A Look Back at 2012
2012 was an incredible year, filled with excitement; victory; and positive outcomes for our campaigns and projects! Many of you actively participated in the events and activities presented below. The organizing and hard work by all shows what grassroots organizations and individuals can do to bring about change that works with and respects all living things. We look forward to continued collaboration in this next year, and give thanks to [...]
In this culture, says the book-length report, people find meaning and contentment in what they consume, but this cultural orientation has had huge implications for society and the planet. The average U.S. citizens, for instance, consumes more each day, in terms of mass, than they weigh. If everyone lived like this, the Earth could only sustain 1.4 billion people.
Cross Posting 2010 Article Seeking a Consumer Culture Revolution Matthew Berger
WASHINGTON, Jan 12 2010 (IPS) [...]
We are inundated with news about our faltering economy, declining resources, climate change, and environmental degradation associated with our ever-increasing consumer society. But little is said in the media about positive responses to these challenges. What would it take to build communities that are capable of bouncing back from adverse situations? How might they actively prepare for economic, social and environmental change?
This fun animation provides a vision of what a post-consumer society could [...]
Eco-Justice: A Vision for a Sustainable City
October 12-13, 19-20 , 26-27 Fridays 1-9 pm, Saturdays 9am-5pm Seminary Consortium for Urban Pastoral Education, Chicago
This class will be taught by: Clinton Stockwell, Executive Director, Chicago Semester Pam and Lan Richart, Eco-Justice Collaborative
This course will develop a holistic vision for a sustainable city as an outworking of the concept of shalom, a just peace. It will evaluate the relevance of three components of [...]
EJC offers a six-week series on eco-justice …
As we face growing concerns over a warming planet, diminishing natural resources, food security and the end of the fossil fuel age, we must ask ourselves: How does our faith guide us? How can our actions reflect the justice and affimation of life in which we believe?
Assemble six to eight people in the Chicago area and we’ll host this interactive educational series that blends information and [...]
DISCOVER THE TRUE COST OF COAL! Join an EJC Delegation to the coalfields of Illinois or West Virginia this Year! Delegation to America’s Heartland!
Interested in learning first-hand about the true cost of coal in Illinois? Join an EJC delegation where we take a driving tour of historic and contemporary coal mining sites. We’ll learn about the history of the Illinois’ coal industry and organized labor, and visit the small towns where some of the nation’s [...]
Start a Transition Town Initiative in Your Community!
EJC co-founded the transition towns movement in Rogers Park in 2009 as a way to lower our ecological footprint, build resiliency through local solutions to today’s challenges of peak oil, climate change and the economy – and foster community relationships along the way! Click here to read full article in (pages 24 and 25) and here to learn more about the Transition Towns Movement.
Transition Rogers Park, [...]
Headed into Ecological Overshoot … Again?
Did you know that the United States consumes up to 30% of the world’s resources and generates nearly 30% of the world’s wastes? All this with just 4.5% of the world’s population! Did you know that by 2010, the U.S was using global resources at a rate that would require 4.4 planets to sustain? And in 2011, the Global Footprint Network projected that the world would consume 135 [...]
People’s College of Transition Skills Summer Skillshares!
The People’s College of Transition Skills is an initiative of Transition Rogers Park. It is a grass-roots, informal network of neighbor teaching neighbor. We meet in homes, backyards, parks, schools, or empty storefronts to share our skills with each other.
This summer, the People’s College is scheduling and facilitating a variety of skillshares and workshops in collaboration with the Mess Hall, 6932 N. Glenwood Avenue. These events [...]
No More Despair…Move into ACTION!
You already know that we face unprecedented environmental and health challenges in our world today. Our reliance on depleting fossil fuels not only contributes to the accumulation of greenhouse gases in our atmosphere, but also contributes to the accumulation of toxic chemicals in our bodies. The victims of this unfolding calamity are our own children and grandchildren.
Many of us know the facts surrounding today’s crises well. But…in the absence [...]