Bringing Clean Energy to OC (featuring Nicole Capretz)

Hi everyone,

Orange County for Climate Action is extremely pleased to offer not just one, but two (free admission) opportunities in Irvine to hear Nicole Capretz speak in September.

First of all, she herself, as a human being, is amazing. Part of her amazingness is how effective she has been in San Diego working toward clean energy. Another part is how generous with her time she has been with us. Not only did a few of us from Orange County for Climate Action recently meet with her, receiving a super-helpful tutorial on Climate Action Plans and San Diego’s remarkable success passing their recent groundbreaking clean energy law, she has agreed to give us ongoing advisement about how to accomplish similar changes in Orange County cities. Our time with her was so helpful, so educational, and so inspiring, we asked her to come up to OC so all of you could likewise meet her and learn as much from her as we got to. We want as many people as possible to hear her talk, so she agreed to come — not just once — twice!

Bringing Clean Energy to Orange County, A Conversation with Nicole Capretz (RSVP) (author of San Diego’s ground-breaking climate action plan) will take place in two different locations in Irvine, both 11am-1pm, on Saturday, September 10 AND Thursday, September 15.

Also — don’t forget A Screening of Peaceable Kingdom – Sunday, August 21 (RSVP). It’s a really touching, important film. I hope you will join us for that too.

Next email: we are mid-way through filming a short documentary – more on that very soon!
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The greatest obstacle… | Peaceable Kingdom Aug 21

The greatest obstacle to discovery is not ignorance –
it is the illusion of knowledge.
– Daniel J. Boorstin

Hi everyone,

How often do we see the world based on how we have been conditioned to see it, yet, when something unexpected happens, or we encounter new information, suddenly we see it differently? Sometimes we think we know enough about a topic, resisting opportunities to learn more as if irrelevant or a waste of time. Yet, how often is this the very thing that keeps us stuck in the status quo that many of us complain about?

There are countless aspects of how we see animals, raise food, and decide what to eat, that have deeply entrenched belief systems in need of a significant amount of re-examination and change.

Please join us for a film about awakening and transformation. Sunday, August 21, 7:00pm, A Screening of Peaceable Kingdom (RSVP & trailer) will take place in Irvine.

Let’s change the status quo – toward increased consciousness, compassion, sustainability and health.

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A Screening of Peaceable Kingdom – Sunday, August 21, Irvine (Living Vegan)


A Screening of

Peaceable Kingdom:
The Journey Home

Sunday, August 21, 2016

7:00pm – 9:00pm

Light Refreshments


Irvine Ranch Water District – Community Room*
15500 Sand Canyon Ave, Irvine, CA 92618




A riveting story of transformation and healing, PEACEABLE KINGDOM: THE JOURNEY HOME explores the awakening conscience of several people who grew up in traditional farming culture and who have now come to question the basic assumptions of their way of life.

Presented through a woven tapestry of memories, music, and breathtaking accounts of life-altering moments, the film provides insight into the farmers’ sometimes amazing connections with the animals under their care, while also making clear the complex web of social, psychological and economic forces that have led them to their present dilemma.

Interwoven with the farmers’ stories is the dramatic animal rescue work of a newly-trained humane police officer whose sense of justice puts her at odds with the law she is charged to uphold.

With strikingly honest interviews and rare footage demonstrating the emotional lives and intense family bonds of animals most often viewed as living commodities, this groundbreaking documentary shatters stereotypical notions of farmers, farm life, and perhaps most surprisingly, farm animals themselves.

Click here to watch the trailer.


Living Vegan is a project of Living Ubuntu supporting, educating and advocating compassion and health for people, animals and the planet.


*”The Irvine Ranch Water District neither supports nor endorses the cause or activities of organizations which use the District’s facilities. The facilities are made available as a public service.”

A Screening of PlantPure Nation & Laura Robinson Oatman – July 31

My own view is that being a vegetarian or vegan is not an end in itself, but a means towards reducing both human and animal suffering and leaving a habitable planet to future generations.
– Peter Singer

Hi everyone,

It would be difficult to overstate just how destructive animal agriculture is to the environment, not to mention how it causes horrific cruelty and death for farm animals and other species. Research has linked the eating of animal products to an array of human health problems and diseases, and it unnecessarily greatly depletes the global food supply. (See also: The Mind-Gut Connection:How the Hidden Conversation Within Our Bodies Impacts Our Mood, Our Choices, and Our Overall Health.)

With so much that is extremely negative, some are deciding to eat less meat, dairy and eggs, or eliminate them from their diet entirely. But how? How does one go from the typical America diet to eating plant-based foods and do it in a way that is healthy, tasty and easy? Some people get pretty stuck right there and don’t know how to proceed. We want to try and make it a little bit easier.

On Sunday, July 31, we are hosting A Screening of PlantPure Nation and Plant-Based Nutritionist, Laura Robinson Oatman has agreed to lead the post-film discussion and answer as many questions as possible about how to make the transition. Even if you are not looking for nutritional assistance, come join us anyway, it is a really well done film. If you want to find out more about Laura and watch the film trailer, you can find that and more on the event web site. Click here to RSVP.

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Why We Are Wired to Connect | Love Thy Nature this Sunday, June 26

While an environmental crisis threatens the very survival of our species, a renewed connection with nature holds the key to an advanced new era in human evolution.
— Ellen White

Hi everyone,

A couple of years ago, Scientific American published an article entitled, Why We Are Wired to Connect. It is definitely worth reading in its entirety.

Evolution has placed a bet that the best thing for our brain to do in any spare moment is to get ready to see the world socially.  I think that makes a major statement about the extent to which we are built to be social creatures.

And yet, so often we are living lives of disconnection. Disconnected from our self, other animals, (human and non-human) and this earth, the vast living organism that some call Gaia.

Are we actually betting against evolution, and as a result now find ourselves living within the Sixth Mass Extinction? How did we get so far off track, conditioned to accept the status quo while being endoctrinated to squelch awe and wonder? When did we forget how to love and live from compassion for all? How can we restore a sense of aliveness, living more harmoniously and resonating deeply within our most genuine, interconnected, natural state? What does the evolutionary path leading to wisdom really look like?

Let’s have this conversation. And honestly, we really need YOU to be part of it. Please come join us this coming Sunday, June 26, 6:30p for A Screening of Love Thy Nature (RSVP here).

Thanks for staying engaged,
Barbara English, LMFT, CBT, TRE® Certification Trainer
Co-founder and Executive Director, Living Ubuntu

(949) 891-2005
[Ubuntu] n. Every human being truly becomes a human by means of relationships with other human being

Today is World Oceans Day | Love Thy Nature June 26

Hi everyone,

There has been a lot going on in this Presidential Election! With so much that is important and competing for our attention, you might not have noticed that today, June 8 is World Oceans Day.

Why is that so significant? Well, for instance, did you know that most of the oxygen we breathe comes from the ocean? And have you heard about how the ocean is currently in extreme peril?

Great Barrier Reef: diving in the stench of millions of rotting animals – video

If a healthy ocean is completely essential for keeping us alive, you’d think every day should be World Oceans Day. But it isn’t. Just today. One day a year to draw attention to it. One day to give thanks and applaud the ocean for keeping us living and breathing. One day to admire with awe and wonder how amazingly, incredibly beautiful it is. One day to dig deeper into understanding its struggle to survive.

Today – what can you do? Get started in making change – just do one thing. Here are a few suggestions.

  • How about eating organic plant-based food today? Both the fishing industry and land-based animal agriculture are highly destructive to the ocean.
  • Decrease the amount of plastic you use. For instance, did you know that at many stores you can buy re-usable beverage straws made out of stainless steel or glass, eliminating the need for disposable plastic ones?
  • Get more actively involved in the critically important efforts to slow climate change.
  • Read a fascinating recently released book by Jonathan Balcombe, “What a Fish Knows: The Inner Lives of Our Underwater Cousins”.
  • Go to the beach and admire the living organism that supports us. Breathe in the ocean air and feel the connection to the greater whole.

Please come join us, Sunday, June 26, 6pm at Golden West College when we will screen the amazing film, Love Thy Nature – (RSVP).

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We belong in a greater whole | Love Thy Nature June 26

To make this world different we have to realize that the self is plural, it’s an absolute delusion that’s killing the planet to think that the self is separate.

 — Daniel Siegel, M.D.

Hi everyone,

How would we as humans innately be different if we fully embodied the truth that we are part of the whole?

In thinking about this I re-watched two brief video clips of Dr. Daniel Siegel speaking about how, “…living the lie that the self is separate is a form of impaired integration…” (video) – and how — “…the self is a plural verb, not a singular noun…” (video).

It reminded me of this:

A person with ubuntu is open and available to others, affirming of others, does not feel threatened that others are able and good, for he or she has a proper self-assurance that comes from knowing that he or she belongs in a greater whole and is diminished when others are humiliated or diminished, when others are tortured or oppressed.
— Desmond Tutu

Beyond living the lie that the self is separate, perhaps it is our impaired integration that has additionally limited us to thinking of the greater whole as strictly human. I would suggest that the phrase diminished when others are humiliated or diminished, when others are tortured or oppressed, is equally applicable to all sentient beings, regardless of species. Additionally, we are sustained and kept alive only by living harmoniously and interdependently within biodiversity.


This understanding of the self-regulating nature of earth, we didn’t know about this for 400 years in science, we just didn’t. But now we’re realizing we are destroying billions of years of creativity that enabled all of this vitality to exist. But we’re awakening to that mistake and now we see, instead of thinking of earth as something to exploit and use, we are beginning to realize, it is a community that we are to join and enhance. That’s the big shift.
— Brian Swimme, Ph.D. (Love Thy Nature)

Come join us for A Screening of Love Thy Nature (RSVP) on Sunday, June 26, 6p at Golden West College in Huntington Beach. This is a wonderfully made, beautiful documentary. After the film we will explore connection and disconnection in its many forms, the relationship we experience within our self and with others, including those of other species and the broader natural world we live within and as part of. Let’s find a way together to join and enhance this community, also known as Earth. Let’s fully participate in enacting the big shift. Continue reading