Solutionary Perspectives - An interview series hosted by Bill Moyer and Diane Wittner, examining the perspectives of Solutionary Rail allies and stakeholders.

Rural Resilience, Regeneration and Rail in Iowa, a conversation with Seth Watkins & Jeff Kurtz

 

Seth Watkins (biois a a fourth generation farmer. He stewards the Pinhook Farms cow-calf and crop operation in Clarinda, Iowa. I first heard Seth Watkins speak while lurking on an Iowa Farmers Union Facebook livestream. I was so deeply impressed that I immediately reached out to see if he'd be willing to have a conversation with the Solutionary Rail team and engage in a conversation about rural resilience, regenerative agriculture and the potential for rail infrastructure to bolster and revive rural communities.

Bio, links and additional information HERE

Freight Transport in the Public Interest: A Conversation with Steve Viscelli and Allies

At the beginning of the COVID pandemic, Solutionary Rail held a Conversation on the Future of Trucking, with Dr. Steve Viscelli. We followed up on that Conversation with a Part II, focusing on Trucking and the Public Interest.

Freight Transport in the Public Interest: A Conversation with Steve Viscelli and Allies

At the beginning of the COVID pandemic, Solutionary Rail held a Conversation on the Future of Trucking, with Dr. Steve Viscelli. Now we're following up on that Conversation with a Part II, focusing on Trucking and the Public Interest. Monday, June 22, 2020 Time: 12:30 PACIFIC/3:30 EASTERN Our Conversation with Dr. Viscelli in March helped us understand the vision that is being pushed by corporate interests in terms of freight movement. The advocates of that vision seem agnostic at best and at worst antagonistic to the public impact/good and progressive policy. There's far too little conversation about the public interests related to freight transport and the role of long haul trucking vs trains. As a movement of movements, we lack an adequate critique and alternate vision to formulate strategies and demands that address the threats or steer the public debate about the future of freight transportation. Now is the time to remedy this deficit and align our visions and demands. Please join us for this strategic conversation, so that we can continue learning together.

Posted by Solutionary Rail on Monday, June 22, 2020

Bio, links and additional information HERE

#Grounded: A Conversation with Winona LaDuke and Bill McKibben on Decarbonization, Localization & Just Transition

Localization of economies, democracy and resilience requires that we be/get "Grounded" -  reconnected to place, planet and each other. In the old "normal" it was difficult to imagine stopping air travel. Today, it is much easier to imagine. The climate, planet and creatures need the new normal to look dramatically different from the old normal. NOW is our moment of opportunity.

The Backbone Campaign Team and allies held a 1 hour conversation with Winona LaDuke and Bill McKibben on this CoViD-19 moment and its relevance for decarbonization, localization, and system transformation. Check it out! Then take action to #ReMakeTheWorld and let's get #Grounded.

Bio, links and additional information HERE

Local Living Economies for Community Resilience - a Conversation with Judy Wicks.

Judy Wicks is an award-winning entrepreneur, author, speaker and mentor working to build a more compassionate, environmentally sustainable, and locally-based economy.

A recent interview with Judy on resilient regional economies during these time of pandemic is HERE.

Founder of Philadelphia’s landmark White Dog Cafe, Ms. Wicks is author of Good Morning Beautiful Business and her current projects include: All Together Now PA  Circle of Aunts and Uncles and Proud Pennsylvania.

 

Bio, links and additional information HERE

The Future of Trucking and Freight in the Public Interest with Steve Viscelli


Solutionary Perspectives: A Conversation with NASA Climate Scientist Nathan Kurtz, Ph. D.


Solutionary Perspectives: Rural Communities & Rural Organizing


Solutionary Perspectives: Environmental Justice - Freight Impacts on Workers & Communities


Lac Megantic Rail Disaster and Solutionary Rail


Trains, Barges & Agricultural Transport Economics - Conversation with Dr. Ken Casavant


Solutionary Perspectives - Liz Veazey on the potential of bringing renewable energy to rural electric cooperatives


Neil Seldman on Local Self Reliance


Clean Energy, Community Economy, and Energy Democracy


Just Transition Baltimore


Clean Vehicles and a Clean Grid with Sierra Club's Joe Halso


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