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Ecobee3 Thermostat Saves Energy and Money

The ecobee3 adjusts nighttime temperature so the Parmar Family wakes up to a toasty house but saves money while they sleep.

The Parmar Family saves energy and money while they sleep but wakes up to a toasty, warm house because of the ecobee3.

What if your heating system were smart enough to stay at 70 degrees during the day and drop down to 65 degrees at night? What if it were smart enough to even reactivate at 4:30 a.m. so that your house would go from 65 degrees to a comfortable 70 by the time you woke up every morning at 6 a.m.?

And what if you wound up saving 23% (average) on your heating/cooling bills by the end of a year?

The programmable ecobee3 thermostat saves energy and money by using room sensors to deliver preferred temperatures at desired times. This system even works well in drafty Oak Park and River Forest homes.

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Double your Donation on #GivingTuesday

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This year, a group of One Earth volunteers pooled their resources to create a matching gift opportunity for #Giving Tuesday.

Any investment you make on or before Tuesday, November 29, will be matched, dollar for dollar, up to $2,000. That will make a total impact of $4,000 to support the 2017 One Earth Film Festival and the year-round efforts of Green Community Connections.

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Action is the Antidote to Despair

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Filipe Frazao/Shutterstock

The election has ended. Donald Trump is our president-elect.  As a candidate he threatened to dismantle the EPA and rip up the Paris Agreement. As president-elect, he named climate denier Myron Ebell to lead his EPA transition team.

“Action is the antidote to despair,” said Joan Baez. It’s more important than ever that we continue to fight for a healthy planet. We citizens have so much power if we unite our efforts with others.  Let’s work as a community and cheer each other on when it gets tough. And it will get tough.

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New Filmmaking Workshops for Kids

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One Earth Film Festival offers three filmmaking workshops for kids from 3rd through 8th grades which are just for fun or to help develop skills to enter the Young Filmmakers Contest.

High school students in need of extra help with filmmaking may partake of artist/teacher Jeff Lassahn’s free tutelage from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Wednesdays, at the Chicago Public Library’s YouMedia, 400 S. State St., in Chicago. Call 312-747-5260 first to confirm his availability.

Live Action Workshops for Grades 3 to 8
Live action filmmaking workshops are split into two age groups, grades 3 to 5 and grades 6 to 8. Each age group will have two classes lasting 2-1/2 hours each on Sundays, Dec. 4 and 11. Please bring an ipad or tablet, if possible. The first class will cover story, lighting, and audio, with plenty of time for hands on learning. The following week, the focus will be editing and production. Kids will have time to shoot additional footage during the week between classes.

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Connecting with Nature Through Stories (for children and adults)

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I love good children’s books.  Some of my most cherished moments from my children’s growing-up years were reading stories to them that inspired and nurtured me as much as them!  So when I came across this list “16 Great Children’s Books on Nature and the Environment” I knew that I had to share it.

The folks who put together this list for ChildrensBooksGuide.com shared the following reasons for featuring books on the theme of nature and the environment:  “Now, more than ever, it is time to share with [children] the beauty that lies in caring for our world and the power that they have when it comes to making a difference. . . .  A wonderful way to turn their attention (and appreciation) towards some of the things that go on in the natural world is through story books, which plant the seeds of curiosity and intrigue that in turn lead to involvement and action.”

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

    

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