Intl Day of Peace events on Sep 21 | OCCA meeting Sep 20


“We are in the midst of a global crisis of perspective. We have forgotten the undeniable truth that every living thing is connected. PLANETARY is a provocative and breathtaking wakeup call – a cross continental, cinematic journey, that explores our cosmic origins and our future as a species. It is a poetic and humbling reminder that now is the time to shift our perspective. PLANETARY asks us to rethink who we really are, to reconsider our relationship with ourselves, each other and the world around us – to remember that we are PLANETARY.”
(weareplanetary.com)

Hi everyone,

I am pleased to tell you about an opportunity to come together this week. Wednesday, September 21 is the International Day of Peace. At Golden West College, please join us for a vegan, zero waste, bring-your-own PICNIC FOR PEACE: An Evening Screening of Planetary (RSVP & trailer).

GWC is also hosting day time events and we will be tabling there from 11:00am to 1:00pm on Wednesday. For more details, see Upcoming Events at the bottom of this email.

For those of you who came to Bringing Clean Energy to Orange County, a conversation with Nicole Capretz, you know how great her talks were. Here is the follow up. Come join us in discussing next steps at the Orange County for Climate Action meeting tomorrow night, Tuesday, September 20. We are meeting one night sooner than typical in order to participate in GWC Intl Day of Peace on Wednesday. Details are below. Continue reading

A Screening of The Ghosts in our Machine – Saturday, October 8, 2016, Irvine (Living Vegan)


LIVING VEGAN

A Screening of

The Ghosts in our Machine

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Vegan Potluck: 6:00pm – 7:00pm
Film & Discussion: 7:00pm – 9:00pm

FREE ADMISSION!

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

RSVP

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GHOSTS MEDIA PRESENTS
A FILM BY LIZ MARSHALL FEATURING PHOTOGRAPHER JO-ANNE McARTHUR

POWERFUL – Lucy Siegle, The Guardian | The Observer
FINELY WROUGHT  – Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times
A REFRESHING DEPARTURE – Ezra Winton, Art Threat
UTTERLY ENGROSSING  – Earnest Hardy, Village Voice
A SUPERB EXAMPLE OF COMMITTED FILMMAKING – Susan G. Cole, NOW Magazine

ABOUT THE FILM:

Are non-human animals property to be owned and used, or are they sentient beings deserving of rights?

With the exception of our companion animals and the wild and stray species within our urban environments, we experience animals daily only as the food, clothing, animal tested goods and entertainment we make of them. This moral dilemma is largely hidden from our view.

THE GHOSTS IN OUR MACHINE illuminates the lives of individual animals living within and rescued from the machine of our modern world. Through the heart and photographic lens of animal rights photojournalist Jo-Anne McArthur, audiences become intimately familiar with a cast of non-human animals. From undercover investigations to joyful rescue missions, in North America and in Europe, each photograph and story is a window into global animal industries: Food, Fashion, Entertainment and Research. THE GHOSTS IN OUR MACHINE charts McArthur’s efforts to bring wider attention to a topic that most of humankind strives hard to avoid.

Click here to watch the trailer.

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

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*”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.”

Nicole Capretz on Clean Energy, Sep 10 & 15 (plus PlantPure Pod tonight!)


Hi everyone,

I remember feeling super-excited, and inspired when back on December 15, 2015 I saw the article entitled, San Diego Vows to Move Entirely to Renewable Energy in 20 Years. On December 16 I posted it in the Orange County for Climate Action Facebook group along with this question: “How do we do this in OC?

At the time, I wasn’t sure anything would come of it, yet, after a visit with Nicole Capretz in May, here we are in September, about to feature two opportunities in Orange County to hear the lead author of San Diego’s groundbreaking Climate Action Plan speak. Not only will she talk about how they got it done in San Diego, but also, she will answer the December 16 question: How do we do this in OC?

Okay, now, seriously, this is a huge opportunity for us that live locally. Nicole is genuinely, absolutely amazing and I want to strongly, strongly encourage you to come hear her. The fact that she has agreed to advise us in Orange County and that she has agreed to come up here not once, but twice, to help us get this moving, speaks to not only her commitment to these issues, but also her extreme generosity.

Climate change is rapidly and destructively revealing itself. It forces us to look at many things we would otherwise ignore. Within much that is scary and sounds bleak, we need to increase our focus on fast, effective, progressive action that brings us together. While the big picture can feel overwhelming, local action is do-able and can build momentum.

Saturday, September 10 at Irvine United Congregational Church and /or Thursday, September 15 in the Irvine City Hall Chambers, please join us for Bringing Clean Energy to Orange County, a conversation with Nicole Capretz – (RSVP). Both events are 11a-1p.

BTW: don’t forget TONIGHT at 7:30p is the very first PlantPure Pod at Au Lac in Fountain Valley, Thriving on a Plant Based Diet.

Thank you for staying engaged, Continue reading

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!
Continue reading

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.

Watch for the next email on another exciting opportunity: Bringing Clean Energy to Orange County! Continue reading

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

LIVING VEGAN

A Screening of

Peaceable Kingdom:
The Journey Home

Sunday, August 21, 2016

7:00pm – 9:00pm

Light Refreshments

FREE ADMISSION!

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

RSVP

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ABOUT THE FILM:

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.

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

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*”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.”