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Research Reveals Surprising Solutions for REVERSING Climate Change

“Think of the causes of global warming, and fossil fuel energy probably comes to mind. Less conspicuous are the consequences of breakfast, lunch and dinner. . .  [but] what we eat turns out to be the number one cause of global warming.”   — Paul Hawken, DRAWDOWN, pg. 37

In atmospheric terms drawdown is that point at which greenhouse gasses peak and begin to decline on a year to year basis. Research conducted by a team of 70 researchers, and reviewed by 120 advisers and 40 outside scientific reviewers identified 80 solutions which are highlighted in the book titled “DRAWDOWN,” that together could bring the world to the point of drawdown within 30 years.

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Chicago Joins National March for the Ocean

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During the weekend following World Oceans Day on Friday, June 8, over 140 organizations, including the local Illinois Ocean Coalition, are converging across the country to “March for the Ocean,” to highlight the importance of clean water in our rivers, lakes, and oceans.

This vast coming together of grassroots and national organizations (e.g., Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ocean Future’s Society, Mission Blue, Sierra Club, Surfrider Foundation and World Wildlife Fund) is taking place to demonstrate to government and polluting industries that we stand united to protect the waters that support life as well as our livelihoods.

You can support the ocean (and lakes that lead to the ocean) by participating in events held throughout Chicagoland from Thursday, June 7, to Tuesday, June 12. Here’s how:

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An Evening of Art and Activism

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The Pivot Arts Festival and Chicago Community Climate Partners will present an evening of Art and Activism from 5:30 to 8:40 p.m. Saturday, June 9, at Loyola University’s Institute for Environmental Sustainability at 6349 N. Kenmore Ave., in Chicago.

The evening begins with a reception and tours of the LEED-certified, sustainable building at 5:30 p.m. A pre-performance panel will convene at 6:30 p.m., before “Not Every Mountain,” to discuss the impact of climate change locally, legislative victories, and arts activism.

Panelists are award-winning playwright Kirk Lynn; policy expert Karen Hobbs of Natural Resources Defense Council; and Rev. Booker Steven Vance of Faith in Place, an environmental justice organization. Rachel Bronson, president and CEO of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, will moderate the discussion. Please RSVP at marketing@pivotarts.org. More details here: http://pivotarts.org/project/art-activism-pre-show-discussion/

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Young Filmmakers Contest Will Thank Local Teachers

Image from the 2018 Brooks Eco-Eagles contest submission, “Little Mermaid: 2050.”

Local students took top prizes in the One Earth Young Filmmakers Contest at the elementary and middle school levels in both 2018 and 2017. Winning films premiered at the One Earth Film Festival in March at Columbia College along with top films from across the country at high school and college levels. At that time, students were fêted with monetary prizes, certificates, T-shirts, and a reception.

In order to thank local teachers for encouraging their students to enter the contest, a second screening of local winners will take place at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 9, at the River Forest Public Library, 735 Lathrop Ave. This Teacher Appreciation Breakfast and Screening is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be available.

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Architect Douglas Farr Discusses ‘Sustainable Nation’

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Meet architect, planner and author Douglas Farr from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, June 13, at the Oak Park Public Library, 834 Lake St., in Oak Park. Discuss ideas from his new book, “Sustainable Nation: Urban Design Patterns for the Future.” His first book, “Sustainable Urbanism: Urban Design with Nature” helped shift the focus of urban sustainability from the stand-alone building to the high-performance neighborhood.

Given the urgency of the many challenges that society now faces, “Sustainable Nation” hopes to accomplish an even more dramatic shift to focus on how long change takes and the many ways to drive change faster than ever before. The book suggests that society can overcome its major challenges and de-carbonize within four generations: the lifetime of a child born today. The Book Table will have books for sale and signing.

Thank you to our Presenting Sponsors from the One Earth Film Festival.