Threats to Our Region

Fracking

Fracking is a process of oil and natural gas extraction that involves pumping huge amounts of chemical-laden water (2 million gallons over the life cycle of a typical well), at high pressures, deep into the earth to “hydraulically fracture,” or frack, subterranean shale formations to release the oil/gas within. The chemicals in the water could be almost anything (they do…

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Threats to Our Region

Fire

This topic requires much consideration, and is perhaps of grave importance for all Californians. We don’t take it lightly, and our self-education on it is a slow process. Indigenous land management methods created stable, diverse and very abundant life communities. Therefore, we extrapolate that these practices were appropriate—meaning sustainable–for the land they inherited (or were born into). Fire was a…

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Language

Language, part one: ew

We do not believe that cultural appropriation is ever justified, so we will happily remove this text should a person of Wintun heritage lets us know that she/he/they are unhappy with our use of Nomlaki words. We have a Nomlaki acquaintance who has shared generously with us the language of his people. He encouraged us to speak Nomlāqa Qōl to…

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Civilization, Extinction Crisis, Sustainability

Progress or Apocalypse?

In the last 400 years, all evidence suggests that human knowledge and technological skill have increased more rapidly than in all of the approximately one million prior years of human existence. Over the same few centuries, the health of all biological communities has been in an ever-accelerating decline. This is no coincidence, for every facet of human “progress” has direct…

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Civilization, Extinction Crisis, Sustainability

Facts to Ponder

Over the years, I have occasionally retained some facts that reflect the magnitude of damage to the living world by this modern way of living. The facts below are a little old at this point, but still relevant today. From The Hydrogen Economy by Jeremy Rifkin: • Every day, an average city of 1 million people requires over 4 million…

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