Ten Ways to Remember Sally

Ten Ways to Remember Sally

A month after losing Sally Stovall (co-founder of Green Community Connections), we are so very thankful for the hundreds of people who reached out to share memories of her, attend a memorial service and even help to continue her work. If you feel inspired to do so, please contact us to help with or attend any of these initiatives.

Sally Stovall Memorial Plastic-Free/Low Plastic Summer Challenge. Plastic-free living was a cause Sally was working on shortly before she passed away. Reduce your plastic waste and compete for a prize and bragging rights.

GCC is BUILDing a Brighter Future for At-Risk Kids in Chicago

GCC is BUILDing a Brighter Future for At-Risk Kids in Chicago

This summer, GCC’s “I Can Fly” mentoring and garden education program is returning, bigger and better than before in the Austin neighborhood. The program has a new name and new energy, thanks to new funding and a stronger partnership with Broader Urban Involvement & Leadership Development (BUILD), an organization that has been serving at-risk youth in Chicago’s most challenging neighborhoods for 50 years. Their mission is “...to engage at risk youth in schools and on the streets to help them realize their potential and contribute to our communities.”

The Climate Food Fight: Victory Gardens for a Warming World

The Climate Food Fight: Victory Gardens for a Warming World

Can we fight climate change with a tomato? We’ve fought with food once before. . . and we’re not talking about in the cafeteria.

Today, a new round of Climate Victory Gardens are popping up across the country to address our climate crisis, according to Jillian Semaan, food campaigns director at Green America, a national nonprofit that is leading the charge.

Remembering Sally Stovall

Remembering Sally Stovall

When most people retire, they kick back, take cruises, and visit the grandchildren. Sally Stovall was not most people. She did, indeed, relish visiting her grandchildren, but after she retired from a career in organizational development, Sally embarked on a new, vibrant career as climate activist and community organizer.

In September 2010, Sally and her partner, Dick Alton, were worried about global warming and decided to hold a community meeting to see if others felt the same way. Out of the woodwork poured a cohort of people with the same concerns --no real surprise in progressive Oak Park.

The Latest on Engineered Foods, Glyphosate Toxicity and Your Health

The Latest on Engineered Foods, Glyphosate Toxicity and Your Health

7 to 8:30 p.m., Thursday, April 12 Trinity High School, 7574 Division Street, River Forest. Presentation by Dr. Thierry Vrain, a genetic engineer who resides in British Columbia. Following a long career as a soil biologist and genetic scientist during which he analyzed the large amount of scientific evidence that shows how synthetic pesticides harm human health and the environment, Dr. Vrain is sounding the warning about the multiple dangers associated with pesticide use in crop production and domestic applications.

Food & Agriculture

"Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret"

Filmmaker: Kip Anderson

TICKETS - Saturday, March 7, 11 am

Elmhurst College, Schaible Science Center (corner of Prospect and Elm), Illinois Hall.   -- 190 S. Prospect Avenue

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*Followed by post film Q&A

Animal agriculture is the leading cause of deforestation, water consumption and pollution, is responsible for more greenhouse gases than the transportation industry, and is a primary driver of rainforest destruction, species extinction, habitat loss, topsoil erosion, ocean “dead zones,” and virtually every other environmental ill. Yet it goes on, almost entirely unchallenged.

As Andersen approaches leaders in the environmental movement, he increasingly uncovers what appears to be an intentional refusal to discuss the issue of animal agriculture, while industry whistleblowers and watchdogs warn him of the risks to his freedom and even his life if he dares to persist.


 

Edible City

Filmmaker: Andrew Hasse

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Edible City  introduces a diverse cast of extraordinary San Francisco based activists who are challenging the paradigm of our broken food system.  The film digs deep into their unique perspectives and transformative work, finding inspirational, grass-roots solutions based on growing local food systems and economies.

 


Ground Operations:

Battlefields to Farm Fields

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 America needs a million new farmers. Veterans want the job! Ground Operations: Battlefields to Farmfields champions combat vets who are rebuilding their own lives as organic farmers & ranchers and revitalizing their communities with access to local, affordable, fresh, healthy food. These heroes blow the lid off stereotypes and you’ll be rooting for them all the way to your farmers market.

 

"Just Eat It" Named #OneEarthDayFilm

"Just Eat It" Named  #OneEarthDayFilm

“Just Eat It,” an award-winning documentary about the staggering amounts of food that go to waste in households and farm fields, has been selected as the One Earth Film Festival’s first Festival Choice winner. It will be shown as part of the City of Chicago’s 2015 Earth Day Celebration on April 22. The Festival Choice is intended to expose a wider audience to a One Earth selection that addresses a particular environmental issue and offers workable solutions to it. One Earth Film Festival earlier screened “Just Eat It” at Loyola University Chicago in February and the Oak Park Main Public Library in early March.