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Down To Earth archive for Sept. 2010

WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 29, 2010

The I-75 Project

Check out Norm Magnusson's I-75 project. The project involves installing historical markers with a political instead of historical message. On the project, Magnusson writes: unlike most artworks on social or political themes, these markers don’t merely speak to the small group of viewers that seek...

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Spokane Bike and Ped Count

We need you. Yes, you. The Cascade Bicycle Club is conducting another Bike and Pedestrian Count on Oct 5-7 and volunteers are needed to help with transportation planning by collecting usage counts. Below are the Spokane locations. The times are from 7-9 am and 4-6...

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TUESDAY, SEPT. 28, 2010

Dirty Martinis For Clean Water

If you're like me and want your martinis dirty and your water clean, The Spokane Riverkeeper has something just for you. This Friday from 6-10pm at the Falls Room in the Masonic Center, come check out the fourth annual “Dirty Martinis for Clean Water.” Always...

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Tuesday Video: Food reform from an 11-year-old

During a recent TEDx "Next Generation" event, an 11-year-old named Birke Baehr talked about what's wrong with the food system. He started off criticizing all the phony advertising, in addition to the dangers of genetically modified foods, CAFOs, synthetic pesticides and fertilizers, and food irradiation....

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MONDAY, SEPT. 27, 2010

The Hills Are Alive with the Taste Of Place!

I'm very excited to share a guest post today from Jennifer Hall. The hard working food advocate helped launch the Main Market Co-op, and has been a leader of the Slow Food Spokane River Convivium, co-chair of Slow Food’s National Ark of Taste Committee, and...

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SUNDAY, SEPT. 26, 2010

180 Degrees South at North Idaho College

On Wednesday night at the North Idaho College Student Union outdoor ampitheater, 6:30pm, bring a blanket and come watch the awesome "180 Degrees South: Conquerors Of The Useless" documentary. It's open to the public, the cost is $7 and it's free if you're a student....

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FRIDAY, SEPT. 24, 2010


Spokane River Clean-Up tomorrow

There's still time to register for the 8th Spokane River Clean-Up! The weather will be great, the bags are stuffed, and we're all excited to do our part to keep the Spokane River safe, clean, and accessible. Props to the Spokesman-Review for sending the following...

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THURSDAY, SEPT. 23, 2010

Boots, camera, action!

Conservation Northwest is known for keeping it wild... with a little bit of fall hiking and tree-planting. There are two guided hikes to proposed wilderness for free and include an 8 am carpool option from Spokane. Enjoy great camaraderie and writing a letter for wilderness...

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G.O.P's "Pledge To America" 

Brace yourself. The House Republicans released "A Pledge To America," their gameplan for taking over the 112th Congress. Unsurprisingly, it was written by former Exxon lobbyist Brian Wild and Republicans claim their document is "one in which the people have the most say and the...

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WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 22, 2010

Dana Lyons concert

After a fine morning at the Spokane River Clean-Up, head to the ROW Adventure Warehouse at 17 W. Main at 7pm for a benefit show featuring environmental singer/songrwiter Dana Lyons. He is known for the song "Cows With Guns" and for grooming and maintaining an...

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Spokane on BikeSnobNYC

I love the wickedly funny BikeSnobNYC blog, which examines the ins and outs of cycling, sparing nobody- from hipsters to those jaded riders who take it too seriously. They make fun of the absurdities of bike culture but always strike a perfect balance because they...

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TUESDAY, SEPT. 21, 2010

MONDAY, SEPT. 20, 2010

CO2 emissions by sector

In Washington, Idaho, and Oregon, 53 percent of our CO2 emissions from fossil fuels stem from transportation uses including commute traffic, freight, and planes. The transportation sector produces more than three times as much climate pollution as electricity production does. Chart courtesy of Sightline. Also,...

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FRIDAY, SEPT. 17, 2010

PARK(ing) Day in Coeur d'Alene

Today was PARK(ing) Day and Spokane kept quiet unlike last year however Terry Harris, the executive director of the Kootenai Environmental Alliance, had some fun in Coeur d’Alene. Photo Courtesy Of KEA.In roughly 140 cities around the planet, citizens will take back some of the...

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Friday Quote: Climatopolis 

Q: What kind of places are going to do the best and the worst as the climate changes?A: I would not be buying land in Las Vegas or Phoenix right now. I think that Seattle will compete much better in the hotter future.In Manhattan and...

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THURSDAY, SEPT. 16, 2010

What does energy security mean to you?

Ever since Seinfeld, I've been addicted to contests. No, not that kind. But when the contest involves writing about clean energy and possible winning a sweet new bike, I'm in it to win it. (Example: "Clean coal is a bigger oxymoron than jumbo shrimp." Yeah.)You...

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New bike infrastructure in downtown Spokane 

After work yesterday, camera in hand, I rode south on downtown Howard St. This is one of the new bike lanes the City Of Spokane is implementing with $600, 000 in federal money to create bicycle infrastructure downtown. It was an awkward feeling. I’m so...

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WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 15, 2010

Photo Of The Day: Fish Kill

National Affairs Reporter and Louisiana native Brett Michael Dykes has distributed some shocking photos of a massive fish kill that Plaquemines Parish Billy Nungesser found on The Upshot. Dykes describes the scene: "What you see above isn't a rural gravel road. It's a Louisiana waterway,...

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Feast With Friends 

In their twentieth year, Futurewise remains one of the most important organizations in the country, working hard for a higher quality of life in Spokane and Washington state. In case you’re unaware, Futurewise is “a statewide public interest group working to promote healthy communities and...

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TUESDAY, SEPT. 14, 2010


Spokane Riverkeeper and Sustainable September

The fun continues this month with more awesome events for Sustainable September. This Thursday evening, you'll have the opportunity to learn more about the Spokane Riverkeeper program and check out the Sustainable September Stormwater/ Non-point Management Speaker Series conceived by Stan Miller. From the Center...

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