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Forum: Thursday, Jan. 12th, 2017     


Pandora's Box - "Goodbye Mrs. Ant"
A Fable for Our Times?

A BBC/Adam Curtis documentary

We return to the BASEA Forum originally planned for December, when instead
we joined with other organizations to show "The Age of Consequences", a very worthwhile Jared Scott film, executive produced by Sophie Robinson, a key contributor to our local climate movement.

So, back in time to our Forum announcement.....  

There's a new feeling of urgency, different from the ongoing urgency, increasingly felt for the past 50 years, since Rachel Carson's "Silent Spring". A BBC documentary from 1992, Adam Curtis's "Pandora's Box (Episode 4) - Goodbye Mrs. Ant" gives a broad, horizontal perspective of DDT, and how science, industry and the pubic tangled with the benefits and drawbacks of this chemical pesticide.

While not "up to date", this film is not out of date, in terms of its sociopolitical dynamics. At 45 min., "Goodbye Mrs. Ant" leaves plenty of time for discussion, and offers ripe allegories for consideration. What can we learn from the past?

Starring Rachel Carson, a Native American with a tear in his eye, a DDT-eating scientist proponent, and a wild mix of archival footage, we feature this work for our January BASEA Forum. Come, watch and participate. It's a new world, and the same old story.....






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Location: First Parish in Cambridge Unitarian Universalist 
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Time: Doors open at 7:00 p.m.  Presentation begins at 7:30 p.m.




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The BASEA Forum Series is held September through May, on the second Thursday of each month, at the 1st Parish Unitarian Church, #3 Church St., Harvard Square, Cambridge. Reception begins at 7:00 pm, with the program beginning at 7:30. The forums are free and open to the public.


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  • BASEA is no longer a chapter of the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA) but supports it's mission. Links to NESEA and other regional, national and international solar organizations can be found on the BASEA Links page.


BASEA's Mission

The Boston Area Solar Energy Association is convinced that New England's primary dependence on non-renewable energy sources is costly to our environmental, social, economic and political systems.

Therefore, we foster the design and use of solar and sustainable energy technologies through education, advocacy and the demonstration of practical, cost effective techniques.

It is our goal to promote Renewable Energy for a Sustainable Future.

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