Be the Change Weekly Community Update August 13, 2021

Simply Living will have a table at EcoFest this year. Stop by and meet Cathy Cowan Becker, our new director, and SL Board member Lynn Einhorn Stan.
Gather with friends and neighbors in Town Center Park (Park Street and Arbutus Avenue) for this waste-less event.
Visit the Art & Kids Zone featuring hands-on, recycling activities, arts, crafts and games. Discover eco-practices and learn to reduce and reuse household and work items in the Sustainability Zone. The Health and Wellness Zone highlights local businesses demonstrating green products, services and wellness programs. Pick up a Keep Grove City Beautiful event passport and collect stamps at the various activities for a prize.
Register to drive an electric vehicle: Drive Electric Columbus Ride & Drive.
Add shopping and dining in historic Grove City Town Center to your EcoFest visit. For more information or to register for an event, visit the EcoFest website at or call 614-277-3058.

Money concerns have a way of throwing us off balance as we manage our Life. Whether or not you plan to take Randy Loop’s course on “Aligning the Spirit of Living and Money” (see the poster below) you will enjoy meeting him on Zoom and hearing his remarkable success story overcoming a mountain of credit card debt and creating a new career rooted in powerful strategies that ground his Life in Balance.

Your Money or Your Life workshop

Aligning the Spirit of Living and Money! Wed., August 18, 2021 at 7 pm

One of the largest questions coming out of the COVID-19 Pandemic is, “DO I HAVE TO CHOOSE BETWEEN MY LIFE AND MONEY? In this instance “Life” can mean many things but, what comes rising to the surface is the fear of losing one’s Existence to the Virus and or one’s Freedom by stepping back into the rat race of work.

Randall Loop, long time Simply Living supporter and previous board member has used the 9 Steps of Your Money or Your Life (YMOYL) to create a sustainable living since 2004. He has facilitated the course since 2006 and has literally assisted hundreds to create the same for themselves. Join us for a brief introduction of the mindsets and methods of the program that was originally created by Joe Dominguez and Vicki Robin. Randall’s presentation will be followed by Q&A discussion.

Get started on the journey today with the YMOYL Book (amazon) If you prefer to pay a little more instead of supporting Amazon, you can buy it at a local Columbus bookstore or you can buy it online at, which donates money to local bookstores.

Learn how to change your financial future for the better.

Wed., August 18, 2021 at 7 pm

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The New Corporation: The Unfortunate Necessary Sequel
Film + Q&A Sat-Sun August 28-29
Co-Sponsored by Simply Living and the
Ohio Community Rights Network

Sunday, August 29, 2021, 2:00 PM EST
Join us for the live Q&A following the film with Move to Amend Outreach Director, Greg Coleridge
Greg Coleridge
The New Corporation ​reveals how the corporate takeover of society is being justified by the sly rebranding of corporations as socially conscious entities. From gatherings of corporate elites in Davos, to climate change and spiraling inequality; the rise of ultra-right leaders to Covid-19 and racial injustice, the film looks at corporations’ devastating power. Countering this is a groundswell of resistance worldwide as people take to the streets in pursuit of justice and the planet’s future.

The link and password to view the film will be sent out Saturday, August 28. The film will be available for a 24 -hour period before the Q&A, which starts promptly at 2:00 pm EST on Sunday the 29th.

Register here.

SWACO Presentation and Tour of Landfill
Monday, September 13 10 am – 11:30 am


Simply Living is organizing a field trip to learn about SWACO’s current operation of the landfill and their vision for a future “circular economy” in central Ohio. The presentation will be followed by a tour of the Landfill where are questions will be answered by SWACO staff.

Arrive at SWACO by 9:45 AM for 10:00 AM start time.
Where: SWACO Resource Center, 4149 London Groveport Road, Grove City, OH 43123.

Field trips are approximately 60 – 90 minutes in length, beginning with a 30-minute presentation in the SWACO Resource Center and concluding with a tour of the landfill site.

We can accommodate up to 40 people. While on the bus/van, windows will be open to allow for ventilation. Masks are required for people in the van or on the bus.


Emerging at the other end, we will not be the same as we were; we will have become more humble, more connected to the natural world, fitter, leaner, more skilled and, ultimately, wiser.
~ Rob Hopkins

Author Talk with Paul Robinson:
Global Warming: Can It Be Stopped?
Wednesday, September 22, 5:30 – 7 pm

Join author Paul Robinson at the Whetstone Library Meeting room for our Fall Simply Living Book Club discussion. Global Warming: Can It Be Stopped?, explores the science, psychology, and the morality of climate change. We will meet at the Whetstone Library in Clintonville, 3903 N. High St., Columbus 43214.

Paul brings a unique perspective as a psychologist and a former science educator to explore the deeper reasons why we are not acting on the climate crisis, and he offers insight into the opportunities for acting now to preserve the quality of life for generations to come. Learn more about the book here. You can purchase the book for $12.99 (PB) or the ebook is $3.99. You may attend even if you have not read the book or not finished it.

Science tells us global warming is real, but too many people are living their lives as though we have an eternity to address the impending global crises.

Even the COVID-19 pandemic has failed to get the world to grasp that it is best to address a serious threat to our health and well-being sooner rather than later. The time to act is now – not when the problem is practically irreversible.

Paul Robinson, Ph.D., a psychologist and former science teacher, explores the science of global warming in a question-and-answer format that anyone can understand. He answers questions such as:

• How do scientists collect data on global warming and is it reliable?
• How hot is the Earth becoming?
• What is causing the Earth to warm?

Robinson also explores the psychological and moral substrates of the problem, recognizing that facts do not always change people’s minds. He makes the case that global warming is a moral and spiritual issue.

Get answers about global warming and what we can do to preserve the quality of life for generations to come.

The event is free to all. Free will donations at Registration are appreciated and support the work of Simply Living.


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Simply Living Expanding Sustainable U Offerings
Jeff Sharp, former chair of the Simply Living Board and current chair of the OSU School of Environment and Natural Resources, has volunteered to lead a discussion course on Voluntary Simplicity. The 6 week EcoChallenge course is based on the book: A Different Way: Living Simply in a Complex World. Start date is Wednesday, September 29 at 7 pm. Details and location forthcoming.

More EcoChallenge courses are planned. Learn more about them here.


Aminah Celebration Days: August 13-15
Celebrate the legacy of artist Aminah Robinson with free admission all weekend, including the 
Raggin’ On special exhibition! Enjoy activities and programming inspired by Raggin’ On, special kids’ meals at Schokko Café and 10% off all Aminah merchandise in the Museum Store.

You’re invited to a live event
How do Giant Tortoises engineer ecosystems in Galápagos?
Livestream with Galápagos Conservancy’s Dr. James Gibbs
Tomorrow, August 13, 2pm Eastern
FYI Our calendar guru Rita Haider visited the Galapagos and loved it!
Tune in on Friday, August 13th at 2 p.m. ET / 11 a.m. PT.
(We’ll also be livestreaming on Twitter and YouTube)
More info here.

Tune in Fri, Aug 13, 5pm to #GrassRoot_Ohio radio, 94.1FM & streams @; Sun, August 15, 2pm on 92.7/98.3 FM & streams @ Details and FB here.
Carolyn Harding with Claudia Sheehan, Anne Sparks, and Judy Smucker, three Athens County elders who traveled to northern Minnesota to support Indigenous women-led water protectors who are resisting construction of an enlarged tar sands pipeline that would take a new route through tribal lands, Enbridge Line 3.

Details on the SL Calendar here.

There are two ways you can qualify:
Participate in an online course and pass our online quiz.
Register to attend a virtual class hosted by water quality professionals where you can gain more in-depth knowledge and ask questions.
Register online:

On Our Fundamental Need for the Natural World: A Live Online Conversation with Lucy Jones and Laura Pustarfi
About this event REGISTER
This event will be streamed live online with an interactive Q&A. Instructions on how to join will be emailed to registrants shortly before the event. This event will be recorded and available to watch on our YouTube channel and portions of the audio will be released on our podcast.
More info on SL Calendar here

Join Zoom Meeting
Radical Nutrition: From Seeds to Table”
Julialynne Walker on Columbus’ near east side Bronzeville neighborhood community garden and food market.
Eriyah Flynn of Vegan Shift on the importance of veganism
Harvey Wasserman will talk about the August 28 March on Washington.

Java Central is located at 20 S. State St. in Uptown Westerville. Friday nights always draws the local musicians for an Open Mic. String Theory plays 8/14.
Check out the Live Music Lineup on Saturdays in August.

August Plant-based Potluck!
Sun Aug 15th 1:00pm – 3:00pm
#Vegan-Potluck Details on SL Calendar here.
Goodale Park, 120 W Goodale St · Columbus

Live stream on FacebookYouTube, and The Forum site,
Tuesday, August 17, 12pm ET Details on SL Calendar here.
There is no registration required to watch the event online.
Send questions for the panelists in advance or during the Q&A: or post them to Facebook @ForumHSPH.

Panel Discussion: Trying to Install Rooftop Solar in an HOA Wed Aug 18th 6:30pm More on the panel here (includes Simply Living business member Catherine Hope Cunningham)

Creating A Preferred Future – 2 1/2 Years of Highlights Wed Aug 18th 8:00pm
Features Jan Spencer’s excellent presentations and interviews around the nation. More info and links on the SL Calendar here.

Might it be that the Transition approach, of creating vibrant local economies with increased community ownership, meeting practical needs from as nearby as possible, and living well while consuming far less energy than we do today, could actually better meet our needs? ~ Rob Hopkins

Thursday, August 19, 2021 at 7 pm
In true Transition spirit, the upcoming Regenerative Communities Summit is a grassroots, all-hands-on-deck kind of effort. We have an ambitious goal of registering 5,000 participants for the virtual Summit and catalyzing dozens of local satellite events. This outreach hackathon will provide you with tools and support to get started advertising your own in-person event, contacting potential partners, reaching out to family and friends, and much more.
In this highly pivotal time, let’s seize this important opportunity to engage thousands of people throughout the U.S. in the essential work of regeneration and Transition! Register here

The idea of the solitary hero can be quite an unhealthy one, and we need to pool our efforts and be heroic together! ~ Rob Hopkins

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Hundreds of U.S. cities adopted climate plans, including Columbus. But the city isn’t monitoring progress, critics say
See the full Dispatch article here.

Simply Living director, Cathy Cowan Becker, was quoted in the this multi city article – the part about Columbus is pretty far down. Here is an excerpt..

Columbus plan still in draft form

Though planning has been underway for a few years in Columbus, some are calling for more specifics and accountability in the draft plan it released last year.

The city took comments in March on a proposal to slash emissions by 25% by 2030 using 2018 as a baseline, and to become carbon neutral by 2050. There were an overwhelming amount of comments seeking to increase the reduction percentage to 45%. 

A draft of the Columbus climate action plan was released 18 months ago. However, Jason Cervenec, education outreach director at the Byrd center, said he has yet to see any kind of scorecard for evaluating meaningful progress.  

The public’s response was “we need to do more,” said Erin Beck, assistant director of Sustainable Columbus, the city’s environmental initiative. “And we need to do it faster, which is certainly supported, and underscored by the IPCC report.” 

The city reports its emissions total approximately 11.5 million tons of greenhouse gases per year since 2013.  

“But what makes up those emissions has changed. Buildings and transportation are the two top sources. The building emissions have been going down largely by energy efficiency but transportation emissions are going up,” said Cathy Cowan Becker, who is the chair for the Sierra Club’s Ready for 100 Columbus (correction Ohio) campaign. “That gives us a pretty good idea of what to look at and what to emphasize in cutting emissions moving forward.” 

Beck said there will be more accountability moving forward through increased meetings that will take place bimonthly and the creation of working groups to address specifics in the climate action plan. 

“Those working groups are going to be a great way for the city and our whole community, really, to hold ourselves accountable with how we’re doing with the plan, help troubleshoot and help identify any areas where more resources or assistance might be needed,” she said. 

The city expects to have plan approved by fall. But as of Monday, the city still hadn’t decided where to set its reduction goal. 

“I’m hoping that the city will keep that in their heart when they finish putting together this climate plan. We at the Sierra Club are actually going to be meeting with them next week to talk about this,” Cowan Becker said.

Thom’s blog: Don’t Despair: You Can Be a “Trim Tab” & Help Save the World 
Just like a tiny trim tab alters the direction of an airplane or ship, it’s small groups and even single individuals who are always at the core of societal change. You may think that being part of a small group of activists can’t possibly really produce large social changes, but in reality the opposite is true. Throughout history, it’s almost always been small groups who trigger larger social and political changes.
Because we live in what we call a democratic republic (Republicans prefer to call it a “constitutional republic”) many potential activists believe it’s necessary to get more than half of Americans on-board for any sort of real or substantial social, economic or political change.
They couldn’t be more wrong, and the belief about that very steep 50% hill to climb keeps a lot of people from becoming change agents. Instead, just like a tiny trim tab alters the direction of an airplane or ship, it’s small groups and even single individuals who are always at the core of societal change
Read the blog at

Margaret Mead put it best: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”

Free Guide for Community Starters 

Here’s a newly released free guide, jam-packed with methods for starting or revitalizing your intentional community!

The Community Learning Incubator Programme for Sustainability (CLIPS) a European initiative to study successful ecovillages and distill their lessons for communities just starting out. Learn more.

Virtual Tour of Earthaven

There’s nothing like experiencing ecovillage life first hand, but taking a virtual tour of Earthaven is a close second! The introductory overview tour examines the concept of sustainability at Earthaven through social, ecological, and economic lenses. Learn more.

Join us in September for our virtual Foundations of Compassionate Nonviolent Communication Training. This four-week, online foundations training is perfect for people new to Compassionate Nonviolent Communication (NVC) or refreshing their practice with the basics. Plan to meet from 3-5pm every Sunday starting on September 12, 2021. Details here.

Crop man cutting green leaves while preparing healthy food in kitchen
Local chef cooks and delivers meals

Ellen Baumgartner’s son-in-law. Paul Brown, is not only a noted musician and teacher of guitar, but an excellent chef-grade cook! He does part-time work cooking, fixing meals and delivering them. So if anyone has a need for meals – or knows someone who does, you may contact him preferably by texting him at 614-623-9933, calling and leaving a message, or email at

We can help you!

Bring your own containers or buy ours! We also have aesthetically pleasing jars and bottles in all shapes, sizes and colors
New Eco-dryer balls and eco -drawer fresheners
New Bulk teas plus specials on green teas and black teasNuts and seeds in the bulk gravity bins!Bring your own jars and use no packaging!
Bexley Natural Market
508 N. Cassady Ave. Bexley, OH
Phone: 614-252-3951
Hours: Mon-Sat 10-8, Sun 10-6

Farm Aid 2021 is coming in September. More here.
This mixtape includes all of the artists performing at Farm Aid 2021.
Take a listen and start getting excited!

Common Greens Farmers Market UPDATES: Week of August 9-15
Special Events, New Producers, Announcements & More! Read the full weekly update and subscribe here.

Clintonville: Musical entertainment by Freedom N’ Folk Revival. Food truck: Roadster.  Producer list & market map.

Amazon Customers Cancel Prime Subs After Jeff Bezos’ Trip to Space. 185,000 petitioned for Bezos to stay in space, according to Business Insider. Interestingly, this article touches on voluntary simplicity, YMOYL (Your Money Or Your Life) and consumerism. Thanks to Mayda Sanchez, Director of the Ohio Sustainable Business Council, for recommending this article. Many are waking up to the absurdity of billionaires’ joy riding to space.

From the Environmental Working Group: EWG News.
From EWG News. More online:’s new 2 minute video explains how the Federal Reserve finances the Big Banks fossil fuelish investments here.

How do we change the world? Change the story. ~ Charles Eisenstein

We have to create miracles. A miracle is not the intersession of an external divine agency in violation of the laws of physics. A miracle is simply something that is impossible from an old story but possible from within a new one. It is an expansion of what is possible. ~ Charles Eisenstein

An economist says that essentially more for you is less for me, but the lover knows that more for you is more for me, too. ~ Charles Eisenstein

Tom and Jocelyn offer eco-conscious and award winning service in Clintonville.

You most likely were aware that July 29 was Earth Overshoot Day for 2021. In seven months, humankind burned through the renewable resources it takes the planet a year to regenerate. Of course, for most of our friends, family, colleagues and policymakers this day came and went without notice. Overshoot Day for the U.S. received even less publicity. That was way back in March! Listen to the podcast

Vilvi Vannak, director of the Care & Share Time Bank, wants to make sure everyone reads this GREAT article in The Columbus Dispatch by reporter Allison Ward!

“It’s good old-fashioned neighbor helping neighbor. It’s just a little more organized,” said Vilvi Vannak, current president of Care and Share. “And you’re not just bartering back and forth with each other. You have 300 people to choose from.” 

Read the article here:

Worth More Standing — 
The Value of Old Growth Forests

While logging continues in some of the few remaining old growth forests, many people assert that these complex ecosystems are worth more standing. Ancient forests house a wealth of biodiversity, including unstudied plant species with the potential for new medical treatments and more. more…

Hacks to Stay Cool: Beat the Heat Using Less Energy

These strategies can help you stay cool even when it’s blisteringly hot outside. Reduce your energy consumption and increase your comfort! more…

Herbicide Free Campus:
Student-led Environmental Advocacy

Concerned about the health risks of pesticides, college students started a grassroots campaign to eliminate toxic chemical use on campuses throughout the U.S. more…

Simply Living’s newest business member helps businesses create effective websites. Starburst Media is based in Columbus and serves clients worldwide. More here.

The Columbus Free Press Network includes two awesome community radio stations! 94.1 and 92.7 / 98.3
Listen on your radio or online anytime!


Columbus on the Cheap
Good, Cheap, Fun

Holistic Horticulture is practiced by Simply Living’s newest member.
Check out Wes Williams and the landscaping services he offers:

Mega Weekend
Comedy, Seltzerland, Shopping & More!

Get your friend and have a fun weekend! Photo by Edward Eyer from Pexels

Here’s a rundown of fun things to do this weekend. It’s the final weekend to order Sparkling Platinum Dust! Enjoy your weekend!

Music & Nightlife & Comedy

Friday the 13th is always spooky!
The Columbus Symphony has performances in parks.
Enjoy ProMusica’s SummerFest.
Laugh during The Comedy CompoundMalaa performs at Otherworld.
Rambling House has free happy hour with Sam Muccio on Friday.
More comedy is happening at Royal Jelly and Actual Wolves.
Bossy Grrls Pin Up Joint has a fun Friday the 13th event planned.
Summer614 happens at Columbus Commons.
Paisha Thomas performs at Secret Studio.
Land Grant hosts Kin Fest, in memory of Nik Heidel.

Fun Things to Buy and Eat

Seltzerland is happening on Saturday!
Try a new pizza place at Old North Arcade.
Shop new store, The Brass Hand, in Clintonville.
Get those Lobster Roll orders in!
Do some afternoon shopping at Freedom a la Cart’s special event on Friday.
Also pop by the Pearl Market while you are downtown.
Shop the Friendship Flea at Franklinton Fridays.
Polaris has a special Night Market on Friday.
Try all kinds of seltzer-drinks at Seltzerland!
Enjoy the North Market Farmers Festival at the Downtown location. Looking for some design samples?
It’s Peach Fest weekend at Lynd Fruit Farm.
Shop Moonlight Market on Saturday and Sunlight Market on Sunday.
Worthington brings you A Tribute to Fair Food.


The Wex presents ‘Do the Right Thing’ at the South Drive-In.
Outdoor movie series Nightlight614 starts Thursday night with Billy Madison. The Secret Garden has begun at Schiller Park.
Leather & Lace is rocking it at Shadowbox Live.
Go watch Do the Right Thing at the South Drive-In, presented by the Wex.
Enjoy Aminah Celebration Days at the Columbus Museum of Art.
Tune in for the Young Writers Short Play Festival.
West Family Story begins at District West.


Reservoir Dogs plays at Studio 35.
Columbus Clippers take on Toledo Mud Hens all weekend with fireworks on Saturday.
The African American Male Wellness Walk is happening Saturday.
Shop Free Comic Book Day at Comic Town.
Enjoy a Summer Fashion event at Terrace Bar at Luxe 23.
Want to volunteer at Wild Goose Creative?

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Private equity firms avoid paying taxes to the tune of $75 billion in lost revenue. First they pillage communities, then they shift the tax burden to the rest of us. That’s the private equity playbook. ~ Americans for Financial Reform

GET ACTIVE!  Items below are selected from the Columbus Peace Newsletter 
edited by Connie Hammond (pictured above).
Email to subscribe to her Community Calendar or share meeting info. 

Saturday, August 14, 2017, 7:00 PM.  Columbus Free Press Second Saturday Salon.  Since we aren’t getting together in person, we can gather for a couple hours on the second Saturday night of each month. Join Zoom Meeting. Meeting ID: 839 0659.

Sunday, August 15, 2021, 3:00 PM.  Voices from the Holy Land Online Film Salon: “Stitching Palestine.” Participants will discuss the award-winning documentary “Stitching Palestine”.   About the film:  Twelve resilient, determined and articulate women from disparate walks of life: lawyers, artists, housewives, activists, architects, and politicians stitch together the story of their homeland, of their dispossession, and of their unwavering determination that justice will prevail.  They talk of their life before the Diaspora, of their memories, of their lives and of their identity.  Their narratives are connected by the enduring thread of the ancient art of embroidery. Please watch the film at your convenience and then join us for the online Q&A discussion. Carol Mansour, director and founder of Forward Film Productions, will be joined by Salma El-Yassir, former Director General of the Institute for Palestine Studies, for the Q&A discussion.  Wafa Ghnaim, Palestinian American businesswoman, author, and artist will moderate the conversation. Register here for the Voices from the Holy Land Online Film Salon:  Once you register, you will get a confirmation email from Zoom with a link to the meeting and a link with to watch the film.  (Save this confirmation letter as the meeting link is unique to your email and you must have this to participate.) Please note that the film will only be available free to registrants from August 5 – 15, 2021. Watch the film at your convenience before the event.  Then join us with your thoughts and questions for our speakers at the Q&A Discussion on August 15.   

Monday, August 16, 2021, 12:00 – 1:00 PM.  Medicare for All and Expand Medicare Rally.  The point of the rally is to encourage Representative Joyce Beatty to become a cosponsor of Medicare for All, HR 1976, and support the initiative to Expand Medicare. There is a strong movement in the Congress to include “human infrastructure” in a reconciliation bill, that should include expansion of Medicare to include Seniors, age 60 or lower; add dental, hearing, vision care as covered services; and negotiate drug prices, and cap on what Seniors would need to pay for drugs. You are invited to participate. Please bring a sign if you have one. We will have SPAN Ohio Medicare for All signs. Bring a phone to call her Columbus office during the rally, to invite someone to come down to talk to us, and to encourage her to become a Medicare for All cosponsor.  Even if you are not able to call, you can call from wherever you are between 12:00 Noon to 1:00 PM to make the same ask.   Location:  Sidewalk in front of Joyce Beatty’s office, 471 E. Broad St. 

Monday, August 16, 2021, 6:00 – 8:00 PM.  From Bethlehem to Gaza:  Palestinian Culinary Resilience & Liberation.  Join Middle East Children’s Alliance & Just World Educational virtually for a summer meal prepared by Vivien Sansour and Laila El-Haddad, together in Laila’s garden. In this exclusive seasonal cooking demonstration, they will discuss resilience against both the physical and culinary partitions of the occupation – as well as its attempts to destroy diversity of food. In this moment of new imagining for Palestine, how can we create a plate that threads us together? Sign up for this special webinar by making a donation below! Suggested donation of $10 per person. Your tax-deductible gift will support MECA’s programs in Gaza.  Register here

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