If you really want to go green, get involved! Here’s how.

  • Sarah Jackson
  • Friday, November 2, 2007 1:22pm
  • Life

You say you want to save the planet.

But how?

You get educated. You find like-minded people. You discuss. Maybe you take action. Maybe you write a blog instead.

No matter what you do, you have options right here in Snohomish County, where there are more than few ways to get started. Even if you can’t attend the events, you’ll be amazed and inspired, I promise, by how much is going in your backyard and around the world to help save the Earth.

First off, the Everett Public Library is set to host a bunch of cool green-themed events this month, all in the main library auditorium.

Climate Change — 2 p.m. Nov. 10 — Paleontologist Peter Ward has written extensively on biodiversity and mass extinctions. This program and book signing for adults will focus on his most recent book, “Under the Green Sky: Global Warming, the Mass Extinctions of the Past, and What They Can Tell Us about our Future.”

Second Sundays — 2 p.m. Nov. 11 — This film series for adults will include a screening of “Our Daily Bread,” directed by Nikolaus Geyrhalter. The 92-minute film takes the viewer into the little-known world of high-tech agriculture, where chicks hatch in sealed rooms, a huge hose sucks salmon out of a fjord and elaborate “disassembly” machines operate almost without human intervention.

Climate Change for Kids — 2 p.m. Nov. 17 — To help children understand the science of climate change, Beverly Boos of Opening of the Heart and The Climate Project, will present a 45-minute slide show especially designed for children of elementary school age and their families, followed by interactive activities that graphically demonstrate solutions and next steps.

Here’s a roundup of green events coming up at Zippy’s Java Lounge, the downtown Everett homebase of Green Everett.

Green Everett — 4 to 6 p.m. Nov. 18 and Dec. 16 — Green Everett meets from on the third Sunday of every month. Businesses, organizations and individuals are invited.

Join a sustainable book club — 6 to 7 p.m. Nov. 14 and 28 — Read and discuss “Extreme Simplicity” by a suburban Los Angeles couple trying to live super-sustainably. This club meets on the second and fourth Wednesdays of every month.

Black Friday — 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 23 — Don’t shop, attend a potluck and day of crafting the day after Thanksgiving.

Conversation cafes — 3 p.m. Nov. 4 and Dec. 2 — Watch the documentary “An Inconvenient Truth” at 3 p.m. Nov. 4 and stick around for a discussion afterward. Do the same thing with “Sicko” at 3 p.m. Dec. 2.

Global Warming — 7 p.m. Nov. 12 — Marilene Richardson of Snohomish will present an introductory discussion about a free 4-week global warming conversation circle.

Developed and sponsored by the Northwest Earth Institute, the course will explore personal responses to climate change, the history and science of climate change, new strategies to address climate change and personal actions to effect change. Course discussions will be participant-facilitated and based on readings from authors such as Al Gore, Van Jones, Dr. Naomi Oreskes and the Rev. Sally Bingham.

Interested parties can sign up after the presentation or call Richardson to RSVP at 360-863-1820. Books for the course cost $20, but they can be shared among participants.

By the way, Richardson, a wife and mother of two, an outreach coordinator for the Portland-based Northwest Earth Institute and the founder of the local Foundation for Sustainable Community, was recently featured in The Herald for her family’s refreshing approach to sustainability. If you missed the story, check it out.

Finally, here are a couple very cool events happening at another hotbed for green lovers, the Wired and Unplugged Internet coffee house in Snohomish.

Local Currency — 6 p.m. Nov. 5 — This event starts with a mixer and continues with a talk at 7 p.m. by a Fourth Corner Exchange representative, who will explain an alternative money system, community currencies, currently used by more than 500 exchange members throughout the Northwest.

“Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price” — 6 p.m. Dec. 3 — Start the evening with an introduction to several local businesses, mostly cottage industries, offering holiday gifts, followed by a 7 p.m. screening of “Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price,” which will take you behind the scenes and into the real lives of workers and their communities. Stick around for a short discussion afterward.

If you’re read this far, here’s a little treat, just for you from Marilene Richardson:

“We are no longer passive victims of the climate system’s slow oscillations; we are now, as a collective, atmospheric engineers.” — Alan AtKisson

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