Be the Change Weekly Community Update December 10, 2021

Simply Living Director Cathy Cowan Becker is smiling thanks to the success of her efforts and a coalition of environmental groups who influenced Columbus City Council to “match the science” in the new Climate Action Plan. The plan now calls for a 45% reduction of CO2 emissions by 2030! See below for more information and to download the plan. This news is hitting the press, including two articles published by Columbus Underground and the Columbus Free Press. See also the updated announcement in the Dispatch. Cathy is delighted that Community Solar has been added to the City’s plan! The city has set a goal for its Division of Power to develop 5 migrogrid systems by 2030!

Columbus Climate Action Plan Released

Special Announcement from Columbus Greenspot!
The five sections of the Columbus Climate Action Plan outline 13 strategies that have 32 quantifiable actions. Check it out here!

GreenSpot will play a critical role in section 1.1 of the Plan: “Empowering a Community of Climate Leaders.” Over the next several months and years GreenSpot will work with residents, business leaders, academia, government, and nonprofits to increase climate change awareness, solutions, and making sure all neighborhoods benefit.

The Economics of Happiness Course
Big Picture Activism!
Learn and discuss its emergence in Columbus
Tuesday, December 14 at 7 pm on Zoom

This is the last class in our discussion course based on the award-winning film, Economics of Happiness , developed by Helena Norberg-Hodge and her team at the International Society for an Ecological Culture ( If this is your first class, or the last, be sure to explore the Local Futures website.

As time permits, please read the section on Big Picture Activism here.

Big Picture Activism recognizes that neoliberal economic policies drive everything from job insecurity and poverty to climate chaos and political extremism. Understanding this Big Picture framework, we can get beyond single-issue campaigns and build powerful coalitions that are big and resilient enough to recapture democratic power from global monopolies.

Chuck Lynd will facilitate a discussion about how Big Picture Activism is emerging in Columbus and together we will brainstorm strategies to apply this framework in central Ohio. The session is free to members or consider a free will donation. The zoom link will be sent to you after registering here.

Listen to a TED Talk by Helena Norberg-Hodge here.

Co-Creating the Eco Future:
Presentation & Discussion on Zoom
Watch the recording on the
Simply Living YouTube site

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Sustainable U self paced courses in Fall 2021 here.

Simply living loves to partner with Blue Rock Station!
Introduction to Solar PV – This is an online course.
Residential Solar Installation and Design – Online.
Questions about Solar? Jay Warmke is available online on Tuesdays at Noon!


Move To Amend: Human Rights Day
Fri Dec 10th 3:00pm (EST)
We’ll be LIVE on FacebookYouTube and Twitter, reporting on our work, sharing plans for 2022, and taking your questions and comments! More info on how to Make a contribution in someone’s name to Move to Amend. 

GrassRoot Ohio Radio-Gerrymandered OH & the Fight for Fair Districts/Maps w/ Mia Lewis

Carolyn Harding with Mia Lewis, Associate Director of Common Cause Ohio and a leader of Indivisible Ohio District 12. When it comes to Voting……Gerrymandering is the Blatant Blockade to Fair Democratic Elections.
Mia has spent a great deal of time and energy organizing to end Ohio’s “In Your Face” Gerrymandering. Is there an Answer, a Silver bullet, the Fix to end this Discrimination? More info:

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Every Friday 5 pm, ET on 94.1FM & streaming @, Sundays at 2 pm EST on 92.7/98.3 FM and streams @, and Sundays at 4:00pm EST, at 107.1 FM Listen to archived shows.

This Saturday, Dec 11, we’ll have live music from Dean Gledhill and a few new producers joining us, including Tori’s Test KitchenOkalona Vegan Cuisine, and Spicy Mike’s Hot Sauce. If you’re looking for gift ideas for the holidays, remember that local food is always the perfect size! Check out Foraged & Sown, Shepard Baking Co., and North Country Charcuterie’s tables for pre-made gift boxes. Outside, Furhmann Orchards will have ornaments filled with dried flowers from their farm. Or, if you’re having a hard time deciding, we can say with certainty that gift certificates to the market are always in style. 
Click here to view the market map and full list of producers attending.  See the full newsletter here

Join Zoom Meeting or Facebook Event
David Swanson of World Beyond War and RootsAction, winner of the US Peace Prize, talking on “What Would Have Been Better Than a Democracy Summit and Why There Should Not Be Any More Pearl Harbor Days”
and more! Q & A included.

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Sacred Ground Sunday Morning Mindfulness Service
Sunday, Dec12 at 10 am
We are celebrating a Buddhist Christian Christmas, as well as celebrating our beautiful connection to Mother Earth. If you’d like to view recordings, check out our Sacred Ground Facebook Videos Page. To attend any – or all – of the next three services, you may preregister on Zoom. Our Sacred Ground services can also be watched live on Sunday mornings at 10:00 on Facebook. Explore the Sacred Ground website.

“Tomorrow and plans for tomorrow can have no significance at all unless you are in full contact with the reality of the present…. even if one were to live for endless ages, to live for the future would be to miss the point everlastingly.” ~ Alan Watts

e’re ba-ack! The Poetry Forum Mondays at 7pm on Zoom.
The Poetry Forum offers a featured reader and open mic on the second Monday of the month at 7 PM. The featured poet in December is Aaron Alsop. a Columbus poet, featured at Writer’s Block, the King Arts Complex, and of course at The Poetry Forum. Aaron delivers powerful but understated, thoughtful, reflective, and touching work that, as he notes, “leaves you thinking.” And, we must note, feeling. Count on it. More here.
Email Steve Abbott at for log in info.
Check out the group’s FB page.

Winter Solstice Meditation, Nature Connection, Seasonal Reflection and Self-enquiry Mon Dec 13th 2:00pm – 3:00pm (EST)
Resurgence Earth Festival – Winter Solstice
Before the festivities are truly under way, let us gather to attune to the energies of the season of slow stillness and honour this great turning in the seasonal cycle. Details and instructions for preparing are all on our Simply Living calendar

Compassion in Meetings: Sociocracy and Nonviolent Communication

Tue Dec 14th 12:00pm – 1:00pm (EST)

Join Ted Rau and Jerry Koch-Gonzalez of Sociocracy for All for a 1-hour introduction to how using nonviolent communication and sociocracy TOGETHER provides us with a container for becoming the type of community members we know we can be.

Most of us are interested in community in part because we care about connection, belonging, and integrity. Applying the basics of nonviolent communication in meetings is a skill that can make sociocratic decision-making easier and community meetings more connecting. Get all the details and registration information on the Simply Living calendar.

Tracking Climate Policy: How to Use the New State Climate Policy Dashboard
Tue Dec 14th 3:00pm (EST)
What does it mean to pass adaptation and resilience policy? What does decarbonizing the transportation sector entail? And where can I see where the strongest climate policies have been implemented across the country?
The new State Climate Policy Dashboard (The Dashboard) answers these questions and more, serving as a one-stop shop for all things state climate policy. The Dashboard has two main components: 1) the State Climate Policy Tracker, which tracks 51 climate policies across all 50 states, and 2) the State Climate Policy Resource Hub, which serves as an educational counterpart to the tracker, providing explanations, resource links, and model state examples for each policy area. This information hub tracks 51 policies across seven different topic areas, across all 50 states.
In this webinar, Climate XChange staff will explain how to use the system.
Register here.

Understanding How Consensus Works in Cooperative Groups
Wed Dec 15th 1:00pm – 2:00pm (EST)
Join Laird Schaub for a FREE introductory webinar geared toward people new to consensus so they can make an informed decision about diving deeper. This interactive session will focus on the skills needed for the relationship side of the consensus equation. Find out more
In addition to a better understanding of consensus, you’ll leave this webinar with a practical list of communication skills that enhance the ability of the group to function well, especially when there is disagreement about things that matter. More info about future courses on the Simply Living calendar.


A great crowd showed up at the Statehouse Thursday to tell Ohio legislators to end coal bailouts by passing HB 351 and SB 117. Santas including our own Chuck Lynd delivered coal to naughty politicians who supported the bailouts and candy canes to nice legislators who didn’t. Everyone sang coal Christmas carols, and a good time was had by all! 📷 by Paul Becker See the photos Paul posted on the Simply Living FB page here.

FOOD X – Newsletter of the Center for Biological Diversity

The Center for Biological Diversity has launched a monthly e-publication called Food X that takes a deeper dive into the complex world of sustainable food, exploring issues around how we grow food, what we buy, how food is wasted, and solutions that can strengthen efforts to stop the extinction crisis.
Get a free issue of Food X delivered right to your inbox each month by signing up here:
No. 7, December 2021 – How a Wild Kinship Can Reshape Our Food
No. 6, November 2021 – ‘Bluewashing’: The New Greenwashing
No. 5, October 2021 – The Future of Food Is Agroecology
No. 4, September 2021 – Food, Justice and a Thriving Planet
No. 3, August 2021 – Reforming Our Vision of Food and Farming
No. 2, July 2021 – Our Food Traditions
No. 1, June 2021 – Food X: The Center’s New Food and Sustainability Newsletter

Healing Through the Deep Unconscious with Stan Grof

In the following 3-minute video, Stan shares how research into the psyche is demanding a paradigm change for traditional psychology and the ways we look at healing our own personal traumas — moving from traditional talk therapy to experiential therapies such as holotropic breathwork and working with non-ordinary states of consciousness. Watch this video & discover more:
Domains of the Unconscious with Stan Grof

Share with others using the link to our Simply Living Calendar here.

Greener Alternatives to Rare Minerals for EV Batteries

Commentators often highlight the negative environmental and social consequences of producing “critical materials” such as cobalt for EV batteries and other clean energy technologies. But as RMI Cofounder and Chairman Emeritus Amory B. Lovins writes, cobalt isn’t truly essential for EVs. Standard-range Tesla batteries contain no cobalt, and other manufacturers are phasing it out as well. As Lovins writes, accessible alternatives to “critical materials” can make excellent EV batteries, solar cells, and wind turbines.
View the full blog post from the RMI Spark newsletter here.

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Mark Bittman’s Warning: The True Costs of Our Cheap Food and the American Diet

The global, industrialized food system faces increasing scrutiny for its environmental impact, given its voracious appetite for land is linked to mass deforestation, water pollution and a sizable chunk of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions.

The implied trade-off has been that advances in agriculture have greatly reduced hunger and driven societies out of poverty due to improved productivity and efficiencies. But Mark Bittman, the American food author and journalist, argues in his new book Animal, Vegetable, Junk that these supposed benefits are largely illusionary.

In a sweeping deconstruction of the history of food, spanning the past 10,000 years of organized agriculture, Bittman takes in everything from Mesopotamian irrigation to the Irish famine to the growth of McDonald’s to posit the rise of uniformity and convenience in food has mostly benefited large companies, fueled societal inequities and ravaged human health and the environment. Al Gore, the former US vice president, has called the book a “must-read for policymakers, activists and concerned citizens looking to better understand our food system and how to fix it”. Read the Full Article

Our largest media release of the year begins today with our complete collection of Bioneers 2021 keynote presentation videos. We’re honored to be able to share talks from these inspirational, world-changing speakers, and we hope that as their words are passed along, their many campaigns and movements will grow in strength and numbers. Check out the full collection.

Starburst Media helps businesses create effective websites. Based in Columbus, they serve clients worldwide. More here.

In Ecuador, a Forest Has Legal Rights

Ecuador’s highest court just ruled that the country’s constitutional provision on the “rights of nature” applies to the Los Cedros cloud forest, home to precious wildlife including endangered brown-headed spider monkeys and spectacled bears.
That will help safeguard this beautiful, biodiverse place from mining concessions granted to two thirds of the Los Cedros reserve. It will also spur the court to develop more legal structure upholding the rights of nature, the right to a healthy environment, the right to water, and other forms of environmental protection.
“This progressive and innovative ruling recognizes that nature can and does have rights,” said Alejandro Olivera, the Center’s Mexico representative.

A Guide to Climate Reparations

By ANITA BHADANI for YES! Magazine
After COP26, renewed focus has been placed on campaigners across the globe calling for “climate reparations” to be given to the Global South by the Global North—but what does this mean? 
How can climate reparations play a role in fighting for climate justice and potentially addressing historic injustices committed against the most marginalized members of our societies?
Read on to cut through the noise and hear from five climate activists from across the Global South. Read the full story

How The Largest Movement In The World Came Into Being And Why No One Saw It Coming by Paul Hawken I believe that we are part of a movement that is greater and deeper and broader than we ourselves know, or can know. It flies under the radar of the media, by and large. It is non-violent. It is grassroots. It has no cluster bars, no armies and no helicopters. It has no central ideology. …Read the full post >>

Read the blog to learn about this issue and how to take action here.

What Are Watersheds?
Discover Yours & Help Keep It Clean

No matter where you live, your home is in a watershed. And that watershed is part of larger watersheds, connecting rivers and the ocean. The health of your watershed affects you, your community, and the planet. Learn how you can help keep it healthy. more…

Top Environmentally Responsible Toy Brands
for the Holidays

If you’re concerned about sustainability, take a look at these toy brands. They offer quality, safe toys that you can feel comfortable giving to the kids on your gift list. more…

Time for Restaurants to Shift to
Sustainable Takeout Packaging

Diners want more sustainable takeout packaging but restaurants are slow to change. JYBE offers a crowdsourced solution to connect you to eateries that use earth-friendly options. more…
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Columbus on the Cheap
Good, Cheap, Fun

Holistic Horticulture
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Mega Weekend
Krampus, Holiday Hop, Craftin’ Outlaws & More!

Have a fun weekend! Photo by Anton Belitskiy from Pexels

Here’s a rundown of fun things to do this weekend. Have you picked up any Timbiebs yet? Belong Gaming Arena opens on Friday. Japanese Oriental Restaurant announced plans to close by year’s end if you want to head in for a last meal. We’ve featured 45 gift ideas so far! Enjoy your weekend!


Popgun performs at Natalie’s Grandview Cafe on Saturday
There’s a Christmas Tap Takeover happening at Edison Brewing Company.
COSI has their adults night, COSI After Dark tonight.
Natalie’s has you covered for live music with: Monaco/McClung TrioPopgun, and Paisha Thomas. Whitney Cummings brings her comedy tour to Columbus tonight. Can you drink and spell?
Hear The Queers w/Suzi Moon and the Raging Nathans at Rumba. Borgore performs at Dahlia.

Holiday Events

A scene from BalletMet’s The Nutcracker
The 12 Days of Audubon has begun.
BalletMet is back with The Nutcracker.
Glass Axis begins their Holiday Sale.
Festivus returns to 400 Square.

Pick up your Christmas Tree at Secret Studio.
Happy Scrawlidays for every art lover!
Columbus Commons has another Festive Fridays.
Shop the Holiday Farmers Market special edition at St. Mary’s.
Enjoy A Magical Cirque Christmas.
Shop the super fun Moonlight Madness event at Wild Cat Gift & Party.
Jackie O’s downtown has a holiday popup.
Zora’s House has a WoCO Holiday Market.
Glaze your own ceramic Christmas Tree with A Gal Named Cinda Lou.
Make a gingerbread house at Nosh on High.

Shop Not Your Mama’s at BrewDog.
Pick up some holiday florals.


Check out A Christmas Story: The Musical.
Or watch The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.
Sister Act is being performed at The Garden Theater.
PBJ & Jazz gets you ready for the Songs of the Season.
Enjoy the ZOOM Family Film Festival at the Wexner Center.
Enjoy a performance of Bach by ProMusica on Sunday.
See Shadowbox Live’s new show, Not So Silent Night.


The Bliss Home Market is this weekend featuring dining sets and more.
Attend a Sip & Stretch Yoga event on Saturday then stroll the Short North.
Dickens of a Christmas continues at Ohio Village.

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Cathy Cowan Becker and Santa (aka Chuck Lynd)

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.

Friday, December 10, 2021, 1:00 PM.  Human Rights Day Webinar.  Join the National Religious Campaign Against Torture for a webinar featuring members of our newly launched U.S. Prisons Program Advisory Council. Come learn how these Council members are leading efforts to uphold human rights in their respective advocacy spaces and learn more about NRCAT’s work for the preservation of human rights in the coming year.  The conversation will be led by the Director of NRCAT’s U.S. Prisons Program, and solitary survivor himself, Johnny Perez, and will include:  Ceyenne Doroshow, Founder and Executive Director, Gays and Lesbians Living in a Transgender Society (G.L.I.T.S.) (New York), Steven Mangual, Justice Advocate Coordinator, Latino Justice PRLDEF Southeast Region (Florida), Kimberly Jenkins-Snodgrass, Vice Chairperson, Interfaith Action for Human Rights (Virginia), and Jack Morris, Lead Community Health Worker/Coordinator, St. John’s Well Child & Family Center (California).  Join us as we commemorate Human Rights Day on December 10. This year marks the 73rd anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the United Nations General Assembly, which declares that “All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and human rights.”  Register here

Friday, December 10, 2021, 5:00 – 5:30 PM.  GrassRoot Ohio With Carolyn Harding.  Our mission is to profile every-day people working on important issues and to connect them with other folks who want to help. Conversations with every-day people, working on important issues here in Columbus and all around Ohio Justice: environmental, social, racial, economic, w/ folks on the front lines. LISTEN TO 94.1 FM and stream US online at  You can find all GrassRoot Ohio podcasts/shows on Soundcloud: Apple Podcasts: and YouTube:

Friday, December 10, 2021, 4:45 PM.  Boycott Military Industrial Complex.  We invite you to join us on Friday, December 10th, International Human Rights Day, for a teach in focusing on strategies for successful boycott campaigns that advance Palestinian freedom. We’ll be looking at local campaign to Boycott the Military Industrial Complex at the city council level and thinking about budgets, from local to federal, developing strategies to hold elected officials accountable from local politicians to Members of Congress.  This is the second teach-in in a three part local series on BDS organizing, organized by Demilitarize Durham2Palestine, with support from the US Campaign for Palestinian Rights (USCPR).  Register here

Saturday, December 11, 2021, 7:00 – 8:30 PM. The Dismantling White Supremacy Film Series presents Hype Man.  This film is based upon Idris Goodwin’s acclaimed play which was originally produced by Company One and filmed in collaboration with the American Repertory Theater. Watch the film during the week of December 6-12, and join us December 11th, 7:00-8:30pm for a panel discussion with the artists and a local activist in the racial justice space including:  Idris Goodwin, playwright, and Paige Curtis, Culture & Communications Director, Boston Ujima Project, Shawn LaCount (Moderator) – Executive Director, Company One Theatre.  Actors from the film have been invited.  About the film: Hype Man follows a hip-hop group on the precipice of making it big in the industry—until an instance of police violence divides the group. The white rapper, Pinnacle, can’t understand the perspectives of the group’s hype man, Verb, and beatmaker, Peep One, both people of color. Pinnacle resists addressing the police violence in music because he has not personally experienced it, and yet he operates in an industry and an art form created by Black musicians. What ensues is an investigation of responsibility in the face of social injustice, through the lens of the hip-hop world.  A trailer can be seen by clicking here:  REGISTER HERE:  Please Note: You only need to register one time. You will receive a ‘ticket’ at time of registration, but the links to see the film online and to attend the zoom panel discussion will be sent separately in early December. You will receive a link to the film via email a week before the panel, on December 11th. You will have access to the film for the week preceding the panel discussion.


Sunday, December 12, 2021, 3:00 PM.  How Sanctions Adversely Affect Ethiopia and Eritrea, a webinar co-sponsored by EACC and the Sanctions Kill! Coalition.  The Ethiopian American Civic Council, Ethiopian and Eritrean Americans, and the Sanctions Kill Coalition present a webinar on the damage that US sanctions will inflict on Ethiopia and Eritrea. The Biden administration is fully aware that harsh sanctions will primarily hurt the poor, but it has already sanctioned Eritrea and will all but certainly sanction Ethiopia in January. We will dig deep into the context of this aggression and discuss how we can resist with advocacy and action. Join us!  Register here.

Sunday, December 12, 2021, 2:00 PM.  GrassRoot Ohio With Carolyn Harding.  Our mission is to profile every-day people working on important issues and to connect them with other folks who want to help. Conversations with every-day people, working on important issues here in Columbus and all around Ohio. Justice: environmental, social, racial, economic, w/ folks on the front lnes. LISTEN TO 94.1 FM and stream US online at  You can find all GrassRoot Ohio podcasts/shows on Soundcloud: Apple Podcasts: and YouTube:

Monday, December 13, 2021, 08:00 PM.  Ohio Poor People’s Movement Central Regional Meeting.  Register here

Tuesday, December 14, 2021, 5:00 PM.  The Border and Surveillance Industries:  Divest for Immigrant Justice.  Join the American Friends Service Committee webinar to learn about the first-ever divestment list designed to promote immigrant justice. AFSC’s Investigate Project, with the help of researchers from our Economic Activism Summer School and Empower LLC, has identified more than 60 companies with significant involvement in the militarization of the U.S.- Mexico border and in the surveillance and criminalization of immigrant communities. Hear directly from our staff and learn how you can call on your city, college, faith organization, endowment, union, pension fund, and bank to divest for immigrant justice.  Speakers: Dov Baum, AFSC’s Director of Economic Activism, and Azani Creeks, AFSC’s Investigative Research Intern, and other guest speakers.  More information and registration here

Sunday, December 19, 2021, 5:00 – 7:00 PM.  Redbird Books to Prisoners.  We collect, pack, and send books to Ohio prisoners every 1st and 3rd Sunday.  Location: Thirdhand Bike Coop, 979 East 5th Ave, Columbus. Please wear a mask, and please don’t park in front of the building.

Tuesday, December 21, 2021, 6:00 – 7:00 PM.  Memorial Service 2021. Remembering friends and family who passed away while homeless this year.  Sponsored by Columbus Coalition for the Homeless With support from the ADAMH Board of Franklin County This year’s theme: Preventing overdose deaths For more information, please contact the Coalition at 614-228-1342.  Location:  Trinity Episcopal Church 125 E. Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215.  Also streaming live on Facebook during the event at

Columbus Free Press Activists Calendar Editor Bob Roehm

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WCBE Arts & Life Calendar 

“My reality needs imagination like a bulb needs a socket. My imagination needs reality like a blind man needs a cane.”
– Tom Waits


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