One Book: All We Can Save

The Number 1 Way to Fight Climate Change

We’ve been talking about climate change a lot this year, as we highlight issues from this year’s One Book One College selection All We Can Save. It’s a book that addresses the seriousness of our situation, but it’s also a book of inspiration. There are many people, from all walks of life, doing great work toward tackling the problem.

For those of us that are encouraged to act, we’ve learned about various things that we can do. We can make green energy choices in our homes and modes of transportation. We can make climate friendly food choices. We can buy less stuff. We can plant trees, or tackle something like my latest project, which is building a butterfly garden in my backyard.

All of these things are vitally important. But in all honesty, they are not enough. The problem is so much bigger than what we as individuals can do. The problem of climate change is systemic and the real change that needs to happen is at the government and corporate level. This means that the number one thing that we can do to fight climate change is to apply pressure, and not let leaders look away from the problem. With our actions, our dollars, or our votes we can support the groups that are doing this kind of work, like the authors featured in All We Can Save.

“It is time to stop focusing on what government can do and start recognizing the critical role we all play in making government do its job.” Gina McCarthy, “Public Service for Public Health, All We Can Save

Here are a couple of great discussions about the need to keep talking about climate change to help bring about the systemic change that we need.

New York Times Podcast

Got Climate Doom? Here’s What You Can Do To Actually Make a Difference


Here are a number of organizations that are doing this work.

Sunrise Movement

Environmental Voter Project


Climate Power

Fridays for Future

Evergreen Action

Sierra Club Beyond Coal


And to leave you with a just a bit more inspiration from Paul McCartney, Jon Bon Jovi, Sean Paul and many, many more artists–Love Song to the Earth.

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Shamanism for Local and Global Change

Experiential knowledge of the shamanic worldview leads to a profound awareness of the sacred nature of our world and an awakening of compassion, resulting in the desire to restore balance and harmony. Shamanic work, when combined with ordinary reality knowledge and action, can make an immense contribution toward effective solutions for community and global problems. Join us for a discussion of how these perspectives can be helpful in providing inspired and workable ways to address complex issues such as climate change. This event is part of our One Book, One College Series.  

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Climate Change and the Nature of Belief (video)

If climate change is a matter of science, then why is it so difficult to find solutions to the climate crisis? The reality is that finding solutions requires more than scientific or technological answers. Solutions involve examining worldviews, belief systems, and identity. This event will explore the complexities behind belief and how that impacts the decisions we make. This event part of the One Book, One College Program and the MVCC Democracy Commitment programming.

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Agriculture and Climate Change

The One Book One College selection this year, All We Can Save, takes a look at the threat of climate change. When we think about climate change, we often focus on energy use. That is important, but it’s not the whole picture. A huge contributor to the problem is agriculture. It’s a triple threat. Plowing releases carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Fertilizing is a source of nitrous oxide. Cattle release methane. All of these together amount to about a third of all the greenhouse gases leading to human-caused changes in climate.

The food choices that we make matter a lot. And big changes need to happen in the agriculture industry. The New York Times released the first video today that is part of a series called “We’re Cooked.” Part 1, “Meet the People Getting Paid to Kill Our Planet,” takes a hard look at the agricultural lobby in the US. You can watch all of the videos as they are released here. And don’t forget to sign up for your free subscription to the New York Times through the MVCC Library.

To find out more about food and climate change, check out these titles from the MVCC Library.

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Island Life and Sustainable Development A Discussion Featuring Nichole Murray Broome

The Caribbean life is on the frontlines of climate change with increasingly severe hurricanes, shifts in agricultural production, floods, and warming oceans directly impact the ways that people live. Afro-Caribbean Social Entrepreneur, Nichole Murray Broome will discuss the effects of climate change on Barbados, Guyana, and the Caribbean region while also outlining grassroots efforts to take action for the future.

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Climate Wars, Leaked Documents, Pentagon, Australia, Iraq & Climate Change

The Pentagon is worried about climate wars. Iraq is being ravaged by climate change. Australia, Japan, and majors companies are hiding the impacts of climate change. This week has been a major week in terms of Climate Change reporting.

Check out these stories!

This years One Book, One College program is focused on building sustainable communities in the midst of climate change. Learn more at our One Book website.

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Carpool – The Remix: Creation of the PiggyBack Ride Share Network

Founder of the PiggyBack network, Ismael El-Amin, will discuss the development of the PiggyBack network which is a way for parents to share rides to and from schools and activities. Not only does PiggyBack make life easier but it also reduces traffic congestion and reduces our total carbon footprint. The PiggyBack network is a Chicago-based enterprise that has been featured on WGN and Fox Chicago. This event is part of our One Book programming.

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    Native Plants: Foundation of our Ecosystem (video)

    We were excited to welcome Catherine Bryla from Sag Moraine ( for a discussion about how native plants, insects and birds interconnect to maintain our food supply, water, air quality, climate etc. The significant decline in birds and insects is largely due to habitat loss and lack of native plants. She discusses ways that individuals can reverse this trend.

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    40 Acres of Wonder

    All We Can Save is the title of MVCC’s One Book, One College for the 2021-22 school year. This book consists of 60 essays written by “female activists, scientists, artists, policymakers, writers, and thinkers.” who are attempting to help find solutions to climate chaos. There are numerous activities planned to help students and staff explore and learn about the pressing issue of climate change. I attended a tour of the MVCC Nature Center on September 29. Two MVCC Earth/Environmental instructors, Jana Svec and Krista Syrup gave a guided tour of an unique area of the Moraine Campus. My tour of this site gave me a whole new perspective of the terrain where our school resides.

    The MVCC Nature Area has some helpful and interesting information about our campus. Also, visit the MVCC library site for a list of upcoming events.

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    Climate Reality: Catalyzing Solutions to the Climate Crisis (video)

    Faculty member Jana Svec is a trained Climate Reality presenter. She will outline the challenges of climate change as well as consider potential solutions.

    “Our mission is to catalyze a global solution to the climate crisis by making urgent action a necessity across every sector of society. We believe real change comes from the ground up. We know that a small-but-committed critical mass of activists can not only transform society, but change the world.”

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