Monday, May 21, 2012

Transition 2.0 Movie Pittsburgh Premier! Join Us!

The note below is from Mark Dixon. Mark and I, and two others, Greg Boulos, and Jeff Newman introduced the Transition  Town Movement to Pittsburgh in 2009, shortly after I founded Sustainable Monroeville. Sustainable Monroeville is a TransitionTown project! Jeff had taken the Transition Training in the eastern part of the state, I believe. The other three of us subsequently took the wonderful weekend training here in Pittsburgh, and I have been to three or four more trainings since, one of which was hosted by The Cedars here in Mondroeville!

Transition is an excellent model for sparking sustainable practice on your block, in your town, and in your community! This is so exciting for all of us, and I hope to see y'all tomorrow evening! The Pittburgh community of Wilkinsburg appears in the movie filmed by Mark Dixon! So exciting I've been jumping out of my skin all week long! We will screen the movie at Sustainable Monroeville too, very soon. Stay tuned! Elisa Beck:) Sustainable Monroeville

from Mark Dixon:

I'm writing to let you know that tomorrow night there will be a special screening of the film "In Transition 2.0"-- for which I filmed a chapter about the Whitney Avenue Urban Farm in Wilkinsburg. The creator of that farm and a few of his helpers (also featured in the film) will be on-hand for Q&A. Please come on by to show your support for local urban farmers!!

Time/Date: May 21, 2012 from 7pm to 8:45pm
Location: First United Methodist Church Shadyside
Street: 5401 Centre Avenue

And the full details:
If you want to know the present state of Transition both here in Pittsburgh and all over the globe, this is your movie (site and trailer here!). It covers Transition Initiatives and the diverse, powerful communities driving their relocalization and community-rejuvenation efforts, from Europe to Asia to America and beyond, including an appearance from the Whitney Avenue Urban Farm right here in Wilkinsburg!
The filmmakers' description: "In Transition 2.0 is an inspirational immersion in the Transition movement, gathering stories from around the world of ordinary people doing extraordinary things. You'll hear about communities printing their own money, growing food, localizing their economies and setting up community power stations. It's an idea that has gone viral, a social experiment that is about responding to uncertain times with solutions and optimism. In a world of increasing uncertainty, here is a story of hope, ingenuity and the power of growing vegetables in unexpected places".
Doors will open at 6:30pm, and after a short introduction to Transition Pittsburgh's recent activities (namely a recap of Larimer activity) starting at 7:00pm, the movie will start around 7:10pm. The movie should end before 8:45; the audience can stay afterwards for group discussion of Transition in Pittsburgh past, present, and future, leading into some planning.
Here's a link to the event: 
I'll also be there for Q&A. Hopefully I see a few of you there, and please share the message widely! We'd love to have as large an audience as possible.

All the best,

Mark Dixon
412-204-6098 (cell)

Click here to find or arrange a screening of "YERT - Your Environmental Road Trip."
Watch the YERT trailer here.

"YERT - Your Environmental Road Trip" is an official Selection at the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, Heartland Film Festival, Dallas VideoFest, Buffalo Niagara Film Festival, Environmental Film Festival at Yale (EFFY), Southern Appalachian International Film Festival, Costa Rica International Film Festival, DocuFest Atlanta, Take One Action Film Festival, Charlotte Film Festival, EcoFocus Film Festival, San Luis Obispo International Film Festival, Twin Cities Film Festival, Orlando Film Festival, Flagstaff Mountain Film Festival, deadCENTER Film Festival, Cincinnati Film Festival, Cinema Verde Environmental Film Festival, Route 66 Film Festival, Building Change Film Festival, Reel Earth Environmental Film Festival, FiLUMS International Film Festival, Oneota Film Festival, New Hope Film Festival, and the St. Louis International Film Festival.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

May Meeting, Pot Luck dinner and Gardening in Monroeville!

Join us on Monday evening, May 7, 2012 at the Monroeville Public Library for the May meeting of Sustainable Monroeville. We'll have a pot luck dinner at 6:30 pm. The theme for the pot luck this time is Raw Food! And remember to bring a place setting too, as we like to pack in and pack out and make our events zero waste. We will compost any leftovers that folks do not take home with them. At 7:00 PM the meeting will start with a short look at the Monroeville Food Garden. Then we will move right into a discussion about food and the movie we showed last month called Forks Over Knives.

Now is your chance to help prepare the Monroeville Food Garden behind the Monroeville Public Library for the 2012 season. Come de-thatch with your own tools Friday, May 11, 2012, from 4:00 to 7:00 PM. There will be some tools available if you do not have any to bring. Cold drinks will be there to keep you cool! Bring along a friend or two or three!

This will be the second year for the Monroeville Food Garden. Last year the garden provided 500 pounds of vegetables to five local food banks. Thanks so much to councilwoman Lois Drumheller, Councilman Bern Erb, Sandy McFall, Pam Barroso, the Girl Scouts, and others that helped with this incredible effort!