December 6, 2011 – 12 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa Community College
13466 N. Trepania Road, Haoward, WI
Environmental Film Festival
Below is a video clip. See and Listen to Clayton Thomas-Müller of Alberta, Canada, explain why he is a protector of the Earth. Clayton Thomas-Muller is a leader in the movement to stop the Alberta Keystone XL Pipeline. I heard from him recently with a recommendation of two Wisconsin environmental advocates:
Patricia Popple, Concerned Chippewa Citizens will speak about silica sand mines and the health and environmental risk.
Frank Koehn will speak about the Bad River Iron Ore Mine that could pollute 23 waterways of Bad River Reservation. It isn’t only Koehn and Bad River that are concerned about fresh drinking water.
Happy Tonics and Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa Community College (LCOOCC) and LCO Public Library are also concerned. This is way we are sponsoring the III Annual Environmental Film Fest at LCOOCC.
Learn about mining and pipelines that could contaminate precious free flowing clean water. Wisconsin is known for its pristine environment. We must protect these natural resources for our own health and for the health of future generations. Natural resources are a gift from one generation to another and should not be allowed to come to harm.
If we don’t accept responsibility now for what is happening to the earth, when? This is our last chance to stop dirty fuel which will put us at such high emissions that the “game will be up,” according to some scientists and environmental organizations.
Keystone XL pipeline: First Nations protest tar sands project | rabble.ca.
Marketing and Events specialist in So. MD promoting my book.
Read about the woman who lives alone in Northwest Wisconsin and whom is responding to requests to come to the East Coast next summer. If you only knew how far apart the different worlds are, you would realize how I don’t even want to go back there to traffic, people, noise and overpopulation and congested urban settings.
Will I go full circle?
In two days it will be Thanksgiving. The day after it will be the New Moon and time for the Water Ceremony in Northwest Wisconsin. The last two months in September and October for one reason or another women needed to cancel due to illness, work or travel.
As a council guide, I am recommending that we meet again when it is spring and the rebirth of the world is upon us. In the dark snowy nights of winter I suggest that we keep to the same schedule and each participant do ceremony at home. This is the time of deer crossings and difficult to drive at night in Northwest Wisconsin. The deer doesn’t realize that a road runs through their country. It becomes dangerous to them and humans to be out in the night.
Grandmother Tonya Whitedeer suggested, “Once a ceremony is set into action….and a person says they will be there….that is like an Oath to the Creator as this is all Sacred … When they call to say they cannot make it….as a Grandmother we must tell them to apologize to the Creator and all the Spirits of the Heavens that they cannot seem to keep their vow to them….for they have put a break in the circle of trust and commitement….I know that it sounds harsh…but after all this is the Truth.”
This is sage advice. Vows should not be taken lightly.
Be happy insectamonarca friends wherever you are.
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Meet Cindy Myers who bravely points out to Nebraska Senators why they need to do the right thing and not give permission for the Alberta XL Tar Sands Pipeline to build a pipeline through Nebraska’s Oglala aquifer.
Copyright permission by Cindy Myers.
Frac Sand Mining in Wisconsin Towns –
A One Day Conference
Thursday, December 1st
29 Pines Sleep Inn & Suites Conference Center
5872 33rd Ave. * Eau Claire (near HWY 29 and Co Rd T)
WHO SHOULD COME:
- Wisconsin Town officials, county and state elected officials
- Farmers, townspeople, representatives of local organizations
- Provide an overview of the industry and how it is developing in Wisconsin
- Provide training on practical tools that can be successfully used to address local needs
- Encourage networking and connections among local officials and citizens who are addressing similar issues
- Overview of the Frac Sand Industry
- How Frac Sand Mining Development is unfolding in Wisconsin
- What the Industry is Looking For
- Implications and Issues for Towns
- Regulatory Structure in Wisconsin and Legal Strategies for Towns
- Practical Tools for Towns
IN DEPTH WORKSHOPS ON:
- Roads, property values and taxes
- Regulatory and non regulatory tools for Towns, including
- Zoning and Non-Metallic Mining Ordinances
- Developers Agreements
- Get answers to your questions, issues and concerns
- Hear from leading experts, including experienced attorneys, geologists, road specialists, town leaders, and others
- Hear and share stories about Towns’ direct experience with frac sand mining and processing plants
- Explore which tools are right for your Town
- Take home a “Toolbox” of concrete tools, models, examples and resources
is $25 and includes continental breakfast, lunch and materials. Please visit the WFU website
to download a registration form. This event is co-sponsored by Wisconsin Farmers Union and WI Towns Association. Call the WFU office if you have questions – 715-723-5561.
Perhaps some of insectamonarca’s friends reading this Blog will have transportation access to attend the conference. I want to go but there is no public transportation on that day. I live 2 hours north of Eau Claire.
On Dec. 6 we are showing GASLAND at Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe Community College in Hayward, WI. Speakers Patricia Popple and Frank Koehn will educate the audience about this mining procedure which may have environmental risks associated with the mining.
Spreading the message. We don’t want the Alberta XL Tar Sands Pipeline or any other natural gas/oil operation that is stealing silica sand from Wisconsin to be used in oil/natural gas extraction. No Fracking Way!
Today, I received an email from Worth Cooley-Prost, an artist in Alexandria, VA. She asked me to send thoughts to her of what I see and she asked that I pray for her Glass Exhibit called Portals. In response, I went on a Meditation Walk around the loop, a dirt road near my property. Along the way, I stepped off the beaten path into the sand dunes where we hold Water Ceremony in Northwest Wisconsin in season. The first thing I noticed was beautiful miniature soldier moss with their dainty little red hats. Some moss was already laden with the first signs of frost. As I strolled into this sacred space, I encountered deer foot prints and possible wolf scat. As I approached the sacred circle where we hold ceremony I saw a female adult deer near Jack pine who casually walked away and hid among fur trees and hard wood forest to the south. Then from the west, I heard a crow at about the same time as I smelled the aroma of sweet fern that was a dense colony and climbing over the dunes from the west.
It was here that I whispered Worth’s intentions for the Art Exhibit – Portals. Thinking on the meaning of portals I thought of dimensions, doors or gateways. First I realized that a female deer silently passed though a portal between Jack pines; an unseen crow flew through the air through a space portal and signified sound as it cawed. The sweet fern that now was growing over the sand dune came though another portal. They came through soil and aroma portals. There are all kinds of portals above us, below us, around us and within us if we open sacred space within, around and beyond us. We can even pass through portals to other dimensions that exist in the Universe. We can be thankful to those beings whom we can not see. There are portals beyond our understanding. This doesn’t mean they don’t exist. Sometimes in our human existence we can be hindered by our own thoughts. I pray that all my portals or gateways are open and that I am a conduit of understanding.
As a parting thought, I gathered a few sprigs of sweet fern to represent aroma, a dash of white sage to represent the sacred and furry native small bluestem seed to represent the feral cat I also saw as I walked around the loop a little later. Black and white, it paused long enough to gaze at me from a safe distance resting on a downed tree and camouflaged by leaves. I talked to the cat and told the animal that I loved him/her. I said a prayer that the creature would find food, warmth and shelter this winter. I hope to encounter the cat again. I will start to carry some dry cat food as I walk this way again in another Meditation Walk.
Now I will package the nature gift and mail it to Worth. She deserves my thoughts, reflections and intention.
Be happy insectamonarca friends where ever you are.
Lakota Tribes “Refuse to Cooperate” With Tar Sands Proponents | Truthout.
Important to read if you care about the future and the future of all living creatures in this country and drinking water for all of Creation. The XL pipeline is dangerous to environment, water and possibly the health of human beings. It must be stopped.
Scientific American: When it comes to fracking, “All these states are flying blind.” | Amy Mall’s Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC.
When it comes to protecting the environment, first one must learn about clear and present dangers. The lastest threat is fracking. Start learning about the move to extract natural gas/oil from the land. Oil and gas companies are moving into Wisconsin to extract silica sand used in this operation. The people are being caught unaware of the risks of this procedure. I too am learning about it. Hopefully we can get ahead of the threat before it is too late.