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PILGRIMAGE TO PANDO
On the PILGRIMAGE TO PANDO bus, Las Vegas, NV to Fishlake, UT, Sept. 6-9.
We’re back! After an extraordinary pilgrimage to experience our diversity and connectivity at the site of the oldest thing alive and the Pando Populus namesake.
Some 60 people made the journey in all, led by The Rev. Ed Bacon who, before his retirement as Senior Rector at All Saints, Pasadena, was the first to seize upon the importance of the Pando grove as a profound symbol of interconnectivity for those who have roots in the wisdom traditions.
Bacon and John Cobb discussed the idea that “Christ Is Pando,” Jihad Turk talked on “Mohammed Is Pando,” The Rev. angel Kyodo williams spoke on “The Buddha Is Pando,” and Devorah Brous on “The Torah Is Pando.” (You get the idea.)
The NY Times best-selling author Dan Siegel led us in guided meditation as we sat in the midst of the Pando grove, and Pando Populus’s creative director John Bielenberg led sessions to imagine new opportunities in 2019.
Paul Rogers, chief scientist for the clone, taught us more about the science of Pando and brought us up to date on its struggle for survival in the modern world.
Artist Geneva Bielenberg created a temporary string sculpture among some of the trees at the Pando grove, symbolizing unseen threads of connectivity.
We were welcomed by local Paiute leaders and local ranchers fed us a lunch of grilled hamburgers (and vegeburgers for those who wished) from their own beef. As was the case last year, some of the best conversations happened around their pickups and grill.
“It was a wonderfully diverse group of pilgrims,” said Bacon, “exhilarating for the passion, compassion, and sense that I belong to you, you belong to me, we belong to each other.”
It’s not too soon to let us know of your interest in going next year. We’re laying plans now, with a wide variety of travel options.
(Not at all) Boring on the inside
SpaceX as seen from across the street, where Elon Musk’s Boring Company is doing experimental tunneling work in Hawthorne, CA.
Los Angeles County’s CSO (Chief Sustainability Officer) Strategic Taskforce got a rare, behind-the-scenes look inside SpaceX, Elon Musk’s space rocket production facility -- and then, across the street, climbed down into the opening of the entry shaft of the prototype hyperloop that his Boring Company is building for high-speed energy efficient transportation underground.
The event was extraordinary for highlighting some of the most innovative work in space exploration and tunnelling -- with the one site just steps away from the other. Musk’s private assistant led a portion of the tour for some thirty Taskforce members.
Following the tour, Adam Lane, vice president of programs for the Los Angeles Business Council, spoke about other sustainability innovations happening throughout the County, focusing especially on energy. Andy Shrader, Los Angeles Council District 5, led a discussion and brainstorming session related to EV use and charging.
The Taskforce is composed of CSOs from government, business, faith-based, and academic institutions from throughout LA County and was formed by Pando Populus in collaboration with Caltech CSO John Onderdonk and LA City Councilmember Paul Koretz.
Pando at Maryknoll cans atchara
The tag reads in part, “We hope you like what’s in our hearts as much as what’s in this jar.”
The first test product to roll out from Pando at Maryknoll, our new residential research park for integral ecology, is locally grown and hand-canned atchara! If organic food and localism are key for returning the world to the balance of integral ecology, then we’ve taken our first steps toward that visionary goal.
The pickled green papaya relish is made from fruit grown on the Maryknoll property in Monrovia and canned by the sisters in their industrial kitchen in collaboration with local urban farmer Kristin Ritzau.
Atchara is traditional in the Philippines (where a number of the sisters have either lived or served) and was prepared as a gift for pilgrims who were making the trek to Pando in September.
The prototype initiative was launched under the test-brand of Maryknoll Farms, with graphic design by Studio Rubric and copy by Rich Binell.
It is an example of a simple initiative that can test opportunities and assess next steps.
Expect more produce from the farm!
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Massive Organism Is Crashing
Pando Grove in fall foliage at Doctor Creek Campground, Utah (Credit: Paul C. Rogers)
Here, chief scientist for the Pando clone Paul Rogers and fellow researcher Darren McAvoy reveal critical threats to the Pando clone in the first comprehensive assessment. (NOTE related New York Times article.)
In this post, Bill Vitek, director of the New Perennials Project at The Rockefeller Family Fund, calls for an ecospheric worldview “With hands in the soil, minds at work in the lab and the library, and senses alive to a living universe…” Vitek gave a related address at our PANDOTOPIA Blitz in July.
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