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Salazar Highlights Two Proposed Projects in Mass to Promote Outdoor Recreation, Conservation

AMERICA'S GREAT OUTDOORS: Salazar Highlights Two Proposed Projects in Massachusetts to Promote Outdoor Recreation, Conservation.

Just days before the release of a 50-state report outlining some of the country's most promising ways to reconnect Americans to the natural world, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today highlighted two projects in the state of Massachusetts that will be included in the final report - representing what states believe are among the best investments in the nation to support a healthy, active population, conserve wildlife and working lands, and create travel, tourism and outdoor-recreation jobs across the country.

Establishing the Blackstone River Valley Greenway and designating parts of the Connecticut River as a National Blueway are among 100 projects nationwide that will be highlighted in next week's report - two in every state - as part of President Obama's America's Great Outdoors initiative to establish a 21st century conservation and recreation agenda and reconnect Americans to the outdoors.

more about these projects
November 2011 News from EarthThrives Logo

What a whirlwind of a year, and it is not over yet. While you are holding onto your down coats and bathing suits as we see what the rest of the year has in store, why not head on over to to read some of the latest news?

Common Good Finance Has a Solution Learn about the proposed R dollars - a local credit/ currency designed to be successful.

Greening Greenfield Film Series Coming up 11/30/11 -> GASLAND

Take action for a more sustainable future by attending one of the events on our calendar.

As we move into the holiday season, and with only one month remaining in 2011, participate in Pioneer Valley Local First's Shift Your Shopping Campaign going on now through 12/4/11.  Not only does this campaign encourage people to buy locally for their loved ones, but also local business owners have agreed to donate a portion of the profits to the CISA Emergency Farm Fund. How great is that?!

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Shift Your Shopping NOW!

Shift Your Shopping encourages residents and businesses to make a "Shift" by buying from local independent businesses for the holiday season. Shift Your Shopping offers a simple, powerful way to boost our economy and preserve and create jobs in our local communities.

The campaign encourages residents to take job creation and economic concerns into their own hands by exercising their power to strengthen their own local economies. Numerous studies on the impact of buying from local independent business have found impressive benefits. For example, a 2008 study of Kent County Michigan by Civic Economics projected shifting 10% of the county's per capita spending from chains to locally-owned independent businesses would create "almost $140 million in new economic activity and 1,600 new jobs for the region."

To exemplify how a shift in shopping is a gift to our community, PVLF and its members have partnered with Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture (CISA) in a Think Local Thank Local effort to donate a portion of their sales during National Buy Local Week, November 25th through December 4th, to CISA's Emergency Farm Fund to assist those farmers who were affected by Tropical Storm Irene.

There is a growing list of members who are participating in the Pioneer Valley Local First Think Local, Thank Local campaign to help fund local farmers.  Check out the full list here.


A supper and a briefing session on December 6th and 8th by the Safe and Green Campaign.

Just four months from now Vermont Yankee will face its scheduled, state-mandated closing, on March 21, 2012. Safe and Green Campaign will present two pot luck supper briefings as an opportunity to learn how to become actively involved in making sure the Vermont Yankee nuclear reactor is finally shut down in a safe and timely way. The briefing will include the status of the federal court case (Entergy v. State of Vermont), preparations for non-violent direct action if Vermont Yankee is still operating on March 21st, and the many important ways people can participate in and/or support such action.

learn more about the events and the cause
Common Good Finance Has a Solution
ASHFIELD, MA:  In this time of popular discontent with the 1% that controls most of the world’s wealth, a small nonprofit in Ashfield, Massachusetts has a solution. Common Good Finance announced this week its plans for a revolutionary new money system that it claims could lead quickly to an economy that benefits everyone.

At the heart of the design for a Common Good Economy is a local money system called R Credits™. The R​ stands for Regenerative, Revolutionary, and taking Responsibility for our local economy.

R Credits combines features from successful alternative credit systems, adding technology innovations and procedures to ensure a secure, profitable experience for everyone. R Credits is designed to serve as the framework for a new democratic economic system that puts people and planet first -- a model easily adopted by individuals and businesses in any community, so that everyone can have healthy food, a home, health care, satisfying work, and a livable world.
read more about the launch of this new viable local currency
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