In the meantime, as we approach Earth Day, I'd like to draw attention to several other upcoming events (MarensList began with an email to friends about more than 30 events leading up to Earth Day, back in 2007). This year we won't be able to take it to the streets, but we're certainly not going to let it go by!
• Friday the 17th, Phipps is hosting a virtual screening of the PBS/NPR documentary Plastic Wars, followed by a discussion with PRC's Justin Stockdale.
• Saturday the 18th, Pittsburgh Mutual Aid is hosting a Virtual Rent Party to raise funds for their various programs.
• Sunday the 19th opens Earth Week with an afternoon Teach-In hosted by the Earth Day Coalition: Pittsburgh Declares A Climate Emergency!
• Also on Sunday, the Green New Deal Discussion Group continues, online.
• Tuesday the 21st, join MOB, BPC, and Dr. Ned Ketyer for a talk and discussion on Pandemics, Pollution, & Public Health.
• Wednesday the 22nd -- the 50th anniversary of the first Earth Day -- Fridays for Future will stream 24 hours of climate-related activities and discussions.
• Also on Wednesday, the Discovery Channel will premiere The Story of Plastic (2 p.m.).
• Starting your garden? Thursday the 23rd, learn about urban soils.
• Saturday the 25th, spend the afternoon Katherine Hayhoe and CCL organizers for Uniting From Home around climate action.
Check out the Earth Week events page for more!
Coronavirus update: As you know, people in Pittsburgh and around the world are sequestered at home. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Social distancing is the rule for 80% of Americans. That's a bit of a misnomer, though -- we need physical distancing to flatten the famous curve, but technology now allows for rich interactions even so! I believe that community is one of our greatest strengths, so in March as events began to be cancelled, I hosted the first virtual Sustainability Salon via Zoom teleconference -- rather than gathering our usual 50-80 people in a contained space. It went quite well (even engaging participants from hundreds of miles away), and we're looking forward to April's salon! (I'm sad, though, that folks will miss the peak of our spring flowers.) Please be sure to RSVP (via email with "salon" in the Subject: line, or via Eventbrite) so you'll receive the sign-on information.
Salons usually run 3-10 p.m. at Maren's house in Squirrel Hill. Plan to join the call after 3 p.m., and we aim to start the program not long after 4, after folks have had a chance to (virtually) meet, mingle, and tour around an interesting and productive urban permaculture site. After the talks and discussion, we'll break for a potluck supper (and more conversation). Please email me (at maren dot cooke at gmail dot com) with salon in the Subject line to RSVP (yes or maybe), or click on the link in your Eventbrite notice (if you're not already on my list, just email me with salon in the subject line to be added!).
Please do RSVP each time -- it helps greatly in several ways. Be sure to include salon in the Subject line if you email, as I receive a ridiculous amount of email every day. And if you're new, please let me know how you heard about the Salons!
Check back on MarensList (where you can find information on all sorts of environmental and social justice events, as well as better formatting for this event description) for updates. And if you aren't yet on my list, if you're interested in Sustainability Salons (and our occasional house concert, simply contact me and I'll put you on my email list.
Sustainability Salon is an educational forum; it's a mini-conference; it's a venue for discussion and debate about important environmental issues; fit's a house party with an environmental theme. We usually have featured speakers on various aspects of a particular topic, interspersed with stimulating conversation, lively debate, delectable potluck food and drink, and music-making through the evening.
Past topics have included ocean health, the rise of the radical right, the back end of consumption, approaches to activism on fracking & climate, air quality, technology, and citizen science, single-use plastics, election activism, election law, whether to preserve existing nuclear power plants, advanced nuclear technologies, passenger and freight trains, consumption, plastics, and pollution, air quality, solar power, youth activism, greening business, greenwashing, the petrochemical buildout in our region, climate/nature/people, fracking, health, & action, globalization, ecological ethics, community inclusion, air quality monitoring, informal gatherings that turn out to have lots of speakers, getting STEM into Congress, keeping Pittsburgh's water public, Shell's planned petrochemical plant, visualizing air quality, the City of Pittsburgh's sustainability initiatives, fossil energy infrastructure, getting money out of politics, community solar power and the Solarize Allegheny program, the Paris climate negotiations (before, during, and after), air quality (again, with news on the autism connection), reuse (of things and substances), neighborhood-scale food systems, other forms of green community revitalization, solar power, climate change, environmental art, environmental education (Part I & Part II), community mapping projects, environmental journalism, grassroots action, Marcellus shale development and community rights, green building, air quality, health care, more solar power, trees and park stewardship, alternative energy and climate policy, regional watershed issues, fantastic film screenings and discussions (often led by filmmakers) over the winter with films on Food Systems, Climate Adaptation and Mitigation, Plastic Paradise, Rachel Carson and the Power Of One Voice, Triple Divide on fracking, You've Been Trumped and A Dangerous Game, A Fierce Green Fire, Sustainability Pioneers, films on consumption, Living Downstream, Bidder 70, YERT, Gas Rush Stories, and food, food, food, food, food, food, food, food, food, food, food, food, food, food, food, food, and more food (a recurrent theme; with California running out of water, we'd better gear up to produce a lot more of our own!).
If you haven't been here before, you may enjoy checking out our roof garden and solar installation (and now apiary!) as well as the many other green and interesting things around our place. If interested folks are online and everything is working smoothly by around 3:30, perhaps I can conduct a virtual tour.