Yesterday, residents and volunteering occupants of Rockaway Park in Queens NYC gathered at hurricane relief hubs to share Thanksgiving dinner with one another. Here’s video of the afternoon feast, the solar arrays powering the event, and some speeches from organizers and residents:
Despite conditions that still feel alien—sand and dust and rubble under the brilliant sun—the community feasted away on turkey and stuffing and mashed potatoes at a gathering powered by solar electricity and human determination. Continue reading →
The holiday season is upon us. While we all enjoy some time off from work and time spent with family and friends – it may also mean some uncomfortable situations for many. Whether you are vegetarian stuck at a dinner table with a giant turkey in the middle or an environmentalist that ends up sitting next to Uncle Tom – a global warming skeptic – here’s a helpful guide for getting through this holiday season with your sanity intact…
Here are some tips for a peaceful Thanksgiving:
Bring your own tofurkey to ruffle their feathers. If you don’t have a tofurkey to pass around – don’t sweat it – the best food at Thanksgiving is the sides anyway (sweet potatoes, pumpkin pie and rolls).
Bring a compact fluorescent light bulb to give your host instead of wine or flowers.
Don’t hide behind the mashed potatoes when asked about your thoughts on global warming. People ask because they want to learn. Share what you know and give others the chance to be informed about the truth.
As you sit down to eat — remind grandma that the rolls still in the oven.
If there is a lull in the dinner chatter, share a story about your environmental activism. For example, the day you dressed up as a blue whale
and walked around the city.
If you can, ride your bike home from Thanksgiving dinner – you’ll save on carbon miles and burn some calories too.
Avoid the Black Friday Mania! Skip the long lines and avoid all those bargain shoppers who are sure to knock you over for the latest gadget.
Get outside! Breathe in some fresh air, listen to the birds sing and enjoy the beautiful autumn leaves. Give thanks for what truly is important in life.