Friday, April 8, 2016

Simple Suggestion #249... Attend an education session

Life is about learning, when you really think about it. We don't stop learning until we die. But often we think that once we're done with school, college or university, we're done. Sure, we can get a book from the library or watch a TV documentary to learn about subjects we're interested in, but our formal communal learning is over.

That's why I'm making this week's Simple Suggestion, thanks to a nudge from my friend Debbie. She's on the organizing committee for an education session on food waste and the practical steps we can take as a society to reduce it. It's open to all Edmontonians, and it's an opportunity to get together and learn in a more active way. There's no final exam, and hopefully we'll all take away some ideas of how we can use food in a more sustainable way and waste a lot less.

Here are the details:

Come celebrate Earth Day!
Friday, April 22 @
Trinity United Church
8810 Meadowlark Road

Join the Food Justice Team @ Trinity United
for a screening of Just Eat It

Just Eat It is a Canadian Story about food waste
and a look at how we might make changes
for the sake of the environment and food security.

6:30 pm Doors open
7:00 pm Screening of Just Eat It
Question and Answer to follow

Admission is pay what you can,
and tickets are available through Eventbrite.

There are probably dozens, if not hundreds of other opportunities to gather and learn within our communities -- it's just a matter of looking for them on community poster boards, websites, and newsletters. The Just Eat It website alone offers a listing of many similar sessions across Canada and the US. What I'm really looking forward to at the session above is the Question and Answer, when we take what the documentary offers and apply it to our own situation in Edmonton. When enough people know about how we can reduce food waste, things will begin to change. The tipping point toward sustainability can't be that far off, can it?

And this is just one example, one topic out of zillions of possibilities for educating ourselves and our communities. We never stop learning, but I find that an experience of attending an education session and learning with others stays with me longer than any TV documentary you care to name. How about you?

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