I generally try not to advertise upcoming events too early because I know how easy it is to lose track and forget about them if there’s too big of a gap but I’m going to make an exception here because I think this event is worthy of getting added to your calendar in advance so that you can be sure not to miss it. As part of downtown Kent’s 3rd annual Who’s Your Mama? Earth Day celebration and film festival, Standing Rock Cultural Arts is presenting an expert panel discussion on the Green Economy on Friday, April 24th at 2 pm . With an impressive list of speakers, a great movie (The Next Industrial Revolution showing at 1 pm preceding the panel discussion) and a topic that is solar hot, this is a must see downtown event.
First, be sure to check out the web site dedicated to everything about Kent’s Who’s Your Mama? festival because there are other great events, including Saturday’s downtown block party and concert.
Here’s Standing Rock’s Press Release on the Movie and Panel Event:
WHO: Standing Rock Cultural Arts and Lucky Penny Farm present
WHAT: Expert Panel Discussion on The Green Economy,
-A Headline Event for The 3rd Annual “Who’s Your Mama?” Earth Day and Environmental Film Festival
-preceded by the Film “The Next Industrial Revolution” at 1pm.
WHERE: The Kent Stage, 175 E. Main Street, Downtown Kent.
WHEN: Friday, April 24, 2009. 2pm
THE MOVIE: “The Next Industrial Revolution” which recognizes Oberlin College, among others, as a leader in sustainable business practices.
There will be a Panel Discussion concerning The Green Economy at The Kent Stage, where experts will discuss steps we can take toward building a new green business model for our region.
1. Darwin Kelsey, Director of The Cuyahoga Valley Countryside
2. Holly Harlan, Founder and President of Entrepreneurs for Sustainability (E4S).
3. Thomas Euclide, Executive Director, Kent State University Facilities Planning and Operations.
4. Amalie Lipstreau of The Ohio Department of Agriculture’s Sustainable Agriculture Program.
5. Stefanie Spears of EcoWatch Ohio Magazine.
6. Karen Wise of The Davey Tree Expert Company.
7. Ken Prendergast, Director of All Aboard Ohio (Passenger Rail Advocacy).
-Amalie Lipstreau has agreed to moderate the discussion.
-April 24, 2pm is the time and date. Discussion will be preceded by a film at 1pm.
-A Reception will follow the Panel Discussion. $5 Admission to the Reception and Films afterward.
-A Solar Power Station will be set up to provide solar power for the event and run the DVD Projector for the films.
About Lucky Penny Farm and Creamery:
” At Lucky Penny Farm we believe in simple things made by hand from the land and enjoyed together at the family table. The food we share connects people to farms and through Lucky Penny Creamery we produce artisan cheeses handcrafted in small batches in Kent, Ohio. As farmers and foodies we will guide the journey from our Portage County pastures to your plate”
-Anderson Turner, Lucky Penny Farm, Garrettsville, Ohio
“Living lives focused on sustainability will have lasting impact on our companies and our communities. The “Who’s Your Mama?” Festival is a great way to share Earth Day with friends and families” says Abbe Turner, cheesemaker at Lucky Penny Creamery, Kent, Ohio.
FROM THE PRODUCER,
The theme for this year’s festival is The Green Economy.
We all can agree that the economy is in a slump. But when one door is closed another is open. This is a good time to start fresh and create a new economy based on the principles of care for mama earth. She provides our basic necessities. Our food, air and water. Any activity that does harm to these essential elements of life can not be considered to be part of a good economy. Let’s think about future generations.
So what if anything that was manufactured could either be eaten or recycled into useful technology? This is a cradle to cradle philosophy that is highlighted in two films that we’ll be screening at this year’s festival.
What if there was a clean and efficient light rail system throughout Ohio? How many jobs would that create? From the steel to make the rails to the restaurants that surround the depots. Ken Prendergast from All Aboard Ohio will give you the latest and greatest scoop on passenger rail at our Panel Discussion on April 24.
What if the food we ate came from local farms? How much healthier would we be? How much fuel could be saved?
What if paper products were made from renewable resources and manufactured close to home?
What if the highest paid worker in a company didn’t make more than five times what the lowest paid worker made? It’s constructive capitalism and it works. Ask Ralph Bronner from Dr. Bronner’s Soap Company.
This year’s festival offers hope for the future. The films that will be screened this year are full of positive solutions to our environmental problems.
Highlights of the festival include A Vegan Iron Chef Competition at Kent State on April 19, The Green Panel Discussion and Reception on Friday, “The Magic Soapbox” film screening on Friday evening, The Main Street Block Party on April 25, and the concert featuring the Kidney Brothers and John Sinclair on Saturday Evening.
Every Day is Earth Day and I’d like to welcome you to the celebration.
“Who’s Your Mama?” Earth Day and Environmental Film Festival
Standing Rock Cultural Arts
257 N. Water St.
Kent, OH 44240