The feeling of excitement is already in the air this holiday season. Take an evening walk downtown, I'm sure you'll feel it too. Just in case you need an excuse to hit the streets, this December brings lots opportunities: explore the world through the eyes of a polar bear, knock heads with local activists, celebrate human rights and the winter solstice. Sounds like a great way to kick start a green holiday!
Conference: Global Washington, A Blueprint for Actions
Monday, December 7, 8:30 AM-5:30 PM
Microsoft Campus, Redmond WA
Washington State is full of global change makers. Head out to the Microsoft campus to join the global development community in working to positively change peoples' lives. The first keynote address will come from Nicholas Kristof, columnist at the NYT and co-author of Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide. Ambassador Elizabeth Bagley will be presenting the second keynote address. This talk will focus on the Global Partnership Initiative. Other speakers will come from a variety of industry including non-profits, universities and government offices.
Tickets: $180 available here
Mary Gordon: Changing the World Child by Child
Tuesday, December 8, 7-9 PM
Town Hall Seattle
Trying to locate where societal change takes place is at the heart of many non-profits and policy-makers. According to Mary Gordon it lies within our children's hearts. Gordon will present her book Roots of Empathy Town Hall, where she will explain how to create a foundation for a more compassionate and peaceful world. Visit her website to learn more about her work.
Admission is free.
Richard Ellis: The Changing World of the Polar Bear
Wednesday, December 9, 7:30-9 PM
Town Hall Seattle
Polar bears have been used to market cola and climate change; Richard Ellis is using them in a different kind of marketing scheme - one to protect the bears themselves. Join this wildlife painter and science writer in learning about polar bear habitat, how it's changing, the perils they face in the midst of a warming climate and how we can help protect them as their home melts away. Read more about Ellis and his work here.
Tickets: $5 available here, by calling (800) 838-3006 or at the door.
Human Rights Day 2009: The Worldwide Struggle for Women’s Rights
Thursday, December 10, 7-8:30 PM
Town Hall Seattle
On this day in 1948 the U.N.'s Declaration of Human Rights was signed. Join human rights organizations from around Seattle in the annual celebration of this wonderful accomplishment. This year's event will focus on international women's rights with a talk being given by Adrien K. Wing, professor at the University of Iowa. Admission is free.
Iran-Israel-US: Resolving the Nuclear Impasse
Wednesday, December 16, 7-8:30 PM
Great Hall, Town Hall Seattle
Nuclear threats are worrisome and have been traditionally dealt with using a mixture of force and tough action. But there may be a better way. Join three analysts of Iran and Israel - Dr. Trita Parsi, Ian Lustick and Dr. Keith Weissman - to explore how peaceful negotiations may be able to help this dire situation.
Tickets: $10 available here or by calling (800) 838-3006.
Winter Solstice Party 2009
Saturday, December 19, 6 PM
Sunset Hill Community Club, 3003 NW 66th St.
The winter solstice is often overlooked as we focus on more celebrated holidays. But, no fear, Sustainable Ballard has you covered. The group will be gathering at 6 PM to discuss a new open public space. Then, at 7 PM the party will get started with a potluck dinner, keg, live music, art show and sale. Come celebrate the season with your sustainable minded peers. For more information contact jenny [at] sustainableballard [dot] org.
Image Credit: D'Arcy Norman via Flickr, Creative Commons License