The restaurant is located at 2067 Massachusetts Avenue, just outside Porter Square in the stately Henderson Carriage Building, on the way to Arlington. The building has a HUGE (175 space) parking lot in the rear of our building. During dinner hours - after 5PM - guests are welcome to use any space in the lot (the scary signs refer to normal office hours).
On Tuesday, June 8th, which is World Ocean Day, we'd like to invite you to meet up with other HuffPost Green readers to brainstorm and take action for helping with the oil spill.
Check out the HuffPost Green article here for some ideas on action you can take, as well as topics to discuss at your Meetup: http://huff.to/9EGJsm
And after your Meetup, report back to us what your group brainstorms/does, along with a photo of yourselves and your efforts. Your ideas will inspire others!
• If people have agreed to participate, respect that
• Censorship of ideas is not allowed
• Never criticize ideas
• Suspend judgement
• Do not disrupt the flow by questioning / interrupting
• All ideas are valid, no matter how radical, weird
• Listen, piggy back on ideas from others
• Create a free thinking, creative environment One thing is pretty clear and that is.... that this was a “Preventable” Oil Spill in the Gulf due to BP's arrogant lack of concern for public health, safety and the environment. What can the average citizen do to help save the wildlife, people and future damage that is occuring? Let's brainstorm. I have broken down some of the issues for people to think about before the meetup. Please feel free to add more to this list. We should break off into groups to brainstorm ideas and then come together at the end and see what ideas offer the most affiliation and round about the ideas that you feel passionate about. 1). Wildlife Health/Death/Endangerment – What is needed and what can we do to help? (Can we fly some people down there to clean birds/wildlife who have the time and passion)
2). Fisherman’s Health – What is needed and what can we do to help? (Could we have ewg.org do a body burden study on the fisherman?)
3). Fisherman’s Livelihood – What is needed and what can we do to help? (Dineout for the Gulf Coast June 10-12. Write restaurants to participate. Reskilling fisherman and scholarships for sons and daughters of fisherman).
4). Lack of Alternative Renewable Energy Resources – What is needed and what can we do to help? (Consumers are free to choose green power on their electric bills, why don't they? Run a Drive to get Mass. Towns enrolled in wind power)
5). Lack of Trust of Federal Government's (MMS) ability to effectively regulate the oil industry – What can we do to help? (Environmental Impacts from a blowout were not considered because it was felt that a blowout was too improbable. Spill plans were prepared which lacked effective responses/technologies, safeguards such as acoustic valves and remote wireless shutoff controls were not installed. Write Congress and demand an independent oversight board over MMS.)
6). Lack of Trust of Oil Companies – What can we do to build trust? What can be put in place that will motivate them to change in the long-term? They misrepresented their committement to the environment with their new green logo look but had the worse safety records compared to other oil companies. They wrote letters to MMS arguing against safety inspections. They paid million dollar fines but were allowed to operate. How do we hold them accountable for the risks and bad decisions they took with our environment? Get them to pay costs of damages to our natural resources.)
7). Political Representation – How do we effect change in a climate where corporations are now considered "persons" by the Supreme Court? How many persons equal a corporation. How do we get equal footing to get our representatives to represent the people again.