Sustainability

Content related to SEEKJOY’s focus on Sustainable Solutions and Eco-Materials

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Line 3 2nd Revised FEIS Hearing at the PUC

Minnesota’s Public Utilities Commission held hearings at the MN Senate Building in Downtown St. Paul regarding the 2nd Revised Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Line 3 Replacement Project.

The Commission heard comments directly from the public on Friday, Jan. 31st and statements from the Official Parties involved with the Proceedings on Monday, Feb. 3. As part of the agenda, the PUC had to determine whether the FEIS was now adequate having factored in a potential oil spill in the Lake Superior Watershed and then, based on whether or not the updated spill modeling was “adequate” they had to determine whether to re-issue the Certificate of Need and Route Permit for the project.

Although the Commission ultimately voted three-to-one to approve all three of the agenda items, unlike the 2018 summer decision the outcome was not unanimous. Commissioner Schuerger, who was appointed by Governor Dayton in 2016 to the PUC, dissented against all three items and voted against the motions of the floor.

We documented the hearings and compiled a recap with reactions from several of the environmental groups responding to the decision, including Andy Pearson with MN350, Winona LaDuke with Honor the Earth, Scott Strand representing Friends of the Headwaters, Akilah Sanders-Reed & Brent Murcia with the Youth Climate Intervenors and others involved either with the official proceedings or in supporting groups.

 

To view & share this extended recap video via the SEEKJOY Facebook Page, click here!

We also compiled this graphic below of part of the statement made by Commissioner Schuerger in his dissent against the approval of the Environmental Impact Statement. To view the image post on our Facebook page, click here: https://www.facebook.com/SEEKJOYco/photos/a.444838142366199/1487722568077746

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Northern Metal Community Intervention – A Local’s Perspective

The Northern Metal Recycling facility along the Mississippi in North Minneapolis, Minnesota, has burdened local residents for years with toxic pollution. Although the facility’s shredder was scheduled to cease operations by August 1st, 2019, it will continue to operate due to an extension provided by the Ramsey County District Court.

 

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Conversation at Save the BWCA Rally | MN State Capitol

 

In the early afternoon of Wednesday, May 22, a group rallied at the Minnesota State Capitol in support of the protecting the Boundary Waters Canoe Area from extractive industry exploitation.

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The SEEKJOY CommunityConversation at Save the BWCA Rally | MN State Capitol
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Video: Into the Sugar Bush (Part 1)

In Part 1 of “Into the Sugar Bush” Bill Paulson walks us through the Anishinaabe cultural way of setting taps in the Maple trees on the White Earth Reservation in Northwestern Minnesota.

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Into the Sugar Bush!

We recently had the honor of joining Bill Paulson of Camp Turtle Island on the White Earth Reservation to harvest sap from the Maple Syrup trees, a central component of the Spring season which, according to Paulson, is the “New Year” for the Anishinaabe People.

The gathering of Maple Syrup is one of many the many rights protected by treaties between the Anishinaabe and the United States Government. We’ll be uploading some video we captured of Paulson speaking on this topic in the next day or two – check back in a bit!

We’ve posted photos from our day in the Sugar Bush to facebook and non-watermarked, higher resolution images to our smugmug (links below).

Photo Gallery Links

Facebook Photo Gallery (Watermarked): https://www.facebook.com/pg/SEEKJOYco/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1227006644149341

Smugmug Gallery (High Res): https://seekjoy.smugmug.com/Event/White-Earth-Sugar-Bush-with-Bill-Paulson

Happy New Year – Sending Love from SEEKJOY Camp!

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The SEEKJOY CommunityInto the Sugar Bush!
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#4Necessity Valve Turners Action & Arraignment Recap

 

In the late morning of Monday, February 4th, 2019 four Catholic Workers participated in a non-violent direct action (NVDA) which forced the shutdown of Enbridge Energy’s Line 3 & 4 pipelines in Northern Minnesota.

The four activists, acting as the group “Four Necessity” are Brenna Cussen Anglada, Michele Naar-Obed, Daniel Yildirim and Allyson Polman. The action was live-streamed via Facebook on the Four Necessity Facebook Page until local law enforcement demanded the phone be turned off prior to being taken into custody.

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The SEEKJOY Community#4Necessity Valve Turners Action & Arraignment Recap
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UpCycled Lighter Sleeves from Landfill-Destined Jeans!

Did you know that in 2015, according to the EPA, Americans discarded 16.03 million TONS of textiles into the municipal solid waste system? Did you know that 10.53 MILLION of those TONS ended up in landfills? We didn’t either, until we did, which got us thinking and…

So – without further ado… We’re super stoked to introduce a new line of SEEKJOY merch into the community marketplace! These little sleeves, designed to slip snuggly over a standard BIC™-style lighter, are upcycled from remnants of landfill-destined jeans that we have begun to intercept, seam-rip and re-purpose for various merch & goods.

Why lighter sleeves? Well, because many times when a lighter is pulled out of a pocket it is being used in a social setting – smoke breaks at work, candle-lighting, maybe even (dare we say) smoking a joint where it is not illegal…

What better of a time could there be to talk about what we must do, as two-leggeds, to bring about radical social change and transform how we interact with each other and our natural environment?

Okay, okay, okay…. We get it. Yes, we understand that lighters contain gas, a fossil fuel, and that seems to contradict our #SYLFFIRE (Support Your Local Fossil Fuel Industry Resistance Effort) initiative. But hey, maybe this is one of those things that can be talked about when someone sees your awesome, SEEKJOY-afied lighter and asks you “hey, what is SEEKJOY?” and you say something like, “well, it’s a small community-based project calling for radical social change pledging to catalyze immediate efforts towards the long-term, sustainable cohabitation of all people, nations and cultures.”

If, after looking into all this, that person you were speaking with brings to light this paradox it’s another chance for open dialogue and conversation, which is one of the first steps we believe is necessary in bringing about this radical social change.

Anywho – back to these little lighter sleeves. As with most all of our merch, they’re manufactured using alternative energy. Yes, the embroidery and sewing machines are running completely off-grid on solar. As we come across and intercept denim fabric from being buried in landfills, we’ll be making these Lighter Sleeves in small, unique batches and adding them to the SEEKJOY Community Marketplace. We’ve listed the sleeves for $12 each, but if you enter the discount code “keeptalking” (without the quotation marks) you’ll get $2 off each one so they’re really $10 each!

The sun’s currently shining so we’re going to follow the age-old adage, “Make hay while the sun shines” and keep on sewing.

Sending love to everyone out there supporting our work! Click the link below to view the current selection of SEEKJOY lighter sleeves from our pilot batch!

Link to View Current Style: https://seekjoy.myshopify.com/collections/merch/lighter-sleeve

Source on EPA MSW Facts & Figures: https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2018-07/documents/2015_smm_msw_factsheet_07242018_fnl_508_002.pdf


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The SEEKJOY CommunityUpCycled Lighter Sleeves from Landfill-Destined Jeans!
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Camp Turtle Island hosts a “Day of Resistance”

Camp Turtle Island, an Anishinaabe Cultural Camp inside the White Earth Nation, held a beautiful “Day of Resistance” Saturday, July 21st featuring live music from Sarah Cav-Cedars and Annie Humphrey as well as others who joined in throughout the afternoon during the open mic!

SEEKJOY helped assemble

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The SEEKJOY CommunityCamp Turtle Island hosts a “Day of Resistance”
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Water Droplets – Spread the Love!

SEEKJOY has officially shipped the first round of Water Droplets! For those who placed orders as part of the first batch – please accept our apology – it’s been a busy month!

For those who are just tuning in… We’ve been working to establish a mechanism for

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The SEEKJOY CommunityWater Droplets – Spread the Love!
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Trump Rally Resistance in Duluth Minnesota

Some two-leggeds from the SEEKJOY community traveled North on Wednesday to hold space during President Trump’s visit to Duluth, Minnesota and after spending some time driving around in front of the Amsoil Arena ended up parked by a group of humans gathered at Lake & Superior holding a variety of signage in opposition to the Trump Administration.

We’ve uploaded photos on Facebook in a gallery (Click for FB Photo Gallery) as well as to our Smugmug Portal in higher resolution (SmugMug Gallery Here)

Video recap coming soon – sending love!

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