Notes from the Desk of a Radical Environmentalist Knitter

Have been researching all day, and need a break from it. A brief break, but a break nonetheless.

So what do I do when I need a break? I listen to Led Zeppelin. “Black Mountain Side,” baby!

You know what else I do? Knit and blog! I’m working on what I’ve called the “Cream Tangerine Bolero” on Ravelry. It’s this really cute, easy lace bolero. The edging is going to be in the orange I bought much excess of for a friend’s cowl, and most of the bolero will be in this cream color I found at a garage sale. They just happen to be of the same weights, so I’ll put the two together to create something awesome.

SoS continues to be awesome, though I have been less involved this week, as I’ve settled into my full-time research schedule. I’ve got involved with two of the action groups we’ve got going here in the Twin Cities – the Green Jobs group, and the Wind Energy group. Yesterday was the first meeting for the Wind Energy group, and it looks like we’ll have a really unique, interesting opportunity to work on a zoning proposal with ARISE.

Here’s a good quote from some ARISE literature that explains what they’re all about:

Together we can:

Re-tool industries to produce the products needed to stimulate and build a clean energy economy.

Re-connect our nation’s transit system by utilizing the freight rail for industrial transit and investing in inter-state commuter lines.

Re-wire our energy-sources so industries, homes, and everything in between are powered by carbon free energy.

Re-secure family sustaining manufacturing jobs while creating thousands more.

Re-localize our markets so communities profit from the work of their residents.

Re-unite our communities by advancing environmental justice and broad socio-economic and racial equity.

Re-Industrialize for a sustainable economy!

You can read the rest of the document here.

I’m a little frightened by all the zoning jargon, but there is a team of us that will be working through it together. Also, so much work has been done so far that right now it is plugging our vision into a model. I think that, working together, we’ll be able to do so much, and I really want this vision for the Ford plant to become a reality. It’s super cool – combining sustainable houses with new manufacturing jobs producing green products, in a plant that’s powered by renewable energy. And much, much more.

It’s about putting the rhetoric of green jobs into practice.

And the wind energy meeting is tomorrow. This group is in the very, very beginning stages. Hopefully we can work toward a vision for the future around wind energy by the end of the summer, and then continue to work together through the school year.

And now, I should really get going to the SoS potluck tonight. Good food, and some storytelling time tonight. My favorite!

Another post comin’ at cha tomorrow. Keep your eyelids peeled.