Monthly Archives: October 2015

GESSA 2015 General Meeting

Please join us on November 10th in HNES 109 for the annual GM. Find the schedule below!

Date November 10th, 2015

Room: HNES 109

Time: 12:30 – 1:30pm

Proposed Agenda

Item 1: Introduction

•   Mandate

•   Members and roles (all)

Item 2: Services and Programs

•   MES RTF Funding

•   FES Student Rep Presentations

•   YU Divest Petition – can we endorse it?

•  The levy for sustainable cafe

•   MES conference

•  Associate members of YUGSA

Item 3: Constitution

•   Amendments

•   Voting

Item 4: 2014/15 Budget

•   Review & Approval

Item 5: Closing

•   Feedback

•   Questions

FES Documentary Series

filmGESSA will be hosting a Documentary Series throughout the month of November. Join us for documentaries relevant to the many interdisciplinary field of Environmental Studies and enjoy some freshly made popcorn while you’re at it!



November 5th

  1. Lost Rivers: (1hr 12min)

    It takes us on an adventure down below and across the globe, retracing the history of these lost urban rivers by plunging into archival maps and going underground with clandestine urban explorers. Can we find the lost rivers? To find the answer, we meet visionary urban thinkers, activists and artists from around the world.

  2. e2 Seoul: Stream of Consciousness: (25 mins)

    In 2003, the city of Seoul took a rare step “back in time,” demolishing a major downtown freeway to uncover and restore the ancient Cheonggyecheon stream that once flowed beneath it.

November 12th

  1. Powering the Planet: (52 min)
    A fascinating exploration into the promise of renewable energy. Shot on location in Denmark, Brazil, China, Morocco, Spain, Scotland, and the United States, the film focuses on the different ways that nations are approaching global energy transformation.
  2. It Takes a Village: (10 min)

    A story about community power. Documentary filmmaker Kirsi Jansa visits two communities, Butler in Pennsylvania and Balcombe in the UK. In Balcombe oil and gas industry wants to drill and frack, and in Butler the shale gas development is in full swing. In both places some local have visions for a different kind of a future.Josh Roberts talks about community power – a new energy system based on renewable energy that benefits the largest number of people.

  3. Becoming Energy Dependent REVISED: (11 min)

    One of Germany’s “green pockets”, Climate Community Saerbeck, shows a model to the world of how to become energy independent in a sustainable way. A town of about 7,000 people started its climate protection and adaptation work in 2009, and in just five years the town was producing more renewable energy than it consumes.

November 19th

  1. Garbage Island: (60 mins)

    They said there was a garbage dump the size of Texas in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. We had to go see for ourselves. Vice sails to the North Pacific Gyre, collecting point for all of the ocean’s flotsam and home of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch: a mythical, Texas-sized island made entirely of our trash

  2. Isle of Flowers: (13 min)

November 26th

  1. End of Suburbia: (52 min)

    With brutal honesty and a touch of irony, The End of Suburbia explores the American Way of Life and its prospects as the planet approaches a critical era, as global demand for fossil fuels begins to outstrip supply. Looks at peak oil and its implications for the suburban lifestyle, written and directed by Toronto-based filmmaker Gregory Greene.

  2. The Nature of Cities: (40 min)

    About the projects and people in cities across the world who believe that, even as we become more urbanized, we must reclaim an essential piece of our humanness – our connection to the nature around us. Amazing projects in cities around the globe have already begun this task. It is our goal to raise the consciousness and understanding of this movement as we explore the need of moving not only to sustainability, but also to a regenerative way of living.

FES Speaker Series

In case you missed the emails, FES is hosting a fascinating speaker series entitled Navigating the Anthropocene, described here:

maxresdefaultHumankind is overwhelming and degrading the Earth’s life support systems on which all life depends. Much of the Earth’s fresh water is contaminated, in short supply and subject to competing claims. The Earth’s climate is undergoing irreversible changes that raise stark questions of environmental justice. In short, Earth has entered a human-dominated epoch that many scientists refer to as the Anthropocene. Yet, prevailing social and political norms continue to rely on thought systems that insufficiently account for current knowledge of how human society interacts with and affects Earth’s life systems.

The schedule is tentative but certainly worth marking down in your calendar!

Tentative Schedule: (all events to be held in HNES 140)

 Vandana Shiva

October 22, 12:30PM – 2:30PM  

Food Justice

November 10th or 17th

Sheila Watt Cloutier

January 26th

Economics and Environment – Peter Victor and Tim Jackson

February 23rd

Planning in the Anthropocene – Jennifer Keesmat, David Miller, Roger Keil.

March 22 or 29