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Newsletter June 21, 2010
Monday June 21, 2010
Made-in-Alberta Friends and Supporters. Here’s what’s new and
coming up this week...
Release! “Home Energy Pioneer” (4 min)
Canada is an international leader in
energy efficient and passive solar building design, dating back
to work done at the Saskatchewan Research Council in the
seventies and eighties. One of the pioneers, Harold Orr,
discusses the necessity behind their inventions. And Bikeology
Festival brings Bike2Work Breakfast to the cycling masses.
Bikeology Festival runs free
events all month long!
June 21 to 27 ...
The third Bikeology Movie Monday
features “Man With One Red Shoe”. This is an American re-make of
a classic, French “ spies on bikes” film starring Tom Hanks,
Daryl Hannah and Carrie Fischer. We open the evening with 20
bike-lectic minutes of Barb’s Bike Shorts, followed by door
prizes and informative banter. (Bike movies are in the Rice
Theatre this year, downstairs in the Citadel.) Tuesday (or
Sunday) afternoon at the old Alberta Cycle building, attend the
premiere of “Spokesong”, an original historical play set in
Ireland. and Tuesday evening Credo Café is the scene of a
moderated Bikeology Dialogue about winter cycling. On
Thursday, the mobile bike networking event known as Bikeology
Mocktails is at the north end of the High Level Bridge. Join us
for a free pedal-powered smoothie. No need to get off your bike
all day on Friday. There’s the final Bikeology Bike2Work
Breakfast in the morning, the Owen Richel memorial critical mass
ride in the afternoon, and a dance party at Bikeworks in the
evening. Saturday evening is the ever popular Bikeology Ride-in
Movie. Join us for a picnic in the park and “Pee Wee’s Big
Adventure” as soon as the sun goes down. Check out the Google
addresses and times. Read event blogs on the home page.
Barb’s Field Notes: Gulf Coast oil
gusher vigil tonight, June 21
I would like to express again my deep
gratitude to everyone in this network who has been working so
hard on demonstrating alternatives to fossil fuel-ishness – and
you do it with such style and panache every one of you. I am
sending this to you today as I know that many of you are as
worried sick as I am about the horror show unfolding in the Gulf
Coast. The majority of our ocean ecosystems (read fisheries) are
already dying due to pollution, over-fishing and climate change
– and there is no clear end to this gusher in sight.
Unbelievably, the oil slick may not be the worst of it. In
Alberta, we know all too well about the poison gases that
co-exist with the liquid oil. Some friends have been sending me
their best links for information, which I will share in the next
newsletter. For now, I’m sharing a message from a friend who is
asking folks to take a few minutes this evening to visualize a
positive outcome. Please consider sharing the idea and taking
part in whatever way you can. Do you have a reliable info
source? Send it to me before Friday, and I’ll include it next
This e-mail is going out to all
of my friends in the hope that all of my friends will forward it
to all of their friends and so on and so on ...
As everyone knows, there has been a catastrophic oil spill in
the Gulf of Mexico - the worst in World history. Most of us
realize that this affects all of us and everyone I know is
deeply concerned by the magnitude of this situation and its
affects on our environment. We are connected by our oceans.
Our oceans are so fragile and we depend on their good health.
We are at the mercy of Mother Nature and so is she dependent on
us to care for her.
So far all attempts to stop the gushing of oil from the ocean
depths has been unsuccessful and BP struggles to find a solution
I send this e-mail out to everyone I know in the hopes that on
Monday, June 21st (summer solstice), the longest day of the
year, which is deemed by many religions to be a day of utmost
importance as it signifies new beginnings, we will all "pray"
or meditate or dance and sing while focusing for a mere fifteen
minutes on the visualization that there will be an immediate,
positive solution for stopping this huge oil spill from
All I ask is that at 9:00 pm on Monday, June 21st, you will
light a candle and join hands with those around you as you pray
to whatever God or Goddess you believe in, for there to be a
positive solution to this disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. Let's
join hands and hearts across the water - across all nations of
the world - working together to solve this problem. I would like
to see all nations work together, bring their boats, their
knowledge, their good will together - truly hands across the
water - to help clean up this mess.
On June 21, 9:00 pm. Light a candle and and pray for an end to
this devastation of our ocean and its living beings within it
who depend on it for their very lives.
So, please pass this e-mail on to everyone you know. Let's form
a collective consciousness of hope and good will, sending out
positive wavelengths to all parts of our Mother Earth, asking
for a positive end to this major catastrophe.
- Connie Clarke, Edmonton
Barb Allard, Producer/Director,
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