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Salem Free Film Event, The Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil, October 8th @ 4pm, presented at, “Peace with Justice Film Series” – Salem Friends Meeting

When the Soviet Union collapsed in 1990, Cuba’s economy went into a tailspin. With imports of oil cut by more than half – and food by 80 percent – people were desperate. Cuba rebuilt its quality of life following that energy crisis. This fascinating and empowering film shows how communities pulled together, created solutions, and ultimately thrived in spite of their decreased dependence on imported energy. Film 53 minutes.

Presented by the NW Permaculture Institute and The Peace with Justice Film Series.  490 19th NE, (19th and Breyman) Salem Friends Meeting.  October 8th @ 4pm.  Everyone is welcome.  Accessible.  No charge.  For more info email bennyanddiane at gmail dot com



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NWPI Community Connections Holiday Potluck, Salem, Tuesday December 1st @ 6:30pm


Join us for our community networking holiday potluck!

Meet other people interested in sustainability, creating resilient communities, supporting local business, community groups and nonprofits working towards positive change. We welcome everyone attending to bring business cards or fliers to share. Individuals, businesses, and non profits can sign up for a 5 min time slot to speak to attendees about your local business, or the work you do to help our communities with non-profits, community gardens, etc. Contact 503-449-8077, or nwperma@gmail.com, to be added to the speaker list as space will be limited. Let’s share a festive meal, meet folks who may share your interests and goals, build sustainable community, and support local business and non profits.

Where will it be held?  Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Salem, 5090 Center Street NE, Salem, on the corner of Center and Cordon.  Call 503-449-8077 with questions.

Happy Holidays!


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Free Event, Two Talking Wolves, Ted Turner and Conservation Tour, in Salem, Oregon – Oct 19th

How does capitalism need to necessarily change to save the world?  What is the role of young people and what obligation do companies and business people have to give back to society?  Throw in topics like rewilding the West with wolves and grizzly bears, support for the United Nations, and the dangers posed by terrorists armed with nuclear weapons and you’ve got a recipe for fascinating discussion. Anchored by the story of Ted Turner’s evolving connection to his own wild places in the West that shaped his views as an “eco-capitalist-humanitarian,” the Two Talking Wolves Tour promises to inspire audiences of young and old alike.  Come out and discover the pathfinding work of the original Captain Planet and how the Pacific Northwest figures at the center of many urgent environmental issues affecting America and the world.

Todd Wilkinson
Nationally-known environmental journalist Todd Wilkinson is author of the new critically-acclaimed book “Last Stand: Ted Turner’s Quest to Save a Troubled Planet” that has been spurring discussions about “eco-capitalism” across the country.   From Turner’s pioneering work in “rewilding the West” with wolves and grizzly bears to raising 50,000 bison, giving $1 billion to the UN and trying to prevent terrorists from getting their hands on nuclear weapons, he has been hailed as a path finding 21st century businessman.  Wilkinson, whose work has appeared in national newspapers and magazines, spent seven years going behind the scenes with Turner and tells the dramatic story of how nature not only saved the legendary “media mogul” but left him transformed.   Wilkinson’s slide show discussions have been delighting—and provoking— audiences across the country.
Bob Ferris
Known primarily for his groundbreaking work on wolf recovery in the West, Bob Ferris has been a leader in the conservation and sustainability communities for more than 30 years.  Ferris is a trained scientist and former businessman with a long history of working to dispel fear and myths about predators while developing mechanisms to overcome the legitimate barriers to coexistence.  He was part of the volunteer team that went north to Fort Saint John, BC in 1996 to capture wolves bound for Yellowstone and central Idaho during the government shutdown and has crossed back and forth between policy and practice ever since.  He is currently the executive director of Cascadia Wildlands headquartered in Eugene, Oregon.

– See more at: http://www.cascwild.org/two-talking-wolves-ted-turner-and-conservation-tour/#sthash.I8jEM5Gn.dpuf

October 19th
@ Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Salem
5090 Center Street NE
Salem, Oregon 97317