We’ve got big things coming. Really, close to as big as you can go: how does one weave such loaded concepts as peace, justice and sustainability into a coherent story? That’s exactly what our new discussion course book, Seeing Systems: Peace, Justice and Sustainability, is all about. It’s for those of us doing our best every day to make sense of the interconnected systems of our world, and to respond in ways that actually begin to make a real difference for good.
To kick it all off, we have a fundraising campaign underway now on the popular crowdfunding website indiegogo. Take a look! Every dollar we raise will go directly toward the publication and distribution of the new course book. Even if you can’t support us with cash, we’d love for you to make some noise about the cause. Watch the video and share the campaign far and wide! And, order your copy of the course book now and get it as soon as it’s available!
Robyn Wagoner, a Master of Environmental Studies candidate at The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington, is currently recruiting participants for her thesis research on pro-environmental behaviors. She’ll be hosting NWEI’s Change By Degrees, which explores global warming and the big picture of energy. Participants in the course will also learn simple actions that can be taken to reduce your carbon footprint. Robyn will be assessing the curriculum’s effectiveness, particularly across demographics.
The discussion course is being offered free of cost for anyone who agrees to complete Robyn’s entrance and exit surveys prior to and following participation in the course. The survey template is taken from the Global Warming Six Americas survey. The Change By Degrees discussion course will meet 6 times beginning Saturday, Feb. 15th and ending March 29th, 2014. Robyn says, “This is a good opportunity for folks to broaden their knowledge on climate change and obtain access to a proven curriculum at no cost other than completion of 2 anonymous opinion surveys that take 15 minutes each.”
If you are in the Olympia area and are interested in participating, or know someone in Olympia who might like to participate, please share this invitation and contact Robyn before the 15th at firstname.lastname@example.org. Space is limited!
The Merrill Linn Conservancy, which works to preserve the land and waterways of Union County and surrounding counties in Pennsylvania, is offering Northwest Earth Institute’s seven-week Discovering A Sense of Place discussion course beginning this month. Sarajane Snyder, who has been working with NWEI to organize this course offering via the Conservancy, says, “My sincere hope is that this course will become an annual spring offering of our conservancy and really help create a network and community of folks who think and talk and act around these issues.” Last week The Daily Item covered the story.
The Merrill Linn Conservancy is offering a seven-week reading and discussion group that will focus on becoming more attentive residents of our home landscape and ecosystem and the value that has to our communities in Union, Snyder and Northumberland counties. “Our goal with Discovering a Sense of Place is to create a space where folks who feel connected to our woods and fields and waterways will meet up and share conversation about how to understand and care for this beautiful place,” says Sarajane Snyder, Chair of the Conservancy’s Education Committee.
The course is centered around an anthology of short essays collected into chapters for each week that have a theme such as “mapping your place” or “building local community.” “We hope to attract local residents with a diversity of experience and history with the land so that we can have great conversations,” she said.
For the full article, click here. If you live in Pennsylvania and would like to join, prticipants must register no later than Feb. 12 by calling (570) 524-8666 or emailing email@example.com.
A year ago the Northwest Earth Institute helped spread the word about a terrific resource co-authored by longtime NWEI supporter Rob Dietz: Enough Is Enough: Building a Sustainable Economy in a World of Finite Resources. This week Rob and co-author Dan O’Niell have launched another resource to help spread the message about a sustainable and fair economy. British filmmaker Tom Bliss has produced and directed an 18-minute video (below) that summarizes concepts from the book. The film was just showed to a packed house earlier this week at the worldwide premier in Leeds, UK. The film and book do a terrific job of offering better economic solutions that work for both people and planet.