Photo: Kate Kaemerle
The One Desert Community Initiative is a vision of how Tucson can live in a sustainable way and outlines the steps for the community and individuals accomplish this.
Sustainable Tucson meets monthly and is building the One Desert Community Initiative by discussing what it takes for our community to not only survive, but thrive while respecting both people and the planet.
Sustainable Tucson’s next general meeting is Monday, June 13th at 5:45 PM in the lower level of the Joel D. Valdez Main Library downtown.
Sustainable Tucson June meeting:
Monday, June 13th, 5:45 to 8:00 PM
(doors open at 5:30)
Joel D. Valdez Main Library, Downtown
101 N. Stone Avenue
Lower Level Meeting Room
(free lower level parking off Alameda St.)
From the Sustainable Tucson June newsletter:
One Desert Community Initiative
It will take far more than technique to thrive in this desert and make it our home. In fact, as is usually the case if something is really important, the real challenges are mostly in our heads. At the first meeting of the One Desert Community Initiative, we started a dialog on what it means to BE a Desert Community. This is the proverbial first step of a journey of a 1000 miles. We plan to have a living draft of a Vision of One Desert Community at our next meeting.
The next meeting, June 13, begins a new phase of this journey. We will begin a cycle of meetings where we identify and define important things that we need to get really good at, in order to make this our home.
In order to break this in to manageable gulps, we will pick a single dimension of expertise (Efficiency and Renewable Resources, in this case) and will identify a few important broad outcomes for action. At subsequent meetings, we will take each of these broad outcomes and try to understand the opportunities and barriers to action, and connect people with ways to act now. (For example, people might select “getting really good at local food production” as an outcome we want to build. A future meeting would define what the specific objectives are, understand the opportunities and barriers, and connect people with ways to help make it happen.)
At each meeting, there will be representatives of groups that are already working on projects, and that you can connect with now. We will also try to identify gaps that can be turned into letter-writing / lobbying campaigns, or even new initiatives.
Then we will do it all over again, with another dimension of sustainability and more opportunities to act.
We are on a journey. It is not a journey that leads to ever greater material wealth for some, but to a more just society for all. It is not a journey that leads to ever more fearful events that are spinning out of our control, but to more friends and neighbors who we support and who support us.
This is the journey of our times – to find and create a better way to live with the earth and be of the earth. Welcome to the journey.
Tres English for the Core Team