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AFFLUENZA: Is all that coal to make stuff for us?

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AFFLUENZA: Is all that coal to make stuff for us?

Time: March 13, 2014 from 6:30pm to 8pm
Location: YWCA
Street: 1026 N Forest St
City/Town: Bellingham
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Phone: 360.733.8307
Event Type: community, discussion, /, book, reading
Organized By: Hannah Coughlin
Latest Activity: Mar 4, 2014

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With filmmaker, author, and activist John de Graaf

We know the dire impacts of coal mining, transport, and burning. We know exploding oil trains are destroying families and communities across the country. We know our colossal use of energy is changing the chemistry of oceans and affecting global climate patterns.

But do we really realize the demand for fossil fuel is created by our own consumption patterns? Our affluenza, defined by the book’s authors as “a painful, contagious, socially transmitted condition of overload, debt, anxiety, and waste resulting from the dogged pursuit of more,” is the cause. The appetite that drives us to spend most waking hours almost wholly dedicated to getting and spending has broken our connection to what it means to be creators, rather than consumers.

Join our community for an important conversation, led by author John de Graaf, on how we can work together to overcome affluenza and regain our creativity, control, and time.

John de Graaf is author of Affluenza: How Overconsumption is Killing Us and How to Fight Back, Take Back Your Time: Fighting Overwork and Time Poverty in America, What's the Economy For, Anyway?: Why It's Time to Stop Chasing Growth and Start Pursuing Happiness.

Co-hosted by Village Books, Community Food Co-op, Mount Baker Sierra Club, and RE Sources.

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