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34 minutes | Jun 8, 2021
20: Darby Riley and CPS Energy Lawsuit
Several incoming San Antonio Council members want to freeze utility disconnections, reform CPS Energy rates, and close the Spruce coal plant early. They'd do well to listen to the attorney fighting CPS Energy's lawsuit to preserve the people's right to reform the utility by petition.
95 minutes | Jun 6, 2021
Deceleration Open House
Deceleration's co-editors and community advisors host a public meeting to discuss our community media and research initiative, our aspirations and history, and how the effort may serve the needs of the residents of the greater San Antonio bioregion as we attack popular assumptions about progress and wellbeing. Here is the start of a public conversation to explore together how we can support collective efforts to create buen vivir para todxs--a good life for all.
30 minutes | Apr 27, 2021
19: Karla Aguilar, the Alamo, and How to Recover from White Supremacy
Deceleration caught up with Karla Aguilar, development director of American Indians in Texas at the Spanish Colonial Missions about a number of pressing political issues, including potential state recognition for the Tap Pilam Coahuiltecan Nation, now pending at the Texas Legislature. We speak at some length about the Settler/Colonial mindset at an outgrowth of white supremacy and how such ways of thinking manifest in the struggles around the redvelopment of San Antonio de Valero, aka The Alamo.
76 minutes | Apr 25, 2021
18: Words for Birds, Day One (2021)
Day One of the 13th Annual "Words for Birds": A Poetic Celebration and a Cry for Protection! Featuring Masauki & Guadalupe Lagunes Jimenez, Dyhanara Rios, RitaMaria Contreras, Eddie Vega, Erika Maria Garza Johnson, Javier Fuentes Vargas, Alesia Garlock, the puppeteering of Mobi Warren, Kamala Platt, Laura Schultz, Megha Sood, Norma Jean Moore, and Odilia Galván Rodríguez, Author.
28 minutes | Mar 22, 2021
17: San Antonio's 'War on Birds' Keeps Expanding
Two years ago, the City of San Antonio launched a war on the bird of Elmendorf Lake. The target was the hundreds of cattle egrets who have been roosting at this Westside ecological gem for decades. By razing the island to the ground, and dismantling possibly hundreds of nests, the assault destroyed the nesting ground for many related migratory birds. Many young were killed. The action was justified as protective of military flights at Kelly Air Field on the Southeast side. Data points to one bird strike per year linked to cattle egrets, while literally thousands of strikes per year at all city airfields are logged to other species. Yet the harassment with pyrotechnics and lasers has followed the birds across City park system and even along the river in artsy Southtown. Yesterday, Deceleration caught up with local bird photographer, friend, and defender Alesia Garlock about the newest warning signs: "Bird Mitigation Plan" signage promising dawn-and-dusk bird harassment at Woodlawn Lake. We spoke as dozens of Yellow-Crown Night Herons nuzzled and roosted above us. At least one mother to be was obviously splayed over her eggs. Can San Antonio's War on the Birds end here?
24 minutes | Feb 17, 2021
16: Ralph Garcia, the Polar Vortex, & San Antonio's Disabled Community
With much of Texas icing over due to Arctic weather's dangerous slide across the Plains over normally not 10-degree San Antonio, Ralph Garcia has had access to power for no longer than 45 minutes at a time for the last 48 hours. In this sustained cold-weather assault, millions have lost power because of the failure of state energy planners and reduced energy flowing from all power networks, but most conspicuously gas power plants. The climate crisis is no game. But the disabled community is an overlooked, incredibly vulnerable, demographic that often goes overlooked. Now 24, Ralph was born with Muscular Dystrophy and requires a range of treatments every day that require access to electric power. Without power, as hundreds of thousands of San Antonio residents, Ralph and his mom have closed themselves off in his bedroom, packed the window with sheets and blankets to try to stay work. His mother, struggling with the impact of radiation treatment for cervical cancer, was sleeping on the floor beside him during this interview.
35 minutes | Jan 29, 2021
15: Homelessness Advocate Molly Wright is on a Hunger Strike in San Antonio
Deceleration talks with housing justice activist Molly Wright about her decision to begin a hunger strike to protest the City of San Antonio's inadequate response to homelessness and housing insecurity.
33 minutes | Jun 6, 2020
14: Rights of Nature Movement Reaches San Antonio
Deceleration talks with attorneys and organizers affiliated with the Center for Democratic and Environmental Rights (CDER) about the Rights of Nature movement globally, as well as what it might look like locally in San Antonio.
51 minutes | May 14, 2020
13: Fabiola Ochoa Torralba on Decolonizing Dance
Community-based dancer Fabiola Ochoa Torralba discusses her research on "bird movement vocabulary" and the wider projects of decolonizing dance.
19 minutes | Apr 29, 2020
12: Jim LaVilla-Havelin on Words for Birds
San Antonio poet Jim LaVilla-Havelin discusses the origin and significance of National Poetry Month's Words for Birds and reads one of his poems included in the digital zine "Words for Birds 2020: Poetics for Pandemics."
32 minutes | Oct 15, 2019
11: Liberty Heise on Monarchs, Marathons, and Migration
Deceleration speaks with local runner, writer, and environmental educator Liberty Heise about her participation in the Monarch Ultra, a 4300km, transnational run that follows the migratory path of monarch butterflies from Ontario, Canada to the Sierra Madre mountains in Central Mexico.
51 minutes | Apr 5, 2019
10: March for Science San Antonio
Speaking with Peter Bella, organizer for March for Science San Antonio, and Gunnar Schade, atmospheric scientist at Texas A&M University about MfS, San Antonio's draft climate action plan, climate denialism, Greg Abbott, and more.
37 minutes | Jan 17, 2019
09: Voices of San Antonio's Climate Plan
Members of San Antonio's Climate Action & Adaptation Plan's Technical Working Groups and Steering Committee (plus one consultant) describe their experiences helping develop what could be the city's first climate plan—and their hopes and concerns for its future implementation After more than a year in the making, the plan is being released for public consideration on Friday, January 25, 2019. More at: https://deceleration.news/2019/01/18/san-antonio-climate-action-planning-members-speak/
20 minutes | Jan 4, 2019
Deely's Done: Remembering JT "Dirty" Deely Coal Plant
Speaking of the struggle to shut down JT "Dirty" Deely: Karen Hadden of the SEED Coalition, San Antonio environmental attorney Enrique Valdivia, and Mario Bravo of the Environmental Defense Fund.
33 minutes | Oct 5, 2018
08: Our Climate Commitments and the World's Island States
A conversation with Ursula Rakova of Tulele Peisa, a nonprofit formed by the elders of the Carteret Islands to direct the relocation of their communities from their low-lying island chain to the “big island” of Bougainville in Papau New Guinea. While the Paris framework considered 1.5 Celsius an aspirational target, increasingly cities are declaring 1.5 their goal right out of the gate, as has San Antonio. This movement from 'less-than-two' to 1.5 or less is hardly incidental but rather life or death for many of the world's low-lying island states, representatives of which pushed back hard on the 2-degree Paris proposal, insisting they needed “1.5 to stay alive.”
44 minutes | Sep 30, 2018
07: Pocacito: 'From Eight to Infinity'
This morning, Deceleration had the opportunity to interview representatives of Pocacito (Post-Carbon Cities of Tomorrow), an initiative of Ecologic Institute whose goal is to build trans-Atlantic solidarity and intellectual exchange around local creative efforts for a renewable economy and planet. As part of their “Eight to Infinity” tour (think eight cities, then lay the eight on its side to invoke ideas of a permanent economy/culture), they are on a mission to seed community building efforts around climate and environment with an understanding of the circular economy.
86 minutes | Sep 28, 2018
06: Indigenous Resistence and the Global Climate Action Summit
Not all was well at this month's Global Climate Action Summit, heralded as a significant milestone in the world struggle with climate crisis. And not all the solutions were being found inside the conference rooms and banquet halls. Outside, protestors, led by indigenous leaders from around the country and beyond, were warning that in order respond effectively to this moment of dangerous imbalance requires bottom-up and community-level engagement. Greg Harman of the Texas Sierra Club speaks with Frankie Orona, executive director of the Society of Native Nations, and Juan B. Mancias, tribal chair of the Carrizo/Comecrudo Tribe of Texas, about their anti-extraction work and attendance at the San Francisco summit.
26 minutes | Sep 27, 2018
05: Nuclear Wastes West Texas
The "Say No to Radioactive Waste" tour crossing Texas this week features a giant inflatable 'cask.' It represents the effort of state, national, and international anti-nuclear groups to shut down a proposal that would have nuclear power plants shipping their high-level radioactive waste from around the United States to a West Texas facility for long-term storage. Following a press conference outside San Antonio's Alamodome on Wednesday, September 26, 2018, Deceleration had the following conversation with Karen Hadden (SEED Coalition), Diane D'Arrigo (NIRS), and Kerstin Rudek (Bürgerinitiative Umweltschutz).
35 minutes | Sep 25, 2018
04: CAAP: Buildings as Carbon Sinks
What is a truly sustainable building? Is it about how much dirty energy it consumes? The clean energy it produces? What about the building materials themselves and the “embodied carbon” they represent? What if those materials also were able to absorb greenhouse gases from the atmosphere and sequester it from the environment? This is the subject of sustainable buildings leader Bruce King's coming lecture at San Antonio College. It's a message of special value in San Antonio today, as the City pursues the development of its first climate action plan. So far, the staff and volunteers working on San Antonio's Climate Action & Adaptation Plan have discussed changing building codes, promoting “green” roofs and passive solar. But when considering the potentials of carbon sequestration the CAAP's “Community Measures” focus primarily on the landscape: “increasing plant material, restoring the soil landscape, and all high-tech solutions.”
61 minutes | Sep 25, 2018
03: Can San Antonio's CAAP Seed a Food Revolution?
Rising temperatures, stronger storms, depleting global fertilizer supplies all mean extractive industrial agriculture is going to take a big hit from climate change. As the City's first climate plan percolates, a local foods revolution continues to quietly gather steam in San Antonio. Join the Alamo Group of the Sierra Club for a conversation with some of the leaders of the local food movement. Guests include: Mitch Hagney is the founder of the LocalSprout Food Hub, an urban farm and solar-powered gathering spot for small food businesses. Kate Jaceldo is a co-founder of the Compost Queens, a family business tackling the food waste side of that equation, helping residents and businesses convert discarded food into fresh soil. Nadia Gaona is founder of San Antonio Permaculture, a group of people from diverse backgrounds who come together to learn and share experiences of growing their own food and to discuss ways to create more regenerative communities. Hagney, Jaceldo, and Gaona join Lone Star Sierra Club organizer Greg Harman to discuss the burgeoning local foods movement that could help San Antonio evolve into a more sustainable city and ultimately a carbon sink, absorbing climate pollution from the atmosphere, a goal of the Sierra Club and Climate Action SA.
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