Our campus (and librarian run!) sustainability film and discussion series, now on its 9th year, hosted our first film of the year last week entitled “Economics of happiness” – a film about globalization and localization. Worth a showing at your library followed by a discussion on what it means, and how to be local in your own communities!
Not only is the film worth a blog post, but the collaboration with the campus and student learning is worth mentioning too. This series has always partnered with the Weatherspoon Art Museum (on our campus), and supported by the UNCG Office of Sustainability and the Environmental and Sustainability Studies Program, but this year’s film series is in conjunction with the Warren Ashby Dialogue series, – a year-long interdisciplinary conversation on the philosophy of localization as a response to global social and environmental change. With over 180 people in attendance (our largest group yet!), standing room only, with more than half being students, we hope this trend continues all year long.
In our post film discussion, we talked about supporting our local farmers markets, attending locally run permaculture workshops, edible school yards, back door breakfasts, and creating a local map or website showing what business are local. Some key comments: there are limits to acting individually but not to acting locally; infinite growth does not work on a finite planet. One positive story — a new student mentioned her frustration on buying a T-shirt in the bookstore to show her school spirit, only to find they were all made in another country: she ventured the idea as an art/design student, to work with other students to come up with designs, for T-shirt, and other to create a prototype… then a business student piped up that he could help with the marketing of it. Not only a community connection but one coming from students!
Some film resources:
- Watch trailer: http://youtu.be/VkdnFYDbiBE
- Read the Discussion/Study Guide: http://www.theeconomicsofhappiness.org/study-guide
- What you can do: http://www.theeconomicsofhappiness.org/get-active-what-we-can-do