By Joan Mieritz
Special to The PREVIEW
Earth Community activities have been on hold so members could spend their time this fall working on our election process, and now it is time to get back to regular community activities.
This is part of our mission statement: Earth Community Pagosa is a dedicated and empowered group of volunteers working to “make the world a better place” by starting with local people and resources. We firmly believe that individuals can make a difference. We believe that by helping individuals, families and the community become better informed, more self-reliant and less dependent on corporate and government infrastructure, we can develop a more vibrant, robust, cooperative and self-sustaining local culture and economy.
We will have planning sessions on Monday, Nov. 21, in the Pagosa Springs Visitor Center conference room (on Hot Springs Boulevard). There will be two meeting times, one at 1:30 p.m. and another at 6:30 p.m., so that more members can attend.
We will be looking at our mission statement and at community needs to decide on priorities. If you have ideas and are not a member, you are welcome to come. Membership happens by simply giving us your email address so you can be notified of activities. We do have some unfinished business and would welcome some people with computer expertise to help us complete our website.
In August, we had a fantastic lecture at the library given by Fran Korten, publisher of YES Magazine. There are times scheduled in November and December for discussions of recent issues. Copies are available at the library.
On Nov. 30, at the Visitor Center, at 3 p.m. and 6 p.m., there will be discussions of the winter 2016 issue on “How to Create a Culture of Good Health — Mind+ Body+Community.” This issue is especially valuable for more health-conscious people and anyone with health issues who is looking for alternative solutions.
There will also be healthy snacks to enjoy.
On Monday, Dec. 12, at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m., there will be discussions of the fall 2015 issue of YES Magazine, which is titled “The Debt Issue.” We will discuss everything from our national debt, to student loans, to good and bad debt.