Diet for a Hot Planet Author Anna Lappe to Speak at Free Event in Westport

Sunday, April 3 at the Unitarian Church of Westport at 1:00 pm

The Weston Select Committee on Sustainability, GVI and the Unitarian Church in Westport proudly present a conversation with bestselling author, television host and public speaker Anna Lappe. Lappe will be discussing her latest book, Diet for a Hot Planet: The Climate Crisis at the End of Your Fork and What You Can Do About It, and the links between today’s global food system and climate change.

The event will include participation from several local organic farmers, “farm-to-table” chefs, such as the Dressing Room’s Michel Nischan and Le Farm’s Bill Taibe, and other local food movement pioneers.  A book signing will be held at the end of the program.

The event is free of charge and open to the public and press.  Homemade organic soup will be available at $4 per cup at 12:30 p.m.  Anna will begin speaking promptly at 1:00 p.m.  Complementary refreshments & desserts, all locally made, will be served during Anna’s book signing immediately following the program.  For more information, please contact David Vita (david@uuwestport.org) at the Unitarian Church in Westport at 203-227-7205 x 14.

About Anna Lappé

Anna Lappé is a national bestselling author, television host and public speaker.  Named one of TIME’s “Eco-Who’s Who,” Anna can currently be seen as the host of MSN’s The Practical Guide to Healthier Living and the 13-part public television series The Endless Feast.  She can also be seen on Howdini.com and the Sundance Channel’s Big Ideas for a Small Planet.  With her mother Frances Moore Lappé, Anna leads the Cambridge-based Small Planet Institute, a collaborative network for research and popular education, and the Small Planet Fund, which has raised and given away nearly half a million dollars to democratic social movements worldwide, two of which have won the Nobel Peace Prize since the Fund’s founding in 2002.  Following the publication of her first book, the national bestselling Hope’s Edge: The Next Diet for a Small Planet (Penguin 2002) and Grub: Ideas for an Urban Organic Kitchen (Penguin 2006), Anna has traveled to more than one hundred cities to speak and has also appeared on Fox, NBC, PBS and the CBC in Canada as well as dozens of nationally syndicated radio programs.  For more information, visit www.takeabite.cc/about/about-anna-lappe.

About the Weston Select Committee for Sustainability

The Weston Select Committee on Sustainability is dedicated to providing Weston’s residents with opportunities to implement sustainable practices that will achieve long-term well being. The word “sustainability” encompasses the following: reducing negative human impact on the environment while restoring and protecting the basic health of our air, land, and water.

The Committee will be a source of information for residents and businesses with a commitment to promoting awareness and civic involvement through education by offering continuous outreach to the community. In addition, the Committee will offer recommendations to the Board of Selectmen, taking advantage of federal, state, and other programs/funding, by including a research component to its work, as well as developing and recommending “sustainability ordinances.” The Committee will also work with neighboring communities to position Fairfield County as a leader in the movement toward state, national and global sustainability.

About GVI

GVI is a Westport-based grass roots non-profit organization established in 2008 to support people and organizations passionate about creating environmental and community change through local action.  GVI’s mission is to make our entire region a model of what is possible – so that we may encourage global systematic change.  Projects to date include creating the Wakeman Town Farm & Sustainability Center and Staples High School Edible Garden; forming a GVI Energy Local Action Group to generate real home energy reductions; establishing a GVI Water Local Action Group to support joint initiatives among regional water protection agencies; protecting the Bag Ban legislation; funding the Westport Farmers’ Market and Earthplace energy study; and sponsoring the Sherwood Mill Pond Preserve and Eco-Fest 2009 and 2010 as well as numerous film/lecture presentations.  Since its inception in 2008, GVI has quickly built a thriving community of conscious and energetic local leaders reflecting the community’s desire to evolve and grow.  In addition to GVI’s work in Westport, the group has expanded its reach to neighboring communities such as Ridgefield, Fairfield, Weston and Bridgeport.  For more information, visit www.goGVI.org.

About the Unitarian Church in Westport

The Unitarian Church in Westport is a diverse and welcoming religious community, free of creed and dogma, and open to people of all backgrounds and beliefs.  WE INSPIRE and support individual spiritual growth.  WE CONNECT through worship, music, learning, and caring ministries.  WE ACT in the service of peace and justice.  For more information, visit www.uuwestport.org.

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