Sunday, September 23, 2007

*October Meeting announcemnt & updates...

So, our meeting isn't until October 1st (still Pegasus Restaurant, still 7pm, for now), but there is quite a bit going on between now and then. So, get out a pen and calendar…

Monday 9/24
6pm Support the West Palm Food not Bombs group's right to share free food downtown! Food Not Bombs (FNB) is an international grassroots network that gathers food which would otherwise be wasted and prepares it into healthy meals free to all. The West Palm City Commission has proposed an ordinance to push homeless and low-income people out of downtown by restricting groups' rights to offer food at the park in front of the WPB library. FNB will be challenging this ordinance and could use your support.

8pm 'The Martin Show' hosted by Drew Martin will have Panagioti Tsolkas, co-chair of the Palm Beach County Environmental Coalition live on internet radio. The show is also archived for those who miss it (but it would be great to have some call-ins, for any that will be
listening live!)

Tuesday 9/25
7pm the Acreage Landowners Association will host FPL at their meeting at Seminole Ridge High School, just 5.5 miles away from proposed WCEC power plant site. We invite all concerned residents to join us in speaking out…

Wednesday 9/26
1:30pm PBC Environmental Resource Management 'constituency meeting', open to the public. This is an important meeting on the protecting and maintaining the counties natural areas. Held at the government center at 2300 N. Jog Rd.

Lake Worth City Commission workshop on both the Reverse Osmosis plant (and its controversial wastewater) and the new FMPA gas power plant proposal. For some good perspective on these issues, check out Bill Coakley's article "Millions wasted pursuing growth":

Saturday 9/29
Nuclear Energy: A Safe Alternative? A Journey into FPL's Apparent Alternative Energies, From 11-1pm, at the Vince Bocchino Community Center (2369 NE Dixie Hwy., Stuart, Martin County. Renowned Nuclear industry whistle-blower, Ann Harris, former Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) employee and national executive director of 'We The People', a nuclear employee safety advocacy group, will be speaking. PBCEC will also be presenting our case against the WCEC, juxtaposed with the nuke expansion proposals in Port St. Lucie and Turkey Point, asking the question: "are nukes the solution to climate change disaster?"

7pm Ann Harris will be speaking again in Lake Worth at the Soma Center's Saturday Solidarity event, 609 Lake Ave. She is coming all the way down from Tennessee to talk with us down here, so don't miss her! If you can't make it up to Stuart, come on out to LW and see her in the evening!

Sunday 9/30
6pm Celebrating Women's Work Around the World: Proyecto Tejido Support Mayan women's weaving cooperatives, enjoy authentic Guatemalan music and food, at Les Beans (fair trade) Coffee Shop, 410 2nd Avenue, N, Lake Worth, suggested donation $5

Lake Worth issues
This city, which is the long standing home-base of the PBCEC, has been a very contentious place lately. This week, 3 commissioners (the developers puppets), voted in favor of getting rid of runoff elections in order to limit grassroots participation—the issue will be on the next ballot and must be defeated. And then there is the outfall on the reef; new fossil fuel power plant; landfill scandals; bad beach development plan… most of this can be followed through a great,
recently established website the site includes excellent photos, videos and interviews with local people, as well as well researched articles covering: growth, ecology, environmental justice, corruption, etc.

Turnpike Expansion comments
People have until sept 30th to get comments in writing on this project—which calls itself road 'improvement', but consists of little more than expanding the toll road between the LW and the PGA ramp from 4 to 8 lanes. Both funding and ambition seems to be shaky on this project, so let's give it a push off the cliff. The 'technical compendium' (collection of impact studies) made no reference to greenhouse gases, flying in the face of the Governor's Executive Order on Climate Change. It even tried to claim that accommodating increased traffic would REDUCE Carbon Monoxide (CO) emission by speeding up traffic and spreading it around father (like the argument about smushing-up trash equaling less pollution, this approach is clearly irrelevant to climate change and isn't really so comforting regarding asthma either.) It offered no suggestion of improving public transit access on the road, nor any substantial improvements for wildlife transportation (such as animal underpasses between bordered open space). This is the same ol' story of mistaking bigger for better. Expansion DOES NOT always mean improvement. There has also been no mention of the secondary impact of road expansion: the destructive rock mines needed for paving… hopefully this rant got your brain flowing for a letter written to or sent to Mr. Van Der Heyden, P.E., Florida's Turnpike Enterprise, PO Box 613069, Ocoee, FL 34761-3069 (postmarked by 9/30)… remember to
always ask for a response to your comments/questions.

And while you have your stamps out…
You can address an envelope to the Palm Beach County Environmental Coalition, 822 North C Street, Lake Worth, FL, 33460, with a check made out to the above named organization. Your loyal ass-kicking voice for the eco-rebellion in Palm Beach County (and beyond) is deeper in debt than usual (yet no less ambitious). What ever you can spare will be greatly appreciated. Especially you who can't make it to meetings, but wonder what you could possibly do to help the PBCEC... cough it up!
Seriously, we are in dire need of a real financial plan and diligent grassroots fundraiser, but in the meantime, we just need to keep bills paid. Please make a contribution. We can offer tax deduction through our non-profit fiscal sponsor. Feel free to get in touch about this, or any other aspect of our pitiful money situation.

panagioti tsolkas, PBCEC Co-Chair
call me at 561-588-9666

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