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SRmovie: FOOD FOR CHANGE

FOOD FOR CHANGE

Wednesday, May 2, 7:00-8:30 pm,  Where: Peacock Hall

The Vegan Club and Sustainable Rossmoor are cosponsoring the documentary film FOOD FOR CHANGE.

In a time when ‘local,’ ‘organic,’ and ‘sustainable’ are terms regularly used by large grocery chains to create an illusion of a healthy food delivery scheme, it’s worth looking at a contrasting economy that truly delivers on the promise  – the American food cooperative – and the role that co-ops have played for generations connecting consumers to farmers with democracy, honesty, and transparency. FOOD FOR CHANGE examines the role food co-ops played in their pioneering quest for organic foods, and their current efforts to create regional food systems. It shows cooperatives’ focus on local economies and issues of food security.

We take a look back at a time in America when food cooperatives were commonplace during the Great Depression but were threatened by the post-WWII consumerism and large agri-businesses. Industrial farms grew bigger in size and smaller in number, relying on synthetic chemicals and mechanization to grow cheap food and reap maximal profits. Two million family farms were driven out of business.

But during the tumultuous events of the 1960s, food co-ops re-emerged as an alternative to factory farms and corporate-owned grocery chains. Food co-ops were seen as a force for dynamic social and economic change in American culture. What began as an obscure stance from a counterculture has resulted in a market for natural and organic foods valued at over $100 billion annually. Today they are turning to a new cause and niche market: locally sourced food.

The film profiles several food co-ops that have revived neighborhoods and communities – right in the shadows of corporate agribusinesses and supermarket chains. It’s an inspiring example of community-centered economies thriving in an age of globalization.

This 82 minute film has SDH Captions and will be followed by a discussion and a raffle. The film was made possible by a donation from the Rossmoor Farmers Market. The Market celebrates its re-opening on Friday, May 20th from 9 am until 1 pm.

Trailer: https://vimeo.com/98561491

This is an uplifting but honest film about the relationships between the environment, food, economics, democracy, and government. It’s an opportunity to understand the role of politics and policy in our own lives and what we can do about it where we live. In many cities and towns, the Farmers Market offers some of these same choices.

“This film should inspire anyone interested in creating socially just, community supported, and economically viable enterprises.”

Marion Nestle, Professor of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health, New York University, Author, Food Politics

“Food for Change is just the kind of nourishment our minds and hearts need right now! The documentary explains key historical moments and trends, traces the multiple roots of the cooperative food movement, and illustrates how groups and communities are taking charge of their food futures. This is an indispensable resource for people who want to understand how a cooperative vision can guide one of the most important domains of the economy and our lives.”

George Cheney, Professor of Communication, University of Colorado-Colorado Springs, Author, Values at Work

“I felt energized by the movie. I loved all of the historical background and couldn’t help feel that what we’re doing will be historic someday too. The movie made me believe that we can do anything!”

Linda Balek, Steering Committee Member, Food Shed Co-op, Woodstock, IL (start-up co-op)

Film Schedule Earth Awareness Week 2018

FILM SCHEDULE:  EARTH AWARENESS WEEK 2018

All films shown in Peacock Theater

Mon, 4/16, 1:00-3:00 pm, BECOMING CALIFORNIA (116 min)

An epic story of environmental change on America’s western edge. From geologic origins hundreds of millions of years ago to present day and beyond, Becoming California takes a look at change on a grand scale. It reveals how humans’ approach toward the environment dictates the nature of change, and how a shift in attitudes can foster healthy, functioning ecosystems amidst vibrant economies, sustaining not just nature, but people, too. Watch the Trailer:

 

 

Tues, 4/17, 10:00am – 12:00, OVER TROUBLED WATERS (45 min)

This award-winning documentary produced by Restore the Delta and narrated by Ed Begley, Jr. details the dangers to the largest estuary on the west coast as it becomes more salty, more shallow, and warmer with its wildlife dying off as a result of the peripheral canal taking northern CA water to the Los Angeles. The new threat — the delta tunnel project — is avoidable with other ways to create a sustainable water supply. Click to view the trailer: .

NB:  After the showing, Sustainable Rossmoor President, Marcia McLean, will interview JOAN BUCHANAN who served as our Assemblywoman, representing AD16 in Sacramento from 2008-2014. Joan is currently President of the Board of Restore the Delta.

 

Wed, 4/18. 8:30-10:00 am, Peacock REVENGE OF THE ELECTRIC CAR (90 min)

Director of Who Killed the Electric Car? comes back with an inspiring and entertaining account of a revolutionary moment in human transportation as he follows developments at General Motors, Nissan, and Tesla, where these auto makers race each other to create the first, best, and most popular in the new EV market. Watch theTrailer

 

Wed, 4/18. 10:45 am -12:00 pm, Peacock JUST EAT IT: A FOOD WASTE STORY (85 min)

A fun film that follows filmmakers and food lovers Jen and Grant who dive into the issue of waste from farm, through retail, all the way to the back of their own fridge. After catching a glimpse of the billions of dollars of good food that is tossed each year in North America, they pledge to quit grocery shopping cold turkey and survive only on foods that would otherwise become landfill. But, as Grant’s addictive personality turns full tilt towards food rescue, the ‘thrill of the find’ has unexpected consequences. Watch the Trailer:

 

Also on Wed, 4/18, 1:00-2:30 pm, Repeat Showing: REVENGE OF THE ELECTRIC CAR

Director of Who Killed the Electric Car? comes back with an inspiring and entertaining account of a revolutionary moment in human transportation as he follows developments at General Motors, Nissan, and Tesla, where these auto makers race each other to create the first, best, and most popular in the new EV market. Watch the Trailer: .

 

 

For more information, on the films please feel free to contact the event Chair, Carol Weed, carol4ofa@gmail.com.

FOR COMPLETE EARTH AWARENESS WEEK’S EVENT CALENDAR: CLICK HERE

The Nuclear Option by NOVA (2017)

When: Wednesday April 11, 7:00-8:30 pm  Title: The Nuclear Option by NOVA (2017)

Where: Peacock Hall

Five years after the earthquake and tsunami that triggered the unprecedented meltdown of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, scientists  wonder: what’s next for Fukushima? What’s next for Japan? What’s next for a world that seems determined to jettison one of our most important carbon-free sources of energy? Despite the catastrophe, a new generation of nuclear power seems poised to emerge phoenix-like from the ashes. NOVA investigates how the realities of climate change, the inherent limitation of renewable energy resources, and the optimism and enthusiasm of a new generation of nuclear engineers is seeding a Renaissance in nuclear technology. What are the lessons from Fukushima and how might we be able to build a safe nuclear future?  (One hour film with optional discussion after.)

Trailer:  http://youtu.be/u1wKpZsU2-o

Q&A Afterwards:  Nuclear energy engineer, Vicki Swisher will be the film’s discussant. She has over 40 years experience in the commercial nuclear industry, and has worked in almost every area of nuclear development including design, construction, plant startup, licensing, and project management during her career. Vicki is a Rossmoor resident and a director in Fourth Mutual.

Recent SR opinion articles regarding concerns about utilizing the Nuclear Power option:

Nuclear Power Is Not Green Energy

Nuclear Power: Salvation or Catastrophe?

This Month’s Featured Films: TIDEWATER and THE BURDEN

WHEN: Wednesday, March 14, 7:00-9:00 pm WHERE: Peacock Hall

There are two short documentaries co-featured for March, Presented by Sustainable Rossmoor and Cosponsored by Informed Rossmoor Voices.  Both documentaries focus to varying degrees on the impacts on military preparedness and national security resulting from fossil fuel dependence and climate change driving rising waters. They highlight how our military is responding to climate change and is at the forefront of innovation and providing leadership to our government. These films have been screened at the White House, the Pentagon, the US War College, NATO Headquarters in Belgium, and are in the Annapolis Naval Academy curriculum. Our special invited discussant, U.S. Marine Major Jonathan Morgenstein (more information below), will be at the showing to respond to your questions. This event is free of charge and open to invited quests.

TIDEWATER won the 1st juried prize as the best environmental film at last year’s San Francisco Green Film Festival. It’s a personal story of a community accustomed to hardship and sacrifice through its military service. Hampton Roads, Virginia, a region relatively unknown nationwide, is especially vulnerable to sea level rise and its effects on military readiness and our overall national security. With 14 military installations spread across 17 local jurisdictions, it has our highest concentration of military assets in the country, where 1 in 6 residents are connected to the military. Their homes, schools, hospitals, and families are increasingly struggling to keep up with the effects of rising waters, and the military and all the surrounding municipalities are working toward solutions.  They are coming together to create a new approach to building a resilient America, ready for the environmental realities of the 21st century. If Hampton Roads succeeds, it will strengthen national security, enhance economic prosperity, and create a powerful template for success — a model other regions can use to prepare for the inevitable.

The second film, THE BURDEN,

has been called the most effective communications tool ever made for shifting the debate on clean energy as one of urgent national security. It is the first documentary to tell the story of our dependence on fossil fuels as the greatest long-term national security threat confronting the U.S., and how the military is leading our transition away from oil. Renewables are redefining the meaning of energy independence. The troops are crying out to unleash us from the tether of fossil fuel. But is Congress listening?

Our special invited discussant, U.S. Marine Major Jonathan Morgenstein

will speak about the issues raised in these films and answer audience questions. He is a specialist in national security policy and conflict-resolution training and has focused on Security Sector Reform, Clean Energy, and Human Rights — particularly in the developing world including the Middle East, North Africa, and Latin America. He has appeared on ABC, Al Jazeera, BBC Arabic, CNN, MSNBC, and PBS. He has been published in the New York Times, Washington Post, Boston Globe, Richmond Times-Dispatch, Politico, The Hill, and other publications.

Film trailers:

https://www.amresproject.org/tidewater-film/

https://www.amresproject.org/the-burden/

More about the film discussant:

Major Morgenstein has served over 25 years in the US Marine Reserves, including two tours in Iraq and one in Bosnia. He served as the senior policy adviser for Veterans, Intelligence, Foreign, Armed Services, Homeland Security and Foreign Policy for Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI). He helped to establish the first Office of Global Strategic Engagement and also the Office of Rule of Law and International Humanitarian Policy. He served as a human rights advocate for Refugees International in Darfur, and as a High School Social Studies Teacher in both New Hampshire and San Francisco.

He is a member of Operation Free – a coalition of veterans and national security experts who believe oil dependence and climate change pose threats to our national security. They advocate for securing America with clean energy. http://operationfree.net/

Major Morgenstein is the founding President and CEO of Empowerment Solar. Over the past three years, his company has designed and installed distributed, commercial-scale solar electric systems for Palestinian businesses on the West Bank.

Major Morgenstein has been a fellow with the Truman National Security Project since 2006, and served from 2011-2014 as co-Director of Truman’s Middle East/North Africa Experts Group. The Truman National Security Project is a nationwide organization of frontline civilians, veterans, political professionals, and policy experts who conduct education and advocacy work on national security and foreign policy issues in the United States. It’s in this education and advocacy role that he comes to Rossmoor.

IMPORTANT facts FROM “THE BURDEN” FILM (based on 2014 data)

  • The US consumes 1/5 of global oil.
  • 1/5 of US Oil imports pass through the Strait of Hormuz in the Persian Sea
  • The price of gas might be $3.40/gal but the true cost is $7-8/gal if cost of US military protection of the world’s “life blood” were factored in.
  • $85 billion is spent by the Pentagon annually to protect vulnerable chokepoints (narrow passes in water ways).
  • For every $1 the price of a barrel of oil goes up, it costs the military $130 million.
  • The Department of Defense consumes 20% of federal budget.
  • “That fuel resupply mission [of oil] came to dominate everything we did.” (quote from the film).
  • The military is the best source of first responders in the world to address global natural disasters: emergency & rescue to recovery every 2 weeks on average.
  • Subsidies (in million dollars annually):  $ 70 Fossil Fuels; $ 17 Ethanol; $12 Renewables
  • “What’s holding us back is that so many of the conservatives, of which I am one, do not see our consumption of oil as a national security issue. If you’ve been in war in the Middle East, as I have, you might see that differently.”  Mayor Greg Ballard, Indianapolis, Lt Col (Ret) from the US Marine Corps.
  • Veterans in Congress:  65% in 1973 vs 19% in 2013
  • “Change is coming. You can either anticipated manage it and shape it, or let it just control you.”  Bob Ingles, (R) Congressman S Carolina (2005-2011) launched the Energy and Enterprise Initiative in 2012 — a nationwide public engagement campaign promoting conservative and free-enterprise solutions to energy and climate challenges.

WILD WEATHER

WHEN: Wednesday, Feb 14, 7:00-8:30 pm

WHERE: Peacock Hall

WILD WEATHER by NOVA (2015)

The best way to truly understand weather is to get inside it. Sustainable Rossmoor screens  WILD WEATHER at Peacock Hall on Wednesday, February 14 at 7 pm — a fresh and informative documentary produced by NOVA that introduces a global group of experts who risk their lives to demonstrate the power of wind, water and temperature, taking these simple “ingredients” and transforming them into something spectacular and powerful for everyone to understand. Maverick experts and renowned specialists from around the world reveal a whole range of fascinating new discoveries from the cutting edge of science. 

Despite scientists studying it for thousands of years, we know far less about how weather works than anyone might expect. We hear that global warming is causing Extreme Weather –exacerbating both cold and hot atmospheric conditions, and excessively dry or wet ones. But, understanding the mechanics of the basics is still a challenge. Sometimes crazy and fun, watch these professionals as they explore the mysteries of hurricanes, sandstorms, and icy cyclones. They change the way you think about whether forever. Captions included. 

Wild Valentine Chocolates will be available!

Trailer: http://youtu.be/BXa68-y3GJE 

American meteorologist Reed Timmer uses a bizarre tornado-proof armoured car called “The Dominator 3,” to attempt to do something that no-one has ever done before: fire a flying probe right into the heart of a tornado.

Engineers Jim Stratton and Craig Zehrung from Purdue University, USA, use a high powered “vacuum cannon” to fire homemade hailstones at over 500 mph. It sounds like fun, but their work has a serious purpose: to discover whether hail is actually stronger than ordinary ice.

Walter Steinkogler of the WSL Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research SLF in Davos, Switzerland, tries to find out how something as light and delicate as snow can travel at 250 mph when it’s in an avalanche.

Dr. Kazunori Kuwana from Yamagata University, Japan has spent the last 10 years trying to capture the rare moment that can turn a bushfire into a formidable fire whirlwind. In “Wild Weather” he fulfils a lifelong ambition by starting a 10-meter high fire whirl of his own.

Dan Morgan of Cobham Laboratories, U.K. creates lightning bolts in his lab to try and measure the destructive power not of lightning, but of thunder. Although we think of thunder as merely the sound of lightning, it is actually a powerful destructive force of its own. In a world-first “Wild Weather” makes it possible to actually see thunder for the first time.

Below, scientist Dr. Nigel Tapper of Monash University, Australia tries to create his own massive dust storm so he can examine the microscopic moments when dust particles begin to bounce high into the stratosphere. 

Addicted To Plastic

ADDICTED TO PLASTIC SHOWING JANUARY  10

WHEN: Wed, Jan 10, 7:00-8:30 pm

WHERE: Peacock Hall

DESCRIPTION:  Plastic is everywhere — for better and worse: floating ocean swirls as big as Texas, artificial organs, water bottles, and wind turbines. This film explores the history of plastic and how it came to dominate our lives. From styrofoam cups to automobiles, plastics are perhaps the most ubiquitous and versatile material ever invented. No invention in the past 100 years has had more influence and presence. But this progress has come at a cost.

No ecosystem or segment of human activity has escaped the grasp of plastic. ADDICTED TO PLASTIC is a global journey to investigate an industry worth $375 billion/year in the US alone. Review what we really know about the material of a thousand uses and why there’s so much of it. On the way we discover a toxic legacy and about some of its effects on our health.

We also meet some men and women dedicated to cleaning it up — groups dedicated to physically cleaning up the beaches and the oceans. We learn from experts about cutting edge solutions in recycling plastic and what actually happens when newer plastics biodegrade. These solutions will provide viewers with a new perspective about our future with plastic. It’s also an opportunity to examine our role in a throwaway culture.

85 minutes long. Captions available.

Trailer: http://youtu.be/daSFXZT-HYk

In recent years there has been considerable industry pushback against research demonstrating the adverse health effects of plastics.

https://chriskresser.com/re-examining-the-evidence-on-bpa-and-plastics/

Tips for reducing your exposure to the toxins in plastic

  • Use glass cups for drinking.
  • Instead of plastic water bottles, use stainless steel or glass.
  • Use glass containers for food storage.
  • Never heat food in plastic containers.
  • Use parchment paper or beeswax fabric instead of plastic wrap.
  • Avoid canned foods, as the linings typically contain BPA or a BPA alternative.
  • Read labels on cosmetics and personal care products, and avoid those that contain phthalates in the ingredients list.
  • Skip the receipt, as most have a BPA or equivalent coating.
  • Choose wood or fabric toys for children instead of plastic.

ECO-COMEDY SHORTS

This month’s featured film: ECO-COMEDY SHORTS

A special evening of light-hearted short films on a variety of environmental topics will be presented by Sustainable Rossmoor. Clever, amusing, and funny perspectives on promoting a healthy planet can sometimes give pause . . . and lead to reflection.

A panel of judges has selected from among dozens of nominations submitted by residents as well as culled from eco-comedy film festivals to create a delightful evening while taking a fresh look at a large variety of subjects. You might wonder, what could be amusing about global warming, climate change, solar energy, wind power, plastic, water pollution, air pollution, traffic, landfill, oil spills, concern for other species, food waste, overpopulation, or extreme weather. Come to the theater and find out; see if you agree that these environmental short films provoke thought . . . and chuckles!

A Big Thank You to THE JUDGES

Ellen Bulf

Jo Alice Canterbury

Barbara Coenen

Edie Edelman

Herb Salomon

Lynne Thorner

Carol Weed

Iris Winogrond

Tod Elkins, Digital Editor

Vince Mayweather, A/V technician

And all the Rossmoor residents who sent in nominations

________________

THE LINEUP:

The Plastic Bag Problem

https://youtu.be/gpxEstCqUfY

The Rescue

https://youtu.be/389v2UOpc50

An Energy-Independent Future: A Presidential Perspective, Jon Stewart

http://www.cc.com/video-clips/n5dnf3/the-daily-show-with-jon-stewart-an-energy-independent-future?xrs=share_copy_email

Restaurant Scene: “Water Please”

https://youtu.be/xBAb_uP1FAc

The Climate Change Debate, John Oliver

http://youtu.be/cjuGCJJUGsg   

PLASTIC, an Operetta

https://youtu.be/0g_lpmcOyWk

Alternative Energy, Jimmy Tingle

https://youtu.be/HL49tDG00DQ

The Little Green Man Learns about TV

https://youtu.be/Js-f2jQ9p9A

The Matt Damon Goes on Strike

https://youtu.be/jQCqNop3CIg

Weather Girl Goes Rogue

https://youtu.be/TmfcJP_0eMc

Solar Panels, Tom Gleeson

https://youtu.be/rEqIKAH2KjQ

NEWSROOM: EPA Interview

http://youtu.be/XM0uZ9mfOUI

Skip Showers for Beef

https://youtu.be/jjQhVPkKDcE

Fighting Food Waste, Ed Begley Jr.

https://youtu.be/6UEFJ9moyHw?list=PLYfGAro968uc5M6e9clkX_ah4G8-bzKdJ

Wind Power’s Health Hazards, Steven Colbert

http://www.cc.com/video-clips/wjevw3/the-colbert-report-wind-power-s-health-hazards?xrs=share_copy_email

 5-Day Weather Forecast

http://youtu.be/zbHW1T7boSc

Who Are the Koch Brothers?

Al Franken & David Letterman

http://www.funnyordie.com/videos/1d1411374f/boiling-the-frog-ep-2-siegfried-and-roy

Mercedes AA Class

Julia Louis-Dreyfus

SNL sketch

http://youtu.be/0k1tbf8muMc

To make suggestions for the club’s next collection of eco-comedy short films, contact Carol Weed at carol4ofa@gmail.com

BECOMING CALIFORNIA – a documentary about environmental change

SR Film BECOMING CALIFORNIA
When: Wed, November 8, 7:00 – 9:30 pm
Where: Peacock Hall

BECOMING CALIFORNIA is an Emmy-Award winning public television documentary about environmental change on America’s western edge. Narrated by Jane Fonda and with original music by Pat Metheny, the film shows how the needs of nature can be reconciled with the demands of civilization.

From the fog shrouded redwoods of the northern coast to the sun drenched deserts of the south, Becoming California is the story of natural change across deep time – how colliding land forms interact with the ocean and atmosphere to create one of the most beautiful, diverse and biologically rich places on earth. Award winning Producer/Director Kit Tyler brings California’s ecological transformation to life through stunning cinematography, astonishing aerials from across the state, over 40 interviews with top scientists, educators and business leaders, and through personal and inspiring stories of how everyday Californians are creating a new and hopeful story: the California of tomorrow.

Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g8oRNXt7Xbc

Jane Fonda wrote:

“When I was asked to narrate the California Legacy Project’s documentary “Becoming California” I jumped at the chance. I’ve learned much about the makeup of the California landscape from its State Parks, having hiked in the Redwood forests and camped in Sequoia National Park among others, but I was surprised to learn there was much I wasn’t familiar with and even areas I thought I understood turned out to be far more unique and interesting than I ever imagined. I loved finding out about the geological histories that brought us what we see today— from the vast oil field that lay beneath what is now Los Angeles; to the the movements of tectonic plates.

By exploring California in three parts, “Becoming California” asks the question; Can nature and civilization coexist? What I like is that it rather than bringing gloom and doom there is a sense of hopefulness.  I was so moved that it was frequently hard to read some of the lines without tearing up.”

SYRIANA – a geopolitical thriller about Big Oil

Sustainable Rossmoor will present the movie SYRIANA on Wednesday, October 11 at 7 pm in Peacock Hall.  The movie focuses on petroleum politics and the global influence of the oil industry. Big Oil’s political, economic, legal, and social effects are felt worldwide from the players brokering back-room deals in Washington to the men toiling in the oil fields of the Persian Gulf. This thriller weaves together multiple storylines that show the human consequences of the fierce pursuit of wealth and power.

A career CIA operative (George Clooney) uncovers the disturbing truth about the work to which he’s devoted his life. An up-and-coming oil broker (Matt Damon) faces an unimaginable family tragedy and finds redemption in his partnership with an idealistic Gulf prince. A corporate lawyer faces a moral dilemma as he finesses the questionable merger of two powerful U.S. oil companies, while across the globe, a disenfranchised Pakistani teenager falls prey to the recruiting efforts of a charismatic cleric. Each plays their small part in the vast and complex system that powers the industry, unaware of the explosive impact their lives will have upon the world.

Credit: Photo by REX/Snap Stills 5

Clooney won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role, and Stephen Gaghan’s script was nominated by the Academy for Best Original Screenplay. The film is R rated for violence and language. Subtitles in English. An optional discussion follows.

SYRIANA: Behind the Film.

Stephen Gaghan, Academy Award-winning screenwriter & director of Syriana, talks to Charlie Rose about learning from the real-life CIA protagonist how Washington D.C. orchestrates coupes, etc. (4 min video).

“The Oil business and the Arms business are the same business” Gaghan heard this repeatedly (1.5 min video).

Audiotape, 9 min with Gaghan about why he wanted the first half of this post 9/11 film to be confusing, why he doesn’t consider the film depressing, and where the “voices” in the film come from.

Credit: Photo by REX/Snap Stills 5

Why does the US need Middle Eastern oil? Still? We have oil wells. We’re energy independent now, . . . aren’t we?

Our “energy independence” refers to electricity generation only. In 2016, U.S. net imports (imports minus exports) of petroleum from foreign countries were equal to about 25% of U.S. petroleum consumption. The world’s top three oil producers are Saudi Arabia, Russia, and the US – in that order.

Petroleum includes crude oil, natural gas plant liquids, liquefied refinery gases, refined petroleum products such as gasoline and diesel fuel, and biofuels including ethanol and biodiesel. About 78% of gross petroleum imports were crude oil in 2016. The majority of that is refined in the US, and then exported. That is to say, US refineries “need” Middle Eastern oil much more than US consumers. The price US citizens pay in pollution, corruption, wars, the international arms industry, . . . is all for the benefit of Big Oil. All this continues despite the drop in oil prices and production which began in 2013.

Upcoming Films: TBA