Celebrating Sustainable Communities

YALE OPEN COURSES THROUGH COURSERA

Yale University New Online Classes Open to the Public

"Journey of the Universe: A Story for Our Times"

In the fall of 2016 Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim, Senior Lecturers and Research Scholars at Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies will offer four six-week online courses. These will be featured as a specialization under the theme of "Journey of the Universe: A Story for our Times." This will include two courses on Journey of the Universe and a course on the Worldview of Thomas Berry. Each of these courses can be taken independently followed by an Integrating Capstone course.

These are MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) available on Coursera to anyone, anywhere on the planet. These will be the first MOOC specialization for Yale and the first MOOCs for the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.

These courses will be launched on September 21, 2016. A sign up will be available in early September with a JOIN button on a landing page for these courses on the Coursera website. https://www.coursera.org/yale

Course Descriptions

Journey of the Universe
Journey of the Universe weaves together the discoveries of the evolutionary sciences with the humanities such as history, philosophy, art, and religion. The courses draw on the Emmy-award winning film, Journey of the Universe, the book from Yale University Press, and a series of 20 interviews with scientists and environmentalists, titled Journey Conversations.
See: www.journeyoftheuniverse.org

The Worldview of Thomas Berry: The Flourishing of the Earth Community
Thomas Berry (1914-2009) was a historian of world religions and an early voice awakening moral sensibilities to the environmental crisis. He is known for articulating a ?new story? of the universe that explores the implications of the evolutionary sciences and cultural traditions for creating a flourishing future.
See: www.thomasberry.org


REVEREND JOAN ROSS'S FAITH IN DETROIT'S NORTH END


Excerpt from Hour Detroit Magazine:
If you strip down the multi-layer, multi-issue work of the Rev. Joan Ross, it's all about stabilizing families.

Here, in Detroit's North End - one of the city's less talked about neighborhoods - her work may mean rescuing a foreclosed home, pushing for reliable public transit, or bringing fresh produce into the community. Over the years, Ross has done it all: fighting, praying, collaborating, and educating. Her work in the North End is tireless; her spirit, infectious.

Read full article on the Hour Detroit Magazine website


INDUSTRY INNOVATION - A CONVERSATION WITH DANNY MEYER


ROC UNITED's mission is to improve wages and working conditions for the nation's 10 million restaurant workers. Click on their logo below to learn more about their work.


KEEP GROWING DETROIT - ANNUAL REPORT IS HERE

Click on image above to read report.


GLORIA RIVERA OF GLBD HONORED

GLBD's own Gloria Riveria is among the honeers at the first annual Golden Beet Awards.

The Golden Beet Awards were held Thursday November 12, 2015
The Friends of the Detroit Food Policy Council Presented the First Annual
Golden Beet Awards And Friendraiser

Congratulations Gloria!

Honorees
Mark Covington, Georgia Street Collective
Gloria Rivera IHM, Great Lakes Bioneers-Detroit
Renee Wallace, DOERS Inc.



NEW WEBSITE SYNTHESIZING DETROIT WATER SHUT-OFFS

Introducing a new website serving as an online clearinghouse for video/media about the water shutoffs.

This resource covers:
-Understanding the Issues
-Individual Stories
-Community and Legal Solutions
-Full Length Interviews
-Ongoing Coverage

http://www.detroitmindsdying.org/
Please check out this valuable resource regarding the Detroit Water Shut Offs.


REFUSE COLLECTION - CITY OF DETROIT

Important Refuse Collection Announcement from the City of Detroit - collections are for residents only, not businesses or large apartment buildings. (Click above image for announcement.)






CONFERENCE VENDOR SALES HELP SUPPORT GLBD

A portion of sales through our website link helps support GLBD from a Conference vendor. See Support GLBD page.


ANNOUNCING BOGGS CENTER CONFERENCE

Boggs Center has endorsed the SOA Watch Convergence at the Border, which is taking placeholder from October 7-10, 2016 at the border wall in Nogales, Sonora / Arizona. Mobilize your communities to take a stand for justice and against militarization. The convergence will include workshops and events on both sides of he US/Mexico border, as well as art, music, and resistance. To learn more about why SOA Watch is moving from the gates of Fort Benning to the border, read the article From the School of the Americas to the Border and watch the documentary The Empire's War on the Border.

Download and distribute the Border Convergence fliers, and post information and images on your social media networks (click here for sample tweets). Get your group or organization to endorse the convergence, and to spread the word.

History is made by movements - mass movements of people who organize themselves to struggle collectively for a better world. The SOA Watch movement is a nonviolent force to change oppressive U.S. policies as represented by institutions like the School of the Americas, and to resist militarization at home and abroad. It is made up of people from many backgrounds who work towards a positive and fundamentally different alternative to the racist system of violence and domination.



BOOST RECYCLING EFFORTS IN MICHIGAN

GLBD would like to encourage our readers to donate to this program as an option for the holidays.

Celebrate America Recycles Day by giving the gift of a curbside cart!

Nov. 15 was the 18th annual America Recycles Day, billed by the nonprofit Keep America Beautiful as "the only nationally recognized day dedicated to promoting and celebrating recycling in the United States."

We welcome any effort to boost recycling in Michigan, where our dismal residential recycling rate lags behind every other Great Lakes state and is near the bottom of the list nationwide.

Gov. Rick Snyder announced a plan last year to double the residential rate from 15 percent to 30 percent within two years. A lot of untapped potential for reaching the governor's goal lies in Detroit, which last year ended its longtime distinction as the largest American city without curbside recycling. All single-family homes in the city now are eligible to participate in the curbside program, but the $25 fee for a recycling cart prevents many households from taking part.

That's why MEC and Zero Waste Detroit partners set up a system earlier this year that lets you donate $25 or more to help Detroit families recycle. MEC and ZWD work with the city and its waste-hauling contractors to purchase and distribute the carts to households that have indicated a desire to recycle and a need for assistance to pay the fee. Every penny you give goes directly toward the purchase of a recycling cart. Since we launched the program in April, our generous supporters have put curbside recycling within reach for nearly 80 Detroit households.

It's quick and easy to make a secure online donation. You can do so by clicking here.


ROCKET STOVE - OUTDOOR COOKER

Rocket Stove - his is an easy-to-build and efficient little stove for cooking outdoors! Constructed of bricks and some metal stove pipe with purlite or ash insulation between, this is a really fast way to turn the heat from sticks into a fire that is ready to go instantly.

You can find out more at the Strawbale Studio strawbalestudio.org
If there is interest, a workshop can be scheduled to construct this stove on site or another location.

Deanne Bednar
Coordinator/Teacher at Strawbale Studio outside Oxford, MI, just 1 hr north of Detroit.
248 628 1887
ecoartdb@gmail.com
strawbalestudio.org.

Classes, internships, potlucks & more.

YOUR BIONEERS RADIO FEATURING GLBD'S GLORIA RIVERA

Shapeshifting Detroit: Overcoming Drive-By Economics
Malik Kenyatta Yakini, Lottie Spady, and Sister Gloria Rivera

The citizens of Detroit are challenging the failed policies that have long favored corporate wealth over the well being of city residents. Leading change-makers Malik Kenyatta Yakini, Lottie Spady and Sister Gloria Rivera are seeding community resilience with one of the most robust urban agricultural movements in the U.S., while contradicting the manipulative media narratives that justify oppression.
Listen to the program



Behind Kitchen Doors

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Detroit Food Policy Council

The Annual Food Report of the DFPC is now available. Access the full report at www.detroitfoodpolicycouncil.net