We are building the Regenerative, Sustainable Living (RSL) Action Group to address the broad question:
How do we live and act more sustainably in accordance with what our Earth home can continually support and sustain?
This is in response to knowing that if everyone worldwide lived and consumed as we do, it would require multiple planets. This lifestyle will not be available for our grandchildren and future generations.
As a team, we examine together sustainable living elements that have already been developed (e.g. co-housing, electric automotive transportation, low-meat diets) and others under development. We make incremental changes in our lifestyles as we gain knowledge relative to what is feasible for our individual situations. This includes working with others to transform our communities and to support government policies and legislation that address our need to evolve. Co-housing, urban gardening, community-wide transition to 100% renewable electricity, and developing a sharing economy are areas where team members are working at a local level
We work with the Education branch to offer the on-line course “Choosing to Live Sustainably”, developed by the Northwest Earth Institute. This is highly interactive and creates new information from the participants that often have additional expertise that adds to our knowledge base.
The Regenerative, Sustainable Living (RSL) group meets on the second Thursday of every month for our online meeting. Each monthly meeting will include a presentation that will provide us more depth about the given topic so that we can make smart decisions about what subsequent actions to take.
Building on the Choices for Sustainable Living workshop, topics to be explored include food, water, energy, transportation, housing, consumption, sharing economy, and building vibrant communities.
If you haven’t already done so, please sign up here to receive a reminder email with the Zoom link and instructions for joining in.
Thursday, February 13, 2020
4:00 pm PT / 7:00 pm ET
Electric Cars: The future is here
Speaker: Charlie Michel
Many of us use our cars many times each day. Here is a chance to learn about driving, owning and traveling in an electric car. Our ICE (internal combustion engine) vehicles are a major cause of global warming. Collectively, our cars and trucks account for nearly one-fifth of all US emissions. The typical passenger vehicle emits about 4.6 metric tons of carbon dioxide per year — which is around 24 pounds of carbon dioxide and other global-warming gases for every gallon of gas. ICE vehicles out of necessity are rapidly becoming part of the past.
The rate of innovation in EVs (electric vehicles) guarantees they are the cars of the future. With 1/100th of the moving parts, the EV has lower maintenance costs and enjoys far fewer, and less expensive, dealer visits. Some EVs have a projected life of 1 million miles!
We will demystify electric vehicles, learning how they may become part of your future, how to choose your car, and how to mitigate the higher upfront cost.
About Charlie Michel
Charlie is a former petroleum engineer who has worked in oil fields worldwide. Now a dedicated environmentalist, sea kayaker and bicyclist, he spends much of his time on carbon reduction projects. He has taken the lead with helping the Mountaineers — a northwest outdoor organization of 15,000 members — reduce their carbon footprint. He and his wife recently donated to put solar panels on the Mountaineers activity center in Seattle. Charlie owns 2 electric cars, a Tesla Model S and a Chevy Bolt — both fueled carbon-free with his 50 solar panels.
How to join the meeting
We will be using Zoom video conferencing technology, which is straightforward to join by computer. If this is your first time using Zoom, please arrive 15 minutes early in case any help is needed getting online.
For all other participants, to make sure we can start on time, PLEASE join the call at least 5 minutes early.
To join by computer click the following link and follow the on-screen instructions: https://zoom.us/j/807712075
To join by phone dial: 669-900-6833 and enter Meeting ID: 807 712 075