of the other strikes and our local radio stations are not known for their news coverage. We’ll see if we get any space in the north county weekly newspapers. One friend heard about the strike on the local conservative AM station— both pro’s and con’s. I heard about it on FaceBook.

More strikes are scheduled for Friday, 9/27/19. We’ll have a big one at the County Courthouse in San Luis Obispo. If you missed your local strike, catch the next one for sure!

(Word from the relatives in mostly-red-Iowa is that no strikes happened in Sioux City, the third largest city, though there were strikes in the capital, Des Moines, and in Iowa City, home of the University of Iowa.)

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Campaign Nonviolence Week of Actions — With 3200+ actions, this continues to be our biggest yet.

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The Global Climate Strike, Friday, 9/27

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If you’ve ever felt like you don’t have enough information about an issue, that you should wait to see what others do first, or that your voice won’t make a difference, you’re not alone.

George S. Johnson’s new book, Silence Is Not the Answer is a collection of prophetic voices urging us to wake up, notice what is happening, and take a stand.

The book offers viewpoints from a variety of writers who call us to make our voices heard on critical justice issues. Walter Brueggemann, Bishop Herbert Chilstrom, Christine M. Smith, Larry Rasmussen, Jim Wallis, and others encourage us to break the silence—not by shouting down others but by starting a real conversation.

Here’s your chance to speak up, make better choices, and make your voice heard. Even one voice can start an avalanche of change.

We need to read and listen and then speak out for causes that we think are important.

His goal in writing this book and presenting a collection of clear, prophetic voices is to give people resources that will help them think and act critically in an age of confusion and conflicting voices. As we approach the 2020 elections, speaking out has never been more important.

You can read testimonials here.

You can purchase a copy of my book from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or your local bookstore. George looks forward to hearing what you have to say about Silence Is Not the Answer. I hope you will consider telling a friend about the book, sharing the book on social media, and writing a review on Amazon.

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Native American Presidential Forum in Sioux City, IA, coincides with Simpler OneEarth Living Podcast series featuring Indigenous people there.

Warren Apologizes to Native Americans; Sanders Backs Rescinding Medals for Wounded Knee Massacre

2020 Candidates Address Historical Trauma, Missing Indigenous Women & More at Native American Forum  []

Simpler OneEarth Living Podcast Episode 08/19: Strong Women of the Four Directions

Simpler OneEarth Living Podcast Episode 07/19: Michael Patrick “White Eagle” O’Connor, native artist/Earth activist

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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 InstituteSLW! Ep. 109–Richard Heinberg
  3. CASSE: Center for the Advancement of the Steady-State Economy — The Common Good Podcast Ep. 46–Brian Czech (use player)

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“Jubilee Circles” is now available also as an audiobook, at iTunes, Nook Audiobooks, Google Play, and, which offers a free sample. It includes 20 actions to take to help keep our planet livable. THAT’S THE LINK to the audio version of the little book “Jubilee Circles: Help Save Life on the Planet.” Please share this audio version with all who’d like to listen while jogging, walking, etc.

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Month 9/19 of the Simpler Living Daily Nudge

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Getting Ready Early for an Alternative Christmas Festival/Workshop

Refuse to be sucked into the fall hectics. Begin planning a less-consumer holiday season a little at a time. Use SLW! free online resources.

  1. Submit an item for the new edition of “Whose Birthday Is It, Anyway”
  2. Read a Festival Guide
  3. Read a Workshop Guide
  4. Peruse SLW! Advent-Christmas-Epiphany Article Index

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What’s Happened

OverPopulation Update

World Population Balance held a recent Sustainable Population Meetup to unveil its latest media strategies to encourage smaller families, such as “Congestion Begins at Conception” from

If you think that overpopulation is only a problem for the developing world, read an enlightened and comprehensive perspective The U.S. Population Situation.

I plan to intensify my efforts with colleagues, not with deniers. Please explore and reflect on. . .

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Snapshots: How Money is Turned into Jubilee Actions

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Simpler OneEarth Living Podcast Ep.06/19: Carrie Radloff, Working for Environmental Progress in the Politically Regressive Midwest

Simpler OneEarth Living Podcast Ep. 05/19: Steven Cornett, Partnering with Nature for Healthy Food and Soil through Regenerative Farming

Simpler OneEarth Living Podcast Ep. 04/19: Banker Pat Trahan on Leaving Suburb Isolation for Urban Diversity; Leaving Wall Street to Invest in Neighborhood

Simpler OneEarth Living Podcast Episode 03/19: InEquality Hurts Everybody–Talking to Chuck Collins from The InEquality Project [For better audio, listen to this episode on headphones or earbuds.]

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Offsetting the CO2 We Release in Our Lives by Planting Trees 

Here’s an Earth-Day-Everyday action OneEarth Jubilee recommends we all take to offset the CO2 we put into the air.

Some of us may be able to arrange life so that we use less energy produced by fossil fuels. Certainly, whatever way we can use less of that energy source is the way to go. But all of us have to travel some, heat or cool our homes, etc. Whatever amount we use, we can off-set the CO2 that fossil fuel puts into the atmosphere by planting trees to take CO2 out of the atmosphere. It’s not a perfect equation by any means. Trees take time to grow, and when they die they release CO2. But every day that trees grow they photosynthesize and remove CO2 from the air.

Here’s how it works. We use an internet calculator like to calculate our monthly or annual emissions. By the way, that site will calculate our emissions from other sources in our lives, not only travel. It’s an Australian site that is dedicated to helping us find best choices in this era of rapid climate change. We know that without massive mobilization, the disasters we’re now experiencing only multiply.

The calculator will tell us how much to donate to off-set our fossil fuel use. We invite you to donate that amount to Jubilee OneEarth Economics Tree Fund. Where you donate is important. Truth is, not all entities receiving these off-set donations are trustworthy. Every cent donated to the Jubilee Tree Fund will go to tree planting projects in one of three regions—San Diego (CA), San Mateo (MX), San Cristobal (MX). You see, the Jubilee Circles in these areas are all committed as deeply as possible to OneEarth ways. Each one is connected to at least one tree-planting or reforestation project.

We need lots of actions to reduce CO2 in our atmosphere. In 2019, CO2 levels globally are at 415ppm (parts per million), well above the 350 ppm which is where we need to be to keep our planet stable. The last time CO2 in the air was as high as it is today was 3,000,000 years ago. It was a time when oceans were also 50 to 80 feet higher than today. Hard to imagine the flooding that such levels would bring to the world’s coasts today.

OneEarth Jubilee looks forward to partnering with you to value creation in this way.

For more information, contact

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

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