Transition Berkeley is part of a growing international network of Transition initiatives.
We're joining cities around the world to face the enormous challenges of economic instability, climate change and fossil fuel dependency. Transition Berkeley is proud to become the 110th U.S. Initiative.
The Transition approach will help Berkeley to envision and create a future with more locally produced food and other necessities, cleaner forms of transportation and energy. Along the way, we'll build a more equitable and vibrant local economy and re-learn practical skills our grandparents once had.
Join us and discover just how powerful the collective genius can be when people work together!
THURSDAY – November 6, 2014 , 6:30 PM
Historic Fellowship Hall 1924 Cedar Street, Berkeley, CA 94709
A Fierce Green Fire chronicles the largest movement of the 20th century and one of the keys to the 21st. It brings together all the major parts of environmentalism. It focuses on activism, people fighting to save their homes, their lives, the future – and succeeding against all odds. The film ends with the movement to stop Climate Change.
Our special guest is Kathy Dervin, Berkeley public health educator and environmental activist now working with 350 Bay Area. She will report back on the recent People's March for Climate Action in New York City and talk to us about ways we can get involved with the work of 350.org. After the film signups will also be taken for a book group to read and discuss Naomi Klein's new book This Changes Everything. Please join us for locally grown snacks at 6:30. The film will start promptly at 7:00.
Suggested Donation $5-10 No one turned away for lack of funds!
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Transition Berkeley's first Thursday's Screening the Green film series celebrated it's first birthday October 2, 2014, with a look back at 12 months of inspiring environmental films and many friendships forged with justice and environmental groups.
TB gives a BIG SHOUT OUT to the co-sponsors of our monthly films – it has been a pleasure working with you and an inspiration to see the wonderful things you are doing for our world. Our gratitude goes to the Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists' Social Justice Committee for use of the beautiful kitchen and fellowship hall and their robust support for the success of this series. Other partners Transition Berkeley's Movie Team has been privileged to work with this past year include:
THE ECOLOGY CENTER – EAST BAY COHOUSING – THE STORY OF STUFF PROJECT - STICKY ART LAB – BERKELEY CLIMATE ACTION COALITION WATER WORKING GROUP SIERRA CLUB – SLOW MONEY – THE BIODIESEL OASIS COLLECTIVE – OCCUPELLA - PESTICIDE ACTION NETWORK – OBSIDIAN FARMS – VICTORY GARDEN FOUNDATION – BERKELEY COMMUNITY GARDEN COLLABORATIVE – PERALTA COMMUNITY GARDEN
Many thanks to the members of the Transition Berkeley Movie Team for their work on the film series: Carole Bennett-Simmons, Dave Drummond, Malcolm (Gil) Gilmore, Bonnie Borucki, Phyllis Rothman, Phoebe Ackley, Linda Currie, Lori Hines, Barbara Edwards, Claudia Castro, Ayako Nagano and Karen Rusiniak
The Wisdom to Survive: A Documentary on Climate Change, Capitalism and Community was a devastating portrait of species extinction, climate chaos and the human suffering it is causing. Bill McKibben, Richard Heinberg, Joanna Macy and other climate leaders showed us that the course we are on politically and economically must be drastically changed if we are to survive, and if nature is to escape even more destruction.
Creating alternatives to capitalism that honor nature and the rights of all creatures, including humans, to clean air, water and healthy food is the task they call us to. Some of the approaches to the task that people are trying are outlined – mass climate actions on the scale of the civil rights movement, converting energy to sustainable sources, wind, solar and geothermal, replacing greed with more emphasis on community building and sharing, honoring the stories of people and the simple pleasures of life, witnessing nature, growing food locally, practicing permaculture.
Joanna Macy wisely counsels “Don't spend too much time fighting against the system (capitalism) that is already crumbling . . . ” She advises us instead to focus on building the new structures to take it's place.
Before and after the film those assembled spoke and listened in pairs about what to do when you are in despair about the effects of climate change, and how the film had affected them. We then met in small groups of about eight people to talk about ways to create supportive working groups to build the alternative structures we need to survive. The question posed was something like: “What are the key elements of successful, supportive, change making groups?”
Below are the elements generated by those discussions;
SUCCESSFUL SUPPORTIVE ACTION GROUPS:
- INCLUDE PHYSICAL ACTIVITY
- FOCUS ON A TASK
- HAVE EMPATHY – RESPECT DIFFERENT OPINIONS
- USE INNOVATIVE METHODS LIKE SOLAR, PERMACULTURE AND VISIONING
- LISTEN TO EACH OTHER
- HAVE FUN
- PUT THEIR EFFORTS INTO NEW STRUCTURES – NOT FIGHTING THE OLD ONES
- USE THE SKILLS OF ALL MEMBERS
- DEMONSTRATE INTEGRITY IN THEIR OWN LIVES
- SEEK HELP FROM PEOPLE WHO CAN READILY REACH OUT TO OTHERS WHO DISAGREE
- SHARE THINGS LIKE PLANTS, TOOLS, BOOKS, CROPS, CLOTHING, HOUSING
- GROW GARDENS TOGETHER
- INCLUDE LIVE MUSIC
- HELP OTHERS
- ORGANIZE THEIR NEIGHBORHOODS
- MEDITATE TOGETHER
- GET TO DEEPER LEVELS
- HAVE PASSION FOR THEIR GOALS
- SHARE FOOD
- BUILD COMMUNITY
- SLOW DOWN
- EAT TOGETHER AND PLAY TOGETHER – PLAY PING PONG!
- START SMALL – NOT TOO BIG
- START WHERE YOU ARE
- TAKE RESPONSIBILITY
- PARTY TOGETHER
- ENJOY NATURE TOGETHER
Neonicotinoids in the nursery industry have been making news lately. A possible link between the use of this insecticide and honey bee die-offs has led to some controversy. We asked Bay-Friendly Qualified Professional Alisa Rose Seidlitz to share some background on this issue of neonicotinoids and nursery plants. Read her entire article on the Bay Friendly Blog to learn what Alisa Rose found in her research.
The article is chock full of valuable information on how Neonicotinoids work, the current studies linking these pesticides to bee population declines and steps we can take to bring back the bees. Alisa Rose has also included a list of bee-attracting plants, resources for obtaining these plants, and links to products containing neonicotinoids.