Join us the first Sunday in December for festive, hands-on, all ages wreathmaking! Make a wreath, garland, bouquet, runner, or other festive decoration of your choice to celebrate the holidays , the solstice, or new year. Local foraged materials,wire, twine and scissors are provided, along with light refreshments. Bring the whole family, while you are at the library…or out and about. Holiday fun!
This event is co-sponsored with the UC Gill Tract Community Farm.
***Sustainably foraging for the wreathmaking materials at the farm on the morning of Saturday, December 2; all are welcome to join.. Check this website for more details.
Join us this Thanksgiving weekend for the French film phenomenom “Tomorrow”! Maybe you have some down time to take in this wonderful film, or are looking for activitites with your family and loved ones. A short discussion and informal panel of Transition practiioners follows the film. We will be discussing questions such as: How does the transition movement fit into the climate movement in Albany? and Is Tomorrow, showcaser of our future solutions, possibly the best film made to date about the Transition movement? Come share your views and find out. Light refreshments will be served.
Tomorrow” has been a phenomenom in France. 1.5 million people rush to the cinemas to the important documentary. It has been shown in communities, schools, at the United Nations, the European Parliament, in board rooms and local governments. It also won “Best Documentary” at the Cesar Awars (the French Oscars). A recent European study “Generation What?” found that the major concern of people between 18 and 34 years old is now ecology, rather than employment, a shift attributed largely to the film.
The film tells the story of its co-producers/co-directors, Cyril Dion and Melanie Laurent. Cyril Dion is a French activist, author and journalist, who has led an NGO for seven years. In 2012, he discovered a study that was the most alarming yet: “Approaching a state shift in the Earth biosphere” published in “Nature”. It said that humankind could disappear be-tween 2040 and 2100 if we don’t drastically change our way of life. He shared his concerns with his friend, actress and filmmaker Melanie Laurent, who for several years has been involved in his NGO Colibris and Greenpeace. Cyril has two children, Melanie had just had a baby, and they don’t see how they remain idle faced with this information. With a small film crew, the pair then set off on a road trip around the world in search of solutions.
The film is arranged in chapters: democracy, education, economy and agriculture
– Democracy: while we have limited individual power in the current democratic system, each of us can still oppose or propose laws. By working hand-in-hand with elected leaders, we can mobilize and come together to represent a critical mass….
Catherine Sutton and Transition Albany helped to manifest the Albany Edible Garden at Albany Memorial Park, an exemplary example of community organizing in the Bay Area.
Please come to this special work party to honor Catherine’s legacy!
GET YOUR HANDS DIRTY WITH WORK IN THE GARDEN!
We will working on various tasks in the garden, from installing the sign honoring Catherine to placing wood chip on the paths and straw on the garden beds. Please bring gardening gloves and tools if you have them.
PARTICIPATE IN MEANINGFUL DIALOGUE!
Delia Carroll and Kat Steele will also be hosting a lively conversation about how we can mimic plant communities to foster our human communities. How can we foster more connections based in our urban landscapes? How can we use our neighborhood connections to create Food Forests from Albany to Oakland? Join these amazing permaculture educators for this insightful conversation.
JOIN US IN A SPECIAL UPCYLING CRAFTS ACTIVITY!
Delia will be leading us in a fun crafts activity to make pots out of discarded paper.
Please bring food for a potluck lunch. We will bring some special treats too!
This work party is co-hosted with the NorCal Community Resilience Network. Learn more about how to get involved in this exciting new initiative on the 28th.
We look forward to seeing you there! Heavy rain will postpone the event.
Guy McPherson, of Nature Bats Last, is a rare phenomenon: a man who is willing to share the facts about the likely imminent effects of climate change on our species – yup: the fate of the human race in the Sixth Great Extinction. He presents the facts with a good dose of “gallows humor.”
He will be making a presentation, “Responding to Abrupt Climate Change” at the West Berkeley Library on Saturday, May 7th at 1:30 pm. Please join Guy and other humans who are willing to hear the stark truths of our predicament, and discover what beauty can arise in life when things are clear. Bring your friends and loved ones.
The free afternoon talk will be followed by a fundraiser and book-signing at the nearby Highwire Coffee Roasters (see image below for addresses). Guy is making his West Coast tour on the gift economy and we welcome your financial contributions. (more…)
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