We sure do love our sweets! And since medical science has come to recognize the bad effects of sugar, many attempts have occurred to find a suitable replacement for it. Aspartame is one of them. What typically happens, is that whenever we fool around trying to come up with replacement foods, we end up with something that has even worse side effects. Join us in our February 22, 2018 EGG meeting and we will go over the Aspartame story and why it is such as 'big bad wolf". Read More
Sustainability: Streetwise or Harvard?
So much to learn, and so little time. There are so many resources that we can use to increase our knowledge of things pertaining to "sustainability". In our EGG February 15, 2018 meeting, we will investigate, explore, and rate the numerous sustainability resources that we have available. Hopefully, participants can bring their ideas to add to our list!
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From Sustainability Concepts To How To Be A More Effective Agent Of Change
The name Alan Atkisson has been associated with many aspects of sustainability for a long time. For those of you who have taken environmental courses in college, you will most likely have read some of his books. In our Feb. 08, 2018 EGG meeting, we will take a close look at some of his ideas in the areas of sustainability, sustainable development, and transformative change. We will view some videos investigating tools and results of applying his methods. Please join us for this very informative session! Read More
Better Eating Habits & Sustainability
Good health is an important part of a sustainable lifestyle and contributes to a sustainable environment. Eating the right food is a key component creating good health. Is it time for you to jump on the bandwagon of heating healthy? The best time to do it is now! Come to our February 1, 2018 EGG session and learn with others some important basics behind eating what is right for us. We will watch some fascinating videos and have some discussion with folks who have walked down this path! Read More
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The artificial sweetener Aspartame was accidentally discovered in 1965 by the chemist James Schlatter. It was initially approved for use in food products by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1981. Now it is approved for human consumption in more than ninety countries. Aspartame is an ingredient in about 6,000 consumer foods and beverages sold worldwide, sold under the trade names Equal, NutraSweet, and Canderel. It is even in pharmaceuticals that we cannot escape from. Aspartame breaks down in the human body into aspartic acid (an amino acid), phenylalanine (an essential amino acid), and methanol. Methanol is further converted into formaldehyde and formic acid. While the safety of aspartame is upheld by government agencies and many in the scientific establishment, what is the reality?
Come join us to see the video “Sweet Misery” suggested by EGG member Beverly Turner!
Last week we dove into our choices of medical treatments to make our lives better. This week we are going to focus on details of what we eat, or rather what we should be eating and not eating to establish a sustainable way of life. We will view a fascinating and informative video from Dr. Neal Barnard who is the founder of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM). The main focus will be on striving for a non-dairy diet. Dr. Barnard will present some eye opening research on how our body reacts to dairy products. We have several members who have put Dr. Barnard's advice into practice. I am sure we will have some interesting discussions on this topic.
Please come and be a part of this life enrichment session!
So you want to make a difference? You want to get your act together and do your part in living your life in the most sustainable way that makes sense? Where do you start? Who do you talk to? What are you going to do? At some point in time, we are all going to have to find answers to these questions in order to get us on the right track to a more sustainable life. In today's EGG session, we are going to look at a really good sampling of what resources exist to learn more about sustainability and how to get more involved. There are so many resources available! I will provide you with a collection of resources and in return hopefully you can add to that list.
Bring your ideas to the meeting and contribute and let's see what we can uncover!
Have you wondered how public policies that stress unending GDP growth can square with a sustainable future for humanity: How can we grow indefinitely on a finite planet with definite ecological limits – several of which have already been breached? What is the economic theory behind such GDP growth policies? Is this economic theory valid as we reach the limits of growth? And if not, what sort of economic system do we need to build a sustainable future?
Welcome to Kate Raworth’s Doughnut Economics in which Kate dissects the assumptions and implications of neoclassical economics – the economic theory that underlies GDP growth-focused public policy worldwide – and demonstrates how these assumptions are not valid in a bounded world with a limited “environmental ceiling”, the earth’s ecological carrying capacity.
Having thus set the stage, Raworth proposes that we change the goal of economics from GDP growth to moving into “the doughnut”, the safe and just space for humanity bounded by the environmental ceiling of planetary pressure and by the social foundation of human well-being.
We will explore Doughnut Economics via two Kate Raworth videos:
• Introducing ‘The Doughnut’ of social and planetary boundaries for development (Oxfam International 2012): This short video introduces the Doughnut concept, highlights key breaches of the Environmental Ceiling and demonstrates that the Social Foundation may be achievable.
• Why it’s time for ‘Doughnut Economics’ (TEDx Athens 2014): “What language would you choose if you wanted to change the world?”, Kate Raworth asks. Economics”, she concludes. But economic theory is centuries out of date and that's a disaster for tackling the 21st century's challenges of climate change, poverty, and inequality. So Raworth flips economic thinking on its head to give a crash course in alternative economics, explaining in three minutes what they'll never teach you in three years of a degree. Find out why it's time to get into the doughnut.
We will conclude with a group discussion and action planning session led by Phil Metz.
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Kate Raworth is a renegade economist focused on exploring the economic mindset needed to address the 21st century’s social and ecological challenges, and is the creator of the Doughnut of social and planetary boundaries. She is a Senior Visiting Research Associate at Oxford University’s Environmental Change Institute, where she teaches on the Masters in Environmental Chang`e and Management. She is also a Senior Associate at the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership. Her internationally acclaimed idea of Doughnut Economics has been widely influential amongst sustainable development thinkers, progressive businesses and political activists, and she has presented it to audiences ranging from the UN General Assembly to the Occupy movement. Her book, Doughnut Economics: seven ways to think like a 21st century economist was published in the UK and US in April 2017 and translated into Italian, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch and Japanese. Over the past 20 years, Kate’s career has taken her from working with micro-entrepreneurs in the villages of Zanzibar to co-authoring the Human Development Report for UNDP in New York, followed by a decade as Senior Researcher at Oxfam.
Kate holds a first class BA in Politics, Philosophy and Economics, and an MSc in Economics for Development, both from Oxford University. She is a member of the Club of Rome and serves on several advisory boards, including the Stockholm School of Economics’ Global Challenges programme, the University of Surrey’s Centre for the Understanding of Sustainable Prosperity, and Oxford University’s Environmental Change Institute.
Alan Atkisson is an expert and pioneer in the field of sustainability, sustainable development, and transformative change. Beginning in the early 1990s, he helped to establish the practice of developing sustainability indicators, working with cities and governments around the world. He has developed a set of tools and methods to support systems-based sustainability action plans of organizations. He has also espoused the concept of sustainability change agents as drivers of transformations in communities. In addition, he is an author and a song-writer, and often uses songs to communicate with his audience.
Come join us to view and discuss some videos on his ideas and tools!
Medical science has made tremendous advances even in the past few years, making huge strides in tackling even the most dreaded diseases. But the big challenge remains: how do we help those of us living longer lives, many of us with chronic disease, as we age? And how can we do this in a way that is most responsible to the Earth on which we live? With conflicting incentives that include perpetuating rather than curing chronic disease, is medical science the answer? In this talk I will introduce three powerful but mostly ignored integrative solutions which can have life-changing results without the use of drugs.
The Cleantech Open is ramping up their 2018 acceleration program here in the West. As in each of the past few years, their application deadline is on May 1. Click on the link to find out more about this exciting program. This may be your opportunity to make things happen! Read More
We are looking into the issue of whether or not cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin are sustainable. As of this writing, the jury is still out. It is very controversial and many people do not want to touch them with a ten foot pole! Take a look at the presentation which has some good references to start your investigation. Read More
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