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    • 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.


    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 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.

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    • 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.



    CHICAGO, IL, 60601

    • 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 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.

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. 

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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