Sustainable Land Use Forum: Tools for Communities
Thursday, October 10
8:30am - Noon, Woodland Commons
On a planet with populations exploding, land is perhaps our most precious commodity. It supports everything else we do. How do we best use it? Which parcels lend themselves to agriculture, which should be put into conservation protection, where are the hidden aquifers, what's the best spot for development, and how do we site out newest technologies -- renewable energy systems? Does it ever make sense to cut down a healthy forest for new uses of the land? How do we avoid sprawl and conserve ecosystems while still meeting human needs for land?
Join land use expert Curt Freese for a look at how we might create ecosystem banks that make undeveloped land valuable. He'll examine systems of payment for ecosystem services as a tool for informing land use decisions. Curt will be followed by Steve Smith, Executive Director of SRPEDD and Katie Goodrum, Senior Planner of SRPEDD for a discussion of how Geographic Information Systems (GIS) can inform better land use decisions. Then, listen to two foresters, Mollie Frellicher and Michael Downey, discuss urban and community forestry from the perspectives of both communities and landowners. Case studies in urban agriculture will be presented for Fall River and New Bedford.
Sustainability Film Series: No Logo
Wednesday, October 16
6:30pm, Library Grand Reading Room
Synopsis from IMDB: In the age of the brand, logos are everywhere. But why do some of the world's best-known brands find themselves on the wrong end of the spray paint can # the targets of anti-corporate campaigns by activists and protestors? No Logo, based on the best-selling book by Canadian journalist and activist Naomi Klein, reveals the reasons behind the backlash against the increasing economic and cultural reach of multinational companies. Analyzing how brands like Nike,The Gap, and Tommy Hilfiger became revered symbols worldwide, Klein argues that globalization is a process whereby corporations discovered that profits lay not in making products, but in creating branded identities people adopt in their lifestyles. Using hundreds of media examples, No Logo shows how the commercial takeover of public space, destruction of consumer choice, and replacement of real jobs with temporary work impact everyone, everywhere. It also draws attention to the democratic resistance arising globally to challenge the hegemony of brands.
Connecting for Change: Bioneers By the Bay Conference
Friday, October 25 - Sunday, October 27
Downtown New Bedford
The 9th Annual Connecting for Change: A Bioneers by the Bay Conference presented by The Marion Institute is an annual three-day, solutions-based gathering that brings together a diverse audience to create deep and positive change in their communities. This internationally acclaimed event summons environmental, industry and social justice innovators to bring focus on food and farming, health and healing, green business, indigenous knowledge, environmental and social justice, women and youth empowerment, spirituality and sustainability, all working to catalyze a movement to heal our world. This weekend takes over all of downtown New Bedford, so don't miss out! Learn more and register to attend Connecting for Change here.
Skill Share: How to Get Through the Holidays Without Losing Your Shirt
Saturday, November 2
10am - Noon, Location TBD
Event Co-Sponsored by the Southeastern Massachusetts Time Exchange.
Faculty Panel: Climate (Re)Action: Technological and Political Responses to Climate Change
Tuesday, November 12
2pm - 3:15pm, Library Grand Reading Room
More details to come.
Sustainability Film Series: In Transition 2.0
Wednesday, November 13
6:30pm, Library Grand Reading Room
In Transition 2.0 is an inspirational immersion in the Transition movement, gathering stories from around the world of ordinary people doing extraordinary things. You’ll hear about communities printing their own money, growing food everywhere, localising their economies and setting up community power stations. It’s an idea that has gone viral, a social experiment that is about responding to uncertain times with solutions and optimism. In a world that is awash with gloom, here is a story of hope, ingenuity and the power of growing vegetables in unexpected places. Learn more here.