Join concerned citizens for a series of sessions to study and discuss the book The Madhouse Effect: How Climate Change Denial Is Threatening Our Planet, Destroying Our Politics, and Driving Us Crazy, written by climate scientist Mark Mann and cartoonist Tom Toles. The book summarizes where we are today on the climate change issue and how we got here, exploring the science, the politics, the confusion and the denial. The discussions will be facilitated by Marcellus Outreach Butler, a grassroots environmental organization formed in 2010 in Butler County to educate, advocate, and act in relation to the potential dangers of hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”), climate change, and the need for a transition to renewable energy.
During this first session, a film related to climate change will be shown as an introduction to the issue and the book. The book study will be conducted over three additional sessions, tentatively scheduled for January 4, 11 and 18, 2017. (These may be subject to change, based on availability and wishes of registered participants.)
Marcellus Outreach Butler will make a limited number of copies of the book available on a first-come, first-served basis to those interested, for a donation of $16.00. To register for the sessions or get further information, e-mail email@example.com .
Sustainable Slippery Rock will sponsor a a presentation by Slippery Rock University Professors Becky Thomas and Shawn Davis on Friday, December 2 at 7:00 pm, at the meeting place of Ginger Hill Unitarian Universalist Congregation, (174 South Main Street in Slippery Rock, behind the building at 172 South Main). The event is free and open to all.
Titled “Making an impact with ‘No Impact’,” the presentation will relate to the professors’ experiences in doing the “No Impact Experiment” with students at two universities: lessons learned and ideas for scaling up in April and possibly including the whole community.
Inspired by the No Impact Man book, film, and blog by Colin Beavan, the “No Impact Project” is an international, environmental nonprofit founded in 2009. A description from the project’s website explains that, “The No Impact Experiment is a one-week carbon cleanse. It is a chance for you to see what a difference no-impact living can have on your quality of life. It’s not about giving up creature comforts but an opportunity for you to test whether the modern “conveniences” you take for granted are actually making you happier or just eating away at your time and money.”
Learn more about the project at http://noimpactproject.org/experiment/.One of several video testimonials by project participants about their experiences also may be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Og4p_STCLog&index=2&list=PLWQUrgLEJaHdQqCd3k6q81uDQtVhWmSEb
Slippery Rock Community Farmers’ Market will open for the 2016 season on Saturday, May 7th at Rock Falls Park (on Route 173 just south of Slippery Rock). Get to know the folks who grow your food and support the regional economy, each Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon through October.
Vegetable, herb, fruit, and flower seedlings and plants for transplanting into gardens and landscape beds will be featured at the beginning of the market season. Vendors also will offer a variety of fresh and preserved foods, including grass-finished beef, eggs, goat milk fudge, jellies, breads and other baked goods. Unique handcrafted items, such as soaps, lotions, natural home products, candles, and jewelry, will be available as well. New vendors are welcome and are encouraged to contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
In addition to items for sale, the market schedules live music; informative speakers and displays related to food, gardening, health and sustainable living; and activities for children. On opening day, local musician Brian Tighe will share his singing and songwriting talents. Keep up with what’s happening at the market at https://www.facebook.com/SRCFM. Call the farmers’ market hotline with questions: 724-374-3276. Better yet, come see for yourself what the market has to offer.
Slippery Rock Community Farmers’ Market is gearing up for the 2016 season, which will begin May 7th and continue through the end of October. A planning and organizational meeting for the upcoming season is scheduled for Thursday, April 14 at 6:30 PM at the Ginger Hill Unitarian Universalist Congregation’s building at 174 South Main Street, Slippery Rock. (It’s the yellow building along the alley between the Main Street storefronts and the big, public parking lot.) All current and prospective vendors and anyone who wishes to volunteer or support the market are encouraged to attend, in order to provide input and ideas to the market management committee. To grow the market, we need and will appreciate your help!
Students are back in town, and the monthly series of campus/community Slow Food dinners has begun. Generally scheduled on the last Thursday of the month, the next event will be held this week, Thursday, February 25th, 6:00 – 8:00 PM at the SRU Ski Lodge on campus (207 Rock Pride Drive). Students and community members are welcome to attend.
Participants are asked to bring a theme-related dish to share, that represents and celebrates sustainably, locally and ethically grown, seasonal, fresh or home-prepared, rather than processed foods. The theme for this month is “Spice Up Your Winter!” with the idea of incorporating your favorite spice into your dish. Also, in order to avoid the waste of disposables and model sustainable practices, please bring your own (reusable) place setting, including plate, bowl, utensils, and cup or mug.
A presentation will be given by Ashley Beal, from the Sustainable Enterprise Accelerator’s Aquaponics Project, showing how an aquaponics vegetable growing system works, and how it will eventually benefit schools in Uganda.
Slow Food USA is part of the global Slow Food movement, that links the pleasure of sharing good food with a commitment to the community, culture, knowledge and environment that makes this pleasure possible. Learn more at https://www.slowfoodusa.org/