PubliCalendar: Cocktails with the Mayor, Climate Change Capitalism, and Making a Difference
Today's picks for civic nerds.
We're vaguely aware that half a million people are showing their civic pride at the Seahawks' victory parade today, but for those of you indoor kids—the type who would've spent today's excused absence from school reading at home instead of heading downtown—here are some alternative ways to get your civic pride on.
Wanna ask Ed Murray about the $15 minimum wage or the search for the new police chief? Here's your chance. CityClub is hosting a discussion with our new mayor, moderated by Joni Balter, on Murray's priorities and goals.
Other guests include Seattle City Council president Tim Burgess and Real Change director Tim Harris.
Civic Cocktail, Wed, February 5, 5:30pm, Bertha Knight Landes Room, City Hall, 600 4th Ave., $12 (advance) $15 (door price).
Investing in Global Warming
We all know (and most of us acknowledge) that the earth is heating up, thanks to technology, carbon emissions, and the exurbs!—and it means that our way of life is leaving the planet significantly damaged for future generations.
While you're trying to do everything you can to decrease your carbon footprint, guess what some businesses are doing: banking on profits from the coming apocalypse. McKenzie Funk, author of Windfall: The Booming Business of Global Warming, will be discussing big business's crass reaction to global warming—buying water companies, investing in storm-blocking technologies—and the profits for some that could create problems for many of us.
McKenzie Funk: Getting Rich from Climate Change, Wed, February 5, 7:30–9pm, Downstairs at Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave, $5.
A Non-Depressing Talk
After hearing McKenzie Funk talk about just how screwed we are by global warming and capitalism, you might feel helpless and hopeless. That's where Lynn Fitz-Hugh (350Seattle) and the Common Good Cafe come in.
Calling her talk on climate change "non-depressing," Fitz-Hugh will focus on what can be done about our planet's crisis at every level, including what you can do as an individual citizen.
A Non-Depressing Talk on Climate Change, Thu, February 6, 7pm, 1415 NE 43rd St, free.
Gun Safety Forum
The League of Women Voters is hosting a forum to discuss gun safety as a public health challenge. Public health issues such as domestic violence and suicide can be greatly affected by access to guns, and have to be considered in a conversation on gun access and gun safety. Speakers will also talk about the current legal environment of gun access—maybe they can explain the weird gun regulations (or lack thereof) that we've noticed lately.
Speakers include Pete Holmes, Seattle city attorney; Amnon Schoenfeld, Director of King County Mental Health, Chemical Abuse and Dependency Services Division; and Karen Milman, Director of King County Public Health Office of Prevention.
Gun Safety: A Public Health Challenge, Thu, February 6, 7:30pm, Seattle First Baptist Church, 1111 Harvard Ave, free.
Zambia, a country rich with copper, is one of the 20 poorest countries in the world. Why? According to the Stealing Africa movie promo, companies that reap the profits from the copper aren't paying taxes. They add: "tax avoidance by corporations costs poor countries an estimated $160 billion a year, almost double what they receive in international aid."
Come to the Meaningful Movies to watch this documentary and have a community discussion on taxes, poverty, and international relations.
Stealing Africa, Fri, February 7, 7–9:30pm, 5019 Keystone Place N, free (donations accepted).
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Start Your Garden Inside
Anxious to get your veggie garden started even though it's still cold and dreary outside? You can learn to start growing your veggies inside and move them to your garden when the time is right.
Start Seeds Indoors, a class offered by local sustainable-food organization Seattle Tilth, is a hands-on learning experience, so wear your dirty gardening clothes.
Start Seeds Indoors, Wed, February 19, 6:30–8:30pm, Good Shepherd Center Room 107, 4649 Sunnyside Ave N, $36.
**Seattle Tilth is offering tons of gardening classes this winter, and Start Seeds Indoors is one of the first. There will also be classes on raising livestock and sustainability, so be sure to check out their full list of classes for adults as well as for children and families.
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