November eNews: Sign Up for Young Filmmakers Workshops; Irish Author Paddy Woodworth Visits Oak Park; Carbon Fee & Dividend

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Natural Capital: Hope for the World

By Laurie Casey
We've all heard of capital. It's king, right? Plus, there's venture capital: wealth that creates new businesses. Human capital? Yep, we know that by the sweat on our brow.

And then there's natural capital. Ever heard of it? Paddy Woodworth, author of "Our Once and Future Planet," will come to Oak Park to help us understand the concept of restoring natural capital and how this idea is transforming the way the world values and uses nature.

Here's a preview, but please come see him speak at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 10, at First United Church of Oak Park (848 Lake Street, next to the Oak Park Public Library). This West Cook Wild Ones meeting is free and open to the public.

Read Laurie's Q and A with author Paddy Woodworth.

Kids Learn Filmmaking from Professionals

By Lisa Biehle Files
Middle and elementary school students can learn about video, lighting, audio and editing at two Young Filmmakers Workshops from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays, Dec. 6 (grades 6 to 8) and Dec. 13 (grades 3 to 5). Two Chicago-area film industry professionals, director Andrew Freer and editor Lucy Coria, will lead the workshops. They have planned a “hands-on, learning by doing” experience for participants.

Each workshop will take place at The Depot, 401 Thatcher Ave., in River Forest. Registration is through the River Forest Park District at a cost of $25 for residents and $30 for non-residents. Participants should bring a nut-free sack lunch; water and snack will be provided. Please register here, (using code #2216.220 or #2216.221).

Learn more about the workshops and contest.

The Good Tax: Carbon Fee & Dividend

By David Holmquist
In 2009, climate scientist Dr. James Hansen published his first book,
“Storms of My Grandchildren,” on the topic of climate science and his involvement in various governmental efforts over the previous two decades to craft a response to what he described as “the greatest threat civilization faces.” Dr. Hansen is perhaps the world’s most prominent climate scientist. Trained as an atmospheric physicist, he worked at NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies for 45 years, and was its head from 1981 until his retirement in 2013. He is known for his groundbreaking body of work, and for his outspoken warnings regarding the possibility of “tipping points” being reached in the climate system that could lead to runaway global warming.

Dr. Hansen is also known for his climate activism—which has led to his arrest on a number of occasions for civil disobedience—and for his advocacy of various public policies aimed at mitigating climate change. 

Read about Dr. Hansen's inventive idea to reduce carbon emissions.

As creator of the One Earth Film Festival, Green Community Connections believes in the power of film to inform, inspire and transform. Our Keeping It Reel feature curates short videos and feature-length film trailers that focus on a variety of sustainability and environmental issues that affect us all.  

Here is this month's selection:

The Nestle Company is taking millions of gallons of water from the San Bernardino National Forest, even though their permit expired in 1988. And this, in the middle of a record-breaking drought. â€œThis Land is Our Land” was produced by the Story of Stuff Project. 

Upcoming Community and Regional Events

Friday, November 6, 7:30 to 10:30 p.m., One Earth Rocks!at Wire Music Club, 6815 W. Roosevelt Rd., in Berwyn. Enjoy local acclaimed rock group "The Redmonds," raffles, and an auction, all to raise money for One Earth Film Festival 2016. Reserve tickets here.

Sunday, November 8, 2 to 3 p.m., Healthy Holiday Dining on a Dime, at Sugar Beet Food Co-op, 812 W. Madison St., in Oak Park. Green kitchen economist Laura Bruzas will share tips and secrets to save time and money when eating in, dining out, and entertaining. Free and open to the public. More here.

Tuesday, November 109:15 to 11a.m., Status of Midwest Water Resources, at the Nineteenth Century Club, 178 Forest Ave., in Oak Park. Metropolitan Water Reclamation District Board President Debra Shore will discuss our water resources and answer questions. Sponsored by the League of Women Voters. Call 708- 342-0803 for more information.

Tuesday, November 10, 7 to 9 p.m., Paddy Woodworth: Our Once and Future Planetat First United Church, 848 Lake St., in Oak Park. Woodworth will discuss conservation in light of climate change. Free and open to the public. More here.

Wednesday, November 11, 7 to 8 p.m., DIY Garam Masalaat Sugar Beet Food Co-op, 812 W. Madison St., in Oak Park. Join Chef Ronak Patel to create your own garam masala to take home. This workshop is free but limited to 10 people. Please register via email at

Saturday, November 14, 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Native Lansdscaping Conference (Northern Suburbs)at the College of Lake County in Grayslake. Steve Swenson will talk about , "Aldo Leopold's Land Ethic: The Product of Perspective." Sponsored by Lake to Prairie Wild Ones. Register here.

Saturday, November 14, 4 to 7 p.m., Family Night Out: Stars, Stories and S'Moresat Thatcher Woods Pavilion, 8030 Chicago Ave., in River Forest. Bring the family and enjoy the evening with a fire, storytelling, snacks, and other nature activities. For more information , call 708-386-4042 or learn more here.

Sunday, November 15, 2 to 3 p.m., Alternative Sweeteners Workshopat Sugar Beet Food Co-op, 812 Madison St., in Oak Park. Learn about sugar, artificial sweeteners, and natural sweeteners from Sloan Osborn. Free and open to the public. More here.

Sunday, November 15, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., Dennis Paige: Where Nature Comes Homeat the Priory, Room 259, Dominican University, 7200 W. Division St., in River Forest. Learn about planting eco-friendly landscapes from this award-winning columist. More here.

Thursday, November 19, 4 to 7 p.m., Green Holiday DIY, at Cummings Square, 536 N. Harlem, in River Forest. Learn how to green up your holiday gifting, wrapping, and decor. For more information, call 312- 415-2970 or go here.

Friday, November 2010:30 to 11:15 a.m.Free Toddler Nature Explorationat the Oak Park Conservatory, 615 Garfield St., in Oak Park. Bring your 18 to 30-month old for a story, a hands on activity, and a walk through the conservatory. Plants to Eat is the theme for November.  More here

Friday, November 20, 12:15 to 1 p.m.Free Preschool Nature Exploration, at the Oak Park Conservatory, 615 Garfield St., in Oak Park. Bring your 3 to 5-year-old for a story, a hands on activity, and a walk through the conservatory. Plants to Eat is the theme for November. More here.


Thursday, November 26

Friday, November 27, 1 p.m., Turkey Trot Hikebeginning at Trailside Museum, 738 Thatcher Ave., in River Forest. Walk off that turkey dinner at a post-holiday, guided hike of nearby trails. Register at least two days in advance by calling 708-366-6530. More here.

Sunday, December 6, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.Young Filmmakers Workshop (grades 6 to 8), at the Depot, 401 Thatcher Ave., in River Forest. Students will learn the basics of how to make a film from industry professionals, Andrew Freer and Lucy Coria. Register here.

Sunday, December 13, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Young Filmmakers Workshop (grades 3 to 5), at the Depot, 401 Thatcher Ave., in River Forest. Students will learn the basics of how to make a film from industry professionals, Andrew Freer and Lucy Coria. Register here.

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