7:00 pm – Wednesday, November 13
The Old Stone House
3rd St at 5th Ave, Park Slope, Brooklyn
suggested donation of $5, no one turned away for lack of funds
Our society is wrestling with questions of sustainability and climate change, with many groups working towards a sustainable future. At Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage that sustainable future is here now. If you want to see what sustainability looks like, come join us for a slideshow from Tony Sirna, founder of one of the world’s foremost experiments in real world ecological living.
Tony Sirna is a founder of Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage, a community demonstrating sustainable living in northeast Missouri, where 70+ residents have reduced their ecological impact on key metrics by over 90%. Dancing Rabbit got its start at Stanford University in 1993 and Tony has had a hand in almost all aspects of visioning, designing, and manifesting a sustainable village. He has built two strawbale homes, designed and installed Dancing Rabbit’s village-wide renewable-energy micro-grid, and has served on the village’s Land Use Planning committee for over a decade. Tony is also on the board of Dancing Rabbit’s nonprofit which does sustainability education and promotes Dancing Rabbit and sustainability through the media and online. He is currently working on the design team for a 9000 square-foot LEED Platinum community building which will be certified by the Living Building Challenge. Tony was on the board of the Fellowship for Intentional Community for over 15 years, and is an experienced facilitator and mediator.
For more information see: http://www.dancingrabbit.org/making-sustainability-a-reality/
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In partnership with the Green Bus Tour, join us on work-exchange weekend visit to Sirius Ecovillage in Western Massachusetts. We will explore the oasis they have created and learn first-hand what it is like to live together in a beautiful eco-community.
departing: Friday, September 6, at 5:30pm from McCarren Park (Greenpoint Brooklyn) ~ on Bedford Ave btw N12th & Lorimer (lookout for the Green Bus!!)
returning: Sunday, September 8, at around 11pm.
price: early-bird registration open until 8/31 is $ 125 (+$5 paypal fee)
after 8/31 fee is $ 150
Secure your spot now: http://tiny.cc/sirius_visit
We will have the opportunity to revitalize our cells, connect with nature and experience the everyday life & work of a community that cooperates, grows their own food, and lives in harmony with nature.
* Daily Morning & Noon meditations ~
* Ceremony / Drum Circle / Dancing at the Druid-built “Stonehenge-like” space in the forest ~
* Presentation & Discussion on Intentional & Sustainable Communities ~
* Learn about their Eco-buildings, compost toilets, permaculture gardens, off-grid solar & wind energy production, and bio-diesel fuel coop ~
* Swim in the pond & sweat in the sauna ~
Guests usually arrive Friday evening, eat dinner with the community, and spend the night in one of our overnight accommodations. After breakfast, they join in with community work for the day*, breaking for lunch and an hour or so before dinner. After spending another night, they are free to roam the land Sunday, taking our open house tour if they wish after lunch, hike the paths or go for a swim locally. Includes six meals.
* Community-work may include: garden work, trail maintenance, construction & kitchen projects
Since we will be arriving very late on Friday, and will miss the community meal, we are asking everyone to bring a vegetarian dish to share & we will have a potluck dinner together at a stop somewhere on the drive up.
Transportation and all meals are included in the price. The first 10 people to sign up will get shared indoor sleeping accommodations in the community guest rooms. The rest of us will be camping out in the magical forest. Camping indoors will also be available as an option.
** You may want to bring a bathing suit & bug repellant **
Sirius Community is a place to foster Spiritual Cultivation, Ecovillage Design, Intentional Community and an Educational Non-Profit. It was founded in September 1978 by former members of Findhorn Community in Scotland wishing to establish a similar community in their American homeland. Its foundation is spiritual, but in a non-sectarian manner that allows for each person to find their own way to the heart of all beingness and reality. The shared expression reflects reverence for all Life and willingness to live in accord with this intention as much as possible. We thus employ ecologically sustainable methods of living and a consensus-style governance process, striving to honor all that is.
For more information, visit http://siriuscommunity.org/
Organized in partnership with:
Green Bus Tour, a growing community project out to inspire a culture of conscious living through creative collaboration and by promoting a healthy, sustainable lifestyle.
To find out more, visit http://greenbustour.com/
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Is economic growth the answer to economic and social crises? Why has growth remained the core objective of most nations? What are our alternatives to growth? Global economic growth is unsustainable and long-term growth might not even be possible.
Degrowth is the vision of economies that are socially and ecologically sustainable.
Join us in a presentation by Giorgos Kallis, moderated by David Barkin at The Cooper Union on Tuesday April 23, 6:30pm – 315 Foundation Building.
Giorgos Kallis is a Professor at the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology in Barcelona, Spain. He is an environmental scientist working on ecological economics and political ecology. In 2008 he completed a Marie Curie International Fellowship at the Energy and Resources Group of the University of California at Berkeley. He has a Ph.D. in environmental policy and planning from the University of the Aegean in Greece, a Masters in Economics from the Universitat PompeuFabra as well as a Master’s in Environmental Engineering and a Bachelor’s in Chemistry, both from Imperial College, London. He is interested in the political-economic roots of environmental degradation and its uneven distribution along lines of power, income, class, or race. His current research is motivated by the double global economic and ecological crisis, exploring the idea of sustainable de-growth: a smooth economic downscaling to a sustainable future where we can live better with less. He is coordinator of the European Network of Political Ecology and of the international research project CLICO (Climate Change, Hydro-conflicts and Human Security) with the participation of 14 institutes from Europe, North Africa and the Middle East.
Dr. Barkin (Ph.D. Yale, 1996) is distinguished Professor of Economics at the Universidad Autόnoma Metropolitana, Xochimilco Campus, Mexico City. He was the founding member of the Ecodevelopment Center in 1974 and was recipient of the National Prize in Political Economy in 1979. He is a member of the Mexican Academy of Sciences and the National Research Center. His numerous books on problems focus on Mexican economic development, food systems analysis and sustainable development; they include: Innovationes Mexicanas en el Manejo del Agua and La Gestiόn del Agua Urbana en Mexico. Another of his books, Wealth, Poverty and Sustainable Development, a bilingual essay that enjoyed wide circulation can be downloaded free. During recent years he directs work with community groups to promote local capacities for self-government and ecosystem management.
Join us for an informal presentation of four Brooklyn collectives. Bring a favorite food item or drink to share!
Midwood House is a freestanding home of six women in Lefferts Gardens. The residents are like-minded artists, musicians, writers and activists who value sustainability, cooperative living, and social justice, regularly hosting “house concerts” and other small events in their home.
1399 is a Crown Heights collective of four four-person households, each with its own internal rules about sharing and participation, that leverages shared interests and capacities toward a stronger sense of belonging and responsibility, both to the house-wide community and to the local neighborhood.
Yggdrasil is our four-person home and garden in Prospect-Lefferts Gardens. We seek to live collectively within our household (and its extended membership!) and to contribute to the social health of our block and our neighborhood.
Treehaus is a collective household of 13 people in Bed-Stuy. We have been in existence for five years and are committed to sustainability, cooperation, and community.
Organized by EcovillageMovementNYC
Sliding scale suggested donation to support the Brecht Forum: $ 6 / $ 10 / $ 15 None will be turned away for lack of funds.