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Green Community Connections provides a place to tap into conversations about sustainability issues and to identify concrete steps you can take. We believe change is both necessary and possible and the best way to get there is together. Learn more About Us.

On The Green Carpet

Gratz2-LRG180dpi-This is the evening to be green in Chicago. The 5th Annual Green Carpet Gala is only two days away. Join us for the fun and excitement that goes with celebrating the opening of our festival’s milestone year. It all takes place starting at 6:30 p.m. Friday, March 4 at Fourth Presbyterian Church’s Gratz Center, 126 E. Chestnut St, in downtown Chicago. Meet and mingle with creative leaders from the sustainability and filmmaking communities. Enjoy delicious bites and a full bar while we look back at One Earth’s past accomplishments and what the festival holds this weekend.After having ample time to talk with friends, old and new, we will head into Buchanan Chapel for the evening program. Seva Gandhi, senior program coordinator for the Institute of Cultural Affairs, will lead events, which will be interspersed with several short films. We want to see you On the Green Carpet (event hashtag #OTGC) Friday evening to celebrate in sustainable style! Like us onFacebook.com/OneEarthFilmFest and share #OneEarth and #OEFF2016 with your friends and family!

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Bikes vs. Cars at Frontier Chicago

BIKESvsCARS_ThumbChicago is well known for its commitment to developing protected bike lanes within city limits. Currently, it has over 200 miles of on-street buffered and protected shared bike lanes. Are you one of the bikers who rides on the city’s protected lanes? Would you like to be? Join One Earth Film Festival as we celebrate biking and alternative transportation, Sun. 3/6 @ 3:30pm for a view & brew screening event of “Bikes vs. Cars. at Frontier Chicago, 1072 N. Milwaukee Ave. Learn about changes in transportation and Nissan’s new Electric LEAF! Bikes vs. Cars  looks at both the struggle for bicyclists in a society dominated by cars and the revolutionary changes that could take place if more cities moved away from car-centric models.

Join Go Bronzeville before the screening for a community bike ride from the Bronzeville Community Garden to the screening. Ride from 51st and Calumet at 2 PM for a leisurely bike ride to Frontier Chicago. Rebecca Noble of Go Bronzeville says about biking, “What really hooks people is a fun form of transportation in a way that driving isn’t. Getting rid of the windshield world view and getting on a bike seat can change the way you see the city and the world.”

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Just Eat It Encore Presentation!

just eat itIn the USA, 30-40% of the food supply is wasted, equaling more than 20 pounds of food per person per month. How do we solve our food waste and hunger issues at the same time? One Earth is honoring attendee requests in our Fifth Year, by bringing back fan favorites. “Just Eat It” is just one of 3 encore presentations! “Just Eat It” is a cleverly presented film that uncovers the world of rejected, ugly but otherwise delicious food that gets wasted at every level of the chain– from farm to retail to our own fridge.

Despite the growing number of people experiencing hunger and food insecurity, the culinary pursuit of beautiful food comes at the cost of millions of pounds of wasted edibles. Learn what change is being made and how you can modify your own food habits to reduce waste.

“Just Eat It” screens Sunday 3/5 @ 3:30 pm at the Peggy Notrbaert Nature Museum, 2430 N. Cannon Dr.

Please stay for post-film discussion with Raj Karmani, Founder/Chief Impact Officer, Zero Percent, as well as the Lakeview Food Pantry. Refreshments will be served! Concrete opportunities for action will be shared by the panelists and the Chicago Conservation Corps. This screenings facilitator is Kristen Pratt, Sustainability Manager at Chicago Academy of Sciences and its Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum. Like all One Earth Film Festival screening events, this event is free with suggested donation. Seating capacity is limited, reservations advised! Get tickets for this screening today!

Our second Encore Presentation is film Play Again” Saturday 3pm, at Thatcher Pavilion!

Also see “Taking Root: The Vision of Wangari Maathai” Sunday 12:30pm at St. Benedict the African-East Catholic Church!


Meet Ramona Baptiste

Chef wants to bring lots of flavor and more vegetables to the table

By: Cassandra West

Ramona Baptiste grew up detesting the foods that her dad frowned on as child himself: beans, oatmeal and okra. Part of large Southern family, her dad ate those staples too much for his liking. Ramona, who grew up in Chicago, had an altogether different kind of childhood diet. Her mom cooked a lot of steak, she recalls.

“I used to complain. ‘Steak again?’” she says, laughing.

Today, Ramona, 56, is a chef and nutrition specialist, and her focus is on healthy, nutritious cooking. She mixes her family’s cooking traditions with flavorful options that suits not only her palette but also address the needs of her community, which she believes needs to be better educated about food choices.

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The True Cost

Chicago high school students explore “The True Cost” of fashion

By: Cassandra West

“The True Cost,” which explores the impact of the fashion industry on people and the planet, has captured the imaginations of a passionate group of students at Northside College Preparatory High in Chicago, where the documentary will be screened at 3:30 p.m.on March 6 as part of the One Earth Film Festival. The students formed the NCP One Earth Film Festival Host Committee and are reaching out to peers and local businesses to help fill seats for the screening.  They’re also planning a fashion-themed art exhibition to correspond with the screening and have invited alumni to contribute to a post-viewing panel discussion.

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


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