Join us for a day of ecologically-focused programs this Sunday, December 22! At 11:00am, activist Saad Amer will speak at our Sunday Platform on the necessity of collective action to fight climate change. Then, at 1:30pm, we’ll hold a screening of the new documentary The Need to GROW focusing on the need for a revolution in soil conservation and rejuvination.
Saad Amer: “Climate Action: Why Collective Action is the Answer”
Sunday, December 22 – 11:00am
With wildfires in California, devastating hurricanes across the Atlantic, and record temperatures across the US, climate change is more visible than ever. Despite the billions of dollars in damages and lives lost this last year, the US is moving backward in climate policy. While individual actions can make a difference, systematic change is essential in dealing with the Climate Crisis, especially given its impact on marginalized communities, human health, inequality and the economy. This talk will focus on the why voting is essential, how we can organize our communities, and how we can turn the momentum on climate into a movement to the polls come 2020.
Saad Amer is an environmentalist, activist and the Founder of Plus1Vote, an organization dedicated to improving voter turnout and improving representation in our democracy. The organization rallies voters on issues like climate change and reached million of Americans in the 2018 midterms. He works with the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change’s Youth Constituency, YOUNGO, is an Expert Reviewer for the upcoming IPCC report and is an advisor to the National Parks Conservation Association on their Next Generation Advisory Council. He has worked on environmental issues in India, China and the US, co-created Harvard University’s inaugural Sustainability Plan, and discovered a new hybrid species in French Polynesia. He has organized and educated hundreds of K-12 students at the Fish Thicket Land Preserve in New York and has worked with Brookhaven National Laboratory. He went to Harvard University where he studied Environmental Science and Public Policy with a minor in Organismic and Evolutionary Biology. (Photo credit: Heather Walsh)
Film & Discussion
The Need to GROW
Sunday, December 22 – 1:30pm
“Really inspiring, moving, and powerful!” -Rosario Dawson
“It is a hopeful documentary that shows that we have a way out of these challenges.” -Sen. Cory Booker
Join us for The Need To GROW, a new documentary that follows pioneers of cutting edge technology as they fight to localize sustainable food systems and regenerate Earth’s dying soils. In a race against the end of farmable soil, three individuals fight for change in the industry of agricultural food production, calling for a revolution.
“The Need to GROW” delivers alarming evidence on the importance of healthy soil — revealing not only the potential of localized food production working with nature, but our opportunity as individuals to help regenerate our planet’s dying soils and participate in the restoration of the Earth.