I’ll just bring this matter right in your face, several blog regulars who came here expecting to see a picture of mushrooms, stories about chickens or dogs, or some tree-hugging pleasantries. That life goes on, but meanwhile…
I was pleased to receive an invitation to attend the Bill McKibben appearance at the Floyd Country Store back in July, and sat next to this man who is one of journalistic heroes now for two decades. He was brought here by a grassroots organization called SustainFloyd, about which I had heard some details but was not sure what it was all about–and by my nature, a skeptic.
Short story: I am now on the board of directors and co-chair of two upcoming events for which we need both attendance, sponsorship and volunteers. I’ve posted about this on twitter and facebook but not, I think, on Fragments from Floyd. So briefly, and please note links at the end:
October 10: 350 Climate Action ~ As many folks as will come are invited to gather for the 350.org climate action near Floyd. The purpose is to raise the number 350 up into global community awareness as the target maximum when CO2 levels are set at the UN Climate Conference in Copenhagen in December. If you don’t know what this is all about, you owe it to your children and their children to find out.
October 24: Split-Rail Eco-Fair ~ A Floyd event centered at the Floyd Community Market which will be dedicated that day and include booths by providers of environmentally responsible goods, services and information plus music, performance and food! Split-Rail is the name we’ve adopted based on the self-sufficient from-the-land living of those generations in Floyd County and the southern Appalachians who utilized the renewable resources at hand–American chestnut–to sustain a close relationship with the landscapes of their lives, as we hope to do in years future. There is still time and space for vendors, and take a look at the sponsors document to see what you get–other than a very good reputation among your customer base–for a donation.
So when you don’t hear anything from me on the blog, know I’m very busy putting my time into a project that is very worth my time, our time, and that of our future generations. This matter of ecologically sustainable, socially just futures is at the top of my list these days. I hope you feel the same way.