March 2018

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March 2018

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Environmental Politics, Politics, Social Justice

Anote’s Ark

Wanted: land to relocate the entire nation of Kiribati, which is slowly being submerged as the polar ice caps melt; CATALYST speaks with President Anote Tong. Imagine if you were b …

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Arts, Nature, Outdoor

Meditation in Space

The art of learning to love the land. After ascending the rock-strewn switchbacks of the Moki Dugway to the sky-washed heights of Cedar Mesa, Utah, we assembled our basecamp not fa …

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Arts, Social Justice

Speaking Volumes Transforming Hate

White supremacist literature becomes nationally acclaimed human rights art exhibit; in Utah now through September 3. In 2003, a member of a white supremacist group in Montana defec …

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Community

A Defining Moment

In this era of white, homegrown terrorism, it’s time to step into the fray—that messy, alchemical place where hard conversations happen and new levels of action are executed. I am …

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Live

The Urban Almanac: March 2018

A monthly compendium of random wisdom for the natural world and beyond. Mar 1  Full Moon at 5:51pm Worm Moon: the Worm Moon, because the ground begins to thaw and earthworms reappe …

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Astrology, Spirituality & Mysticism

Metaphors for the Month: March 2018

You did not come here to maintain the status quo. Osho Zen Tarot: Going with the Flow, Beyond Illusion, Sorrow Medicine Cards: Wolf, Opossum Mayan Oracle: Dissonance, Manifestation …

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Community, Connect

Briefly Noted: March 2018

What’s new around town. SLC Qi Community Acupuncture moves SLC Qi Community Acupuncture has moved from its original 900 South location closer to downtown, occupying space in the Ut …

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Food & Health, Local Harvest

Briefly Noted: An Amaranth Love Affair

Amaranth is high in protein: Eat them for muscles like Mr. Clean! When a dear friend gave Sue Click a few Love-Lies-Bleeding plants seven years ago, Sue was thrilled that she final …

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Community

2006 Revisited: Thoughts on Smokefree Clubs

Editor’s note: While browsing through old issues of CATALYST, we came upon this “About Town” piece from March of 2006. Staff millennials, foreign to the days of smokey bars, restau …

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Garden

Every Gardener a Witch Doctor

Every good organic gardener I know is some kind of worm shit witch doctor. They weren’t born that way, but years of going steady with food-producing plants will do that to a person …

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Arts

Thrill Ride

After the ripchord fails. The final moment of one’s life is one of those great mysteries that no living person fully grasps. Stop me if you know this one: You’re at a party eating …

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Mindfulness, Yoga

Yoga: Take a Kindness Break

In recent years, our lives seem to have gotten harsher. Our culture has factionalized. No one wants to listen to anyone with whom they disagree. Dialogue has become not just disres …

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Environmental Politics

Breathe: Freight Switchers

A notable source of local air pollution you’ve never even heard of before. Last spring a unique and significant source of air pollution caught my attention. At that time, I was a m …

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Energy, Environmental Politics

Don’t Get Me Started: March 2018

No sympathy for the devil. “What’s confusing you is the nature of my game.” — Sympathy for the Devil, Rolling Stones. In January Donald Trump tried to live up to his campaign promi …

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Environmental Politics

Environews: March 2018

Environmental news from around the state and the West. In the decades to come, one can hope that many of the Trump Administration’s mistakes—on tax policy, say, or trade—will be re …

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Community

Slightly Off Center: Logan is Horribly Wonderful

For the most part, Logan is horribly average which is mostly good. People who have stayed here too long, present company included, like to find things to complain about, but that’s …

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Environmental Politics, Think

Environews: Bears Ears update

Navajo president Russel Begaye has asked Utah congressman John Curtis (R-UT-3) to withdraw a bill he introduced that would permanently reduce the size of Bears Ears National Monume …

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Environmental Politics, Live, Think

Environews: Trump puts migratory birds at risk

Great Salt Lake migratory birds have less protection after the Trump Administration issued a radical re-interpretation of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918 that lets industry k …

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Environmental Politics, Live, Think

Environews: U.S. Supreme Court rejects Utah prairie dog case

Utah prairie dogs have fended off an existential threat and will not be going to the Supreme Court after all. The furry, cute and highly social animals were at the center of a laws …

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Connect, Environmental Politics, Think

Environews: Breathing Stories

Just in time for the 2018 Utah Legislature General Session, Torrey House Press published a chapbook called Breathing Stories: Utah Voices for Clean Air (see CATALYST, January 2018 …

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Environmental Politics, Live, Think

Environews: Conservation in the West poll, 2018

Colorado College has released their 8th annual “Conservation in the West” Poll for 2018. The poll asks voters in eight western states including Utah for opinions about conservation …

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Environmental Politics, Live, Think

Environews: Salt Lake City & Climate Change

If you think it feels warmer than it used to be, you’re right. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) reports that 2017 was the third hottest year since 1880 wh …

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Environmental Politics, Live

Environews: Great Salt Lake toxic dump

In February, a coalition of local environmental groups hosted public meetings regarding a threat to build a garbage dump at the north end of Great Salt Lake. A company called Promo …

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Connect, Live

Briefly Noted: Bags to Beds

How does one turn 500 plastic bags into a comfortable sleeping mat? U of U studfetns had the answer at the Clean Air Solutions Fair. They collect plastic bags and then cut and tie …

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Connect, Live

Briefly Noted: Recycle Glass at DABC’s 300 West Wine Store

Utah’s DABC has partnered with Momentum Recycling to bring Utah its first ever glass-recycling center at a DABC store. Check out the Wine Store near the 300 West Costco and you’ll …

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Connect, Eat

Briefly Noted: Handy App to Reduce Food Waste, Feed More People

Growing, processing, packaging and transporting food requires a lot of energy and results in more pollution than we might imagine. In America, we waste 40% of the food that is grow …

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