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Check out the surprising links between U. S. National Security and Long Term Sustainability

Our military is a vital and valued emblem of our country. These brave Americans devote their lives to our national security. That means now, as it has in the past, protecting the interests of the American way of life and U.S. assets. Surprisingly, military strategists are finding many links between our national security and the sustainability that may make our nation safer and more secure. To learn more about these intriguing connections, check out the links below in which military strategists examine the big picture for the U. S. in the foreseeable future. This insightful article (PDF) spells out the connection between rising gasoline prices and national security, and what we can do about it. Take a look at the Excellent commentary (PDF) and the Full Report (PDF) written by a Marine Colonel and a Navy Captain. 

The article and report point out the undeniable link between volatile fuel costs, our daily lives and our nation’s security.  The authors provide examples of simple but very effective measures that Americans can take that will lessen our dependency on foreign oil and materials. 

Every day citizens, armed with caulk guns and insulation can decrease our country’s energy burden and help our military. By unplugging, simply driving slower and less, reducing our use of plastics and petroleum-based products, we can truly make a difference. Who knew it was as simple as making a few common-sense changes? Americans are dynamic, energetic people. Taking action comes naturally to us, so performing easy everyday energy-saving measures can be a way to show support for our military and our country. Addressing responsible, fundamental changes to ensure our energy independence is one key part of future U.S. security—security for our families, our military, and our proud and independent way of life. That’s something we can all get on board to do.

Sustainability Events

Montgomery County Food Summit

November 7, 2014
8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Register now for the Nov. 7th Montgomery County Food Summit. Hosted by Montgomery County Food Policy Coalition, University of Dayton's Sustainability, Energy and the Environment Program and Growing Power Initiative, and Partners for the Environment Food Team Connecting Producers to Consumers:
~ From our farms...to our tables
~ Focusing on solutions for local food distribution

University of Dayton River Campus, Meyer Room 1700 S. Patterson Blvd., Dayton, Ohio

This is a FREE event and lunch will be provided.

Download the flyer for more details.

Food Justice Film screening

October 15, 2014
7:00 p.m.

The Garden Station in downtown Dayton are promoting upcoming Food Justice Film screening at the Dayton International Peace Museum on October 15 at 7:00 pm.

Land & Freedom: Talking Food Systems
Visiting local gardens, farmers markets, and other fresh food projects in San Diego's diverse urban neighborhoods, Land & Freedom speaks with residents that are taking advantage of the city's reformed urban agriculture ordinances. Residents are finding alternatives to a food system that has historically distressed low income communities. Residents are eating healthier with produce they've grown themselves, using community gardens like they would use parks, and displaying respect for the neighborhoods they live in. Still, many people continue to struggle with the lack of affordable fresh produce readily available within neighborhoods and other resources to improve their lives.

About filmmaker:
Brian Myers, a video producer with the Media Arts Center San Diego, works with under-served communities to document the voice of local community members for the Speak City Heights multimedia collaborative. As a media justice activist he works on a variety of independent media projects for community groups, such as May Day Workers Film Festival, and other organizations focused on social justice. 

More information online at,
http://www.talkingfoodsystems.org/

Its also on Facebook,
https://www.facebook.com/events/1467274270226816/

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