Co-Creating the Eco Future:
Presentation & Discussion on Zoom
Monday, December 6 at 7 pm
Localizing Our Communities!
Learn from examples around the world
and here in Columbus and central Ohio
Tuesday, December 7 at 7 pm on Zoom
We will explore the many ways our communities benefit when localization is a priority. To learn more about the topic, check out this reading on the benefits of localization to understand how localization can serve as an antidote to the negative impacts of globalization. You can view short films that address this topic here. We will discuss how localization is happening in Columbus and central Ohio, and how it isn’t.
Chuck Lynd will start the discussion about a local coalition with a mission to Eat Local, Buy Local, Bank Local, Invest Local, and LIVE Local. Free to all SL members. Donations are appreciated. The zoom link will be sent to you after registering here.
Big Picture Activism is our last class in the Economics of Happiness Discussion Course. Mark your calendar for Tues, Dec 14 at 7 pm on Zoom!
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I firmly believe that all human beings have access to extraordinary energies and powers. Judging from accounts of mystical experience, heightened creativity, or exceptional performance by athletes and artists, we harbor a greater life than we know.
~ Jean Houston
Join GEO & OH Energy Leaders for the Ohio Energy Conference
Wed Dec 8th 1:15pm – Thu 9th 5:30pm
The Energy Coalition of Ohio (ECO) is a newly-formed group of energy leaders who have come together to host the Annual Ohio Energy Conference, a two-day event created to provide balanced and accessible information about energy system implementation to producers and consumers across the state. GEO is a proud sponsor of the First Annual Ohio Energy Conference, which will bring energy producers, consumers, and entrepreneurs together for discussion and dialogue focused on the diverse energy streams in the State of Ohio. This virtual, two-day event will feature innovative leaders from across the energy sector who will share their visions and strategies for bringing alternative energy to Ohio, in front of an audience of both private and public stakeholders. Click here for information on the agenda, speakers and ticket options.
One class participant will win a $20 Kroger gift card through a live drawing at the class. Participants must be present in class to win.
Registration for this event is $10 per participant and includes a meal kit. Attendees must pick up their meal kits from the Local Matters offices – 633 Parsons Avenue, Columbus, OH 43206 – during two of the following windows: Wednesday, December 8 between 9am – 5 pm OR Thursday, December 9 between 9am – 4:30pm. All registrants will receive a confirmation email with additional details including the Zoom link to access the class. Register Today!
Questions? Email Jori Turner, Program Manager, at email@example.com.
NEWS + RESOURCES
FOR LIVING LOCAL
Tree of the Month, Dec 2021 American Holly (Ilex opaca)
by Martin (Mort) Schmidt for Simply Living
Holly has long been associated with the holiday seasons. In fact, the name “Holly” is derived from the word “holy” because of this association.
Did You Know? Seniors ride half price + other Discounts
If you are 65 years and older, you can get half-price fares on fixed-route service. All you need is a Reduced Fare Senior ID Card, which you can present when boarding the bus. Senior Riders also enjoy:
Buses lower to the curb that make boarding easy
Free travel for any service animal
Ramps that accommodate wheelchairs and mobility devices
Priority seating at the front of the bus
Visit the COTA Pass Sales office at 33 N. High Street to get a Reduced Fare Senior ID Card. All you need is a photo ID with your birth date. COTA makes Reduced Fare Senior ID Cards from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday thru Friday.
Need a bit more help getting around? COTA offers Mobility Services options.
The Day the World Stops Shopping: How Ending
Consumerism Saves the Environment and Ourselves
Rianne Eisler’s Center for Partnership Video Clip of the Week
11 Brilliant Uses for Leftover Turkey
When Your Child Wants to Become a Vegetarian
Green Holiday Gift Ideas for Kids
Sustainability requires that every community meet the needs of all its members (including plants and animals), present and future, without compromising the needs of other communities meeting the needs of their members.
~ Michael H. Shuman
LIVE LOCAL, BUILD COMMUNITY #SIMPLYLIVING
- Over 330 free or cheap events this weekend in Columbus!
- Over 40 Holiday Art and Christmas Craft Festivals around Columbus
- 2021 Christmas Theater and Concerts in Columbus
- Short North Holiday Hop and Holiday Trail
- Experience a Victorian Christmas with Ohio Village Dickens of a Christmas
- Indoor and Outdoor Ice Skating in Columbus
- Winterfest at Bicentennial Park
- State Auto Christmas Corner and Life-Sized Nativity
- Community Tree Lightings and Holiday Celebrations in Columbus
- Ways to give during the holidays; adopt-a-family, toy drives, and more
- Celebrate with the Critters at Ohio Wildlife Center
- Huge list of Christmas Stocking Stuffers
- 12 Days of Bridge Park, and more district fun
- Christmas in Obetz: Tree lighting, Santa, Holiday lights, and more
- Christmas in Ash Cave in Hocking Hills
- Metro Parks Annual Winter Hike Series
- Christmas on the Farm at 22 Acres Farm
- Dublin’s Christmas Tree Lighting and “Old Fashioned Christmas” at the Coffman Homestead
- Classic Holiday Films at Gateway Film Center
- Holiday events and Weekly fun at Grange Insurance Audubon Center
- Christmas on the Farm with Horse -N- Round Fun LLC
- Holiday traditions: Celebrating St. Nicholas Day
- Santa Pictures around Columbus
- Columbus Christmas lights displays, and a Google map to find them!
- Breakfast with Santa around Columbus
- Columbus Gift Guide: Teacher Gifts and other Small Gifts
- Your Guide to Christmas and Holiday Events in Columbus
- Teen Gifts for Christmas, Birthdays, and more!
Krampus, Holiday Hop, Craftin’ Outlaws & More!
Here’s a rundown of fun things to do this weekend. Enjoy lots of special holiday shopping events this weekend, plus watch out for Krampus! Voting for CU’s Best of 2021 closes Friday, Dec 3. Enjoy your weekend!
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WHAT ELSE CAN YOU DO
Jerky’s Jamaican Grill opens in the Short North.
The Zoo has the Stuff the Truck Food Drive if you want a free pass to Wildlights.
Go on a Winter Wonders Walk at Dawes Arboretum.
Dublin’s Penzone’s invites you to a sip and shop.
Enjoy Winterfest at Bicentennial Park. Nocinofest returns at Watershed.
Shop the Punk Rock Pawn Shop holiday sale.
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Monday, December 6, 2021, 1:30 PM. Hearing on Rules for Radioactive Oil and Gas Waste Injection Wells. You probably know that the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) is a “captured agency” of the Oil and Gas industry. Cheryl Johncox, Sierra Club’s Beyond Dirty Fossil Fuels campaign leader, is recruiting people willing to keep ODNR honest as they rewrite their rules. WE NEED YOUR HELP to testify in person or in written testimony opposing the new rules and recommend how they can be improved to protect Ohioans. It may seem complicated but it isn’t. Email firstname.lastname@example.org and she will send you talking points that you can customize in your own words. We want as many people as possible to show up or testify!
Monday, December 6, 2021, 7:00 PM. Co-Creating the Eco Future: Meetup and Discussion on Zoom.
Hello all you cultural creatives! Simple livers, renegades from the consumer society, green activists, arts and craft makers, yoga lovers, meditators – you know who you are! Join us for a meet and greet, a time to share what you are reading, watching, imagining, and doing to make the changes we need to get to an ecological culture. We can get there if we gather together, online and in person, learn from each other, and build a community that is inclusive, resilient, and way more fun than life in big box stores, traffic jams, and fast food. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for! Suggested price $5.00. Simply Living. More information and registration here.
Tuesday, December 7, 2021, 7:00 PM. Economics of Happiness: Community Localization Deep Dive and Discussion. Join us for a deep dive into the benefits of localization and how bottom up and top down strategies are implementing solutions that revitalize our communities. This discussion course is based on the award-winning film, Economics of Happiness (EOH), developed by Helena Norberg-Hodge and her team at the International Society for an Ecological Culture (LocalFutures.org). Each session includes content from the EOH film or related media, a presentation that frames and explores the topic in greater depth, and class discussions based on selected readings in the booklet Localization: Essential Steps to an Economics of Happiness. Participants can attend any or all classes. Chuck Lynd is the facilitator, and he will share his experience of leading a coalition of local organizations engaged in Local Food, Locally owned retail goods and services, Local micro loans to entrepreneurs, Local community banks and credit unions, and local businesses and advocacy groups. As we like to say: Eat Local, Buy Local, Bank Local, Invest Local, and LIVE Local. The session is free or consider a free will donation. Register here for the zoom link.
Tuesday, December 7, 2021, 7:00 PM. The Economics of Happiness. This discussion course is based on the award-winning film, Economics of Happiness (EOH), developed by Helena Norberg-Hodge and her team at the International Society for an Ecological Culture (LocalFutures.org). Each session includes content from the EOH film or related media, a presentation that frames and explores the topic in greater depth, and class discussions based on selected readings in the booklet Localization: Essential Steps to an Economics of Happiness. Participants can attend any or all classes. In this session we will explore the many ways our communities benefit when localization is a priority. To learn more about the topic, check out this reading on the benefits of localization to understand how localization can serve as an antidote to the negative impacts of globalization. You can view short films that address this topic here. Come prepared to discuss how localization is happening in Columbus and central Ohio.
Chuck Lynd is the facilitator, and he will share his experience of leading a coalition of local organizations engaged in Local Food, Locally owned retail goods and services, Local micro loans to entrepreneurs, Local community banks and credit unions, and local businesses and advocacy groups. As we like to say: Eat Local, Buy Local, Bank Local, Invest Local, and LIVE Local. The session is free or consider a free will donation. The zoom link will be sent to you after registering here.
Tuesday, December 7, 2021, 11:00 AM -12:30 PM. Screening of The People’s Patriarch: Reflections with Patriarch Michel Sabbah. Join Churches for Middle East Peace for a screening of a short film about the life, ministry, and advocacy of His Beatitude Michel Sabbah followed by remarks from His Beatitude as well as a Question-and-Answer time with him. His Beatitude Michel Sabbah served as the Archbishop and Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem from 1987 to 2008, the first non-Italian to do so in over five centuries and is an outspoken defender of Palestinian rights. Register here.
Tuesday, December 7, 2021, 1:00 PM. The USA, Russia, NATO: Arms Races, Confrontations, Common Security Alternatives. “The risk of an accidental war breaking out between Russia and the West is greater than at any time during the Cold War, Britain’s most senior military officer has said in an interview with Times Radio” — CNN Nov 14, 2021. In the U.S. much of our attention has had to focus on reversing the intensifying cold war with China. But with the U.S., NATO and Russia locked in new arms races and military confrontations in the Baltic and Back Seas and Central Europe, we need deeper understandings of these dynamics and where there are openings to defuse these dangerous confrontations. Initiated by the Campaign for Peace, Disarmament and Common Security, Co-sponsored by the International Peace Bureau, Peace Action, Massachusetts Peace Action, and the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament. Register here.
Tuesday, December 7, 2021, 6:30 – 8:00 PM. Cultural Resistance: Visualizing a Nuclear-Free World. Presented by Beyond Nuclear, Goethe-Institut, and Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung North America. How do we advocate for an end to nuclear power and nuclear weapons? Beyond research papers and speeches, articles and fact sheets, and protests on the streets, can a painter, a fashion designer, and a creative performance director convey the same urgency about our nuclear peril? More information and registration here.
Wednesday, December 8, 2021, 7:00 – 8:00 PM. Global Security Talks—Redefining Security. Nuclear weapons are the most deadly and destructive weapons ever built. Yet, nuclear policy decisions are limited to exclusive spaces that permit only the most privileged to have a seat at the table.The Union of Concerned Scientists invites you to a virtual discussion with Women of Color Advancing Peace and Security (WCAPS) and the Daisy Alliance, where we will examine the adverse consequences of highly exclusive decision making on nuclear weapons and explore solutions to change this status quo. Register here.
Thursday, December 9, 2021, 12:00 – 1:00 PM. No Coal Bailouts! Join us at The Statehouse to send a message to state legislators to end the OVEC coal plant bailouts from HB6! We will line the street holding signs and banners in support of the bailout repeal bills SB 117 and HB 351. Holiday-themed clothing and signs encouraged! We will have extra signs for those who need them. Sierra Club Beyond Coal and others. Location: Ohio Statehouse, 1 Capitol Square, Columbus. Facebook Event.
Thursday, December 9, 2021, 6:00 PM. National LCIP Forum – The Fight For Citizenship For All. Adding to its 35 years of failed promises, the Democratic Party has excluded a path to citizenship from the Budget Reconciliation Bill – excluding also all the important economic and climate justice provisions – and leaving 11 million undocumented immigrants at risk of deportation. But from California to Chicago, from New York to Washington D.C., undocumented families are saying enough. No more lies! No more deportations! A clear and permanent path to citizenship for all, now! The Democrats’ failure to pass the Budget Reconciliation Bill is only their latest betrayal. Join us as we hear from immigrant leaders, labor leaders, and public education teachers, among others, on the importance of connecting our struggles and building an independent working class party that is rooted in our movements, that is accountable to the grassroots through labor and community assemblies, and that can stand up to both corporate parties. The time is ripe to seize the momentum of Striketober and the growing movements for racial, gender, and climate justice to win critical reforms for all working class people and oppressed communities. Our time is now. Labor & Community For An Independent Party. Register here.
Thursday, December 9, 2021, 7:00 PM. Blueprint for Democracy 2021: Democracy and the Courts, the Intersection between Race, Law, and Democracy. For democracy to work, systemic racial inequities in the law and the courts must be addressed. There is a deep distrust of the criminal justice system, which is inherently an issue unto itself while also threatening the legitimacy of the courts. Breaking down these barriers is key to eliminating racism and implicit biases within the laws, courts, and judges and is also key to building diversity on the bench so judges reflect the communities they serve. Panelists include Kyle Strickland, Senior Legal Analyst at the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race & Ethnicity at Ohio State University, retired Cleveland Municipal Court Judge Ronald Adrine, Rev. Raymond Greene, Jr., executive director of Freedom BLOC, and Maria Bruno, Public Policy Director, Equality Ohio. Sponsored by Common Cause Ohio, Ohio Fair Courts Alliance, Freedom BLOC, Ohio Council of Churches, and ACLU of Ohio. Register here.
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.
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