[Sust-mar] Social Forum Tuesday April 8 -The Ark

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Prince Edward Island Social Forums

Tuesday April 8, 2008;
 The PEI Ark: 
‘An Early Exploration in Weaving Together Biology, Energy and Architecture on Behalf of Humanity’    

The Institute for Bioregional Studies Ltd. (IBS), invites you to join our Tuesday Night Social Forums; 114 Upper Prince Street.   Each event begins at 6:30 p.m. and includes a presentation followed by informal discussion.  There is no fee however, participants are asked to bring something for potluck supper to share during the discussion. The intent is to build a community action network by sharing ideas and informing each other about issues affecting our future.

Please note that forum dates may be subject to change. Call (902-367-0390) to confirm the date, and your participation.

The PEI Ark: ‘An Early Exploration in Weaving Together Biology, Energy and Architecture on Behalf of Humanity’        (April 8, 2008)    

In 1969, Nancy Willis joined Dr. John Todd, Nancy Jack Todd and Dr. Bill McLarney to form the New Alchemy Institute, in Cape Cod, Massachusetts. From the beginning, the Institute's credo, was "to restore the land, protect the seas, and inform the Earth's Stewards." 

In the early 1970's Nancy teamed up with Ole Hammerlund of Soltech Architects and moved to Prince Edward Island to develop New Alchemy’s second research centre, ‘The PEI Ark,’- an integrated greenhouse and home with lush organic gardens, solar algae tanks for aquaculture and some innovative, home-grown windmill designs. 

According to a recent CBC documentary on the Ark, the New Alchemists inspired a generation of innovative thinkers and progressive activists to migrate to the Island.  New Alchemy’s legacy is a matrix of early explorations that wove together biology, energy and architecture; charting the course for developing a safe and sustainable world. 

Tonight, both Nancy and Ole, will recount their ambitious, visionary experiences with New Alchemy and facilitate a discussion on implementing small-scale, decentralized, energy, food, architecture and manufacturing networks in villages all across Prince Edward Island.   
    “Never doubt that a small group of people can change the world. Indeed it is the only thing that ever has.” 
        - Margaret Meade, Anthropologist: On her reflections about the New Alchemists.

State of the Environment on PEI (April 22, 2008)
Conestoga-Rovers & Associates(CRA) is a technical service organization, committed to providing high quality, full-service engineering, environmental, construction, and IT services.
With 80 offices and more than 2,500 people working on projects around the world, CRA strives to support and improve communities living through their professional activities and as community members. Tonight, Richard MacEwen, CRA’s PEI representative, will facilitate a discussion on an environmental assessment of Prince Edward Island and what we can and should be doing to sustain it.

War Profiteering and the Military/Industrial Complex (May 6, 2008)
Iraq for Sale: The War Profiteers (DVD)  is the story of what happens when corporations go to war.
Acclaimed director Robert Greenwald (Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price, Outfoxed and Uncovered) takes you inside the lives of soldiers, truck drivers, widows and children who have been changed forever as a result of profiteering in the reconstruction of Iraq. Iraq for Sale uncovers the connections between private corporations making a killing in Iraq and the decision makers who allow them to do so.     

A Home Grown Strategy for Island Agriculture and Agri-Food (May 20, 2008)
The intent of this forum is to highlight the approaches taking place that are contributing to a strengthened agricultural and food system.  We’ll examine agriculture and agri-food policy from the perspective of impacts and issues that are felt at the community level. Moreover, we’ll discuss local and regional efforts that contribute to social, cultural, ecological and economic sustainability and the growing consumer demand for food products that are ethically and ecologically produced for Canadians by Canadian farmers making liveable incomes through value chains.

Distorted Morality    (June 3, 2008)
This DVD presents a scathing, yet fair and logical thesis by renowned scholar Noam Chomsky, that we are all hypocrites.   With academic precision and citation of real history (as opposed to biased written history), Chomsky sites, the reasons why America's post-9/11 war on terror is a logical impossibility.

Distorted Morality deserves the widest possible audience as, Chomsky's thesis has attained the chilling status of prophesy; his morality is crystal clear, immune to the obfuscation of politics and mainstream news.

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