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Firing-Up Food Activism, Cooling-Down the Planet

An evening with Anna Lappé

Anna Lappé

Anna Lappé

Social justice, food equity and democracy have always been a part of Anna Lappé's life - some might say even written into her DNA. Pittsburgh will have a chance to learn more about Anna's activism and her latest book when she presents Firing-Up Food Activism, Cooling-Down the Planet, a free lecture about sustaining communities and encouraging innovative and democratic solutions to hunger, inequality, and environmental degradation on Saturday, May 14 at 5:00 p.m. in the Eddy Theatre on the University's Shadyside Campus.

Ms. Lappé's journey through the global food system reveals where the problems reside and what people across the globe are doing in everyday actions to challenge and change our world. Named one of Time's "eco" Who's-Who, she is a founding principal of the Small Planet Institute and the Small Planet Fund with her mother, Frances Moore Lappé. The Small Planet Institute pursues examples of democracy as a rewarding way of life: a culture in which citizens infuse the values of inclusion, fairness, and mutual accountability into all dimensions of public life, The Institute supports people and projects around the world who work to remake societal rules into shared values, focusing on collaborative public education, media programs, and outreach campaigns.

In her latest book, "Diet for a Hot Planet: The Climate Crisis at the End of Your Fork and What You Can Do About It" (Bloomsbury), Anna deftly explores the links between today's global food system and climate change, and offers inspiration for making sustainable food a catalyst for healing the planet. A starred Booklist review calls the book "impeccable, informative, and inspiring." Book signing, sales, and information on food and climate activism will be available after the talk.

The lecture is presented by Chatham University's Master of Arts in Food Studies Program, the Falk School of Sustainability & Environment, and the Rachel Carson Institute - along with Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture and the following community partners: Grow Pittsburgh, Just Harvest, Slow Food Pittsburgh, The East End Food Co-op, Pittsburgh Food Forest, The Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank, and E2/Enrico's.


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