Be the Change Weekly Community Update November 5, 2021

Localization and the Benefits of Place
Monday, November 8 at 7 pm
Watch Economics of Happiness (Free)
“The one film we wish everyone could see? Hands down, this is it.
It is truly one of the most important and useful films for inspiring change
that has been made in a generation.” – Films for Action –
Join us online to discuss how local food, energy, business, banking, and local knowledge and identity are laying the foundations for Local Futures!
Details and Registration link for Localization Discussion here
Course facilitator is Chuck Lynd <>

Global Warming: What Is It Going to Take?
Ohio author Paul Robinson asks: Can It Be Stopped?

Tuesday, November 9, 5:30 pm
Join author Paul Robinson at the Whetstone Library meeting room (or on Zoom) for a presentation and discussion of his new book: Global Warming: Can It Be Stopped? We will discuss and explore the science, psychology, and the morality of climate change. Join us! Books will be available to purchase at Whetstone. Register!

Photo from article about Rising Cultural Creatives by Christopher Chase in 2015. Highly recommended!

Co-Creating the Eco-Future: Meetup & Discussion
Monday, December 6 at 7 pm EST on Zoom

Hi there 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! Contact: Register

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Jay Warmke, Center, and class learning solar technology. See below!

Introduction to Solar PV – This is an online course. Spirit and Money – This is a pre-recorded webinar course. Self paced.

Residential Solar Installation and Design – Online. Spirit and Money – This is a pre-recorded webinar course. Self paced.

There is no need for nuclear. The world can be powered
by wind, water and sun alone. ~ Mark Z. Jacobson


Virtual on Zoom Registration: $50
Limited Income Registration: $10
The ancient waters never left us. This most precious resource has through time continued to move and cycle above, below, around and inside us, and all life.
Join us November 5-6, 2021 as we investigate the water crises that are impacting municipal systems, industry, and agriculture, all intensified by a changing climate. We will explore water at local, regional, and national levels and the social and environmental justice issues that have arisen. We will present solutions that are springing up across the planet to restore our memory of and relationship with water. Speakers and Registration here.

“All water has a perfect memory and is forever
trying to get back to where it was.” ~ Toni Morrison

Sat Nov 6th 12:00pm – 3:00pm (EDT)

Meet in front of the Ohio Statehouse by the William McKinnley statue. We gather to support the urgency of the UN climate negotiations by 200 countries in Glasgow,UK. We urge the Ohio General Assembly to adopt clean energy standards and get to net zero carbon emissions by 2030. 
Event by
Sponsored by
COP26 Coalition 

Tellabration: A Celebration of StoriesCentral Ohio storytellers participate in the annual celebration, this year at the Ohio History Connection. Saturday, November 6 at 7 pm REGISTER
Suggested donation of $10 per individual or $15 per household. Donations can be sent via PayPal to, or mailed by cash or check to: Cindi Garrelts 1199 North Memorial Drive #175 Lancaster OH 43130 *Checks payable to SOCO More info here.
Bill Cohen will lead off the program with a half hour of songs that tell stories — tales of separated lovers, wounded veterans, an old lady who eats flies, murders sparked by passion, and people looking back on their lives in their golden years. More info on the SL Calendar here.

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11th Annual Ohio Food Policy Summit @ the OSU John Glenn College of Public Affairs Monday, November 8 from 9:15 a.m. – 3:15 p.m. Register Now!
Registration Fee: $20 Ohio Local Food Policy Council Members: $10
This year we will be joined by US Representative Marcy Kaptur (OH-9), State Representative Juanita Brent (Cleveland-12), and Stacy Malkan, co-founder and managing editor of U.S. Right to Know. Join us to find out who is this year’s Ohio Food Hero. Join us virtually as we dive into the Ohio Food Policy Network’s policy agenda. We will engage with local, state and national food system leaders and partners on a range of policy topics including:
federal funding opportunities for local and regional food systems
mobile slaughter and processing
food access and education
local food equity strategies
sustainable agriculture and more!
A special PRE-EVENT session will be held on Sunday, Nov. 7 from 5-6:30 p.m. FALLing for Food is a cook-along with Growing and Growth Collective’s Adrienne Williams and Local Matters’ Michelle Moskowitz Brown.
The invitation is open to all. Please join the OFPN network or visit our website . If you have any questions in the meantime, contact

“Sorry, there ́s no magic bullet. You gotta eat healthy and live healthy to be healthy and look healthy. End of story.”
~ Morgan Spurlock, Don’t Eat This Book

Investors Beware! Journalists Are About To Publish The Untold Financial Risks Of Radioactive Waste From Fracking
Mon Nov 8th 5:00pm – 6:00pm (EST)
Details and Registration on SL Calendar will take place Monday, November 8 at 7:30 pm
Location:  Busch House’s Valor Room. If all of this isn’t enough, we will be giving out free plants to attendees! CountDown is our second salon event of the year and a global initiative to champion and accelerate solutions to the climate crisis, turning ideas into action. This event will be featuring the amazing speakers of Dr. Joe Campbell and Rafael Quijada Landaverde to dive deeper into ideas that aim to build a better future in the race to a zero-carbon world! Details on the speakers are on the SL Calendar.

Creative Wildfire Artist Showcase Tue Nov 9th 6:00pm – 8:30pm (EST)
 19 amazing artists representing 14 projects participated in political education sessions to explore the Resist Manifesto we published with Movement Generation and Climate Justice Alliance earlier this year. Now on Nov 9th, they’ll be presenting their final works and engaging in dialogue about what it means for artists and culture bearers to be agents of systems change. More info on the artists and registration on SL Calendar.

The Green City and Social Injustice: Tales from North America and Europe
Wed Nov 10th 12:00pm – 1:00pm (EST)

Introduce The Green City and Social Injustice book & examine the recent urban environmental trajectory of 21 cities in Europe & N. America.
Details about the presenters and the hosts on the SL Calendar.

Herbs for Cancer Recovery (In person or online)
Wed Nov 10th 12:00pm – 1:00pm (EST)
Join Lily Kunning, Community Herbalist, Haven Herbs, and Cancer Support Community Central Ohio (1200 Old Henderson Road) for the free Natural Living Series! Get blood counts back up to snuff after chemo and radiation, help with nausea and appetite, modulate your immune system, and much more- using plant medicine that works gently but efficiently.
Details and registration link (by Tues Nov 9) on the SL Calendar.

Indie Lens Pop-Up Presents: STORM LAKE
Wed Nov 10th 7:00pm – 8:30pm (EST)
American democracy requires an informed citizenry. Can it survive without the backbone of independent local journalism?
Go inside The Storm Lake Times, a newspaper serving an Iowa town which has seen its fair share of changes in the 40 years since Big Agriculture came to the area. In Storm Lake, Pulitzer-winning editor Art Cullen and his family dedicate themselves to keeping the paper alive —come hell or pandemic. Info, trailer, discussion panel on SL Calendar.

Join YES! and City Lights on Wednesday, Nov. 10, at 9 p.m. ET for the launch of The Path to a Livable Future, a new book by Stan Cox, lead scientist at The Land Institute and a contributor to YES! Magazine.
The book explores the multiple crises facing us today—the climate emergency, white supremacy, and our vulnerability to pandemics—and provides an inspired vision for how to resolve them. 
Register Now for This Free Event

Stan Cox cuts through the fog of mediocrity and offers a clear, honest vision for how social movements can win a truly just and sustainable society. There are few books I would recommend as wholeheartedly as this one. Don’t miss it.
– Jason Hickel, author of Less is More: How Degrowth Will Save the World


9 Health Benefits of Dark Chocolate

Who doesn’t like chocolate? The good news is that some of it is good for you. While most of society has heard that dark chocolate has health benefits, most don’t know what they are or how they work on your body. Truth is, dark chocolate is one of the best sources of antioxidants out there. Made from cacao tree seeds, this sweet treat lowers risk of heart disease and is chock full of nutrients, specifically flavanols. Read and enjoy!

Tree of the Month November 2021
Ohio Buckeye (Aesculus glabra)
Mort Schmidt for Simply Living

Ohio Buckeye Tree in Bloom Photo by Mort Schmidt

The Ohio State University’s famous football coach, Woody Hayes, described the Buckeye as “a worthless nut”. And so it is. Nor does the wood have much value. But in November, as we’re winding up the football season, what better tree to honor than the State Tree of Ohio, Ohio Buckeye? Aesculus glabra, aka Stinking Buckeye or Fetid Buckeye, is native to Ohio, and not surprisingly, our most common Buckeye. Its natural range forms a band stretching from Ohio, west to Missouri, and from there, southward to northeastern Texas. Ohio Buckeye is especially common in moist soil along stream banks. Read the full blog post!

ComFest is back, Columbus.
After two years of virtual events, ComFest will return to Goodale Park the last full weekend in June, just in time to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the festival. Simply Living will be there! Source: Columbus Navigator

We did it! GrowthBusters Ten Years Old – Film Is Now Free on YouTube
Ten years ago today, GrowthBusters: Hooked on Growth, held its world premiere at the West End Cinema in Washington DC. Three days earlier, world population hit the 7 billion milestone (we’re fast approaching 8 billion today). The award winning film raised important issues that are still lacking attention so after a fundraiser the filmmaker, Dave Gardner, has now make the film free to all on YouTube. Watch it and share the link. Some of you remember that Simply Living screened it at the Drexel where we gave away condoms with clever messages related to the need to control population growth!

RECONNECT with Nature: Glacier Ridge Metropark

Glacier Ridge Metropark is located in Plain City, Ohio. Glacier Ridge was named for the end moraine or glacial debris left behind when the glaciers retreated some 12,000 to 17,000 years ago. Much of the 1,037-acre park was once covered with farmland. Visitors can traverse a boardwalk through the Honda Wetlands Area or climb a 25-foot observation tower to see waterfowl and other animals. Directions 9801 Hyland Croy Rd Plain City OH 43064
Map 40.15628,-83.18510
Take I-270 toward Dublin. Take 33/161 west (exit 17B) toward Marysville. Follow 33/161 west to the 161/Plain City/Post Rd exit. Turn right at the light and then immediately left on Hyland Croy Rd. The Honda Wetland Education Area is 1 mile north on the left (7825 Hyland Croy Rd). The park’s main entrance is 2 miles further north. MORE ABOUT GLACIER RIDGE

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It’s hard to match the beauty of fall foliage: the gold rush of the American Beech; the blazing scarlet red maples; the oaks’ myriad sunset hues. Shorter days combined with longer, cooler nights is a tree’s signal to begin its biochemical process of change. The result of this fight-or-flight process is a landscape awash in the brilliant colors of fall. It’s a good time of year to tilt your head back and look up.  
It’s also (always!) a good time of year to eat locally. Take your inspiration from the trees and cook with color this week. The tender green stalks of tomato, pepper, and eggplant have been replaced by their hardier brethren, but that doesn’t mean color (or flavor!) is lost. Kohlrabi, winter squash, onions, spinach, carrots – items that taste best after a frost – now line the market stands. Here’s a quick ingredient guide to cooking with fall color:   
Greens: Asian greens, leeks, herbs, sprouts
Oranges: butternut squash, pumpkins, carrots
Whites: turnips, fennel, kohlrabi, cauliflower, garlic
Yellows: onions, delicata squash, pears
Reds: shallots, apples, beets
Browns: mushrooms, potatoes

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from EPN, OSU’s Environmental Professionals Network
Time to revisit the limits to growth! Learn more and plan now to join this hybrid event here

How To Start a Green Team in Your Child’s School

Young people care deeply about the environment. And rightly so; their future depends on a healthy planet. Participation in a green team can empower them to address environmental concerns. These resources will help you get a school green team up and running. more..

Dish Soap:
The Environmental Impact of Washing Dishes

Did you know that many of the products available to clean our dishes contribute to pollution and harm the environment? But using earth-friendly dish soap is just one way to reduce your dishwashing footprint. more…

Halloween’s Over, Compost Your Pumpkin!

Halloween has come and gone. But before you get out the Thanksgiving decorations, here are some fun ideas for responsibly disposing of your jack-o-lantern. more…
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Columbus on the Cheap
Good, Cheap, Fun

Holistic Horticulture
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Mega Weekend
Holiday Shopping, Christmas Ale & More!!

There’s lots of fun shopping events to check out this weekend! Photo by Ksenia Chernaya at Pexels

Here’s a rundown of fun things to do this weekend. Head downtown on Friday for the Veterans Day ParadeNoah Hathaway (Atreyu) from The Neverending Story is coming to Studio 35 later this month. Enjoy your weekend!


Play 24 hours of boardgames! Photo via The Beers and Board Games Club of Columbus.
Go on The Love Rollercoaster. Can you do Fear Columbus in the DARK?
Howl at the Moon has its Grand Opening Party. Try Lost Lantern Whiskey.
Are you going to Dave Matthews Band? Palmas has a catrina contest
LeBOOM is back at Skully’s. Enjoy Matroda at Galla Park.
Can you do the 24-hour Board Game Marathon?
Space Camp is back at Skully’s. Celebrate Daylight Savings at Axis.


Lots of shopping this weekend! Photo by Ksenia Chernaya from Pexels.
Learn how to design a coffee table. Go to a Christmas Open House.
Take a look at Oakland’s Holiday Preview

Check out the Christmas Open House at Cedar & Thread.
Capital University is unloading some tech during a yard sale.

Suzy Ultman invites you to gift handmade happiness.
Prologue Bookshop celebrates three years. Check out The Weekend Market.
Public Lands has opened at Polaris. Tigertree hosts a mini-market. Shop Bookspace.
Combustion Brewery hosts Holiday Handmade Sip & Shop.


Vadim and Friends perform with ProMusica.
CATCO’s Mr. Burns continues. See Elf the musical.
The Immersive Van Gogh exhibit is happening.
Grandview Theater has a beer tasting featuring Eternals.
Go on Gallery Hop in the Short North.
ProMusica invites Vadim and Friends to the stage.
Enjoy a runway show on Sunday.
The Wex has a feature with popular podcasters.


Check out happy hours and dj events at Budd Dairy Food Hall.
North Market Bridge Park has a tasting gala. Barley’s taps their Christmas Ale.
Union invites you to watch OSU take on Nebraska.
Check out the virtual summit for women of color.
Go on a Fall Farm Hop in Canal Winchester.
Celebrate 10 years of the Bison! Go on the Columbus Tweed Ride.
Columbus Crew has their final home match against Chicago.

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“Activism begins with you, Democracy begins with you, get out there, get active! Tag, you’re it” ~ Thom Hartmann

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, November 5, 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:

Saturday, November 6, 2021, 12:00 – 1:00 PM.  Occupy for Our Revolution.  Join Our Revolution each Saturday at the intersection of North Broadway and High Street to demonstrate for peace and justice. Bring a mask and a sign or two in solidarity.  Register with Our Revolution here

Saturday, November 6, 2021, 2:00 PM. Palestine Foundation Virtual Gala. Join the Palestine Foundation for our virtual gala for 2021!  Hosted by Amer Zahr; featuring Susan Abulhawa and keynote speaker Diana Buttu.  With a performance by the Mawtini Choir.  Register here.  

Saturday, November 6, 2021, 12:00 – 3:00 PM.  Columbus – Global Day pf Action for Climate Justice.  Gathering in front of the Ohio Statehouse by the William McKinley statue. We gather to support the urgency of the UN climate negotiations by 200 countries in Glasgow, UK. We urge the Ohio General Assembly to adopt clean energy standards and get to net zero carbon emissions by 2030. Bring banners and signs (no sign poles permitted). We will march around the Statehouse and hand out information about COP 26 and paths to a sustainable future.  Sponsors:  Ohio Green Party and COP26 Coalition. More information and registration here or just show up!

Saturday, November 6, 2021, 12:00 PM.  Medicare for All Car Caravan.  The movement for Medicare for All continues in Columbus, with a Car Caravan, dedicated to encouraging Congresswoman Joyce Beatty to again become a cosponsor of HR 1976, Medicare for All.  Gathering from Noon to 12:45P M, brief announcements; rolling at 1 PM.  The route is not yet finalized, but I will email it or hand it out the day of the event. The route will be about 2 miles. We will gather in a parking lot on North 4th Street, between Long and Spring Streets, (set your GPS for 144 North 4th Street, and look for the Medicare for All signs at the entrance). We will have a Medicare for All sign for each car…you can bring your own as well. Plan to tape it to a car door, the hood, or on the back. This event is the idea, initiative, and sponsored by National Nurses United (NNU), a nurses’ union which has been a longtime proponent of Medicare for All and will be taking place in 3 other cities as well.  Questions?  Contact Please RSVP here to attend and to get driving directions. 

Saturday, November 6, 6:30 PM.  Tellabration.  Bill Cohen invites us to join him for a fun and unique evening of old-fashioned storytelling and music.  He will lead off the program with a half hour of songs that tell stories — tales of separated lovers, forgotten veterans, a lady who swallowed a fly, murders sparked by passion, and people looking back on their lives in their golden years. Then, the REAL storytellers will take the stage.  They are folks who’ve been delighting audiences, telling stories for decades now — in schools, senior centers, and festivals.  They will tell tales the whole family can enjoy. 

The tellers – members of the Storytellers of Central Ohio — will include Joanie Calem, Julie McGhee, Erin O’Neil, Joyce Geary, Judy Clapper, and Craig & Cindi Garrelts.  Roy Nichols will emcee.  Some stories will be light and humorous.  Others may have a touch of mystery.  Still others will be heart-warming.  As a Covid safety precaution, all those in the audience will be required to wear masks, and the crowd will be spaced throughout the history museum’s auditorium. Donations of $10 per person are suggested.  Location:  Ohio History Connection, 800 E. 17th Ave, Columbus 43211.

Sunday, November 7, 2021, 6:00 – 8:00 PM.  IRTF 41st Annual Commemoration:  Rising Together, Resisting Extraction.  The InterReligious Task Force on Central America (IRTF) will hold a special online gathering to mark the 41st anniversary of the ultimate sacrifice made by two Cleveland women in El Salvador (Jean Donovan and Ursuline Sister Dorothy Kazel of Cleveland), along with Maryknoll Sisters Ita Ford and Maura Clarke. The four women paid with their lives for their decision to stay in solidarity with poor, marginalized victims of the US-sponsored armed violence, which eventually claimed the lives of 75,000 Salvadorans and the led to the mass exodus of 1 million refugees. IRTF was founded by people of faith and conscience to honor their powerful witness and carry forward their legacy of solidarity. Please join us to celebrate IRTF’s four decades of solidarity with the people of Central America and Colombia: promoting peace, justice, human rights, and systemic transformation through nonviolence.  Cost $0-40.  More information and registration here.  Facebook Event.

Sunday, November 7, 2021, 7:00 PM.  Christian Zionism: What Is It, How Does it Impact on the Palestinian Question, and How Do We Combat It?  “We declare that any theology, seemingly based on the Bible or on faith or on history, that legitimizes the occupation, is far from Christian teachings, because it calls for violence and holy war in the name of God Almighty, subordinating God to temporary human interests, and distorting the divine image in the human beings living under both political and theological injustice.” (2009 Kairos Palestine document).  Panel participants: Jonathan Kuttab – Human rights lawyer; Executive Director, Friends of Sabeel North America, Dr. Don Wagner – Author, co-author of five books, including Zionism and the Quest for Justice in the Holy Land.  Rev. Stephen Sizer – Author, Christian Zionism: Road Map to Armageddon, and Zion’s Christian Soldiers: The Bible, Israel, and the Church.  Register here

Sunday, November 7, 2021, 5:00 – 9:00 PM.  SEVEN YEARS OF RESILIENCE. CELEBRATIONS OF AMAZING SERVICES & ADVOCACY. A BENEFIT BANQUET TO PROTECT & EMPOWER COLUMBUS YOUTH & FAMILIES.  Please Join Us for an Inspirational Evening with Elected Officials, Interfaith and Community Leaders and our Youth Leaders as we gather to Support and Celebrate Columbus Youth and Families. In the last seven years, MY Project USA has become a mainstream Muslim Social Services & Civic Engagement Organization. We are working hand in hand with our interfaith and social justice partners to bring prosperity and hope to the under-served communities in Columbus. At our annual banquet, we will celebrate our accomplishments. We will also re-energize our base and will raise money to continue and grow our work to the next level. Please join us and bring your family and friends with you.  Early bird tickets $30-50/person.  More information and registration here.  Facebook Event

Sunday, November 7, 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:

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“Love yourself. Then forget it.
Then, love the world.”
― Mary Oliver, Evidence: Poems

“it is a serious thing // just to be alive / on this fresh morning /
in this broken w
orld.” ~ Mary Oliver, Red Bird


Photo of Sycamore Trees at Woodside Green Park in Gahanna by Chuck Lynd

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