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Talking Trash

MaynardCAN! is Talking Trash

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Ever wonder what happens to our household trash? Some of it is recycled—whatever that means—and the rest…goes to a landfill? Is incinerated? Is shipped out to sea? Maynard Climate Action Network (MaynardCAN!), a community organization with the goal of bringing the issues of the environment and sustainable living to the forefront of community discussion and action, will raise these questions and consider ways to reduce our household trash in a two-part community film showing and book discussion.


On Saturday, January 14, 2012, the series begins with “WALL-E,” a family-friendly animated film about a small garbage collecting robot that has been left to clean up the mess after humans have abandoned earth. Arrive at 2:00 pm for refreshments and conversation; the movie will begin at 2:15 pm.


On Saturday, February 11, 2012, at 2:00 pm, the series continues with discussion of the book “Gone Tomorrow: The Hidden Life of Garbage” by Heather Rogers and the subjects of consumption, trash generation, and ways to transition to a more sustainable relationship with waste. Maynard’s Board of Health director, Kevin Sweet, will be participating and available to answer questions about Maynard recycling and trash programs. Also available at the discussion will be Rob Gogan, supervisor of Facilities Maintenance Operations recycling and solid waste removal at Harvard University.


All film showings and discussions are sponsored by MaynardCAN! and will be held in the Roosevelt Room in the Maynard Public Library at 77 Nason Street. These events are free of charge and the public is invited. For more information, email MaynardCAN@gmail.com or visit www.MaynardCAN.org.


MaynardCAN! will showcase a topic related to building sustainable communities every two months during 2012, with a film shown during the first month and a related book and topic discussion the following month. The second topic in the series will be water. On March 10, the documentary film “Tapped” will be shown, followed by discussion on April 19 of the book “The Big Thirst: The Secret Life and Turbulent Future of Water” by Charles Fishman. For the third topic, the focus will shift to food, with the film “Food, Inc.” shown on May 17 and discussion of the book “Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life” by Barbara Kingsolver, Camille Kingsolver, and Steven Hopp on June 21. All films and books are available at the Maynard Public Library and by request through the Minuteman Library Network.


MaynardCAN! is initiating discussion and action planning on enhancing community resilience in response to declining oil and gas availability and climate change. This grassroots process, skillfully outlined in “The Transition Handbook: From oil dependency to local resilience” by Rob Hopkins, founder of the Transition movement, is spreading rapidly through forward-thinking towns from coast to coast. ‘Transition Maynard’ refers to our local efforts to transform into a more resilient, greener town. We hope you will join us.