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ALSO GUEST
SPEAKING. .
HENRY CURTIS

DR. HANNAH MIYAMOTO 430PM
Consumerism, Sustainability, and Worker Solidarity Outline
By Dr.Hannah Miyamoto
I.
A. Consumerism, the Occupy Movement, and Worker Solidarity.

1. Adbusters and Occupy Wall Street.
2. Spectacular Society and Alienation

.a) Marx and Anti-Consumerism
(1) Use Value vs. Exchange Value and Labor Exploitation.

(2) Relation to the "means ofproduction" and class identity.

(3) Inevitability of worker and consumer exploitation under
Capitalism.

(4) Fetishism of Commodities; Identity and Ownership.
b) Contemporary Anti-Consumerism.
(1) Spectacle Society
(2) Anti-Consumerism, DIY,"Lifehacking," and Freeganism.
(3) Cooperatives and non-profits.


c) Recuperation: Selling images ofrebellion
B. Social interaction and Alienation.

1. Commodity fetishism focuses workerson work for wages

2. Commodity fetishism destroys collectivity and class
solidarity.
II.Elements of Progressivism
. A. Defining Progressivism.

1. Progressivism and social progress
2. What Progressivism is Not.
a) Not Liberalism.
b) Not Socialism.
c) Not Libertarianism
d) Not Left-of-Liberalism.
3. Twelve elements of Progressivism

a) Social problems must be overcome through collective action
b) Do not ignore experience or speculate about social
conditions
c) The greatest good for the greatest number.
d) Conserve for a better future


Dr.Hector Valenzuela 500pm
UH Manoa
Promoting small farms and ecological agriculture in Hawaii
Policy makers and university leaders have a vision for Hawaii that
involves monocultures, genetically modified crops, biofuels, and
continued large-scale plantation agriculture. I propose that such a vision
for agriculture is taking agriculture in Hawaii in the wrong direction,
because such industrial or green revolution production methods rely on
the high use of fossil-fuels, synthetic fertilizers and pesticides, and on
an increased corporate control of agricultural lands and of the food
supply.

Instead, in Hawaii we should promote a vision of an invigorated
agricultural sector based on thriving small-family farms. A new
generation of small family farms would serve as a source of employment
for our youth and would help to protect the land, biodiversity, the
island's natural resources, and would honor the values, culture, heritage,
and long tradition of land stewardship followed by the Hawaiian
people. A reinvigorated small farm sector would also supply local
communities and schools with healthy, toxic-free, wholesome and
nutritious produce.

In Hawaii we can learn from the mistakes of many years of plantation,
industrial, and large-scale monoculture agriculture by promoting more
sustainable, low-input systems that are less reliant on fossil fuels and
external inputs. This line of thinking is in line with a growing
international consensus which espouses that an agroecological approach
is necessary to create resilient farms that can better withstand the
ongoing impacts of climate change, and to promote economically viable
and resilient green corridors that surround our rural communities.


DR KIONI DUDLEY 530PM
Dr. Kioni Dudley is a scholar-activist. He has had a long life of
service to fellow human beings. As young man, he spent
seventeen years as a Catholic monk, teaching in schools run by
the Brothers of Holy Cross. He has been a teacher all of his life,
teaching at the university level, as well as high school. He has a
Master's Degree in Theology, and another in Philosophy. His
doctorate is in philosophy. He has written a book on ancient
Hawaiian religion, philosophy, and environmental thought. And
co-authored a book titled, A Call for Hawaiian Sovereignty. He
also published a book by Ira Rohter, titled A Green Hawaii. Ira
Rohter is widely recognized as the person who started the
sustainability movement in Hawaii. In 1994, he ran for governor
as the Green Party candidate. He founded The Friends of
Makakilo in 2005 to give a voice to the people in standing up to
development. In 2009, he became the sole intervenor against the
Ho'opili project at the Land Use Commission in 2009, a real David
and Goliath situation. Realizing that this was far too great a
battle to win alone, in January of 2010, he called together about
fifty pro-farm, pro-environment and pro-Hawaiian organizations,
along with farmers and activists to form the Save O'ahu
Farmlands Alliance. That Alliance has been very successful in
mobilizing people to oppose the Koa Ridge and Ho'opili
developments. Though our side lost at the Land Use
Commission two weeks ago, tomorrow Dr. Dudley and the
Friends of Makakilo will file a Motion for Reconsideration.


DR. JEFF SCOTT 600 pm
Island Oahu, Island Earth - A Broad View of Sustainability
By S. Jeffrey Scott, Ph.D.
We live in an era in which environmental, social, political and
economic factors are changing rapidly and unpredictability.
We see the costs of energy, especially oil, skyrocketing, with
impacts on prices of gasoline, food, and everything that is
made in one place and shipped somewhere else to be sold.
Here, on the beautiful island of Oahu, these issues are
magnified because almost all of the items we buy are shipped a
long distance. Most of the money we pay for goods goes to
people somewhere else. We are going broke. Our situation is
a miniature view of the whole planet Earth, because resources
for food, fiber, water and natural resources are limited.
Overfishing is devastating the oceans. Global warming has
potential to destroy most of the life in the sea. Continued
human population growth will create shortages of food, water
and other materials. The issues we face will soon become
important to everyone, everywhere, but we are feeling the
squeeze already. Although we often feel stressed by
increasing costs, we also have an opportunity to create new
solutions that enhance sustainability, economic stability, self-
reliance, and better opportunities for our children and
grandchildren. We have an opportunity to become a model for
the rest of the world, to show how innovative solutions can
enhance the quality of our lives. There are no simple, single
solutions to these complex problems. We must learn to work
together, to accept responsibility for creating the future. We
must cooperate to create innovative changes in our food
production and distribution, our economic system, and to
create meaningful jobs while protecting the environment on
which we depend completely.


Henry Curtis 6:30 pm
Search a Hawaiian dictionary for "sustainability" and you get zero
hits. Search for "sustainability" on the web and you will get 125
million hits. That says something.

Hawaiians didn't need a word for what they practiced, while
greenwashers need a buzzword to pretend that they care or to
mislead the public about their intentions.

Democracy works best at the grass-roots level. Democracy is under
attack by multi-national greenwashers.

Energy policy is too important to be left to those with vested interests
in short-term profit margins. We must all be engaged in energy policy
at the local level where we can shape policy to suit local needs.

Rather that just critique the weaknesses of greenwasher business-as-
usual paradigms, I wrote Wayfinding: Navigating Hawaii's Energy
Future (June 2012) to address the vast transformations that are
occurring and to suggest some ways forward.

The Report examines a Distributed Generation (DG) future, focused
on a decentralized, community-based model of energy self-
sufficiency, utilizing local solutions. On the near horizon is the
capacity to replace yesterday's electric grid with tomorrow's Smart
Buildings, where conservation and energy efficiency will reduce
demand, on-site renewable energy facilities will provide energy for
buildings and electricity for vehicles, and small microgrids will be
used within small communities.

The State of Hawaii could and should generate 90% of its electricity
from distributed renewable energy resources by 2030.

Some communities may focus on rapidly increasing the renewable
energy penetration level on their grids. This can be done in
conjunction with Smart Grid technology.


Other communities may opt for increased renewable energy in
combination with the importation of liquefied natural gas (LNG) a
cheaper and cleaner fossil fuel.

Still other communities could decide that, rather than waiting for the
inevitable escalating rate hikes and for climate change to reach
crisis levels, they should find ways of leaving the grid now.

In the transformation process, all of these communities can save
money, increase the amount of revenue that stays and circulates
within their local communities, while creating local jobs, and
decreasing the environmental, social and cultural impacts
associated with energy production, transmission and use.


Since each island has different resources and different values it
only makes sound social and economic sense to design each island
system differently.


Dr. JUANITA MATHEWS 700 pm
Dr. Juanita Mathews will be explaining the hazards that
GMOs pose. Topics will include Roundup Ready Corn and Soy,
Bt cotton, and Agent Orange Corn. The genetic background of
these plants will be discussed along with the ramifications of
these alterations on agricultural practices, governmental
regulations, environmental resources, and public health. Dr.

Mathews holds a Ph.D. in Molecular Biosciences and
Bioengineering from the University of Hawaii Manoa and a B.S.
in biochemistry from the University of Nevada Reno. She has
worked on genetic modification of bacteria for hydrogen
production and is currently working on cancer and stem cell
research at the Institute for Biogenesis Research.


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