Introductory Earth Repair Workshop or Presentation
From remediating abandoned and contaminated city lots for urban farmers and gardeners, to responding and recovering from environmental disasters such as oil spills and nuclear fallout, how can we work with the power of living systems to heal and transform toxic and damaged landscapes into thriving, nourishing, and fertile places once more?
This workshop is an introduction to grassroots bioremediation, where we will explore some of the DIY ways to work with the many micro-organisms, mushrooms, and plants that are some of the planets finest and oldest disaster responders, alchemists, and healers.
Throughout the workshop, we will cover different grassroots bioremediation techniques and tools, how they work together, and how they can be applied to contaminated and/or damaged land.
These tools include:
From March 11th, 2013 to April 9th, 2013, 13 different oil spills spilt 1,185,000 gallons of oil into the environment. And these are just the ones that actually got reported. From pipeline leaks in Arkansas and the North West Territories, to train derailments in Minnesota and Ontario, its a dirty business moving oil! As current pipeline infrastructure ages, spills and leaks become more of a risk. And as easy-to-access oil becomes more scarce, companies and governments dismiss mounting risks and impacts associated with the pursuit of the more unconventional and dangerous sources of oil, such as tar sands, offshore and arctic drilling.
Pipeline bursts and leaks, truck accidents, tanker spills – when these disasters strike, most of us are left watching from afar wishing there was some way we could help as the situation goes from bad to worse. The dominant response from industry and government is to use conventional remediation methods, some of which put our communities and the planet at even greater risk for serious health impacts in the months and decades to come. Toxic chemicals are used, spill workers and community volunteers are often not given the proper protective gear, and communities are often kept in the dark about the impacts and risks.
When it comes to oil spills, what can you do to protect yourself, your community, and the planet? This workshop will explore some of the ways that community folks can skill up and step up when it comes to community oil spill response and recovery. Depending on time and collective interest, we’ll tackle the following:
Oil Spills 101
- How oil spills behave & the factors that affect oil spill cleanup
- What to expect in a tar sands/bitumen spill
- How government and industry responds (the different conventional clean up tools and the risks associated with them)
- Contaminants to watch out for
- Environmental and health impacts of oil spills
Grassroots bioremediation response to oil spills and hydrocarbon contamination
- Natural sorbents and booms
- Mycoremediation, microbial remediation and phytoremediation tools for dealing with oil spills or hydrocarbon contamination
- De-oiling wildlife
Keeping yourself and your community as safe as possible
- Preventative and precautionary community organizing
- Appropriate Personal Protective Gear
- Self care and detox for spill responders and impacted communities (plant and mushroom allies for toxic exposure and more).
Hosting a Workshop or Presentation
If you would like to host a workshop or presentation in your community, please send me an email with specifics and we can work out the details. Workshops can be tailored to support your specific project or interest – some folks really want to talk about urban agriculture, others want to know more about oil spills and disaster response. I can also refer you to other grassroots remediators who may in your region and a great fit for the skills you are looking to build.
If you have funds to cover my travel costs and teaching, that’s wonderful, as I’d love to be able to make a living and to use this work to fund and support grassroots projects! Please contact me to discuss rates.
It is also really important for me that this information be accessible and available to folks, especially those living in communities that are on the frontlines of environmental destruction or in the shadow of polluting industries and their toxic legacies. If finances are tight and you would like a workhop, presentation or consultation, we can look into creative solutions and ways for me to visit or send more information your way – it would be my pleasure and an honor!
Stay Tuned for upcoming workshops, courses, and presentations.