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May242018

Jubilee Circles

Jubilee Circles is available also as an audiobook, at iTunes, Nook Audiobooks, Google Play, and Audiobooks.com, which offers a free sample. Websites for the “Actions” section of the book are not read in the audiobook but can be found by scrolling down.

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This little book urges us to use small group power to find our way through the apocalyptic breakdown in our planet’s life-support systems. Get together with 2-6 people who yearn to address Earth’s ecological crises and we can form a JUBILEE CIRCLE. 

Jubilee Circles is a handbook and “power pack” all in one—64 pages, 4×6 in size, based on three Jubilee Circles that are up and running in Mexico and the U.S.

 What’s a Circle? Circles are both think tanks and animation cells. They are not committees. They ignite imaginations and empower each participant’s call to action. Participants are asked to measure individual and collective actions with the questions: Does it fit the planet?  Is it good for all beings?

Circles urge participants to be true to the OneEarth story.They urge us on in the challenging work of changing out of MultiEarth ways and into OneEarth’s interdependent living with all species of the planet. Circles seek transforming shift. Participants won’t settle for incremental improvements that achieve nothing more than greener MultiEarth ways.

Circles connect our thinking and acting with a deep, transforming spiritual source. OneEarth living is not possible without spiritual connection. The spiritual community of a Circle helps us keep to our OneEarth goals in the face of MultiEarth’s ruthless and aggressive ways.

Circles do nothing less than pose the fundamental choice of our time—the choice between the MultiEarth paradigm of death or the OneEarth paradigm of life. 

In the “Appendix” of this little book you’ll find a quick guide to key Jubilee scriptures. These connect Jubilee to a sacred text, the Bible, for all groups who value such a connection.

Here are the online resources for the “Actions” section of the Jubilee Circles audiobook.

In the “Actions” section of the book, pages 29-42, are many links to websites that are not given in the audiobook. Those links are given here. The book gives 20 actions. Not all have links. Some have multiple links. Here are the actions in abbreviated form with links.

1. Allies — no links

2. Citizen’s lobbying — Work with Citizens Climate Lobby (https://citizensclimatelobby.org/).

3. Citizen’s public actions — no links

4. Voting — A state-by-state guide (http://www.streetdirectory.com/travel_guide/2671/family/an_environmental_voting_guide_for_us_state_elections.html).

5. Influence — The Free Management Library has suggestions to help (http://managementhelp.org/leadingpeople/influencing-others.htm).

6. Organics — The Rodale Institute has a great report on this (https://rodaleinstitute.org/reversing-climate-change-achievable-by-farming-organically/);Yale has another (http://e360.yale.edu/features/soil_as_carbon_storehouse_new_weapon_in_climate_fight).

7. Eating Out — Eat Well has a guide(http://www.eatwellguide.org/guides);so does Local Harvest (https://www.localharvest.org/restaurants/).

8. Eating low-meat diets — Shrink That Footprint compares five diets (http://shrinkthatfootprint.com/food-carbon-footprint-diet) to conclude low-meat diets help us live much more sustainably on our planet. The Environment Journal weighs in with confirming arguments (http://shrinkthatfootprint.com/food-carbon-footprint-diet).

9. Grow some food — no links.
10. Bank locally — The American Independent Business Alliance gives important reasons (https://www.amiba.net/resources/why-bank-independent/) and research for making this decision. The Institute for Local Self-Reliance gives us theirfive arguments (https://ilsr.org/top-5-reasons-choose-community-bank-or-credit-union/).
11. Invest and divest — Green America provides reliable guidance in this tricky area of investing and divesting
(https://www.greenamerica.org/socially-responsible-investing). Choosing a truly helpful financial advisor is another important piece. So read here (https://www.naturalinvestments.com/advisors/loving/) and here (https://www.arcadvisers.net/resources/) for two examples of things to look for.
12. Credit cards — We can choose credit cards that tilt more toward OneEarth living (https://www.greenamerica.org/responsible-credit-cards).
13. Imports — Localization is the best antidote to globalization. … Many international trade experts agree (http://www.tradeready.ca/2016/trade-takeaways/
face-off-buy-local-vs-buy-global/).
14. Locally-owned businesses — Business Alliance for Local Living Economies, BALLE (https://bealocalist.org/), is a leader in the field of building local economies (http://www.yesmagazine.org/commonomics/welcome-to-commonomics-how-to-build-local-economies-strongenough-for-everyone) as is Neighborhood Economics (http://neighborhoodeconomics.org/ecosystem-vs-egosystem/). Using a local bank (https://ilsr.org/
top-5-reasons-choose-community-bank-or-credit-union/) and avoiding big banks is a most important choice.
15. Walking — There are easily 10 or more reasons (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/amy-arndt/walking-transportation_b_4559012.html) for us to increase walking as a means of transportation.
16. Bicycling and public transportation — A dozen or more reasons to bike for transportation (https://www.mnn.com/green-tech/transportation/stories/12-reasons-to-start-using-a-bicycle-for-transportation) and to use public transit
(https://www.treehugger.com/htgg/how-to-go-green-public-transportation.html).

17. Greener trips — The Union of Concerned Scientists underscores the importance of greening our travel (http://www.ucsusa.org/clean-vehicles).

18-20. Psycho-spiritual work — Actions #18-20 take us on the psycho-spiritual path, as explained more fully in my book, From Egos to Eden: Our Heroic Journey to Keep Earth Livable (http://theoneearthproject.com/from-egos-to-eden-1/).