Thanks to Tim
Hain, Michael Noho, Jan Kenyon and Meg Novick -
and of course to the guests, critters and wild life of Echo Valley.
WIDENING THE CIRCLE / ACT 31
Widening the Circle is an annual
symposium bringing together native and
Hmong people to discuss issues of cultural survival and how to
implement Act 31, Wisconsin state statutes on American Indian studies.
this amazing time meeting people determined to reclaim unique
individuality, to reclaim culture and to stand together as human beings
in respect for one another and the earth. Thank you for allowing us to
your 9th anniversary and for helping so many broaden the awareness of
Ho-Chunk and Hmong life here in Wisconsin.
TRANSMISSION LINES? ATC's
Eight Proposed Lines Through Wisconsin
As we to begin to
realize that the eight high transmission lines proposed for our state
not only unnecessary (Wisconsin rate payers will not benefit, yet will
pay over the next 40 years), we are also realizing we have the power to
cause a moratorium on their existence. As Senator Shultz (R) and
Senator Shilling (D) call for a meeting of legislators to convene and
discuss the true need with the Public Service Commission, the sleeping
giant is awakening. And who is the sleeping giant? We are. Each and
every one of us that reclaims our power and chooses an energy future
that will benefit, not harm, our children's children: we are the
How can this
be? If we allow the lines to be erected without question, we
are sentencing our children to 60 years (the expected life of the
poles) of the same old and outdated energy system. The money that is
being usurped - and Wisconsonites will repay for the next 40 years -
could and SHOULD be spent to move to more earth-friendly, more
locally-generated energy systems. We could be funneling
dollars to locally-generated energy, bringing jobs and money back to
As of this writing
there are still countless people out
East without power from Sandy. Can anyone say Homeland Security? The
lines are expected to transport energy from North Dakota eastward,
getting more expensive for you folks out East with each passing
state...Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio,
$$$. The lines will be expensive and not only to Wisconsin ratepayers.
We can turn this
around by saying "no" to the high transmission lines and by everyone
insisting on locally-grown energy. Are you with us?
Things you can do:
Wisconsin residents can sign a SOUL petition online,
send letters to your senators and if you can,
attend the legislative meeting to be held in Madison (as of this
writing, the date of this meeting is not known).
Please let Governor Walker (608-266-1212)
know you don't want to see
the pristine lands of Wisconsin marred by 125-170' towers of power -
and, please, work on getting your own state energy plans in order.
ECHO VALLEY IS NOW SOLAR POWERED AND
FEEDING BACK INTO THE GRID
Thirty panels are
up, and we are learning to reduce consumption and produce more energy
than we consume. We do not want to participate in mountain top removal
for coal, we hope for the eradication of nuclear power and we have no
need for high
transmission lines - and we are doing something about it.
Please take time to learn about energy for our earth and for our
"The care of the Earth is our most ancient
and most worthy, and after all our most pleasing responsibility. To
cherish what remains of it and to foster its renewal is our only hope."
PRINTS OF ECHO VALLEY FOR SALE
professional photographer Michael Noho, Meg Novick, Jan Kenyon and
Melody Morrell are now available as high quality prints for you to enjoy
in your home. Click here to see and order from
the full selection of prints available.
Enjoy a few photos below:
VALLEY HOPE Let
The educational and
charitable 501(c)3 Echo Valley Hope needs your support.
Please support the
voice of sustainable living and peace that you have come to rely on. We
cannot do it without you.
Your donation of any amount is always welcomed.
us to go into the new year confident that we can deliver on our promise
to you: an uncompromising effort towards peace for the Earth and her
To make a tax-deductible donation, please consider one of the
check or money order to
Echo Valley Hope, Inc., E 14604 County Rd.
F, Ontario WI 54651