PESC Update – December 2nd

This Week:

  • Monday: Joe Astorino’s class at WSU will be giving presentations
  • Monday and Tuesday: Megaloads return to Highway 12: WIRT Protest
  • Tuesday: Coal Port “Scoping Hearing” in Spokane
  • Wednesday: Palouse Transition meeting
  • Thursday: David Montgomery, author of “Dirt: The Erosion of Civilizations”
  • Saturday: Kirsten Peter’s book signing at Book People this Saturday

Event Details

Joe Astorino’s class at WSU will be giving presentations next Monday at 1:10 in Todd Hall 404. This will include the PESC group and another group presenting waste/recycling and consumption.


Megaloads return to Highway 12: WIRT Protest Monday and Tuesday Evenings: From Helen Yost: “two more Sunshine Oilsands wastewater evaporators could traverse U.S. Highway 12 between 10 pm and 5:30 am next Monday and Tuesday night, December 3 and 4.” “Join monitoring and protesting carpools provisioned with video and still cameras, audio recorders, and notebooks, converging and departing the corner of Second and Washington Street in Moscow, at 9 pm on Monday and Tuesday evening, December 3 and 4, and possibly other following weeknights influenced by impending rain and snow.” Contact: Helen Yost at


Coal Port “Scoping Hearing” in Spokane this Tuesday 4-7pm but additional speakers may begin earlier. This is a unique opportunity to provide your input to the Army Corps of Engineers on what topics should be evaluated in an environmental impact statement. If you are able to go and need a ride, let Helen Yost know by tomorrow (Monday) evening: Rides will be leaving approximately at 1 and 4 pm. Sites for good information about the coal train/port situation:;;; (the latter is the site with the most facts.)


And from Helen Yost: “Most of the information and links about both the proposed Boardman and Bellingham coal ports and their public processes is included in this previous WIRT email message, now posted on the front of the WIRT website:”


Palouse Transition meeting Wednesday at 5:30 pm (and again on December 19) at UUCP Church basement. We will begin to establish working groups at that time, so please try to attend as we really need all the help we can get to start making things happen. Possible groups: Generational / Food-producer vs. consumer (growing-processing) / Energy / Waste / Education / Youth / local economics / Water / Transportation / Local government-Political / Transition Town process


Thursday, David Montgomery, author of “Dirt: The Erosion of Civilizations” will give the keynote address for the CSANR (Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources) celebration at WSU. I strongly recommend this: he has an incredible story about the significance of soil, impact on past civilizations and predicted future impact. At 5:20pm at Ensminger Pavilion on the WSU campus. I have the PDF announcement for all the events at the celebration and a map to the Pavilion – let me know if you’d like them.


Kirsten Peter’s book signing at Book People this Saturday 11 am-noon. “The Whole Story of Climate: What Science Reveals About the Nature of Endless Change” by WSU faculty member E. Kirsten Peters: Focus on adapting vs. eliminating.


Next PESC meeting December 16 at noon, UUCP Yellow House

Draft Agenda:

Send changes/suggestions to me. Final agenda will be distributed at meeting.

  • Joe Astorino and WSU Sociology students – final report?
  • Spokane Coal Port meeting report – Pat R, Helen Y
  • Community Environmental Bill of Rights, Megaloads, WIRT update – Helen Y
  • January Schedule
    • Films
      • Speakers – Michael Jennings, Kirsten Peters, others?
  • Updates:
    • Bank account and membership– Ellen Roskovich
    • Palouse Transition update
  • New Business
  • Next meeting: January 20


Gandhi’s Seven Deadly Sins

  • Wealth without Work
  • Pleasure without Conscience
  • Science without Humanity
  • Knowledge without Character
  • Politics without Principle
  • Commerce without Morality
  • Worship without Sacrifice