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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.

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

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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

 

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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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Protect Oak Park from Pesticides

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Go Green Oak Park asks residents of Oak Park to add their names to a petition, which calls upon our Board of Trustees to take bold measures toward eliminating the use of toxic products within the borders of our village.

There is a growing movement across the United States to adopt policies at the local level to reduce or prohibit pesticide use on private and public property. Numerous confirmed studies have linked pesticides to a wide range of health conditions in adults, and particularly in young children. Serious human health risks from lawn pesticide exposure include cancers, asthma, reproductive and hormone problems, neurological effects including learning disabilities, and Parkinson’s Disease. This is now broadly understood to be a community health issue.

The moral challenge of our time arises because the natural world, and all species in it, are subject to countless toxic assaults. These arise from industrial human activity on a massive scale, grounded in the use of petrochemicals and fossil fuels. Please sign our petition, and help spread the word today.

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

    

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