Towards low waste, resource respectful bike travel.
In this session we will discuss strategies for low waste/ zero (there is no zero!) waste bike trips as a “everyday acts of practical reverence” (Robin Wall Kimmerer, The Honorable Harvest). Wherever we visit by bike, we are in relationship with histories and ecologies, the human and beyond human world. Our consumption and waste can have impacts that can take many forms, including participation in regenerative economies, respect for local resources of water, food, land, and learning about how a place came to be the way it is in terms of who has access to those resources. While our personal practices of low waste are not the systemic change we need, the practice offers a deeper looking and invitation to larger movements of Just Transition. We will use an example of a gravel road tour between two Oregon train stations as a model to explore low waste trip planning, and build a framework of questions to help guide us as we visit.
Some reading/listening/following: bringing together what belongs together
The Honorable Harvest in “Braiding Sweetgrass” by Robin Wall Kimmerer
“Beyond Guilt Trips: Mindful Travel in an Unequal World” Anu Taranath
“Farming While Black” Leah Penniman
BIPOC zerowaste folk to follow
The Herbal Highway, June 13 interview with Chochenyo and Karkin Ohlone leader Corinna Gould.
Guest host Emiliano Lemus interviews Chochenyo and Karkin Ohlone leader Corinna Gould about The Sogorea Te’ Land Trust, an East Bay urban indigenous women-led project. They discuss re-envisioning what it means to live on Ohlone land, and current opportunities to be in relationship with plants and the sacred in this place.
The Zero Waste Movement and Environmental Racism (a white activist’s perspective)