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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.

Fifth Annual Green Carpet Gala!

Join us on Chicago’s Magnificent Mile

By: Lisa Files



Imagine savoring Indian fritters and chatting with friends, activists, and artists, while looking through large glass windows at the shimmering lights of Michigan Avenue.

We invite you to celebrate in this style with us at the Green Carpet Gala, the opening event for the One Earth Film Festival, 6:30 p.m. Friday, March 4, at Fourth Presbyterian Church’s Gratz Center, 126 E. Chestnut St., in downtown Chicago. We will join with creative leaders from the sustainability and filmmaking communities to mingle, look back at past accomplishments and ahead, at what the One Earth Film Festival weekend will hold.

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ETHEL Combines Music with Environmental Images




ETHEL, a post-modern quartet known for its imaginative programming, will present, “ETHEL’s Documerica,” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb.20, in Dominican University’s Lund Auditorium, 7900 W. Division St., River Forest. With multiple-screen video projections and original music by some of today’s top composers, ETHEL’s Documerica is a multimedia concert experience and meditation on America’s relationship with its land, resources and people.

ETHEL incorporates more than 3,000 photographs commissioned in the 1970s by the Environmental Protection Agency for a comprehensive exhibit called “Project Documerica” with the music of today. Throughout the program, the music is in constant dialogue with the projections of strip mining, political protest, pollution, fashion trends, natural beauty and urban decline, bringing an era fraught with social tension into the present.

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


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