February Environment Update (Video Edition)!

They say a picture can tell a thousand words. And sometimes a video can tell a great story.

That's the motivation behind Real Food Media Project's contest. The Project's founder Anna Lappé felt that something was missing from the dialogue on sustainable food. In our contemporary culture, we see a lot of glossy commercials on commercial foods (did you know that making a fast food hamburger look good on T.V. is practically an art?), and the occasional expose of chickens shoved together in sunless rooms, but we don't see as many stories about positive change, about things that are going right and could go better.

The Contest was born out of the belief that there are hundreds of untold stories out there--stories about citizens engaging in communities to fix food, about the crisis of industrial agriculture and what we can do about it, about young people connecting to the environment through learning to grow their own food--but we need to hear about them.

156 submissions were received, and recently narrowed done to 10 finalists (and you can vote on them here!). We're excited to watch them all - and the Contest will hopefully inspire people to realize just how beautiful even a rutabaga can be.

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Just as there is beauty in 'real' food, there is beauty in the power of community and grassroots groups working together. That strength is highlighted by the new film from Our Power Campaign. The campaign is supported by the Climate Justice Alliance and the Communities for a Just Transition; a collaborative of over 35 community-based and movement support organizations uniting frontline communities to forge a scalable, and socio-economically just transition away from unsustainable energy towards local living economies to address the root causes of climate change.

Finally, recognizing the need to support collaborations and networks built by and for frontline and grassroots communities, Overbrook's Environment Program has officially launched its new Movement Building Portfolio. While still in its early development and recognizing that its parameters remain a work in progress, its focus will be on understanding and supporting specific movements – rather than specific organizations or issues – to make them stronger, more resilient, and more impactful.