May 7th, 2013
OEFFA’s Heart of Ohio Chapter presents a Dinner and Movie night featuring the award winning film “Economics of Happiness.” After the movie Annie Warmke, of Blue Rock Station, will lead a discussion concerning the issues presented by the movie.
We hope you will join us for Dinner and Movie Night!
Cost: $5.00 includes a meal and movie
When: Wednesday, May 15 – Dinner 5:30 – 6:30; Movie/Discussion 6:45 – 8:15
Where: Granville High School, 248 New Burg Street, Granville, Ohio 43023
Contact: Chuck Dilbone at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 740-587-8114
The Economics of Happiness describes a world moving simultaneously in two opposing directions. On the one hand, an unholy alliance of governments and big business continues to promote globalization and the consolidation of corporate power. At the same time, people all over the world are resisting those policies, demanding a re-regulation of trade and finance—and, far from the old institutions of power, they’re starting to forge a very different future. Communities are coming together to re-build more human scale, ecological economies based on a new paradigm – an economics of localization.
The film shows how globalization breeds cultural self-rejection, competition and divisiveness; how it structurally promotes the growth of slums and urban sprawl; how it is decimating democracy. We learn about the obscene waste that results from trade for the sake of trade: apples sent from the UK to South Africa to be washed and waxed, then shipped back to British supermarkets; tuna caught off the coast of America, flown to Japan to be processed, then flown back to the US. We hear about the suicides of Indian farmers; about the demise of land-based cultures in every corner of the world.
The second half of The Economics of Happiness provides not only inspiration, but practical solutions. Arguing that economic localization is a strategic solution multiplier that can solve our most serious problems, the film spells out the policy changes needed to enable local businesses to survive and prosper. We are introduced to community initiatives that are moving the localization agenda forward, including urban gardens in Detroit, Michigan and the Transition Town movement in Totnes, UK. We see the benefits of an expanding local food movement that is restoring biological diversity, communities and local economies worldwide. And we are introduced to Via Campesina, the largest social movement in the world, with more than 400 million members.