PESC Update – October 4th

Palouse Environmental Sustainability Coalition Our next meeting is Sunday, October 21 at noon at the UUCP Yellow House. Our meetings are the third Sunday of each month, so you can put November 18 and December 16 on your schedules.

The next Transition Town meeting will be Wednesday, 10/17 at 6 pm at the Yellow House. We had a very good turnout and discussion at the meeting on September 30th. Let me know if you want to be “in the loop” on correspondence for this group. I don’t send it all out to PESC. Facebook site: here is the link:!/groups/257609947692711/?fref=ts

Potluck on Sat. 10/13 at 6 pm: Voluntary Simplicity discussion group that met over the summer has a concluding potluck in the UUCP basement. Please feel free to join us and find out about our experiences. Our special guest, Estar Holmes, will discuss her many experiences living simply, including living in a backwoods cabin in north Idaho.

Would you be interested in car-pooling to see this? Annie Leonard, who made the film “The Story of Stuff” and also “The Story of Change” (available on YouTube) will be speaking at the Fox Theater on Wednesday, 10/31, from 5-7pm. Her film will be shown at 4:30 (or it can be viewed on line as well).

Mark Schimpf’s discussion group will meet next Thursday Oct. 11 at 7 at Sister’s brew. Contact Pat or Mark if you need the PDF. It’s been sent out via PESC email twice already.

“The Great Coal Train Tour from Billings to Bellingham” concert by Dana Lyons will be here Friday 10/19, 7 p.m., at the UUCP church, upstairs. The event is being organized by Wild Idaho Rising Tide. You can listen to his ‘Sometimes (Coal Train Song)’ at

Presentations by Ted Kisha and Craig Cogger were outstanding. Craig also presented to a large WSU undergraduate audience organized by the WSU Environmental Club.

WIRT is organizing a group for the UI homecoming parade on Saturday. See the note, below, from Helen if interested.

WIRT in The Brave and Bold Homecoming Parade
Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT) will walk among friends, co-workers, colleagues, and neighbors and may be accompanied by local musical performers in the 2012 University of Idaho Homecoming Parade, aptly named The Brave and Bold. On Saturday, October 6, our grassroots collective of activists, who directly confront the root causes of the climate crisis and promote community solutions to it, will carry our five-by-fifteen-foot group banner and dozens of tar sands, coal, and fracking protest signs along Main Street to Seventh Street. The homecoming parade presents one of our best opportunities to reach our fellow city residents, as we once again take to the streets, chant brief slogans, and hand out educational and Dana Lyons concert flyers along the way. The entry announcer will describe our mission and introduce us as “Hundreds of these regional citizens are protesting hydraulic fracturing (or ‘fracking’) for natural gas in Idaho, export of Montana and Wyoming coal to Asia on 50 trains daily to ports across the Northwest, and Alberta tar sands development and transportation via megaload equipment transports and pipeline construction.”

Meet us under our unfurled banner beneath the Rosauers sign in the east parking lot at 9 am on Saturday morning. We have requested a spot toward the back of the parade that starts at 10 am, so some of our more melodious co-activists in the front can potentially double back and bolster our entourage. Although we share plenty of tar sands, megaload, and fracking protest signs, we plan to craft our first anti-coal export signs for parade display at the WIRT Activist House on Thursday evening, October 4, at 5 pm. Spark some crucial, election month resistance to the tyranny of fossil fuel corporations and stir up some action in Moscow this weekend with us! If we have not been The Brave and Bold in this town over the last year, then who has? Let’s shine together again!