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Helen and Antonia want you to know: Northfield’s Earth Day Celebration is Saturday, April 28

 Northfield Earth Day 2012 Helen and Antonia with the Northfield Earth Day 2012 poster Transition Northfield Earth Day

Officially, Earth Day 2012 was yesterday, April 22. But in Northfield, it’s being celebrated this coming Saturday, April 28, noon to 5 on Union Street between Third and Fourth Streets (outside First United Church).

Last week, Transition Northfield volunteer Mary Jo Cristofaro managed to convince two Northfield High School students, Helen and Antonia, to get up really early and meet me at my GBM corner office for a photo with the 2012 Northfield Earth Day Celebration poster (PDF).

For details, see Mary Jo’s Northfield.org blog post, Earth Day Celebration to Include Several Free Workshops and Transition Northfield’s Earth Day page.

See my Northfield Earth Day photo album slideshows from 2011 and 2010.

4th Annual Earth Day Contra Dance at the Northfield Ballroom

Jim Bohnhoff and Suzie NakasianJim Bohnhoff and Suzie Nakasian were practicing their contra dance moves today on Bridge Square, in preparation for tonight’s 4th Annual Earth Day Contra Dance at the Northfield Ballroom, where everyone will be dancing to the music of Contratopia.

See this Northfield.org blog post for details: Celebrate the Season with the 4th Annual Northfield Earth Day Contra Dance.

What’s a contra dance all about?

See my album of the 2008 Winter Stomp Contra Dance, the large slideshow, or this small slideshow, and below, a one-minute video.


Cows, Colleges, and Compost: Northfield’s Earth Day celebration is next Saturday, April 30th

Arlo Cristofaro-Hark and Will Haslett  Arlo Cristofaro-Hark and Will Haslett ARTech greenhouse
I stopped by ARTech last week to visit with two students, Arlo Cristofaro-Hark and Will Haslett. They and other students at the Northfield High School are members of Transition Youth/ Youth Energy Summit (YES) and will have a booth at next Saturday’s Earth Day Celebration in Northfield, 12-4 pm downtown.

I got this info via email but see the Transition Northfield Earth Day page and Earth Day Celebration poster for more:

Earth Day Celebration 2011 posterOther attractions include a rain barrel workshop by Cannon River Watershed Partnership (call 507-786-8400 to register), a dance clinic with the NAG’s Mexican Folkloric dancers, wool spinning demos, a compost exhibit by Prairie Creek Community School, local music and more.

Local exhibitors include Transition Northfield, Just Food Co-op, Cannon River Watershed Partnership, Waste Management, The Sustainable Farming Association, Rice County Soil and Water Conservation, Innovative Power Systems, Community Supported Agriculture and many others! If you are interested in being an exhibitor by sharing something sustainable that you are doing- down load the registration form at www.transitionnorthfield.org

Enjoy break dancers, music, and local food.  There’s something for everyone! This is a zero waste and carbon-offset event.  We encourage you to walk, bike, or rollerblade down to the river. Rain Location: First United Church of Christ- 300 Union St.

Sponsored by: Transition Northfield, Cannon River Watershed Partnership, Just Food Co-op, Carleton’s ACT Center, Prairie Creek Community School in partnership with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, Healthy Community Initiative, First United Church of Christ and the Center for Sustainable Living. ASL interpreter will be present at this event.

And for more about the ARTech greenhouse in the photos above, see:

Earth Day’s Picnic for the Planet in Northfield

logo-earthday-mainThis Earth Day, celebrate the planet we live on with good food and great people.

Bring a lunch and join us on the new limestone steps on the Riverwalk area across from the Northfield Liquor Store (Northfield’s Sesquicentennial Plaza ).

We can talk about the Cannon River and what we’d like it to be.

When:  Friday, April 22, 2011, 12:00 PM

RSVP: Meetup


Cannon River Watershed Partnership

Register now for CRWP’s Earth Day 5K Fun Run/Walk

earth day 5kThe Cannon River Watershed Partnership invites you to join us in celebrating Earth Day by taking part in the 2011 Earth Day 5 K Fun Run/Walk along the beautiful Sakatah Singing Hills Trail by Cannon Lake in Faribault, Minnesota on Saturday April 23rd, 2011. 

Day of event registration begins at 8:00 AM. The run/walk starts at 9:00 AM.  We’ll start and end the race at Rice County’s Shager Park.  For registration and more details, see this event info page.  All proceeds will benefit Cannon River Watershed Partnership.

Photo album: Earth Day celebration

EarthdayPoster3-98x150 Yesterday’s Earth Day celebration (PDF poster), sponsored by Earth Day 2010 fanTransition Northfield, got moved indoors to the Armory when morning rains axed the planned Central Park location. But sun poked through by mid-afternoon and the non-booth activities moved outdoors on Division St. On the right: my favorite photo.

See the album of 26 photos, the large slideshow, or this small slideshow:

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Today is Earth Day, by Bruce Morlan

[show_avatar email=brucem@simcash.com]Today is Earth Day … one of those proclaimed days designed to educate us by giving us an excuse to be introspective and examining. Of course, lots of people see this as an opportunity to lay on a thick layer of guilt and to engage in a series of mea culpa self flagellations that may or may not end up laying the whip on everyone but themselves, but that’s the nature of the fanatic.

But some of the issues that go with Earth Day include attempts to deal with the tragedy of the commons, which says that any resource owned by everyone (e.g., air, and, in Minnesota and most of the west, ground water) is destined to be over consumed or despoiled because if everyone owns it, then effectively no one protects it and we all gain the most by simply consuming it to our own ends. The Cato Institute summed it up nicely:

Any resource held in common – whether land, air, the upper atmosphere and outer space, the oceans, lakes, streams, outdoor recreational resources, fisheries, wildlife, or game – can be used simultaneously by more than one individual or group for more than one purpose with many of the multiple uses conflicting. No one has exclusive rights to the resource, nor can any one prevent others from using it for either the same or any noncompatible use. By its very nature a common property resource is owned by everyone and owned by no one. Since everyone uses it there is overuse, waste, and extinction. No one has an incentive to maintain or preserve it. The only way any of the users can capture any value, economic or otherwise, is to exploit the resource as rapidly as possible before someone else does.

Their article suggests that the solution is to permit and encourage private ownership of what we would normally think of as public assets. Their examples focus on wild animals as exemplars. They contrast the prairie chicken (American, held in “common” as a wild animal) with the red grouse (Britain, owned by the landowners where it lives). The contrast is clear, the value of private ownership lies in the incentives to protect the resource, the red grouse is doing much better than the prairie chicken.

But some resources are very difficult to control. Clean air and clean water are two that we might consider to be un-ownable. If you have read “The Moon is a Harsh Mistress” by Robert Heinlein, you have had a unique opportunity to learn the free market lessons that more recent movies like Avatar have missed, and that is that there is no such thing as a free lunch, and clean air is no more free than is clean water. But that was in a closed environment. Earth Day, in some sense, is an attempt to remind us that the Earth, too, is a closed system if you look at it realistically. If these resources (air, water) cannot be conserved by market forces, then we may find ourselves having to conserve them by fiat.

So, in spite of cries of “foul play” and “big government”, we should think carefully before we simply rule out the use of EPAs and MPCAs to help us deal with these particular tragedies of the commons. Demagogues may decry these institutions as just examples of big government, but the complexities of modern life suggest otherwise. Although some call for their elimination, cautious conservatives know that when you have tread onto thin ice you may not want to jump up and down until you have carefully negotiated yourself back onto firmer foundations.