The Free Press Second Saturday Salon invited Simply Living to present at the March 13 event. Learn about new initiatives at Simply Living!
Cathy Cowan Becker will present the latest on the Columbus Climate Action Plan. Mayda Sanchez will present on the Ohio Public Banking Coalition. Lynn Stan will present on plans for a database of locally owned businesses. Get all the details and link to register (free)
Planning a Local Community Solar Project in Columbus
Art Yoho will talk about plans to build solar arrays at a local school and on several 3-4 acre properties in the area. Art and other Simply Living members (SL is an affiliate member of the Time Bank) have met with the City of Columbus (Councilman Emmanuel Remy and various aides) to explore how the city might support their project. It has the potential to become a model community solar project serving 80 local homes as well as schools, and could be replicated in other neighborhoods to meet the city’s goals in their Climate Action Plan.
To zoom link and additional information will be posted soon on the CSTB website: cstimebank.org
Simply Living is partnering with the Ohio Community Rights Network in a new Film Series. See the website here for details and registration links for the first two films in the series:
What is Democracy? (Sun March 28 at 2 pm)
Invisible Hand (Sunday April 25 at 2 pm)
$5 donation is requested. Revenue will be split between Sinmply Living and the Ohio Community Rights Network.
Both films are virtual and a link to the film will be provided to watch the film 24 hours in advance of the Discussion and Q&A. Details and discussion leaders on both films are HERE.
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March 18 @ 6 pm ET. Conversations For A Preferred Future-Series: Enright Ridge Urban Eco Village. Jan Spencer from Eugene Oregon is interviewing Jim Schenk, founder of Imago and this Cincinnati ecovillage. More info and links to other Jan Spencer presentations here.
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Excerpts: Three species of maple trees – the sugar, black and red – are most often tapped due to the high sugar content of their sap. The trees store starch in their roots and trunk before winter, which then gets converted to sugar and rises with the sap come spring. It takes approximately 40 gallons of sap to make 1 gallon of maple syrup.
> Pure maple syrup is made only in certain parts of North America – nowhere else in the world!
> Quebec is the largest producer in North America, contributing about 75% of the world’s output; Vermont is the biggest supplier in the US, and Ohio is generally 4th or 5th on the list.
> Maple sap is roughly 4% sugar and 96% water. The water is boiled off to make maple syrup, which must be at least 66% sugar.
> A maple syrup farm is called a “sugarbush,” and sap is boiled in a “sugar house” or “sugar shack.”
Zach Bush followers know he offers the big picture on the pandemic. He addresses: The Role of Viruses in Human Health > Origin Stories for the COVID 19 Pandemic > Antibodies + the Human Immune Response >
COVID 19 + Air Pollution > Hypoxia or COVID 19? > Comorbidities with COVID 19 + What We Could Have Done Differently > The COVID 19 Public Health Response > Changing our Understanding + Take Action >
“Linear change is not an option. We must instead move into a co-creative relationship with our ecosystems and foster an incredible revolution with great speed.”
“We have so sold ourselves short, by this myopic kind of manifest destiny of the human belief that we were the most important and most advanced biology on the planet.” ~ Zach Bush, MD
We’re back from a short winter hiatus with a new episode of What Could Possibly Go Right? In our latest episode, Vicki Robin shares her motivation for creating this series and what she hopes to find as we embark on a new set of interviews. During the break we moved our home base to Resilience. While you can still find all of our old episodes on the Post Carbon Institute site, all new episodes will be posted on Resilience.org.
The new edtion of Yes! magazine is about the path to aNew Ecological Civilzation. Simply Living is giving away copies at Portia’s Cafe, Global Gallery Coffee Shop, Northstar restaurants, the Bexley Co-op, and KEMBA in Clintonville.
Yet another dangerous oil and gas incident was revealed by Beth Burger’s Tuesday article “State responds to spill from oil and gas well in Noble County.” Thousands of gallons of fracking waste spilled into the environment, killing an untold number of fish.
The oil and gas industry has successfully gotten the media and politicians to adopt their word — “brine” — to represent this waste. It is a misnomer.
Although such waste has high concentrations of salt, calling it “brine” obscures the fact it also contains heavy metals and other dangerous compounds. Most concerning are two isotopes of radium — 226 and 228. This is confirmed from tests of “brine” by the Ohio Division of Natural Resources in 2018 on many oil and gas wells throughout Ohio. The average radioactivity of “brine” collected was nearly 10 times the legal environmental discharge limit and more than 200 times the EPA drinking water limit.
The oil and gas industry has known about this risk for decades. I urge everyone to read an important article entitled “America’s Radioactive Secret” from Rolling Stone environmental reporter Justin Nobel in the February 2020 magazine. It is high time we stop this radioactive waste from being spread on our roads and injected into our lands.
Bill Lyons, President, Ohio Community Rights Network, Co-organizer, Columbus Community Bill of Rights
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In This Issue…
- Read for a Cause supports local nonprofits (plus a giveaway!)
- Find a Friday Fish Fry for Lent in Columbus, plus other dining options
- Free days at U.S. national parks
- Cinemark Deals: Private Screenings, Comeback Classics, Discount Days and more
- The Columbus Dispatch Home and Garden Show: Remodeled for Safety
- Over 55 free or cheap events this weekend in Columbus
- Three Bags Full and other Upcoming Consignment Sales in Columbus
- Franklin Park Conservatory, Butterflies, Free Community Day and Chihuly Nights plus other discounts
- Dublin St. Patrick’s Day Parade and safe events for 2021
- Newark Springfest and Free KidsLinked.com KidsFest events
- Safe Outdoor Dining: Igloos, heated patios, and more. NEW Options added!
- Ford Motor Company to distribute 3 mil free masks in Ohio on March 9
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Monday, March 8, 2021, 12:00 – 3:00 PM and Tuesday, March 9, 2021, 12:00 – 1:30 PM. Shine the Light: Root Causes and Intersections on Human Trafficking. NAC’s 2021 Human Trafficking Conference will explore the conditions and vulnerabilities that lead to trafficking. Throughout the conference, we will hear from survivors, service providers, and other anti-trafficking experts. Participants will have the opportunity to engage in advocacy that addresses the root causes of trafficking. The conference is free of charge and entirely virtual. By providing your home address (below), we will be able to connect you with your Senators and U.S. Representative. Visit our website for conference details and to learn more about anti-trafficking advocacy: https://www.gsadvocacy.org/human-trafficking-conference.html. Register here.
Monday, March 8, 2020 08:00 PM. Ohio Poor People’s Movement Central Regional Meeting. Register here.
Tuesday, March 9, 2021, 7:00 PM. Clintonville Area Progressives Meeting. Columbus City Councilman Emmanuel Remy will be joined by Niyah Walters to discuss how Columbus will implement City Council Districts and elect Council Representatives from each district. Join us for information about how this process will be implemented. Zoom https://ashlanduniversity.zoom.us/j/97185879393 (Meeting ID: 971 8587 9393). Dial by your location: +1 646 876 9923 US (New York).
Tuesday, March 9, 2021, 12:00 PM. Dialogue: Race and Police – Healing the Divide. Decades of complaints of police bias and brutality against people of color came to a head in 2020 with the deaths of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, Casey Goodson and Andre Hill. Demanding change, protesters flooded the streets of downtown Columbus and many suburban city centers. Columbus city officials promised reform and voters approved independent oversight of the police. Join us for Dialogue as we look at where those promised reforms stand and examine efforts to heal the divide between the police and people of color. Our panelists for this program will be Columbus minster Jeffery Kee, veteran Ohio police officer Angel Tucker and former police chief Kim Jacobs. WOSU News Content Director Mike Thompson will moderate the conversation. OSU John Glenn College of Public Affairs. Register here.
Wednesday, March 10, 2021, 5:00 – 6:00 PM. Seeds of Truth: Stories Inspired by Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You. Inspired by the best-selling Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You by Ibram X. Kendi and Jason Reynolds, four undergraduate students have created new media-based works, with collaborative mentorship from three Department of Theatre, Film, and Media Arts graduate students. In the wake of the Black Lives Matter movement and our country’s ongoing reckoning with racial injustice, these young artists address personal narrative, the power of myth and the need for sustained engagement. Host: OSU Department of Theatre, Film, and Media Arts. More information and link for registration here.
Wednesday, March 10, 2021, 1:00 PM. APARTHEID THEN AND NOW: A Conversation with South African and Palestinian Anti-Apartheid Activists. What is apartheid? How are the South African and Palestinian experiences the same? Different? How can and should apartheid be opposed? Rev. Kelvin Sauls was born and raised in townships south of Johannesburg, South Africa and became a leader in the anti-apartheid movement through his local Methodist Youth Fellowship. After a career in pastoral ministry he now serves as the Network Strategist at Community Health Councils in Los Angeles and is a Senior Fellow with the Atlantic Institute for Racial Equity where he is engaged in faith-rooted multi-racial and multi-faith community organizing through sacred resistance and moral re-imagination. Rev. Sauls hosts a monthly podcast, “Faith Without Borders,” is a Co-Founder of the Black Alliance for Just Immigration and serves on the boards of multiple movement-building organizations working towards a more just, fairer and inclusive society. After a 2008 Holy Land pilgrimage, he joined the United Methodist effort to oppose the occupation of Palestine. Sandra Tamari is a Palestinian, a lifelong advocate for Palestinian rights. In 2012, Israel barred her from entering Palestine because of her activism. A specialist in Arab studies and education, she is currently the Executive Director of the Adalah Justice Project, a Palestinian advocacy organization based in the U.S. that incorporates the struggle for Palestinian rights into existing liberation movements around the world. Sandra, based in St Louis, organized the Palestinian contingent to Ferguson in 2014 in response to the killing of Mike Brown. She was co-chair of the Steering Committee for the from 2015-2018. Register here.
Wednesday, March 10, 2021, 1:00 – 2:00 PM. Webinar: The Israeli Political System & Political Map. Join CMEP and OneVoice for a discussion on the Israeli political system with an emphasis on the upcoming Israeli election. Israel will hold its fourth election in two years on March 23. The Israeli Political System & Political Map webinar covers the parliamentary and electoral system, the current make-up of political parties, what they each stand for, and how that takes shape on the ground. This program serves as a timely tool to better understand the Israeli political landscape, as Israel will hold elections for the fourth time in two years this Spring. $25 suggested donation. Register Now.
Thursday, March 11, 2021, 12:00 – 1:15 PM. Webinar: The Landscape of Reproductive Rights in Ohio. ACLU Ohio, Planned Parenthood Ohio, and others. Reproductive Rights sit on a razor’s edge in Ohio. In the last few months, Ohioans have witnessed the last lame duck session in the Ohio Statehouse being sabotaged in order to pass two new anti-abortion laws as well as the confirmation of another anti-choice SCOTUS judge. Join the ACLU of Ohio and Reproductive Rights experts to get an update on legislation, litigation, and community impact efforts and what the future of reproductive rights in Ohio – and across the nation – looks like. More information and registration here.
Modern Odyssey, & More!
Learn about medical marvels and mishaps.
Columbus Science Pub discusses Killer Smiles tonight.
Frequency Friday has a show Friday night.
Discover new trends in outdoor living at the Dispatch Spring Home & Garden Show (tickets in advance only).
Sign your kid up to learn how to draw comics with CCAD grad Hannah Donovan. Discuss new book, Klara and the Sun.
FOOD AND FUN
ENJOY EXPLORING ART
WHAT ELSE CAN YOU DO
Go ice skating at Easton.
Moonlight & Sunlight Markets are looking for vendors.
It’s the final weekend to see Orchids at Franklin Park Conservatory.
Don’t Let the Pigeon Take Over Storytime!
Vintage motorcycle company Throttle Co has a grand opening on Saturday.
Build your own plant at BrewDog Short North with Yelo Aple.
Thanks for reading and enjoy your weekend!
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