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    • February 25, 2020
    • 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • The Newberry, Chicago

    FLOE: Dance and Dialogue about Climate Change

    The Seldoms with Carrie Hanson and Daniel J. Vimont

    Ruggles Hall. Free and open to all. Reserve your free tickets now. Click here for complete details.

    Join us for a staging of FLOE, a multimedia performance addressing climate instability produced by the dance company The Seldoms. The performance will occur alongside a talk by climate scientist Daniel Vimont about the effects of climate change in the Midwest. Following the performance, artistic director Carrie Hanson, ensemble members, collaborating writer Seth Bockley, and Vimont will make connections between FLOE and current scientific realities and anticipated changes in our region.

    The Seldoms are a Chicago-based dance company that values making intelligent, visually rich dance theater driven by inquiry. Charged by bold, exacting physicality and the belief that dance can ignite thinking about critical social issues, the company creates projects fueled by research and incubated with partners from fields that include history and science.

    Speakers’ bios:

    Seth Bockley is a playwright and theater director specializing in literary adaptation, design-driven production, and new play development. Bockley has been an Artist in Residence at the Goodman Theater since 2013 and lectures at the University of Chicago.

    Carrie Hanson is Founding Artistic Director of The Seldoms, a dance company focused on crafting performances to address the struggles and themes of our contemporary moment. Hanson teaches at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago and has guest-taught for many university dance programs.

    Daniel J. Vimont is professor of atmospheric and oceanic sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, as well as Director of the Nelson Institute Center for Climatic Research and Co-Director of the Wisconsin Initiative on Climate Change Impacts. Vimont studies the global and regional impact of climate change.

    This program is part of the Newberry’s What Is the Midwest? project, funded by a major grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.


    • February 25, 2020
    • 6:30 PM
    • Spertus Institute, 610 S. Michigan Ave, Chicago

    Activists and experts debate what needs to be done and why we are too immobilized to act

    Moderator David Wallace-Wells

    "The most important driver of climate change is human action. We have our hands on those levers."

    David Wallace-Wells is deputy editor and climate columnist for New York magazine and author of the #1 New York Times bestseller The Uninhabitable Earth. Formerly the deputy editor of The Paris Review and a national fellow at the New America foundation, he was host of the podcast 2038, which explores visions of the future.

    Panelists

    Karenna Gore

    "Right now we have a value system reflected in economics...we need morality in our political decision-making"

    Karenna Gore is director and founder of the Center for Earth Ethics at Union Theological Seminary.

    Bill McKibben

    "The one thing that needs to be bigger than climate change is our movement to stop it"

    Bill McKibben is the founder of international environmental organization 350.org. His 1989 book The End of Nature is often cited as the first book on global warming. His new book is titled Falter.

    Kevin Green

    "The same peculiar, emotional, even illogical human mind that got us into this mess is the best instrument we have for getting us out"

    Kevin Green is Vice President at Rare and head of the Center for Behavior & the Environment. His global team designs solutions to environmental challenges.

    Mirele B. Goldsmith

    "If we rise to the occasion… we can contribute to a future that is safe [and] full of love, compassion, and justice"

    Mirele B. Goldsmith is an environmental psychologist and activist. She is a founder of Jewish Earth Alliance, a grassroots coalition mobilizing Jews to advocate for action on climate change.

    Katherine Milkman

    "How can we use insights from economics and psychology to our change behavior?"

    Katherine Milkman is a behavioral economist from the Wharton School, where she works on getting humans to make better decisions. She hosts the podcast Choiceology.

    Learn more

    • March 07, 2020
    • 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

    Arrive by 10:30 a.m. to avoid lines, find best seats, and collect your free gourmet coffee or hot chocolate and popcorn from concessions. And don’t forget to experiment with the stop-motion filmmaking stations set up by Steve & Kate’s Camp. Reserve free tickets. ADA compliant accessible venue.

    Click here for complete details.

    This year’s One Earth Film Fest theme is “The Power of We,” which means that we all need to contribute our passion and voices to make meaningful changes in the fight for our climate. That’s why, for the last eight years, we’ve given motivated and inspired young people from ages 8–25 the opportunity to research, produce, and show their original films as part of our Young Filmmakers Contest. We invite you to join us at the contest winners’ screenings, to be inspired by their creativity and dedication, and to learn more about the non-profit organizations who will benefit from matching grants the winners receive.  

    Founding Director of the One Earth Young Filmmakers Contest Sue Crothers Gee will announce the winners.

    In an effort to reduce waste, we would like our guests to consider bringing reusable drink containers for coffee, hot chocolate, or water (compostable cups will also be available).

    Families with children, as well as teens and young adults encouraged to attend. Discounted parking at 20 E. Randolph, InterPark Self-Park for $19. Central location is also easily accessible by elevated train and buses.

    GENE SISKEL FILM CENTER

    164 NORTH STATE STREET

    CHICAGO, IL, 60601




    • March 08, 2020
    • 11:00 AM - 1:30 PM
    • St. Benedict the African Parish, Chicago

    One Earth Film Festival - The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind

    FILM DESCRIPTION: Against all the odds, a 13-year-old boy in Malawi invents an unconventional way to save his family and village from famine. “The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind” is based on the best selling book and true story of William Kamkwamba. Directed by and starring Chiwetel Ejiofor and introducing Maxwell Simba.

    Appropriate for ages 10 to adult. Violent scenes may be difficult for more sensitive children.

    St. Benedict the African Parish, 6550 S. Harvard, The King Room, Chicago

    Doors open 30 minutes before start time. Arrive early to avoid lines and get best seats. ADA compliant accessible venue. Teens and young adults encouraged to attend. "PG-13" May contain heavy themes, graphic images or language. Refreshments available.

    Click here for complete details and tickets.

    • March 08, 2020
    • 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    • Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, Chicago

    One Earth Film Festival - Epic Yellowstone: Return of the Predators

    FILM DESCRIPTION: For decades, Yellowstone National Park's ecosystem was out of balance. Its wolves had vanished, and its grizzly bears were pushed to the edge of extinction. Now, through conservation efforts and one of the most ambitious restoration projects in history, the carnivores have returned in record numbers. Host Bill Pullman gives you an up-close look into nature's dramas over the course of a year.

    Appropriate for ages 10 to adult. Violent scenes may be difficult for more sensitive children.

    Sunday, March 8, 12 to 2 p.m. [North]
    Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, 2430 N. Cannon Dr., Chicago

    Doors open 30 minutes before start time. Arrive early to avoid lines and get best seats. ADA compliant accessible venue. Teens and young adults encouraged to attend. Refreshments available.

    Free. Click here for complete details and tickets.

    • March 12, 2020
    • March 13, 2020
    • Loyola University Chicago, 1032 W. Sheridan Road, Chicago, IL 60660

    Loyola University Chicago
    Institute of Environmental Sustainability

    Climate Change Conference:
    Accompanying Youth to a Hope-filled Future

    Twenty-three-year-old Kelsey Juliana is suing the United States government for her constitutional right to a livable planet. Teenager Tokata Iron Eyes organizes and advocates for indigenous rights and against fossil fuel interests as part of the Standing Rock Youth. Across the country, the climate crisis has mobilized young people to action.

    Listen to their stories, respond, and become inspired to act on behalf of the planet during this year’s Keynote Conversation at Loyola’s sixth climate change conference. 

    Click here for complete details and registration.


    • March 12, 2020
    • 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
    • Loyola University Chicago, 1032 W. Sheridan Road, Chicago, IL 60660


    Click here for complete details and registration.


    • March 12, 2020
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Loyola University Chicago, Mundelein Auditorium, 1020 W. Sheridan Road, Chicago, IL 60660


    Click here for complete details and registration.


    • March 14, 2020
    • 10:15 AM - 12:15 PM
    • Thatcher Woods Pavilion, River Forest

    One Earth Film Festival - Child of Nature

    CHICAGO-AREA PREMIERE. FILM DESCRIPTION: Captured over the course of three years, “Child of Nature” follows five stories of children from Kenya, Philippines, Syria, Canada, and Germany who, against all odds, are transforming their lives and their communities. These are stories of courage, hope, and generosity that will both amaze the mind and touch the heart.

    Appropriate for ages 10 to adult.

    Saturday, March 14, 10:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. [W Suburbs]
    Thatcher Woods Pavilion, 8030 Chicago Ave., River Forest

    Doors open 15 minutes before start time. Arrive early to avoid lines and get best seats. ADA compliant accessible venue. Refreshments available.

    Saturday, March 14, 1 to 3:30 p.m. [South]
    Jackson Park Fieldhouse, 6401 S. Stony Island Ave., Chicago

    Doors open 30 minutes before start time. Arrive early to avoid lines and get best seats. ADA compliant accessible venue. Refreshments available.

    Click here for complete details and tickets.

    • March 14, 2020
    • 10:15 AM - 12:15 PM
    • Jackson Park Fieldhouse, CHicago

    One Earth Film Festival - Child of Nature

    CHICAGO-AREA PREMIERE. FILM DESCRIPTION: Captured over the course of three years, “Child of Nature” follows five stories of children from Kenya, Philippines, Syria, Canada, and Germany who, against all odds, are transforming their lives and their communities. These are stories of courage, hope, and generosity that will both amaze the mind and touch the heart.

    Appropriate for ages 10 to adult.

    Saturday, March 14, 10:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. [W Suburbs]
    Thatcher Woods Pavilion, 8030 Chicago Ave., River Forest

    Doors open 15 minutes before start time. Arrive early to avoid lines and get best seats. ADA compliant accessible venue. Refreshments available.

    Saturday, March 14, 1 to 3:30 p.m. [South]
    Jackson Park Fieldhouse, 6401 S. Stony Island Ave., Chicago

    Doors open 30 minutes before start time. Arrive early to avoid lines and get best seats. ADA compliant accessible venue. Refreshments available.

    Free. Click here for complete details and tickets.

    • April 02, 2020
    • 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • Dominican University, River Forest

    Earth Day 50th Anniversary Celebration

    Bill McKibben via Skype along with Local Sustainability Experts

    Join us for a special afternoon to honor and to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. Bill McKibben writes in his recent book, Falter, that human lives are “the most curious of all... because we can destroy, but also because we can decide not to destroy.” Together, we will spend a day connecting the beauty of our Earth with the need to care for it, and we will imagine new ways of living interdependently with the Earth and with one another.

    A New York Times bestselling author, Bill McKibben is the founder of the environmental organization 350.org and was among the first writers to warn of the danger of global warming. He will join us via Skype at 6 pm. Throughout the afternoon, community sustainability experts, including River Forest Sustainability Commission, A Coalition of Climate and Environmental Justice Groups, Natural Paths for Lymphatic Wellness and others, will share their work and invite us all into active participation in caring for our Earth.

    Click here for complete details.


    • April 03, 2020
    • Illinois State Capitol Building, Springfield IL

    Illinois Environmental Council brings you:

    Click here for complete details and registration.


    • August 03, 2020
    • August 07, 2020
    • Illinois Institute of Technology, 10 West 35th Street Chicago, IL 60616

    This course will focus on a serious environmental issue of this century and beyond: climate change. We will explore the science associated with both the natural greenhouse effect, and the overwhelming influence of human emissions in driving temperatures up over the past two centuries, and likely much more during this century and beyond. We will also discuss how governments and individuals can help address climate change. The course will also include hands-on activities to help reinforce scientific concepts.

    Click here for complete details and registration.


    • January 01, 2021


    Young Filmmakers Contest submissions, from students ages 8 to 25, are due in January. Check here for specifics:   https://www.oneearthfilmfest.org/contest-details

    All winning films will premiere at the One Earth Film Festival in March. Questions? Please contact Lisa Files at lisa@greencommunityconnections.org.

For more opportunities, see the honeycomb projects

The Honeycomb Project is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with a focus on family volunteering. Their mission is to engage, mobilize and inspire kids and their families to strengthen Chicago’s communities through public service. They have an environmental initiative.   https://events.thehoneycombproject.org 

About CGCC

The Chicago Gifted Community Center (CGCC) is a member-driven 501(c)(3) non-profit organization created by parents to support the intellectual and emotional growth of gifted children and their families. 

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