From September 28-30, 2018, DegrowUS and Plant Chicago are coordinating the United States’ first gathering of degrowth advocates in Chicago, IL.
On Friday, September 28th, we will kick off the gathering at The Plant. Programming will include panels and workshops on circular and spiral” economies in Plant Chicago’s classroom. We will be exploring the idea of down-scaling production and consumption, rebuilding society within our ecological means, localizing community solidarity, and transitioning to cooperative, democratic systems of organization. In addition to the workshops, we’re proud to have opening remarks from the founder of The Plant, John Edel as well as a talk on local circular economies from the current Executive Director of Plant Chicago, Jonathan Pereira.
From the DegrowUS website: “DegrowUS is bringing together activists and artists, teachers and researchers, organizers and thinkers from across the country for a weekend of strategizing, community building and resource sharing, with the goal of launching a movement. As the largest cumulative carbon emitter on the planet, it’s time the US got serious about degrowth.”
Following the workshop on Friday will be a social mixer in Whiner Beer’s taproom at The Plant. Feel free to join the group there after 6pm!
Thank you to the other hosts for this inaugural event weekend: Bubbly Dynamics, Field Museum, University of Illinois in Chicago, and IIT Institute of Design.